UECC faces fine as car carrier smashes into Kiel Canal jetty

UECC faces fine as car carrier smashes into Kiel Canal jetty

Zeebrugge: A gale has caused havoc to the Asian Breeze (built 1983; 12,562 dwt), a car carrier that ran into difficulties on the Kiel Canal yesterday.

The ship’s owner, United European Car Carriers (UECC), will face a severe penalty as the ship lost control during a storm on Wednesday causing significant damage to jetty three of the Brunsbüttel locks, destroying a traffic light which had to be replaced temporarily with a buoy. The ship hit a mud bottom and slightly damaged its hull. It was refloated by a tug and headed to Zeebrugge. Today it is en route to the UK.

The storm caused a number of delays and smaller accidents on the narrow Kiel Canal yesterday.

UECC was founded in 1990 and now has a fleet of 21 car carriers.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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