Maersk and MSC vessels involved in yet another accident

The accident-prone partners of the 2M alliance have been involved in another smash.

Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s two largest container carriers, have had more than their fair share of accidents in the past 12 months, most notably the tragic fire on the Maersk Honam earlier this month which killed five crew.

On Saturday the 11,000 teu MSC Shuba B, owned by Seaspan, and the 4,258 teu Laura Maersk collided at the Peruvian port of Callao.

The accident, captured on video (see below), happened while the pair were manoeuvring in harbour with the bow of the Maersk ship glancing the MSC Shuba B. Damages were reported as minimal and both vessels departed the port yesterday.

In July last year the Laura Maersk lost power off Alaska and had to be towed by three tugs.

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. the size of these vessels and their huge free boards,combined with the number of calls they make into various ports makes these ships a accident waiting to happen.

    In simple words,they are out of control!

  2. evidently bad port management [have you seen any airport having two planes landing at the same time?], pilot and tugboat failed to operate such as to bring them safely to berth

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