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Container ship grounded on the Elbe
On Mar 16, 2014, the "Tongan" on its way from Hamburg to Fredericia dragged the anchor while waiting on the Elbe at the NE anchorage off Brunsbüttel to get permission for the transit of the Kiel Canal. At 5.30 p.m. the Crew remarked that the vessel was drifting towards the Elbe shore. To avoid a grounding, the second anchor was dropped and the main engine started. A tug was called for assistance. These manoevers could not prevent the ship from alliding with a buoy and getting stuck on a shallow. The ship was refloated by the tug and surveyed on scene. A more thorough investigation was ordered, and for this purpose the ship berthed at the Voith Quay in Kiel on Mar 17 at 10.15 a.m. After the surveyors had ensured the seaworthyness, the ship continued the voyage around 7 p.m.
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