UPDATE on Emma Maersk Accident in the Suez Canal

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World's largest container ship Emma Maersk experienced an accident and ingress water into the engine room of the vessel. The container ship had just started its southbound transit through the Suez Canal sailing to Asia. Emma Maersk's captain decided to terminate the scheduled sailing and go alongside the nearby Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT).
According to information of Captain Marius Gardastovu, there was never any panic at any point or any real danger. “Of course it's a shocking experience when you look back and think what could have happened,” he told. “But given the circumstances, everything was handled as well as possible because of a close-knit crew members that knew exactly what to do.”
The container ship Emma Maersk was loaded with containers equal to 13,537 TEU and 6,425 were full. The 1st step was to determine the cargo on the board of the vessel. Cargo lists were shared with local Maersk Line client service agents that have since reached out to all its customers with cargo on the board of the ship with the relevant information.
Alternate routings
Arrangement which are alternative for the cargo have been made whereby sensitive cargo was loaded onto the existing network of Maersk Line shortly after the accident occurred. Additional contingencies and plans habe been made as part of the cargo was loaded on the Maersk Kotka vessel (16B/1301) on the 11th of February, 2013, some of the cargo were loaded on CC Medea (3FO/933E) on the 12th of February, 2013, and the the other eastbound cargo is going to be loaded onto Maersk Kokura (98A/1305) on the 18th of February, 2013.
The developments are being observed in order to assure minimal damages to the customers of Maersk. Operation teams of Maersk Line work in close connection with the local client and sales representative in order to keep customers updated on the operations.
As far as the container ship is concerned, the leaks have been sealed, and Emma Maersk is soon going to leave Suez Canal Container Terminal to be towed to a EU port for repairs. This operation might take 3 months, but Maersk Line is able to re-organise its fleet without chartering replacement tonnage. The 9,660 TEU 48Y-Butterfly is going to replace Emma Maersk on the AE10 Asia-Europe service until she is ready to re-enter service.