Thursday, 13 June 2019

Container ship sunk historic tall ship in collision, 43 rescued, 5 injured, Elbe



Container ship ASTROSPRINTER collided with historic wooden sailing ship NO.5 ELBE at around 1200 UTC Jun 8 on Elbe near river Schwinger mouth, Stade. Container ship was proceeding downstream from Hamburg, to North sea. Sailing ship, which costly restoration was completed just a week ago, couldn’t be, regretfully, salvaged. She sank. There were 43 people on board of NO 5 ELBE, all were rescued, but 5 were injured, 1 of them seriously. ASTROSPRINTER continued moving to Elbe estuary, was anchored off Brunsbuettel at around 1430 UTC for pending investigation. Sailing ship was a beauty judging from pics, such a pity that she’s lost. All NO 5 ELBE pics full-scale here 

Wooden schooner NO 5 ELBE, length 37 meters, built 1883.
Container ship ASTROSPRINTER, IMO 9349215, dwt 9526, capacity 809 TEU, built 2007, flag Cyprus, manager ASTROMARE BEREEDERUNGS GMBH.

Images courtesy of DLRG

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Photos: Hamburg's Oldest Wooden Ship Collides with Container Feeder 




Images courtesy of DLRG
Images courtesy of DLRG


BY MAREX 2019-06-09 18:27:49
Seven people were injured on Saturday when Hamburg's oldest wooden ship collided with a container feeder ship on the Elbe River in Germany.
The 1883 built and recently restored pilot saver No.5 Elbe collided with a container feeder ship, the Cyprus-flagged Astrosprinter. All 43 passengers were rescued with the help of the German Life Saving Society (DLRG) and the fire brigade. 
DLRG said that it was lucky they were attending a minor incident nearby and could reach the vessel quickly. Pumps were bought on board to try and keep the vessel afloat, but they were not sufficient and the vessel sank.
It has been reported that the sailing ship steered directly into the container ship’s path after a failed tack. The Hamburg Water Protection Police are leading the investigation, and the Hamburg Waterways and Shipping Authority is coordinated the salvage work.
The 37-meter-long two-master is the oldest ship owned by the Hamburg Maritime Foundation which released a statement saying: “With great sadness we regret the collision and feel very much with the passengers and members of the ship's crew who have come to harm. We hope the injuries can be cured quickly.
“We sincerely thank the auxiliary crews of DLRG and the fire brigade for their courageous and skilled intervention in rescuing passengers and the ship's crew.”
Video source: Hamburg Maritime Foundation, published in May 2019.
In the 1920s the No. 5 Elbe was sold to an owner in the U.S. The Hamburg Maritime Foundation brought the ship back to Hamburg in 2002 and restored it. Over the winter of 2018/2019, the pilot's saver was again extensively restored. The ship has modern navigation and safety equipment.
Images courtesy of DLRG.

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