Hanjin Containership Nearly Grounds in North Carolina After Losing Power

Hanjin San Diego. Photo: MarineTraffic.com/
Hanjin San Diego. Photo: MarineTraffic.com/Andrew Mackinnon

 

A 965-foot Hanjin containership came dangerously close to running aground in North Carolina after losing power near Bald Head Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard says that the containership MV Hanjin San Diego lost power just before 5 a.m. in the main shipping channel at the mouth of the Cape Fear River leading to the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina.

The AIS track below shows just how close the vessel came to shore. 

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According to reports, two tugs arrived on scene within hours and helped the ship away from shore. The vessel was eventually able to restore power, with AIS showing the vessel ‘underway using engine’ as of 9:37 a.m. local time.

The containership was sailing from the Port of New York and New Jersey to Wilmington when the incident occurred.