Giant CMA CGM boxship suffers grounding off Southampton

One of the world’s largest boxships is being inspected for any damages following a brief grounding incident in the UK yesterday.

The 2015-built, 17,859 teu CMA CGM Vasco Da Gama grounded just after midnight yesterday as it made its way to Southampton on the UK’s south coast. The ship was refloated within an hour and proceeded to the port where an underwater survey will be conducted.

Incidents of the new supersized slew of boxships grounding are raising concern worldwide. This February, the 19,000 teu CSCL Indian Ocean created a traffic jam when it grounded while approaching Hamburg port, and there have been a couple of incidents of big boxship groundings along the Suez Canal this year too.

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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