The container carrier MSC Iris ran aground at the Valkenisse Plate on Western Scheldt in Netherlands near buoy 66. The vessel was en route from Vuorsari to Antwerp, but proceeding through the canal left the fairway and stuck into the sandbank. The ship stuck hardly into the sandbank and was not able to refloat by own power. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene of the troubled container carrier were dispatched two tugs, which refloated her to safe depth into the fairway. The container ship MSC Iris was then escorted by the two tugboats to Antwerp, where will be inspected and surveyed for possible damages during the grounding. During the incident there were no reported damages, injured people or water pollution, but the local authorities were monitoring the area around the grounding for oil leaks.
The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. According to preliminary information there vessel was proceeding close to the sandbank and probably stuck after human mistake and leaving the fairway. The refloating was done within an hour and the traffic in the area was not seriously hampered.
The container carrier MSC Iris (IMO: 8201624) has overall length of 203.00 m, moulded beam of 25.40 m and maximum draft of 9.80 m. The deadweight of the ship is 21,370 DWT and the gross tonnage is 21,586 GRT. The container ship MSC Iris was built in 1982 by Nordic Yards Warnemunde in shipyard in Rostock, Germany.