Containerships collide in Karachi

Nellie Chapman
March 20, 2018

Container ship TOLTEN, IMO 9612870, dwt 94600, capacity 8000 TEU, built 2012, flag Liberia, operator ANGLO-EASTERN GERMANY GMBH.

It has not yet been made clear what exactly caused the collision, but according to Geo.tv, only the two ships were involved in the accident, and multiple shipping containers full of imported cars and other freight worth millions of rupees were damaged.

Moreover, the ships have been docked at Karachi Port and the damaged parts will also be fixed.

Due to this accident, Asia Port Terminal Limited, a subsidiary of Hutchison Ports in Pakistan, had to suspend its operations and will only be resumed once the containers that fell into the water are removed and deposited on land, through a special action of Karachi Port.

The Karachi Port Trust will start the recovery operation today (Tuesday).

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The KPT's pilots are said to be aware of deep sea routes and they tug the ships to the port.

The incident took place at Karachi, with numerous 12m containers falling on to the shore and into the sea.

During the first six months of the current fiscal, the port handled 484 containers ships, 125 bulk cargo vessels, 172 general cargo ships and 285 oil tankers.

Hapag-Lloyd is investigating why one of its containerships brushed along the side of another boxship moored in Pakistan's Port of Karachi.

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