06 July 2016 Middle East World Suez
Maersk Shams Containership Grounds In Suez Canal
Ship now refloated after incident on Tuesday

(Picture: Screenshot from Oceanbulk's site: SHAMS on maiden voyage)
The 9,971 TEU Maersk Shams grounded in the Suez Canal on Tuesday, 5th July 2016 at around 15:00hrs whilst in a Southbound Convoy of 33 vessels.

The giant ship held back the rest of the convoy which had to wait as the vessel was refloated with the assistance of Suez Canal tugs.

This operation proved successful by 23:00 hrs and the vessel was towed out of the canal to the anchorage, permitting traffic to flow again.

The ship is currently being assessed for any potential damage at the Port Said anchorage.


She is a new vessel and was delivered on December 1st, 2015 to Oceanbulk Containers. The ship has a deadweight of approximately 111,032 tonnes and was built at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea.

Oceanbulk’s current fleet stands at eight 10,000 TEU containers, and its orderbook comprises of five 11,000 TEU containers to be delivered until Q4 2017.

The vessel is under a long-term charter agreement with Maersk Line.