Maersk carrier runs aground off Germany
Danish carrier A.P.Moller-Maersk confirmed that Mumbai Maersk, with a capacity of 19,630 TEUs, ran aground outside Bremerhaven, Germany.
February 3, 2022: Danish carrier A.P.Moller-Maersk confirmed that Mumbai Maersk, with a capacity of 19,630 TEUs, ran aground outside Bremerhaven, Germany.
"All crew are safe, there is no pollution and no sign of hull breach. The vessel is on ground on a shallow patch and the entrance to the port is not obstructed," an official statement said.
A first attempt to free the vessel has been performed unsuccessfully. "Extra tugs are being deployed and a new attempt is expected when they are in place at the coming high tide around midnight on February 3. All affected customers are being informed."
Mumbai Maersk was built in 2018, and sails under the Danish flag.
No industry-wide issues likely
"Here we go again – an ultra-large container vessel running aground. This time the 20.500 TEU Mumbai Maersk on approach to Bremerhaven," wrote container industry expert Lars Jensen on his LinkedIn post.
"When I look at the tidal charts, we are at spring tide. Hence low tides are lower than usual and high tides are higher. Whether this was a reason for the grounding is unclear, but as the grounding apparently happened at 23:00 that would be between low and high tide."
Jensen added that Maersk has stated the location of the grounding is not obstructing the entrance to the port. Hence the problem is "only" a problem for shippers relying on cargo either on the vessel or scheduled to be loaded on the vessel but it does not in itself lead to a major domino effect into the industry-wide congestion issues.