Container ship Cygnus lost stability and laid on the berth in Guatemala

Container ship CygnusThe container ship Cygnus lost stability and laid on the berth in Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala. The vessel started listing portside and then starboard, finally resting on the pier. The accident happened due to faulty ballasting, miscalculation in cargo plans and wrongly reported containers weight. The vessel was stabilized by relocating containers and making most accurate plan for loading. At the terminal was dispatched mobile crane, which offloaded the problem containers and relocated them on the deck. The container ship Cygnus did not suffered damages during the minor incident and later during the day was allowed to return in service, leaving the port bound to Everglades, USA.

There were no injured people during the accident and no water pollution. The local authorities imposed a fine to the Master of the container ship, as well as the cost for deploying the mobile crane. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way, questioning the efficiency and capability of the ports using the new SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement.

The container ship Cygnus (IMO: 9197428) has overall length of 86.50 m, beam of 12.80 m and maximum summer draft of 5.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 3,352 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,528 GRT. The container carrier was built in 2000 by Slovenske Lodenice in their shipyard in Komarno, Slovakia. The owner and operator of the container ship Cygnus is the German company Rohden Shipmanagement.