Mega boxship MSC Clorinda aground in Suez Canal

MSC ClorindaThe ultra large container ship MSC Clorinda ran aground in Suez Canal. The vessel was en route from Singapore to Izmit and transited the canal in northern direction, but near the 145-kilometer mark suffered blackout and left the fairway. The mega container ship stuck into the sandbank and was not able to refloat by own power. Fortunately during the accident, the ship did not suffered underwater damages during grounding. The local authorities dispatched several tugs at the scene, which assisted the troubled container carrier with refloating. The salvage operation lasted about four hours, without interrupting the traffic through Suez Canal.

The ultra large container ship MSC Clorinda was towed to safe depth and remained adrift outside the fairway at draft of 15.00 m, waiting for inspection and special survey. After that the vessel will be released to resume voyage and join the convoy proceeding in northern direction to Turkey.

During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident.

The container ship MSC Clorinda (IMO: 9484429) has overall length of 366.00 m, moulded beam of 51.00 m and maximum draft of 15.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 165,959 DWT, the gross tonnage is 153,115 GRT and the maximum capacity is 14,000 TEU. The ship was built in 20125 by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in South Korea.