Video Captures Containership Collision at Karachi Port


Dozens of containers have fallen into the sea at the Port of Karachi after a Hapag-Lloyd ship collided with another container vessel on March 19, 2018.

Video footage of the incident has captured the Tolten, an 8,000 TEU Hapag-Lloyd ship, scraping past the Liberia-flagged Hamburg Bay, a 6,350 TEU vessel, knocking containers into the water at South Asia Port Terminal.

The terminal has suspended operations while Karachi Port Trust removes containers from the water.

Port of Karachi is one of South Asia's largest and busiest deep-water seaports.

According to Marine Traffic, Hamburg Bay has stopped at the terminal as of 17:30 GMT, with the Tolten docked in front of it.

Reports indicate that there is no damage to the terminal’s cranes.

There are also no reports of injuries.



In a statement on the incident, Hapag-Lloyd said: “Our ship the “Tolten” rammed another ship while berthing in Karachi on Monday.

“We deeply regret that this incident occurred.

“We have ascertained on-site that no one was injured as a result of the incident, and that there has been absolutely no environmental pollution.

“There is yet to be a definitive explanation for this incident.

“We will conduct an in-depth investigation of the incident, and are working as hard as we can to get the vessel back on its way as quickly as possible.”


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