Ship loses containers in heavy weather off South Africa

GCAPTAIN | Yet another containership has lost containers overboard in stormy weather.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority said it is investigating the loss of as many as 23 containers overboard from the MSC Palak in Algoa Bay near Port Elizabeth, located in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region.

The 9,411-TEU MSC Palak was at anchor riding out heavy weather when the incident took place just before midnight on Tuesday, July 14.

“The container vessel MSC Palak sailed out Port of Ngqura at 12:00 on the 13th of July 2020 due to high winds and anchored in Number 2 anchorage to ride out the heavy weather. On the 13th and 14th of July 2020 a severe storm passed the South African coast, causing heavy weather in Algoa Bay. The swell height measured in Algoa Bay was approximately 3.5m,” SAMSA reported in a blog post.

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