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.