Maersk containership runs aground at Brazilian port

A Maersk Line containership, the 8,402 teu Maersk Saigon, ran aground yesterday afternoon while at the port of Santos in Brazil.

Maersk Line confirmed the grounding to Splash stating: “Maersk Saigon was grounded during her departure manoeuvre at the BTP Terminal in Santos, Brazil. The vessel’s crew is safe and no one was injured.”

The vessel, which is managed by Germany’s E.R. Schiffahrt, was refloated with the assistance of a single tug at 10:30pm. It is currently safely anchored while awaiting further inspection to assess any potential structural damages, Maersk said

Maersk Saigon was operating on the ASAS service and was departing for Port Elizabeth, South Africa when the grounding occurred. Maersk is hopeful the vessel can make up time on its Atlantic transit once it gets the all clear.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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