BIG MESS AT PORT OF KARACHI AFTER CONTAINER SHIP SIDESWIPES MOORED VESSEL

March 19, 2018

The MV TOLTEN following its collision with the MV HAMBURG BAY at the Port of Karachi. Photo: Hassan Jan via social media

Dozens of shipping containers have fallen into the water at Pakistan’s busiest deepwater port after a containership struck a moored vessel while berthing on Monday.

The incident occurred at the South Asia Pakistan Terminals facility in the Port of Karachi, where officials say approximately 55 to 60 containers fell into the water as a result of the incident, according to local media.

Some video posted online of the incident showed a Hapag-Lloyd container ship make contact moored vessel as it was berthing. A second video showed several containers in the water shortly after the incident, including one that sank right at the quayside.

The Hapag-Lloyd containership involved in the incident can be identified as the Liberian-flagged MV Tolten, which had just arrived from Jebel Ali when it clipped the side of the MV Hamburg Bay, which was moored at the time of the incident.

The path of the MV TOLTEN is seen in green. Image and AIS data via MarineTraffic.com

All shipping operations at the port has been suspended as officials assess cleanup of the lost containers.

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