Maersk boxship runs aground off German coast

Maersk loses several hundred containers between China and US

A Maersk container vessel has ran aground off the coast of Germany.

Germany’s Central Command for Maritime Emergencies said on Thursday that the 400-metre-long Mumbai Maersk ran aground at 11.00 pm local time on 2 February.

The vessel was headed from Rotterdam to Bremerhaven when it became stuck around 6 kilometres north of the East Frisian Island of Wangerooge.

Several multipurpose vessels were brought in to dislodge the boxship, however its first attempt failed, a spokesperson for the command said.

There are no injured persons on the vessel.

The operation to bring the ship out is dependent on the tide. The next high tide will be around 1.00 pm local time.

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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