The company’s Senior Press Officer, Michael Christian Storgaard, confirmed the news of Maersk Brooklyn’s engine failure. The ship was en route from Belgium to Malta, when she suffered mechanical troubles in the English Channel on June 16th 2015.
The vessel that went adrift in the busy route due to mechanical problems, could not be righted immediately and was thus anchored at eleven nautical miles ENE off Greenwich Bouy in a safety position in the waterway. Though her anchoring did not disrupt the traffic, other passing vessels in the vicinity were warned to be cautious, given the nature of the dangerous cargo that Maersk Brooklyn was reportedly carrying. The port authorities have also kept a tug as stand-by to assist the cargo ship, in case of need.
Currently, the 2007-built, 4196 TEU boxship is having minor mechanical issues that can be repaired on board. The ship is expected to commence her voyage to the Port of Marsaxlokk after the necessary repairs.