Car Carrier Newbuild Touches Ground in River Ems

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    The large car and truck carrier (LCTC) Siem Cicero, only ten days old, briefly scraped the ground in the river Ems, northwestern Germany, in the early morning hours of July 13, the country’s water police informed. 

    Before the incident, the Liberia-flagged vessel departed the Port of Emden and was en route to the Port of Halifax in Canada.

    With the help of tugs which were immediately required by Siem Cicero’s captain, the 7,000 CEU ship was brought back to the Port of Emden.

    The investigation into the incident revealed that there were no damages to the vessel, according to the police.

    Water Police Emden identified a “software error in the steering engine” as the cause of the incident.

    As the traffic was halted in the river, it was resumed at around 18:00 the same day.

    Owned by Siem Car Carriers, the 200-meter long ship was recently completed at Uljanik Brodogradiliste shipyard in Croatia.

    As of July 14, Siem Cicero’s AIS data shows it is in the North Sea, underway using engine.

    World Maritime News contacted Siem Car Carriers for more details on the incident, however, the company is yet to reply.