After the oil spill in the port of Brunsbüttel, the Kiel Canal will remain closed to shipping at least until January 3rd. Data recorded by a sensor aircraft showed that there was only a small amount of oil on the water, as the emergency command announced on Tuesday. The artificial waterway will remain closed for the time being so as not to impede the cleaning work on the embankment.
The busy Kiel Canal was closed on December 21 after large quantities of oil spilled due to a leak in a pipeline. The canal between Kiel on the Baltic Sea and Brunsbüttel (Dithmarschen district) at the mouth of the Elbe in the North Sea is considered the world's busiest artificial sea waterway.
Message from the CCME ship positions