Nine-year-old boxship sent for demo in Bangladesh

A very young boxship has been sent for scrap. The Aeneas, a Chinese-built, nine-year-old boxship, has arrived at Chittagong’s anchorage, according to MarineTraffic, awaiting to be broken up. The 5,086 teu ship is one of the youngest container vessels to have been sent for early retirement. The ship was acquired from Hamburger Lloyd four years ago.

Last July the Aeneas suffered an engine failure, sparking a dramatic five-vessel pile up on the Suez Canal, with three ships suffering serious prangs. The accident happened when the Aeneas lost propulsion while on a southern bound convoy. Three bulkers – Panamax Alexander, Sakizaya Kalon and Osios David – behind the boxship collided in the ensuing mayhem and the canal was closed for a number of hours.

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.


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