WWII aircraft bombs to be defused in Germany's Kiel shipyard park

   July 21, 2023 ,   Accidents

In Kiel (Germany), an important day is approaching as authorities prepare to defuse two Second World War bombs in the Kiel shipyard park. The operation is scheduled for Sunday, July 23rd, 2023, and will involve evacuating around 9,400 residents from 5,200 households, making it one of the largest evacuations in recent years.

On the designated day, extensive closures will be in effect around the Werftpark in Kiel to ensure safe handling of the discovered aircraft bombs. The defusing process is set to start at 1 pm, with evacuation measures and road closures commencing slightly earlier. Notably, Werftstrabe and Ostring will experience partial closures in the districts of Gaarden-Ost and Ellerbek. Cruise guests planning to board the MSC Fantasia at the Ostuferhafen cruise terminal are advised to allow extra time for potential traffic delays.

Road closures due to evacuation and bomb disposal efforts will lead to longer travel times. However, guests departing on the MSC Fantasia cruise on Sunday should not face inconveniences, as road closures in the affected area will not begin until midday. Passengers planning to take the Color Line's Oslo Ferry are advised to approach Norway Quay from the south to catch the ferry's prompt departure at 2 pm for Oslo (Norway).

Passengers on ferries and cruise ships mooring on the west bank in the port of Kiel will not be affected by the closures. The Gothenburg ferry from Stena Line will be docked at Schwedenkai on Sunday, and the two cruise ships - AIDAbella and Mein Schiff 4, will facilitate guest changes at Ostseekai. The restricted area for bomb clearance is situated away from the access routes to both Ostseekai and Schwedenkai.

The duration of the road closures and restrictions on Sunday, July 23rd, will depend on the successful completion of the bomb disposal operation. Passengers aboard the MSC Fantasia are encouraged to plan additional time to reach the Ostuferhafen for the cruise's planned 6 pm departure to explore the enchanting Norwegian fjords.

This operation marks a significant milestone for Kiel, showcasing the city's commitment to safety and preservation as authorities diligently ensure the safety and security of all residents and visitors during the disposal of these historical explosives.