Container ship AKACIA collided with gate of Holtenau Lock, Kiel, while leaving Kiel Canal, at 2350 LT Feb 19, moving at a considerable speed. The ship rammed into the gate and remained stuck, both ship and gate sustained serious damages. Ship’s hull is breached, with water ingress, which complicates salvage operation. Some engine control failure thought to be the cause of an accident, as of now.
As of 0745 UTC Feb 20, AKACIA was still in the Lock, with salvage operation going on. AKACIA was en route from Bremerhaven to St. Petersburg, Russia. Traffic is limited, because only one Lock is available at the moment.
Container ship AKACIA, IMO 9315020, dwt 13713, capacity 868 TEU, built 2004, flag Portugal, manager DT-BEREEDERUNGS GMBH & CO KG.