New Casualty – MSC ELAINE – Aground

New Casualty - MSC ELAINE - Aground

Incident Date:    9th January 2023

Vessel:                MSC ELAINE

IMO No.              9393321

Type:                   Fully Cellular Containership

Incident:             Grounding


We have learned of an incident involving the vessel MSC ELAINE, a Panama flag, 95,681gt, 2009 built, fully cellular containership, which ran aground whilst departing Gioia Tauro, Italy, 9th January 2023.

The fully cellular container vessel with a capacity of 8,562teu is operated by MSC on its Extra Vessels Service and had previously called at Ports in the USA and was departing for the Middle East via Malta when she ran aground on the southern breakwater tip.

It is understood that the stranded vessel has blocked all harbour traffic and that multiple tugs are on scene. It is likely that Professional Salvors will be required before re-floating attempts are made.

As a result of this incident it is highly likely that there will be delays to cargo delivery and cargo owners will be required to provide Salvage Security before delivery of cargo.

If you are aware of any involvement in this casualty and W E Cox Claims Group may be of assistance in any way, including provision of securities, arranging surveys, adjusting any potential losses &/or undertaking recovery action, please do not hesitate to contact us. As appropriate, please contact:

United Kingdom – Paul Friett

France – Marie-Laure Mirrione

Europe – John Jackson

Hong Kong – Twinnie Lai

Singapore – Paul Sansom

USA – Joshua Gayer

Australia – Niall Orr

If this or future casualty notices should be forwarded to any of your colleagues, we would be pleased to receive their contact details and we will add them to our Client List.

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