A drone has captured the moment the 366-metre CSCL Jupiter containership ran aground on the banks of the river Scheldt this morning (August 14, 2017) while sailing from Antwerp to Hamburg.
Reports indicate that CSCL Jupiter may have suffered rudder failure before becoming beached.
Eight tugs tried to save the 14,300 TEU vessel after a backup system was started, but factors such as an ebb tide meant efforts to rescue the ship were unsuccessful.
Traffic to and from Antwerp, Europe's second-biggest port, may be able to resume depending on whether the ultra large containership refloats on the next high tide at 8 pm tonight.
The CSCL Jupiter sails on the French Asia Line 7 (FAL7).
It is due at Felixstowe on August 21, 2017.
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Shipping YouTuber deano C reported: “At present, some commercial traffic can pass but large shipping has been suspended until further notice.
“In the last two years, there has been the 400-metre 19100TEU CSCL Indian Ocean in February 2016 ran aground on the Elbe River enroute to Hamburg where it took several attempts to refloat her including a spring tide.
“Her bunkers were removed to lighten her draft and [it took] 12 tugs, including two 120 tonne bollard pull ocean tugs, to pull her free.
“Sadly grounding or cargo shifting causing major listing is not a something taken lightly.
“With orders for even larger ships, insurers are getting twitchy… incidents like this will happen a lot more often.”
@PortTechnology At this moment, 10 #tugs from @PortofAntwerp are at work by the #containerschip #bath #shipping @gCaptain @Multraship pic.twitter.com/FARp9YbpzL
— Anton v/d Aarssen (@TheTullip) August 14, 2017