Storm Herwart kills at least six

Strong winds from Storm Herwart hit northern and central Europe on Sunday October 29th, killing a total of at least six people in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

There were concerns that bulk carrier Glory Amsterdam (IMO 9287182) which on the evening of October 29th ran aground on the German island of Langeoog in the North Sea, might have leaked oil. The ship’s crew of 22 were safe, according to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The freighter was not carrying any cargo, but had 1,800 tonnes of heavy oil and 140 tonnes of marine diesel on board as fuel, according to local authorities. A Do 228 oil surveillance aircraft was monitoring the vessel. Five tugs were assembled on the seaward side of the grounding site. Multi-purpose ship Mellum was monitoring the situation.

A German ship accident command has taken over the coordination of the salvage work and a boarding team of four was dropped off by helicopter. The ship had grounded after the anchors slid over the bottom and the towing wire of the Nordic broke repeatedly.

Meanwhile, Hamburg saw widespread flooding in the inner city area, including the area around the new Elbphilharmonie symphony hall.

2006-built, Panama-flagged, 40,017 gt Glory Amsterdam is owned by Glory Amsterdam Ltd care of manager Glory Ships S Pte of Singapore. It is entered with London P&I Club on behalf of Glory Amsterdam Ltd.