Triple collision of US/German container ships in Yokohama UPDATE PHOTOS
UPDATE: Confirmed the ships involved in accident were correctly identified by Maritime Bulletin/FleetMon in initial news. According to latest news, APL GUAM after collision with MARCLIFF hit HANSA STENBURG, see photos below.
Triple collision between container ships reportedly occurred at Yokohama Anchorage off Nonmoku Terminal, at around 2330 Tokyo time Mar 21. Local sources didn’t identify ships, including their types, and mentioned only their flags. Antigua-flagged ship, according to local sources, struck anchored USA-flagged ship, and later, Liberia-flagged ship, also anchored.
According to AIS tracks, three container ships were involved. Antigua-flagged MARCLIFF has just left Yokohama Nonmoku, bound for Nagoya, and collided with USA-flagged APL GUAM, which was either approaching port or dropping anchor, it’s unclear. After separating from APL GUAM, MARCLIFF collided with, or contacted, anchored HANSA STEINBURG.
All three ships, as of 1500 UTC Mar 22, were at anchor on Yokohama anchorage, no information on damages, except that “there was no spill”, so planet is safe, I guess. I mean, are ships’ damages less important than oil spills? Nowadays, it’s oil spill/no spill first, the rest goes second. Insane.
Container ship MARCLIFF, IMO 9343663, dwt 13400, capacity 1043 TEU, built 2007, flag Antigua, manager MARCONSULT SCHIFFAHRT GMBH (EQUASIS and AIS). Container ship APL GUAM, IMO 9229609, dwt 16418, capacity 1078 TEU, built 2001, flag USA. Container ship HANSA STEINBURG, IMO 9436094, dwt 23285, capacity 1740 TEU, built 2010, flag Liberia, manager LEONHARDT & BLUMBERG SHIPMGMT.
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