8,400dwt M/T Stavtank (built 1995) -- in collision Jan.3, in Kiel Canal near Fischerhutte --
with 9,980 gt cargo 141.2mt M/V Tarnhav.
Chemical M/T Stavtank, with 6.600 tons light gas, severely damaged in superstructure on port side --
headed for Brunsbuettel assisted by the tug M/V Bugsier 15.
M/V Tarnhav headed for Kiel and has reached the North harbor -- undamaged.
From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Tues. Jan. 3 2006)
M/V Tarnhav's bow, being strengthened for ice,
hit the M/T Stavtank in the region between machine room and aftmost tank.
The hull was torn open above the water
on a length of 3,5 m and a height of 2 m.
Then a crane was damaged -
the hydraulic oil of which was then visible on M/V Tarnhav's bow -
as well as a rescue boat and a ballast water tank,
before the bridge of M/T Stavtank was hit and damaged.
By chance no one was hurt there.
When the crew of M/V Tarnhav inspected the foreship,
they found broken glass of M/T Stavtank's bridge windows there.
After the collision M/T Stavtank pushed into the canal embankment where she stuck fast until 06.30 a.m.
The canal traffic had to be stopped for larger ships
until the tug M/V Bugsier 15 came from Brunsbruüttel
and towed the ship back into deeper water.
From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Wed.. Jan. 4 2006) UPDATE>>
The damaged M/T Stavtank reached Hamburg Jan 4 --
down by the bow almost to the anchors and with an allowed speed of 6 knots
it proceeded to the Vopak Terminal to unload the cargo of almost 7000 tons oil.