Giant CMA CGM boxship suffers grounding off Southampton

Large container ship CMA CGM Vasco de Gama temporarily grounded during its approach to the Port of Southampton, UK during the early hours of August 22nd. The vessel landed on a sandy mud shallow. Two tugs refloated the container carrier after less than half an hour. Vasco de Gama resumed its voyage, docking at Southampton container terminal. No injuries were reported and there was no pollution. Neither was traffic affected by the grounding

CMA CGM Vasco de Gama has an overall length of 399.00 metres, a moulded beam of 54.00 metres and maximum draft of 14.50 metres, with deadweight of 185,000 tonnes, 16,8000 gross tonnage and the capacity to carry 17,859 TEU. It was built in 2015 by Jiangnan Changxing. Concern is rising at the increased number of incidents involving ultra-large boxships. Earlier this year the 19,000 TEU CSCL Indian Ocean grounded while approaching Hamburg port.