Car Carrier Duo Collide in Zeebrugge

Car Carrier Duo Collide in Zeebrugge
Baltic Breeze

Two car carriers collided on Monday afternoon, September 29th in the Zeebrugge Pierre Vandamme lock, Belgium.

Cyprus-registered car carrier Neckar Highway was heading from Grimsby bound for Malmo when it collided with Singapore-flagged Baltic Breeze.

No injuries have been reported.

After the accident, vehicle carrier Baltic Breeze was towed by two tugs, Smit Lion and Smit Kiwi. The vessel is owned and operated by European short sea RoRo operator United European Car Carriers (UECC).

 Neckar Highway, managed and owned by German Stargate Shipmanagement, berthed at the Zweese Quay that same afternoon.

The Pierre Vandamme lock connects the tidal outer port with the non-tidal inner port. It has two lock gates and a double lift bridge on each side.

The lock is 500m long and 57m wide, enough to to receive the biggest car carriers or several vessels at the same time.

World Maritime News Staff, September 30, 2014; Image: UECC