Safmarine Meru, a vessel operated by Maersk Line, was involved in a collision off the coast of Ningbo this past weekend. The ship was sailing from Qingdao to Ningbo in China and had less than 400 containers on board at the time of the accident.
Safmarine Meru collided with a German-owned container vessel, Northern Jasper, 120 nautical miles East of Ningbo. The collision caused serious damage to the Maersk vessel after a fire broke out onboard. The crew of 22 people were transferred to the Northen Jasper and are all safe and accounted for.
After finding out that the crew is in safety, our thoughts immediately went to the cargo, “do these shippers have cargo insurance?” In the event of a disaster (like a fire onboard), shippers lose their goods along with the associated cost.
Here are some of the shocking images from the Safmarine Meru collision.
Safmarine Meru was built in 2006 and has a capacity of 4,650 TEUs. The ship was deployed on Maersk Line’s TP18 Service, traveling from China to the United States.