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  Hamburg: two boxships collided, one nearly capsized

    Tuesday 20 September 2011

Date: 9/20/2011

The "Hanse Confidence" was in collision with the "Charlotta" in the port of Hamburg on Sep 19 at 3.45 p.m. The "Charlotta" ran into the stern of the "Hanse Confident" which suffered a leak. The fire rescue and technical support work (THW) were called and rushed to the scene with about 100 men. Supported by boats of the fire rescue, they started pumping out the stern with pumps with a capacity of 10 tons per minute, while at the same time containers were lifted from the deck. The engine room and the steering room were flooded, vessel got stern trim, and for some time there were fears of capsizing or sinking. Tugs pushed the ship against the quay in order to stabilize it. Divers of the fire rescue tried to patch the leak. It was expected that the work to save the vessel would last throughout all night. Obviously the "Charlotta" was running quite fast when hitting into the "Hanse Confidence". She berthed at Eurogate with a large gash in the portside bow above the waterline.


Container vessel Hanse Confidence IMO 9318761, dwt 11050, built 2004, flag Antigua, manager Thode GMBH.

Container vessels Charlotta IMO 9432232, dwt 17822, built 2009, flag Luxemburg, manager Bartels Reederei.

See online : Maritime Bulletin