A container ship operated by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) ran aground in Tateyama Harbour in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture on 11 January. The 2003-built 4,600teu MOL Express was manoeuvring to an anchoring area within the harbour to undergo repairs on her main engines when she went aground.
A salvage team refloated the Hong Kong-flagged ship three days later and following an underwater survey she sailed to the Port of Tokyo for cargo operations.
“The company is grateful there were no crew injuries and no environmental consequences from this incident,” Ship manager Seaspan, said in a statement. “An investigation into the cause of the grounding is under way.”
The ship is owned by Greater China Intermodal Investments, a joint venture between Seaspan, the Carlyle Group, and affiliates of the family and Tiger Group Investments. Seaspan’s managed fleet consists of 109 containerships representing a total capacity of over 840,000 TEU, including 27 newbuilding containerships on order scheduled for delivery to Seaspan and third parties by the end of 2016.
Seaspan’s current operating fleet of 77 vessels has an average age of approximately seven years and an average remaining lease period of approximately five years.