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Suspicion on corruption during renovation of sail training ship
The public Prosecutor’s office in Osnabrück has acted because of the suspicions of corruption during the overhaul of the “Gorch Fock” and ordered in a hurry several searches. Officials were on the shipyard in Elsfleth which is responsible for the work on the barque in the afternoon of Dec 13, 2018. The houses of the suspected military officer and two employees of the Elsflether Shipyard and of the other company were searched. According to the investigators, extensive evidence was seized, including files and electronic data. These were now being evaluated according to the investigators.
Allision in Wilhelmshaven
While entering the port of Wilhelmshaven on Nov 25, 2015, returning from a 90 days training voyage, the "Gorch Fock" ran onto a pierhead while moving towards port entrance 4. The ship immediately backed off again and proceeded to the Bonte Quay. Strong currents had brought the "Gorch Fock" 90 degrees of its course. None of the 226 crew on board were injured. The ship suffered only scratches. The accident was thought to have been caused by strong currents which had caught the stern so the master tried to get the ship back on the track by going ahead. The ship had anchored off Voslapp at the height of the JadeWeserPort since Nov 21. On Nov 30 it will shift to the Naval Depot before entering a yard for scheduled maintenance. (Edited by Tim Schwabedissen) German report with photos and video: http://www.geniusstrand.de/25-11-2015/wilhelmshaven-bontekai-gorch-fock-kaiser-wilhelm-bruecke https://www.facebook.com/100008309940638/videos/1683319375288378/?permPage=1
Gorch Fock back in Germany after 173 days
The "Gorch Fock" returned from its first sail training voyage which lasted 173 days, following the complete renewal of its educational concept and an overhaul which cost 10 million Euro, in the North Atlantic to German waters on May 7. The ship entered the port of Hamburg and will be the leading ship in the parade of the Port Birthday festivities on May 9. On May 18 the barque is expected back in its homeport Kiel. German report with photos: http://www.kn-online.de/Schleswig-Holstein/Aus-dem-Land/Gorch-Fock-besteht-PraxistestUpload News