General cargo vessel Heidi blocked shipping way at Randers Fjord after engine failure

HeidiThe general cargo vessel Heidi suffered engine failure and blocked the shipping way at the Channel Island of Randers Fjord in Denmark and closing the whole fairway, reported local media. The vessel was maneuvering upstream Gudenaa river through the navigational channel, but suffered engine failure and was pushed to drop anchor to prevent grounding. However, the current pushed the stern, which opened and blocked the traffic in the narrow channel. The accident was reported to the local authorities, but meanwhile the crew succeeded to restart the engine and returned the propulsion power. The general cargo ship Heidi succeeded to continue voyage upstream.

“Although it may well look like it, but the ship did not run aground. The ship’s pilot has informed me that there are four meters to one bank and six meters to the other, so it can easily get out when the engines working again”, said the Harbor representative, Per Moller

Fortunately during the incident there were no reported injuries and damages. The vessel returned in service and successfully docked at the port.

The general cargo vessel Heidi (IMO: 7818377) has overall length of 105.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 5,672 DWT and the gross tonnage is 4,108 GRT. The freighter was built in 1979 by JJ Sietas Schiffswerft in Hamburg, Germany.