Maersk containership refloated after running aground

London: The Maersk Line containership Sea Land Meteor (4,360 teu, built 1996) has been successfully refloated after running aground, 150 metres from the shore at Vlissingen, the Netherlands.

Five tugs assisted as the Hong Kong-flagged vessel was refloated on the rising tide yesterday, according to Dutch press.

Reports blame high winds and vessel congestion in the area for pushing the vessel to close to the coast on Tuesday.

The vessel was en route to Antwerp from Rotterdam at the time of the incident, with a river pilot onboard. The sea pilot is reported to have disembarked just before the ship was stranded.

Latest available AIS data confirms that the panamax vessel is now moored at Berendrecht in the Port of Antwerp.

There were no injuries nor incidents of pollution or hull damage caused by the grounding.



Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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