The ultra large container ship Millau Bridge lost propulsion power after engine failure northwest off Antimilos island, Greece. The vessel was en route from Piraeus to Port Said in Egypt, but suffered mechanical failure in main engine. The ship remained adrift, but due to severe weather conditions and heavy winds, the crew requested assistance from the local authorities. At the scene of the troubled vessel was dispatched Coast Guard rescue boat and towing tug, which assisted of the troubled mega container ship. The vessel was towed back to the anchorage of Piraeus, where will be repaired and inspected before return in service.
There were no injured people and no water pollution during the accident. The investigation for the root cause of the accident was under way. According to the ship operator, the accident was minor mechanical problem of the propulsion system and there was no immediate danger for the seaworthiness of the container carrier.
The ultra large container ship Millau Bridge (IMO: 9706736) has overall length of 366.00 m, moulded beam of 51.00 m and maximum draft of 15.00 m. The vessel was deadweight of 147,443 DWT and the gross tonnage of 150,709 GRT. The container carrier was built in 2015 by Imabari Shipbuilding Hiroshima Shipyard in Japan.