19,000 teu vessel hard aground on the Elbe

One of the world’s largest containerships has run hard aground on the Elbe river as it headed towards the Eurogate terminal at the Port of Hamburg.

The 18,890 teu, 400 m long  CSCL Indian Ocean ran into difficulty at around 21.30 hrs last night with local media speculating it was down to either a power outage onboard or a navigational error.

The grounding of the China Shipping vessel has caused some ship traffic to build up. Five tugs were deployed to help the stricken Hong Kong-flagged ship, and an attempt will be made to move it at high tide, likely at noon today.

No leak has been reported.

Critics claim that with the supersizing of containerships the fairway of the Elbe has become too narrow, especially in the event of an accident.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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