Shipbuilding News - 27 August 2007 - The Brightest Maritime Daily
New container ship knocks out
Section of the Kiel canal put out of operation after JORK RELIANCE
slams into lock
A container ship has damaged lock gates on the Kiel Canal so badly
that the system has all but ground to a halt.
The JORK RELIANCE, a new container ship that was delivered from Damen
Shipyards in March of this year, inexplicably collided with a lock
gate yesterday and buckled it.
Ships have banked up on the canal and at entrances as the system
partly as a result of cutbacks to maintenance teams made recently,
which means no emergency repair work could be carried out on a Sunday.
The ship herself suffered some damage but was able to continue on her
Authorities say no-one was injured in the incident and that
investigations will be carried out today to see what repairs can be
put into place.
The world`s busiest artificial waterway, the Kiel Canal, (known in
Germany as the Nord Ostsee Kanal) runs for almost 100 km right through
Schleswig-Holstein - from BrunsbŁttel to Kiel-Holtenau - and links the
North Sea with the Baltic.
RELIANCE was delivered in March of this year and was built by Damen
Shipyards. She is managed by Reederei Becker of
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