It was the Port of Hamburg’s birthday over the weekend, but celebrations were dampened by two incidents. On Saturday a new bridge malfunctioned, failing to open and close, leading to some vessel traffic.
More seriously, yesterday morning a pilot boat hit the 5,782 teu CMA CGM Bellini, ripping a gash out of the hull while it was docking at the Waltershofer Hafen. Around five cubic metres of bunker fuel spilled into the water. More than 50 people were deployed to the scene and fuel was pumped out from the breached tank, while clean up operations continued throughout the day.
The port celebrated its 827th birthday over the weekend with a series of events.