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Grounded Containership Blocks Antwerp Port

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Traffic to and from Antwerp, Europe's second-biggest port, has been halted by the 366-metre CSCL Jupiter containership after it ran aground on the banks of the river Scheldt which connects the port to the North Sea.

A spokeswoman said workers were trying to tow the 14,300 TEU CSCL Jupiter away but could not say when this would be completed.

A spokesperson told Reuters: “We're heading for low tide in the coming hours, that does not make things easier.”

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Covering a space of 20,000 football fields, the port of Antwerp is the 15th largest container port in the world and handles 214 million tonnes of maritime freight each year.

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Below you can see some of the photos sent to Port Technology by freelance photographer Anton van den Aarssen.

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