Satellite Tracking Shows CSCL Jupiter Grounding


Vessel tracking software has retraced the CSCL Jupiter’s movements before it ran aground near Antwerp, Belgium on the river Scheldt on Monday (August 14, 2017).

The sped-up video animation by Genscape’s Vesseltracker software shows the 14,300 TEU containership leaving a berth between Saftingen and Lilo on Antwerp’s northern outskirts and rounding two bends in the Scheldt before going off course and grounding near Bath, Belgium at about 6:53 am.

CSCL Jupiter reportedly suffered a steering gear failure, causing it to run aground on the banks of the Scheldt while heading for the North Sea.

The efforts of six tugs to free the ship were in vain, and it blocked access to the Port of Antwerp until high tide when around 16 tug boats and a patrol boat aided in refloating the vessel at around 7 pm.

CSCL Jupiter was then escorted back to Antwerp for inspection, but not before a drone captured its predicament on camera.

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