MV Karen Danielsen
The M/V Karen Danielsen, is a multipurpose container feeder, built in March 1985 by J.J. Sietas KG, at their shipbuilding yard in Hamburg-Neuenfelde, Germany, and labelled a type 111a. This ship is registered as the 970 new-build ship by J.J. Sietas KG.
Chartered 1987 by Herbert Drewes under the name Esperanza. Sold 1988 and renamed to Mánafoss and registered in Antigua. In 1992 it returned to Herbert Drewes and was again renamed to Esperanza and sailed under German flag.
Great Belt Bridge accident
The crash knocked two cranes off the ship, and destroyed the top deck of the ship's bridge. A fire also broke out onboard. The chief officer was at the helm, and was killed in the crash. His body was discovered in the hold. An autopsy revealed that he had a blood alcohol concentration of at least 1.55 parts per 1000. Several of the other crew members, all of whom were from Croatia, were badly injured, including the captain.
The bridge received no structural damage and was able to reopen several hours later.
- News Article at News24.com
- Bridge Vs. Bridge - March. 2005 – "Singles Only" (includes photographs of the damaged ship)
- 22 August 2005 KAREN DANIELSEN’s collision with the Great Belt West Bridge on 3 March 2005 – Marine Accident Report