Misfortune strikes two Maersk ships in Brazil

Two Maersk-operated containerships in Brazil have been involved in serious incidents.

In the worst instance, 2009-built Mercosul Santos collided with a tug pulling multiple barges in the Amazon River between the ports of Juruti and Obidios in the northern state of Para, while it was en route to Manaus Port.

Of 11 people on the tug, barges or ferry pontoons, two have been rescued while the other nine remain unaccounted for.

In the other incident, a steam pipe burst in the galley of 2009-built Mercosul Manaus when it was undergoing maintenance work while berthed at Santos Port in the state of Sao Paulo.

A 64-year-old man suffered burns to 70% of his body and was taken to a local hospital where he was in intensive care.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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