The general cargo ship Hekla grounded in Kiel Canal after engine blackout and loss of propulsion power. The vessel was proceeding in southern direction en route from Gdansk to Bremen, but near Sehestedt area suffered engine problems and grounded into sandy/mud shallow bank outside the fairway.

General cargo ship Hekla grounded in Kiel Canal

It was estimated that ship did not suffered damages of the hull and local authorities approved salvage operation. The cargo ship Hekla was towed back to safe depth with assistance of two tugs. The vessel was docked at Rendsburg for special survey and investigation, but after successful passing safety checks was released to resume voyage.


During the incident there were no injured people and water pollution, but traffic in vicinity was closed for a few minutes during refloating.

The general cargo ship Hekla has overall length of 89.00 m, moulded beam of 12.00 m and maximum draft of 5.05 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 3,150 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,281 GRT. The ship was built in 2008 by Nova Melnik Lodenice shipyard in Czech Republic. The owner and operator of the general cargo ship is Netherlands company Wagenborg Shipping.