One died after container ship CMA CGM Simba sunk towing tug in Mozambique

CMA CGM SimbaThe container ship CMA CGM Simba sunk towing tug at Toliara port, Mozambique. The vessel was leaving the port, being towed by the port tug Domingue, but due to late releasing of the towing line, the tug capsized and sank. Four from the five seamen jumped into the sea and swam to the shore, while one was trapped inside. The four rescued seamen were transported to the hospital, but one of them died on route. The fifth crew from the towing tug was trapped inside, but managed to get out later, as air pocket saved his life. The container carrier CMA CGM Simba was detained after the accident dueri9ng the further investigation for the root cause. There were no damages and injured people from the container ship during the accident.

The local authorities started investigation. It was estimated that tug capsized due to late releasing of the towing line by the tug’s crew. The container carrier was released later to return in service and bound to Durban, South Africa.

The container ship CMA CGM Simba (IMO: 9072111) has overall length of 157.00 m, moulded beam of 21.75 m and maximum draft of 9.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 15,166 DWT and the gross tonnage is 11,062 GRT. The ship was built in 1994 by JJ Sietas Schiffswerft in their shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.