Mega-containership grounded off Southampton

The CMA CGM Vasco Da Gama.
The CMA CGM Vasco Da Gama.


One of the world’s largest boxships is being inspected for any damages following a brief grounding incident in the UK on Monday.

The 2015-built, 17,859TEU CMA CGM Vasco Da Gama grounded just after midnight on Monday as it made its way to Southampton on the UK’s south coast. The ship was refloated within an hour and proceeded to the port where an underwater survey will be conducted.

Incidents of the new supersized slew of boxships grounding are raising concern worldwide.

This February, the 19,000TEU CSCL Indian Ocean created a traffic jam when it grounded while approaching Hamburg port, and there have been a couple of incidents of big boxship groundings along the Suez Canal this year too.

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