Mega boxship Gustav Maersk aground in northern Messina Strait in Italy

Boxship Gustav Maersk agroundThe mega boxship Gustav Maersk ran aground in northern Messina Strait near Torre Cavallo, Italy. The 9,000 TEU vessel was maneuvering to take pilot on board after mechanical failure. The vessel stuck into the rocks of Italian coast, but fortunately was not breached and did not suffered water ingress. The accident was reported to the local authorities, who ordered special survey and underwater inspection of the mega boxship Gustav Maersk before refloating. It was estimated that ship was not damaged and was towed to safe depth with assistance of three tugs. The container carrier Gustav Maersk proceeded to Port of Gioia Tauro in Italy, where docked and will pass safety inspection and special survey.

There was no oil spill or injuries to the crew reported. The cause of grounding is currently under investigation, as the Master contacted by the Vessel Traffic Service in Messina, waiting for pilot. Meanwhile, according to Italian Coast Guard the ship lost propulsion power and was pushed by the winds to the rocky shallow.

The mega boxship Gustav Maersk (IMO: 9359038) was en route from Rijeka to Gioia Tauro. The ship has overall length of 367.00 m, moulded beam of of 42.00 m and maximum draft of 12.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 127,015 DWT and the gross tonnage is 99,002 GRT. The mega boxship Gustav Maersk was built in 2008 by Odense Steel Shipyard in Denmark.

Video from refloating of container ship Gustav Maersk: