Hapag Lloyd’s vessel the Houston Express rescued a stranded sailor 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina last month. The sailor, Louis Jordan 36, had been missing for 66 days after his boat capsized during a storm. He survived by rationing the food he brought for his trip, catching fish with a net and saving rain water.
It 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.