MSC giant box ship badly damaged in allision at Port of Istanbul
MEDITERRANEAN Shipping Company's (MSC) 19,000 TEU box ship MSC Tina allided with a pier at the Port of Istanbul leaving a deep gash down the side of her hull
31 March 2021 - 19:00
The impact badly damaged the vessel and the pier at Istanbul's Marport complex, according to Turkey's General Directorate of Maritime Affairs. Photos from the scene show a long, neat gash in the hull several feet high, reports The Maritime Executive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
No injuries or pollution were reported, and the vessel has been anchored just off the port for an inspection. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
The 2017-built MSC Tina is deployed on MSC's TC3 rotation, serving Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Singapore, Port Said, Piraeus, Izmit and Istanbul. The allision is a new scheduling setback for MSC, which - like all container lines on the main Asia-Europe trunk route - suffered severe operational setbacks from the Suez Canal shutdown.
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