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Germany: Bunker tanker “Claudia” damaged, oil spill at Elbehafen

27 Mar 2019

The Germany-flagged 1,340 dwt bunker tanker Claudia suffered ‘significant damage’ on Sunday (24 March) morning at Brunsbüttel Elbehafen during a bunkering operating involving bulk cargo carrier Interlink Affinity, according to a German police report.

The Claudia was in the midst of supplying fuel to the Marshall Islands-flagged bulker when a third vessel, Liberia-flagged 20,614 dwt containership Calisto, lost control and collided with the supply tanker’s bow.

The collision resulted in lines and the bunker hose between the tanker and the cargo ship breaking causing about 200 litres of marine diesel and small amounts of heavy oil spilling into Elbe port, reported Police Directorate Itzehoe Maike Pickert.

“None of the ships suffered personal injury or water leakage. All ships remained seaworthy,” he states.

“The investigation into the cause of the accident continues.”

Photo credit: MarineTraffic / Dietmar Reichert
Published: 27 March, 2019


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