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Boxship ploughs into Santos passenger jetty

Hamburg Sud’s 10,500 teu Cap San Antonio, while en route to Paranagua, took out a passenger jetty at Santos in Brazil yesterday. The ship suffered a hole in its portside hull with ballast water seeping out. The ship was taken to an outer anchorage and is now awaiting some repairs.

Investigators have yet to suggest how the accident, which was caught on video, happened. There have been no reports of injuries or pollution.

In 2018, a similar accident happened involving a Hapag-Lloyd ship and the same passenger jetty.

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.


  1. Big ships = big headaches and bigger problems. Clearly the viewer can hear the wind in this clip. Making the handling of the modern mega-box ship even more challenging.

    Box ships of today, which owners seem to want more of, are presenting many challenges to ports that have NOT changed their infrastructure or geographical size. The same waterways of yesteryear with small conventional tugs, are today welcoming gargantuan ships with larger more able, modern tugs. Are they enough? Are they being used to ‘escort’ in addition to assist in berthing?

    These videos are now becoming commonplace. But nobody seems too worried about it. Until you look at your insurance bill. The claims from these accidents are impacting everyone and everywhere, not just the maritime industry.

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