Containership suffers power outage in Australia waters


Singapore-flagged containership Rio Madeira has suffered an electrical power outage on route to Sydney, Australia.

Repairs are now underway.

The 5,500 TEU vessel lost power on 20 October. The ship drifted along New South Wales coast, some 30 nautical miles offshore.

After a two-day drift off on the Australian coast, tug Svitzer Glenrock was assigned for repairs.

The Rio Madeira berthed at Sydney Hutchison terminal for repairs on 23 October.

Carrier Maersk has released an advisory to notify customers of potential disruptions and give an update on the incident.

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“The vessel had power supply from the emergency generator; however, it was not sufficient to perform all functions which were required to sail the vessel,” reads the company’s statement.

“We also arranged tugboats to be alongside for safety and stability of the vessel while crew members were trouble shooting the issue.

“The technicians have now rectified the issue and electricity onboard the vessel has been restored.”

Maersk informed that cargo operations will be planned only at Sydney DPW terminal.

The ship had some 3380 containers on board.

Causes surrounding the power outage remain unclear.

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