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Emergency anchoring on the Elbe
The "Eugen Maersk" suffered a technical malfunction short after leaving the port of Hamburg on March 3, 2018 at 12.50 a.m. The ship had to be emergency anchored on the Elbe off Stade. For more than one hour the river was totally blocked for ships with a length of more than 120 meters. Tugs secured the ship during the repairs. Then the crew had fixed the problem, and the ship continued its voyage to Antwerp. It finally reached the port of Antwerp on March 4 at 5 a.m. and docked at berth 1742 - PSA in the Deurgang Dock.
Maersk Line to upgrade its eight E-class 15,550 teu vessels to load a further 1,300 teu.
Maersk Line is upgrading its eight E-class 15,550 teu vessels to load a further 1,300 teu. Raising the accommodation block and wheelhouse and increasing the height of lashing bridges to take an extra tier of containers is part of the strategy to double the lifetime of the 10-year-old ships, and could be viewed as a statement from Maersk on maximum vessel size intent. Remedial work was needed on the Odense-built ships after the Emma Maersk was fortunate not to sink at the northern entrance to the Suez Canal in early 2013 after the hull was fractured by a failed stern thruster. After the incident, Maersk prohibited the use of stern thrusters on its Emma-class ships until modifications could be made to the fleet. The upgrading, which also includes fitting a new bulbous bow to cope with slower speeds and a new propeller, is being carried out at China’s CSIC Qingdao Beihai Shipyard, which has undertaken the majority of previous Maersk Line ship upgrades. It is understood that the first E-class vessel converted was the Eugen Maersk, which has now rejoined the 2M AE1/Shogun Asia-North Europe loop.
Monkeys Hitch Ride from Malaysia to Rotterdam on Maersk Vessel
Holidaying monkeys decided to spend some time away from their Malaysian home by boarding the 15,550-container EUGEN MAERSK and travelling to Rotterdam. Five tailed macaque monkeys were found on the vessel en route from Tanjung Pelepas, with the crew contacting Copenhagen Zoo, who provided advice on how to house and feed their unexpected passengers. They subsequently kept the monkeys in a makeshift cage for the remainder of the journey and provided them with appropriate food and drink. After being sent photos, the zoo estimated that Maersk had found one older male and one younger male alongside two females and a youngster. The EUGEN MAERSK enroute Antwerp – Photo : Willem Kruit © Before calling at Rotterdam, the vessel and Maersk Line made contact with the authorities to determine quarantine requirements among other advice to best ensure the health and safety of the primates while they were aboard the ship. The monkeys have been released to the authorities at the Dutch monkey foundation, ‘Stichting AAP’. Although this is an occurrence that is not so common, it is not the first time that a monkey has been stowed away on a Maersk ship. Back in 2011, a monkey was found on the 8,160-teu SKAGEN MAERSK. Source : businessrevieweuropeUpload News