Vehicle Incident in Germany on December 19 2015 03:09 PM (UTC).
The general cargo ship Ventura caught fire during passage of Kiel Canal. The crew saw rising temperature and concentration of carbon dioxide in closed holds the approach of Kiel Canal Locks in Holtenau, which forced them to berth at the port and open the holds for ventilation and inspection. The general cargo ship Ventura was berthed at the port and cargo holds were opened at daylight, when there were two firefighting shore brigades and one tug, ready to extinguish the fire. After removing hatches it was estimated that cargo of beet root was smoldering and small fire erupted when entering of fresh air, but was quickly extinguished by shore brigades. There were no sufficient damages of the cargo and ship after the accident. During the accident the general cargo ship Ventura was en route from Liepaja, Latvia to Morocco with cargo of beet root. After inspection from the local authorities the vessel resumed voyage and headed to Morocco. Some 100 t from the cargo was damaged by the fire. During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution. The authorities will follow investigation for the cause of the fire. The general cargo ship Ventura (IMO: 9312729) has overall length of 106.00 m, moulded beam of 14.00 m and maximum draft of 5.40 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 5,699 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,870 GRT. The cargo ship was built in 2006 by Sander Scheepsen Reparatiebedrij in their shipyard in Delfzijl, Netherlands. The vessel Ventura is owned and operated by German company Strahlmann Reederei.