Container ship Victoria ran aground in Samso Belt off Denmark

Victoria shipThe container ship Victoria ran aground in Samso Belt west off Kalundborg, Denmark. The vessel was n route from Antwerp to Fredericia, but due to strong winds adrifted outside the fairway and ran aground near the Samso island. The crew was able to prevent hard grounding by reversing the engine and refloated the vessel by own power. However, the local authorities detained the container ship Victoria for special survey and ordered anchoring near the grounding site. There were doubts about oil leak and damages fuel tanker during the grounding, but divers were not able to make an underwater inspection due to the bad weather. Danish Home Guard’s surveillance aircraft and an Air Force helicopter were sent to the site several times to monitor for oil leaks, but there were no signs of water pollution.

The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the grounding. There is no information about engine failure or other technical problems of the vessel, so probably the grounding happened due to strong current and bad weather. The authorities will follow a special survey and underwater inspection before release the container carrier to return in service.

The container ship Victoria (IMO: 9290165) has overall length of 178.50 m, moulded beam of 28.00 m and maximum draft of 9.90 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 22,506 DWT and the gross tonnage is 17,188 GRT. The ship has maximum capacity for 1,719 TEU with 400 reefer points. The container ship Victoria was built in 2004 by J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft in their shipyard in Germany. The carrier is driven by low-stroke engine MAN B&W 6L70MC, which has total output power of 22,770 hp.