MSC Boxship Starts to List at Liverpool Port
MSC Matilde, a containership operated by Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), has been reported listing at a UK port.
The Panama-flagged ship was found to be listing in dock at the Port of Liverpool, in the early morning hours (local time) of May 24, MSC informed.
As a precaution, the captain and the crew of the 4,400 TEU boxship were disembarked from the vessel.
The UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) sent lifeboats, tugs and a pollution response vessel to the scene after being contacted by port operator Peel Ports.
After the ballast transfer put the ship back on an even keel, MSC Matilde’s crew were all back on board several hours later.
“The vessel is now reported to be back on an even keel following a ballast transfer with unloading due to commence later today,” MCA’s statement reads.
“There were no reports of injuries, loss of cargo or damage to ship and operations are back to normal,” MSC said separately.
Relevant authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.
Earlier this month, MSC Matilde suffered a main engine failure off Grondines, Quebec, on the St. Lawrence River. After the crew carried out repairs, the Post-Panamax resumed its voyage the same day, according to data provided by VesselsValue.
Additionally, in March 2019, the 1999-built vessel experienced a machinery failure resulting in the partial loss of power on the St. Lawrence River. MSC Mathilde continued its voyage at a reduced speed to Montreal port, Canada, for repairs.