Friday 16th Nov, 2018

Ship loses containers in heavy swell off Durban

Photo: Shutterstock
Photo: Shutterstock

CONTAINER ship MSC Chloe (IMO 9720483) lost 13 containers on Tuesday last week in the Indian Ocean 21.6 nautical miles ESE of Durban, according to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).

The vessel was en route to Durban when it was hit by heavy swell causing it to roll severely – similar conditions YM Efficiency experienced off Newcastle when it lost 81 containers overboard in early June.


A statement from SAMSA said the incident on MSC Chloe occurred at 2330 on 7 August while the vessel was on a voyage from Coega (Ngqurha port in Port Elizabeth) to Durban.

“Reportedly the vessel was drifting and awaiting berthing instructions when a huge swell struck and caused the vessel to roll about +/- 30 degrees on either side, thereby leading to the containers falling off their stacked position,” the statement read.

“A navigational warning is being broadcasted by the Maritime Rescue Coordinating Centre Cape Town and transiting vessels in and around the area are requested to keep a sharp lookout and to report to MRCC Cape Town and Durban Port Control of any sighting.”

The statement said 11 of the containers lost were 40-foot HC containers, one was a 40-foot open-top container and one was an ordinary 40-foot container.

SAMSA has opened an investigation into the incident.

On Thursday MSC Chloe berthed at Durban, where it remains as of 16 August.

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