"Schiffshavarie" read in the night from Saturday to Sunday, the Einsatzmeldung the Grossleitstelle: In the coastal canal, on the height between Westfalendamm and Achterdiek, a cargo ship threatened to sink. The ship apparently has an environmentally harmful load on board – shredded lead batteries from car batteries, it is said.
Shortly after ten o'clock the captains noticed the water, the cargo ship collapsed and ended up in the coastal channel at the edge of the beach, about three meters deep. More than 30 emergency services, including water rescue from the fire brigade, were in service, alongside police, water police, lower water authority.
During the night, the specialists agreed on the further course of the storage. Divers had checked the danger situation and the condition of the ship – before a possible pumping out of the infiltrated water first had to be removed the first amount (more than 150 cubic meters to midnight) and possible pollution, because a return to the canal could have consequences for the environment.
However, it was clear shortly before midnight that the ship had not suffered any lateral tears (the divers could possibly be "filled"), but tore the surface open, but it was lying on the ground. "Stable", as it was called on the briefings.
Water samples were taken again and again, both inside and outside the 85-meter long and 9.50-meter-wide ship. Even brands had to keep an eye on a change in the water level. However, the results have calmed down. Nothing has come through, nothing has come out.
The ship has a draft of 2.83 meters. Whether the bottom of the ship is ripped open due to the short distance to the bottom is not yet clear.
At 2 o'clock in the morning the specialists from the fire brigade, the water police and the waterway authority decided that no further acute measures were needed – because of the stability of the cargo ship. In spite of this, the emergency services were on site to continue monitoring the water levels.
TUIS, the association of the chemical industry, confirmed during the night that the substances themselves did not cause major environmental hazards. Nevertheless, contamination by drilling water into the coastal channel should be avoided for environmental reasons.
The ship, the "Nawatrans 2", is registered in Moers (North Rhine-Westphalia). In the first information about the troops on the spot there was still a Polish ship. In fact, the crew comes from Poland. The 800-hp watercraft was built in Germany in 1966 and was the first unconfirmed find on the way to Nordenham.
Under the auspices of the Wasserschifffahrtsamt this Sunday will explain how and when the cargo ship can continue the journey as quickly as possible, safely in traffic and in the vicinity.