The product tanker Atlantic Mate allided with Southern Lock’s gate at Brunsbuettel during transit through Kiel Canal in southern direction. The vessel suffered mechanical failure and crew was unable to stop the dead inertia, which caused collision with the lock’s gate. The ship suffered only slight damages and dents, but gate lock was seriously damages and was taken out of service. The tanker was en route from Klaipeda to Antwerp with cargo of naphta, but there were no breaches and no reported leaks. The vessel was docked at Brunsbuettel for special survey and safety investigation. After assessing the seaworthiness the product tanker Atlantic Mate will be released to return in service.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. The traffic through Kiel Canal was affected after collision, but there was no reported congestion. The damages over the canal’s lock will be assessed at further stage, but there is no official information, when lock will be operational again.
The product tanker Atlantic Mate (IMO: 9350745) has overall length of 147.00 m, moulded beam of 22.00 m and maximum draft of 7.70 m. The deadweight of the cargo ship is 17,999 DWt and the gross tonnage is 11,711 GRT. The product tanker Atlantic Mate was built in 2007 by Cicek Shipyard Marine Industry in Istanbul, Turkey.