Ship Grounding Refloat At High Tide With Tug Assist

VIDEO: Refloat of CSCL Indian Ocean in Germany

Mike Schuler
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February 9, 2016

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 CSCL Indian Ocean is part of a new breed of ‘megaships’ designed to carry more than 18,000 twenty foot containers and used to transport goods from Asia to Northern Europe. The vessel ran aground last Wednesday night (Feb 3) while en route to the port of Hamburg from Felixstowe, England. 

gCaptain’s full coverage of the refloat is HERE.

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