OOCL’s new mega-containership grounds

Less than two months after its naming, Orient Overseas Container Line’s OOCL Japan ran aground in the Suez Canal on 18 October, although it appears to have only become public knowledge yesterday.

Mechanical problems have been cited as the cause of the grounding of OOCL Japan, which was on route to Felixstowe from Singapore. A fleet of tugs were deployed by Egyptian authorities to assist the vessel which was refloated from the sandy embankment within a few hours.

OOCL has since confirmed that the vessel was soon able to continue its transit. “We are investigating the actual cause [of the grounding],” said a spokesperson.

OOCL Japan was built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea and is the third in line of six 21,000 teu vessels ordered by OOCL.


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