The UASC giant container ship UMM Salal ran aground in Malacca Strait off Port Klang in Malaysia. The accident happened shortly shortly after leaving the Malaysia port in the early afternoon of April 6 afternoon en route to Khor Fakkan in UAE. The vessel activated AIS status “Aground” near the shipping way and the separation scheme in the heavy traffic area. The traffic in the area is not hampered, but the vessel was proceeding with increased cautious due to troubled mega container ship. The vessel was successfully refloated on Friday, 7 April at 16:24 local time. UASC crew is safe and accounted for and no pollution was reported. An underwater survey has been conducted reporting no damage to the vessel or cargo on-board but the incident has caused a slight 24 hour delay to the sailing schedule.
UASC is liaising with customers as needed regarding any potential delays to cargo.
The mega container ship UMM Salal (IMO: 9525857) has overall length of 365.90 m, moulded beam of 48.20 m and maximum summer draft of 15.50 m. The vessel has deadweight of 145,327 DWT and gross tonnage of 141,077 GRT. The boxship’s capacity is for 13,296 TEU with 1,000 reefer points. UMM Salal was built in 2011 by Samsung Heavy Industries in their shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.