Countdown to Elbe refloat of grounded giant boxship

Countdown to Elbe refloat of grounded giant boxship

Authorities spent the weekend prepping for tomorrow’s refloat operation of the giant CSCL Indian Ocean. The 400 m long, 19,000 teu containership ran aground on the river Elbe on February 2 en route to the port of Hamburg. With earlier efforts by tugs to dislodge it, efforts are now focused around Tuesday’s spring tide.

In the meantime, bunkers and ballast water have been discharged from the ship, one of the largest to ever transit the Elbe river. Dredgers have also come alongside to deepen the waterway (see video).

The ship’s travails have come under closer scrutiny over the weekend with news that it lost its starboard anchor and around 100 m of anchor chain before entering the river.


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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    Thomas Moran
    February 8, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks for the update. We in the USA are watching this with interest and wish the salvage crews good luck tomorrow in the refloat!