SHIPS COLLIDE

November, 2014

ship fireIt is not often we hear about ships colliding at sea or at berth, but there has been a rash of them of late.  Last month, we featured the video of Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk ships bumping into each other as they vied for position at the entrance to the Suez Canal.

This month, we have two more incidents. Hapag-Lloyd, OOCL and Safemarine got tangled up while at berth in Australia.  During a storm, the Hapag vessel lost its mooring and drifted into an OOCL ship which broke its mooring and flipped around and into a Safemarine vessel.  Then at Port Klang, Malaysia, Hambug-Sud and United Arab Shipping Company vessels collided igniting fires on both ships, pictured above.