Cargo ship collided with tanker, breached, water ingress, Elbe

General cargo ship KONSTANTIN collided with anchored tanker SMERALDO at Brunsbuettel anchorage at around 0340 UTC Oct 21, shortly after leaving Brunsbuettel locks completing Kiel Canal transit, en route from Sweden to New Holland, UK, with cargo of wood. Tanker was anchored at the time of collision, KONSTANTIN reportedly, was maneuvering to anchor. KONSTANTIN hull was breached in engine room area, with ensuing water ingress. She was taken to Brunsbuettel port and berthed, extent of damage unknown, probably serious. Tanker said to sustain slight damages, and resumed voyage from Stade Germany, port of destination unknown. She started sailing at around 1630 UTC Oct 21.

German-flagged Pollution and surface clearance vessel NEUWERK in action at Brunsbüttel.

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