The 150 meter long, 10600 dwt container ship Bernhard Schepers ran aground in the Kiel Canal near Schwartenberg, Germany. The Bernhard Schepers had steered too close to the southern embankment and became stuck. The boxship remained aground for several hours forcing the canal to be closed until the vessel could be refloated. The Bernhard Schepers was refloated and proceeded to Fredericia where it berthed and inspected for damage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 300 meter long, 88700 dwt container ship Maersk Kampala caught fire while transiting the Suez Canal. The Maersk Kampala departed from Jeddah with some 4,000 containers when two containers on the bottom of the stack on the fore deck caught fire. The crew attempted to fight the blaze, but were unable to extinguish it before it spread to other containers on deck. Several tugboats with fire-fighting capabilities arrived and assisted in fighting the blaze. The tugs were able to contain the fire to just six containers the following day. Fire-fighting teams were able to eventually to douse the fire and put out any remaining hot spots. No reports of injuries. Reports state the vessel was adrift and may have suffered some damage beyond the containers on deck.
- ‘Maersk Kampala’ Containership Caught Fire Near Suez Canal (worldmaritimenews.com)
- Fire in Two Containers Aboard ‘Maersk Kampala’ Still Burning (worldmaritimenews.com)
- 6,800-TEU Maersk Kampala crew fight fire as ship drifts in Suez Canal (shippingtribune.com)
The 100 meter long, 8874 dwt container ship Everton caught fire in the Mozambique Channel near Sofala, Mozambique. The fire started in the engine room and quickly consumed the vessel’s superstructure including the bridge. The fire disabled the Everton, but the 12 crew on board were safely evacuated. Three tugs were dispatched to the scene and took the vessel under tow. The Everton was en route to Pemba, Mozambique, to Mitsamudu, Comoros.