Container ship CMA CGM Bellini spilled oil off Hamburg

CMA CGM BelliniThe container ship CMA CGM Bellini suffered breaches after collision with pilot boat in Waltershofer Hafen, Hamburg. The pilot was about to board the vessel, but strong winds and swell caused collision between the boat and vessel, which breached the hull and one of the fuel tanks of the boxship. After the accident caused oil lek and water pollution. The crew of container ship CMA CGM Bellini started immediately transfering from the the damaged tank, but sufficient oil leaked into the water with rate of 100 liter per minute. The oil spot extended to area of a hundred square meters and under the pressure of the wind and swell headed to the shore.

The local authorities dispatched rescue boats and oil booms to restrict extension of the spot and started cleaning the water. More than 50 rescuers were engaged with cleaning contamination. The investigation for the root cause of the accident and responsible for collision is under way. Fortunately there were no injured people.

The container ship CMA CGM Bellini (IMO: 9280598) has overall length of 277.00 m, moulded beam of 40.00 m and maximum draft of 10.00 m. The deadweight of the carrier is 73,235 DWT and the gross tonnage is 65,247 GRT. The ship was built in 2004 by Samsung Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries in the shipyard in Geoje, South korea. The owner and operator is CMA CGM.