The container ship MSC Shristi has lost overboard a total of 46 empty shipping containers at three different times during bad weather. The vessel has lost the containers while on route past Bermuda at approximately 350 nautical miles east of Bermuda.
The incident was reported from Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, from the department of Marine & Ports Services of government of Bermuda, which was advised via email from the merchant vessel MSC Shristi. Bermuda Radio later liaised with the US Coast Guard, and broadcast a warning navigation notice to mariners.
As Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre revealed through a statement on Friday 3rd of March “Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was advised via email from the merchant vessel MSC Shristi, a container ship on passage from Boston to the Dominican Republic, that while on route past Bermuda at approx. 350nm East of Bermuda, the vessel had lost overboard a total of 46 empty shipping containers at three different times during bad weather.”
MSC Shristi is a container ship that was built in 2005 (18 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Liberia.
Her carrying capacity is 4,738 teu and her current draught is reported to be 9.5 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 294.12 meters, and her width is 32.2 meters.
In the previous week the container company also experienced another incident with the containership MSC Istanbul. Suez Canal Authority refloated the grounding containership MSC Istanbul using its own tugboats.
The salvage operations were successful to handle the grounding incident of the containership MSC Istanbul during its northbound transit, heading to Portugal from Malaysia. Four tugboats were deployed to handle the grounding of the containership during its transit through the Suez Canal.
Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Admiral. Ossama Rabiee, pointed out that immediately after the central navigation control station, has received the notification that the vessel has run aground at km 78 (Canal marking), four tugboats were deployed at once to refloat the vessel, and one of the Suez Canal´s largest tugboats, Baraka 1. The four tugs are Port Said, of a bollard pull capacity of 95 tons, in addition to Mosaed 1, Mosaed 2, and Mosaed 5.