Container Ship Belonging to Maersk Runs Aground



On early Tuesday morning, a container ship belonging to Maersk reportedly ran aground in Southern Italy.

What happened?

A 366-meter-long Maersk Line container ship ran aground on Tuesday while transiting the Strait of Messina in Southern Italy.

The Italian Coast Guard confirmed the Denmark-flagged MV Gustav Maersk ran aground overnight near the town of Torre Cavallo.

The grounding occurred as Gustav Maersk was sailing from Rijeka, Croatia for Gioia Tauro, Italy, according to reports.

An inspection of vessel showed no sign that the hull had been breached, the Coast Guard said.  No pollution has been observed in the area.

Vessel salvaged:

The vessel was eventually pulled free with the assistance of three tugs from nearby ports of Messina and Milazzo.  It was later escorted by the ship to the port of Gioia Tauro, located just to the north.

The Coast Guard said that prior to the grounding; the ship was contacted by the Vessel Traffic Service in Messina.

The cause of the grounding is currently under investigation.

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Source: Guardia Costiera


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