Posted on March 04, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Hong Kong-flagged, Panamax class containership, Safmarine Nokwanda, collided with the Liberian-flagged, Neopanamax class containership, Tianjin, causing substantial damage to both vessels.  

The incident occurred at approximately 08:00 am in the morning of March 2nd.

The Safmarine Nokwanda was in the process of berthing at the Busan Container Terminal in South Korea when it struck the stern of the Tianjin, inflicting serious cargo damage in the process.

A number of containers were crushed as a result of the collision and proceeded to collapse.

Furthermore, the stern of the Tainjin sustained significant structural damage.

The Safmarine Nokwanda also suffered damage during the incident, including a significant breach on its upper bow.

At the time of the collision, the Tianjin was moored while the Safmarine Nokwanda was underway, attempting to berth.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

The Safmarine Nokwanda is operated by Maersk’s South African Subsidiary, Safmarine, while the Tianjin is owned by Germany’s NSB Holding and is currently being chartered to the Israeli shipping company, ZIM.

Even though they were damaged, both ships have been given permission to sail. The Tianjin is on its way to China while the Safmarine Nokwanda is on its way to the United States.

Posted in Safety , Collision , Accident , Asia , South Korea

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