The container ship MSC Barbara ran aground at the approach to Sao Joaqium terminal in Salvador port, Brazil. The vessel proceeded through the separation scheme, but hardly stuck at the shipping way. It was estimated that the container carrier MSC Barbara proceeded to the terminal with draft of 14.50 m, while the maximum depth at the shipping way was 12.00 m due to the low tide. The container ship remained stuck for seven hours, as the salvage was possible just after increase of water level. Later the vessel was refloated with assistance of tugs and proceeded to the Sao Joaqium terminal, where docked for cargo handling and special inspection.
There were no reported damages and water pollution during the accident, but the traffic to Sao Joaqium terminal was seriously hampered during the whole day. There were disruption in work of the whole port, as well. The investigation for the root cause and responsibilities is under way, but probably grounding happened due to human mistake.
The container ship MSC Barbara (IMO: 9226932) has overall length of 300.40 m, moulded beam of 40.00 m and maximum draft of 14.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 73,819 DWT, the gross tonnage is 85,820 GRT and the maximum capacity is 6,750 TEU. The carrier is operating under the flag of Panama and was built in 2002 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in their shipyard in South Korea. The container ship MSC Barbara is driven by MAN B&W 10K98MCC engines with maximum output power of 92,000 hp.