Enroute from Tarragona to Rostock the "Rhonestern" allided with the middle wall of the large southern chamber of the Kiel Canal in Brunsbüttel short past midnight on March 29, 2017. The tanker was unable to stop and dropped anchor which was dragged over the rails of the lcok gate. Both the lock and the tanker suffered significant damage. Actually the tanker, which will have to be repaired in a yard, is still berthed inside the lock and is being surveyed. In the run of the day divers were to be sent down to survey underwater damage to the lock. Only the small southern lock and the large northern lock remained operating in Brunsbüttel.
German report with photos:
MOL's first 20,170 TEU containership will commence its maiden voyage
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that the world's largest containership, MOL Triumph was delivered from Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. on March 27, 2017, the company said in its press release.
MOL's newest vessel, the first of a fleet of six 20,000 TEU-class containerships for the company, was named MOL Triumph in a ceremony at SHI in South Korea on March 15, 2017. At 400 meters in length and 58.8 meters in width, MOL Triumph is currently the world's largest containership. With a capacity of 20,170 TEU, the vessel is the first 20,000 TEU-class containership deployed in THE Alliance's Asia to Europe trade via the FE2 service.
MOL Triumph will set off on her maiden voyage from Xingang in April 2017 and will sail to Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Yantian and Singapore. She will then transit through the Suez Canal and continue on to Tangier, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Le Havre. She will then call at Tangier and Jebel Ali on the way back to Asia.