Update: Emma Maersk to be Out of Service for months

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The head of Ship Management for Maersk Line, Palle Laursen, stated the latest update on the Emma Maersk Suez Canal accident.
Primary inspections by divers determine that the water ingress was caused by damage to 1 of the stern thrusters of the vessel. Thrusters are used for enhancing the ships manoeuvrability and they are consisted by a shaft tunnel fitted with a propeller delivering sideways thrust. The current information is that few propeller blades have broken off and there's severe damage to the propeller mounting, which is resulting in a crack in the forward stern thruster tunnel that caused the ingress of water.
The water after the accident flooded the engine room that consequently led to the loss of main engine power, and the Emma Maersk vessel was towed to the quay at Suez Canal Container Terminal.
While it is still unclear what is the reason of the accident, Palle rules out any human mistake by the crew members of Emma Maersk. “The crew members managed the situation very well and did exactly what they should at all stages,” he said.
At no point was the cargo vessel Emma Maersk in danger of sinking. Naval architects have claimed that a fully loaded E-class ship may sustain full flooding of the engine room and still stay afloat. Big container ships have a natural better stability than those of the smaller ships. Had the accident happened at sea, it would have been a matter of getting an oceangoing tug vessel in place to assist.