Allision, Grounding Over Holidays

Wan Hai vessel (file image, courtesy Wan Hai Lines)

By MarEx 2015-12-28 19:02:11

On Christmas Eve, the container vessel Wan Hai 506 went aground off of Hong Kong. She was refloated with tug assistance but could not continue with her voyage due to damage, and was taken to drydock at Shekou for repairs. The 506 was on her way to Osaka at the time of the incident, and as of Monday she was at anchor off Shenzhen. MOL had the 506’s containers offloaded for pickup by another vessel prior to drydock. The company did not provide further information to media regarding the incident. 

The day before, in the Dutch port town of IJmuiden on the Noordzee canal, the 10,000 dwt general cargo ship Victoriaborg made contact with the canal's lock doors, causing minor damage. 

The Victoriaborg bent in a section of the top handrail on the walkway at the top of the door. Ordinarily this would result in paperwork, insurance claims, and a work order process to make repairs. But lock authorities and the vessel's crew came up with a more efficient method of solving the problem: they took a light line from the Victoriaborg's bow to the damaged rail, then hauled in with a capstan to bend the rail back into shape again. 

The Victoriaborg is owned by Royal Wagenborg, a diversified shipping, construction and offshore services firm based in the Netherlands.