Grounded Mumbai Maersk successfully refloated

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The 19,000 TEU Maersk boxship which ran aground off the coast of Germany has been successfully refloated.

On 4 February at 1.30 am local time, the 400-metre-long Mumbai Maersk vessel was refloated in an operation conducted in cooperation with salvage company Smit and the German Havarikommando.

“The vessel Mumbai Maersk is waiting at a safe position for further hull and machinery assessment before it is expected to continue its voyage,” Maersk wrote in a statement. “An internal investigation into the cause of the grounding will be taking place. We are in direct dialogue with all affected customers.”

On 2 February at around 11.00 pm local time, Mumbai Maersk was grounded outside Bremerhaven, Germany.

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All crew were reported as safe, in addition to no pollution and no sign of hull breach.

The vessel was on ground on a shallow patch and as such the entrance to the port was not obstructed and port operations were running as normal.

Sailing from Asia, the vessel had its last stop in the port of Rotterdam before grounding outside of Bremerhaven.

The vessel was on its way to discharge and consequently the cargo meant for Bremerhaven is still onboard, along with cargo destined for the Scandinavian countries.

Mumbai Maersk has a capacity of 19,630 TEU and was built in 2018. It sails under the Danish flag.

Mumbai Maersk is one of Maersk’s 2nd generation Triple E vessels.

There are 30 people onboard.

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