Second Containership Runs Aground Near UK


The 13,892 TEU APL Vanda recently had to make a controlled grounding on its approach to the Port of Southampton and marks the second incident involving the grounding of larger containerships in Europe, according to gCaptain, with the incident supporting Olaf Merk of the ITF’s recent Twitter poll which asks whether the costs and risks of these vessels outweigh the benefits.

No damage was reported on the vessel and a total of eight tugs were required to assist the stranded vessel. 

This recent incident is the second instant of a ship running aground recently after the CSCL Indian Ocean had ran aground in the River Elbe as a result of a failed rudder system.

Port Technology previously reported that the ship was refloated with the help of 12 tugboats and enabled the containership to continue its voyage to the Port of Hamburg.

This followed news that emergency crews were using the alignment of the stars in order to raise the water levels and successfully refloat the ship.

Watch a clip of a recent Port Technology interview with Olaf Merk, in which he talks about ways in which the shipping industry can deal with overcapacity.

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