Canal to re-open

02 Jan 2023 / Kiel Canal, Germany

Kiel Canal authorities have announced that the Kiel Canal will re-open beginning at 12:00 hours local time tomorrow (3 January).

Although extensive cleaning measures have been taken in order to contain the oil spill which was detected on 16 December, there may still be some residual oil left in the Canal which might lead to pollution of vessels during the passage.

The Federal Republic of Germany will not bear any costs resulting from such pollution of the vessel (e.g. costs for cleaning). The provisions of German Law concerning the liability for gross negligence and intention, as well as the liability for the damage of life, body and health, remain unaffected.

The letter of "Exclusion of liability of damages and losses" is no longer compulsory and can be disregarded for future transits.

(For information about operations in Germany, contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency Centre at [email protected])

Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC network agent

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