Antwerp port authorities refloat grounded containership


COSCO-owned boxship CSCL Jupiter which ran aground at a bend in the River Scheldt near the village of Bath, southwest of the Netherlands after running into the dike, was refloated late on Monday.

According to a spokesperson from the Port of Antwerp, the vessel was refloated at around 2100 hrs with help from a number of tugs.

"I would like to stress that the maritime services at the port, tugs in particular, yesterday evening delivered a fantastic job by refloating the vessel."

Lloyd's List Intelligence automatic identification system data showed the vessel to be currently moored near Kallo in the port, and the spokesperson confirmed that it was docked at the right bank, "where it will be inspected before it can leave the port."

The 14,074 teu capacity, Hong-Kong flagged vessel was on its way from Antwerp to Hamburg. It has an overall length of 366 m, with a 15.5 m draught, according to Lloyd’s List Intelligence.

According to the official, the initial attempt to refloat the ship failed while the next attempt was successfully executed by 2100 hrs during high tide.

It was thought there was a technical problem in the machinery leading to the vessel being unable to manoeuvre at a curve in the river.

Eight tugs at the scene had been unable to move the vessel initially and a salvage master was to be appointed.  

The boxship had previously obstructed vessels from passing through the area but as of 0600 hrs Tuesday, the backlog of vessels for the left bank was cleared, the spokesperson said, and no damage to CSCL Jupiter was reported.

Ships at the right bank are all being scheduled for docking, "but some of them might need to wait a couple of hours more before they can enter the port."

Port of Antwerp has 86 terminals covering 12,068 hectares.