A few days ago, part of the so-called north pier in Bremerhaven collapsed overnight. The mole tower has stood on the heaped-up dam for more than 100 years and is one of the most famous landmarks of the Hanseatic city.
However, the lighthouse, which is about 20 meters high, is now in danger of collapsing. The building with the red hood has been in serious imbalance since Thursday.
Bremerhaven slate lighthouse: Dismantling should begin on Monday
After the provisional securing of the lighthouse in Bremerhaven, which has become dangerously lopsided, dismantling is expected to begin on Monday (22 August). Further measurements and recordings are planned beforehand, said the spokesman for the port company “Bremenports”, Holger Bruns, on Sunday.
These would be checked, then a decision would be made as to which technique could be used to dismantle the listed red dome of the tower. The aim is to rebuild the tower with the new construction of the pier, he said.
Lighthouse in Bremerhaven is threatened with collapse
The reason for the sagging is the low water level of the Weser. Uwe Old, head of the water police, said at “Bremen Vier”: “There is nothing more that can be saved. We can only be glad that we don’t have a storm situation, that there are still waves against it. But I think in the next few days it will have become superfluous for this tower, unfortunately.”
On Saturday (20 August) the lighthouse was provisionally secured. The tower could fall further, said the spokesman for the port company “bremenports”, Holger Bruns. Should this happen, the tower will no longer fall into the water, but will land on a floating pontoon, which has now been installed in front of it and on which hay has been piled up in case the tower falls.
Bremerhaven: Many onlookers flock to the leaning lighthouse
Should the tower actually fall over, it should be rebuilt true to the original, the city said. Late on Saturday afternoon, numerous onlookers gathered again on the Weser and watched what was happening around the tower. A platform with a crane was brought up to the tower, now experts in work baskets are to be lowered to the dome of the 25 meter high structure. They should determine whether the red hood with the beacon can be separated from the masonry of the tower.
Not only the Rhine in Cologne, but also other rivers in Germany are currently suffering from the extreme heat and have low water. Due to the heavy rainfall over the weekend, especially in southern Germany, the situation could relax a bit. (dpa/ft/mbr)
Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.
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