Kiel Canal Reopens After Fertilizer Collision

November 4, 2013 10:17 AM

Germany's Kiel Canal had been closed for three days with one vessel, the Siderfly, listing badly under the weight of its urea cargo. The shipping lane between the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic is open once again and the heavy traffic in and out of Europe is cleared to pass.

The Siderfly remains in place with a pair of holes punched in its bow, but authorities say only diesel fuel leaked into the canal. The other vessel involved, the Coral Sea, was undamaged by the incident and continued its voyage. But the Siderfly was not so lucky and remains where she grounded, listing at 45 degrees. Siderfly was lashed to a cadre of bulldozers on shore to keep her from capsizing and attention now turns to offloading the 3,000 tonnes of urea in the ship's hold.

Traffic has resumed through the world's busiest artificial waterway and Siderfly's nearly 1 million dollar cargo will be offloaded and sent on its way. No injuries were reported.

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