Another Megaship Grounding Pushes Salvors to Their Limits

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - Another ultra-large container vessel has run aground in North Europe, again raising questions about the ability of salvage facilities to tackle a major incident involving the new megaships. The 14,074 teu CSCL Jupiter ran aground at around 7am yesterday in the river Scheldt after leaving the port of Antwerp en route for Hamburg. The … [Read more...]

Ultra Large Containerships: How Big is Too Big?

By Capt. George H Livingstone, The recent grounding of the Ultra Large Container Vessel “CSCL Indian Ocean” got me thinking again about the relatively recent, quantum leap of container vessel size trading the world’s oceans. I’ve written about the subject before but the grounding of “Indian Ocean” on the river Elbe put international attention back on the subject. To brief … [Read more...]

Team of Tugs Pull CSCL Indian Ocean Free from Elbe Riverbed

Above is an AIS recreation of the refloating from VesselTracker: One of the world's largest containerships was pulled free overnight after spending five days hard aground on Germany's Elbe River. The operation to refloat CSCL Indian Ocean began at precisely 2 a.m. when an army of 12 tugboats were simultaneously ordered to push and pull the 399-meter 'megaship' until it … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Refloat of CSCL Indian Ocean in Germany

A total of 12 tugs helped refloat the grounded CSCL Indian Ocean from Germany's Elbe River early Tuesday morning.  The operation kicked off at exactly 02:00 a.m. and within 20 minutes the 399-meter containership was afloat in the shipping channel leading to the port of Hamburg. Initial inspections show the vessel is fully operational. The Hong Kong-flagged … [Read more...]