Vessel allides with bridge on Eems river

A general cargo vessel has allided with a railway bridge over the Eems river in Germany, heavily damaging the structure and blocking vessel traffic on the waterway between Leer and Papenburg.

The bascule bridge was not raised correctly to allow the Emsmoon (pictured) to pass underneath while underway from Papenburg, and was struck at 18.40hrs local time on Thursday. The bascule was severely bent by the collision, German reports say.

The cause of the allision is not clear, the German Water Police told Neue Oz. A pilot was onboard the vessel at the time of the collision and a bridge watchkeeper was also on site when the incident occurred.

The 112-metre-long Emsmoon suffered some damage at the foreship, but was towed away and moored in Papenburg at around 23:00hrs. The singledecker is owned by Grona Shipping, which is based in the German city.


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Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.


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