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Cosco Hope captain faces grilling over Port Said fire

Prosecutors are in Port Said and are mulling arresting the captain of the 13,100 teu Cosco Hope after the ship caused millions of dollars of damage when it rammed into a crane in the early hours of May 3 while trying to exit the port. The crane’s boom fell onto the berth, sparking a huge fire.

The four-year-old 366 m long ship is on charter to Cosco from Seaspan. It remains moored just outside the port as investigators assess the damage from the incident.

Operations at Suez Canal Container Terminal are slowly getting back to normal after 48 hours of disruption.

Cosco officials in Shanghai declined to comment on the incident when contacted by Splash today.



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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