Maersk and ZIM boxships collide at Busan Port

Containerships Safmarine Nokwanda and Tianjin collided at South Korea’s Busan Container Terminal on Saturday, leading to damage on both ships.

The incident happened when the 4,500 teu Safmarine Nokwanda was berthing at the port and it struck into the stern of 10,000 teu Tianjin.

Tianjin suffered major damage and a number of containers from the ship were crushed and fell off the ship following the collision. Safmarine Nokwanda suffered damage to the bow.

No injuries were reported from the incident.

Safmarine Nokwanda is operated by Maersk’s South African unit Safmarine and Tianjin is owned Germany’s NSB Holding and is chartered to ZIM.

According to AIS data, both ships have left Busan to continue their voyages. Safmarine Nokwanda is heading to China while Tianjin is sailing to the Americas.

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.


  1. The Zim Ship, MV Tianjin was stationary and tied up. that being the case, this was an allision not a collision.

    Definition of ALLISION

    1 obs : the action of dashing against or striking upon
    2 : the running of one ship upon another ship that is stationary —distinguished from collision

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