CSCL Jupiter on a sandbank

The rise and fall of the mega ships

Mondays grounding of the 366m long containership CSCL Jupiter in the Scheldt River entrance to the Port of Antwerp is the latest involving an ultra large containership running aground in North Europe – adding to the concerns over regional capabilities when it comes to responding to major incidents involving these new mega ships.

All shipping traffic to and from the port was suspended, effectively closing Europe’s second busiest port for a day, and 17 tugs were involved in the operation to refloat the ship.

In February 2016, the 399m CSCL Indian Ocean ran aground on Germany’s Elbe River leading to the port of Hamburg. The ship was aground for five days before a team of 12 tugs was able to pull the vessel off the sandbank. In that incident, the Elbe River remained open except during the initial incident and refloating operation.

We are watching with interest, to see how this will impact on procedures and are pleased that we also have rail, road and air freight partnerships in place to keep our customers goods moving across Europe and Worldwide.