German Warship Collides With Containership in Kiel Canal

MV Nordic Bremen. Photo: MarineTraffic.com/
MV Nordic Bremen. Photo: MarineTraffic.com/J. Dohrn

A German warship a collided with a containership in Germany’s Kiel Canal Wednesday morning, causing damage to both vessels.

Reports say the German Navy frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern collided with the Cyprus-flagged containership Nordic Bremen at approximately 3:44 a.m. local time.

The containership was moored in Kiel following the collision, while the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was brought to Brunsbüttel. 

Photos of the frigate show damage to the bow. The Nordic Bremen was also damaged along with some of its containerized cargo. 

File photo shows the frigate Mecklenburg-VorpommernMecklenburg-Vorpommern Photo: Creative Commons
File photo shows the frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Photo: Creative Commons

The 151-meter, 13,200 DWT Nordic Bremen is managed by Nordic Hamburg. 

The Kiel Canal, or Nord-Ostsee-Kanal as it is known is Germany, is a 61-mile long waterway stretching from the North Sea atBrunsbüttel to the Baltic Sea at Kiel-Holtenau. It is described as “the world’s busiest artificial waterway”.