Hanjin Containership Involved in Collision in Singapore

Mike Schuler
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October 5, 2016

File photos shows a tugboat pass a Hanjin container ship at PSA’s Tanjong Pagar terminal in Singapore September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su

An anchored containership belonging to collapsed South Korean shipping company Hanjin was involved in a minor collision with another containership last week, causing 11 containers to fall overboard, the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore confirmed in a statement to the media on Wednesday.

The incident occurred at around 6 p.m. last Friday and involved the Hanjin New York and the Liberian-flagged MSC Claudia.

According to the MPA, the Hanjin New York dragged anchor and contacted the bow of the MSC Claudia, causing ten containers to fall from the Hanjin New York onto the deck of the MSC Claudia. Another container fell into the water. All container were empty at the time, the MPA said.

Both vessel suffered minor damage but there were no reports of pollution or injuries. 

It is unclear what caused the Hanjin New York to drag anchor.

A fleet operating status update from Hanjin dated Oct. 4 had the status of Hanjin New York as ‘Berthing Preparation’.

Singapore has become somewhat of a safe haven for Hanjin vessels after the company filed for court receivership on August 31. There are currently five Hanjin vessels remaining in Singapore waters, according to the fleet status update. 

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