It was the seventh storm surge since November last year, and it was predicted - perhaps that is why yesterday's storm on the German Baltic Sea coast was relatively mild for water sports enthusiasts.
In Kiel, Lübeck, Travemünde and especially in the east near Wismar, Greifswald and Usedom, the levels rose almost two meters above sea level after gusts of up to 12 winds on Thursday night. So far, apart from a few yachts washed ashore in Lübeck, no other cases are known where ships or jetties have been damaged. “Everything is still quiet here,” said Margit Bursinski from the press office of the yacht insurer Pantaenius. Experience has shown that the first damage reports arrive there on the same day.
In Kiel, too, where the water washed over the Hindenburgufer, there was no damage apart from a demolished power column in Düsternbrook. “No jetties or yachts were damaged in winter storage. This is also a positive consequence of our stricter regulations for the bearing blocks,”says Frank Engler, Managing Director of Sporthafen Kiel GmbH, assessing the impeccable storm record. The GmbH, which is self-administered by the sailors and manages many ports in Kiel, has introduced significantly stricter test criteria for self-made winter cradles in recent years.