Capesize Bulk Carrier Breaks Down in Elbe River – AIS

M/V Cape Leonidas. File photo: MarineTraffic.com/
M/V Cape Leonidas. File photo: MarineTraffic.com/Paul Buchel

A capesize bulk carrier blocked ship traffic in the Elbe River in Germany on Tuesday after losing power while inbound to the port of Hamburg.

According to reports the 292-meter Cape Leonidas suffered “engine damage” at about 4 a.m. (UTC) which left the ship adrift in the Elbe River for about a half hour before tugs arrived to provide assistance. An AIS recreation of the incident provided by Genscape VesselTracker is below:

AIS data as of 15:00 UTC showed the vessel’s status as “underway using engine” but with the assistance of six tugs as it continued its voyage to Hamburg.

Illustration: GENSCAPE VesselTracker
Illustration: GENSCAPE VesselTracker

German media reports say the disabled Cape Leonidas blocked shipping traffic on the Elbe for several hours.

The ship was sailing from Narvik, Norway with a cargo of coal.

The 180,000 dwt Cape Leonidas vessel is flagged in the Marshall Islands.