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Delivery of Cosco mega containership delayed after collision

The delivery of China’s Cosco Shipping 20,000 teu newbuilding Cosco Shipping Leo has been delayed after the vessel collided with a general cargo vessel on March 29.

The incident occurred when the mega containership was on a sea trial near South Korea’s Jeju Island, colliding with general cargo vessel Mercury Triumph which was en route from Japan to China.

FleetMon reports that the Mercury Triumph suffered a hull breach and lost power while Cosco Shipping Leo suffered bow damage and a lost anchor. No causalities or injuries were reported from the incident.

According to Alphaliner, the vessel was originally scheduled to join the Ocean Alliance Asia-Europe NEU2 loop on April 14, however its introduction has been postponed by two weeks. The vessel’s sailing slot has been taken by the Cosco Shipping Gemini.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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