The almost 300 meter long container ship Maersk Kendal, which has space for 6,200 containers, was on its way westward in the international sea route to Singapore early Wednesday morning when it ran aground 700 meters south of Sebarok island, Danish maritime web site maritimedanmark.dk reports.
“We currently have no information on damage to the ship,” says Kate Sanderson, Information Officer of The Maersk Company Ltd, to maritimedanmark.dk.
Stable condition and no injuries
According to Maersk the container ship is in a stable condition, and the company is in contact with a salvage company to get the ship assistance. There are no reports of injuries aboard the big container, and there is no reported spillage of oil from the grounded ship.
Authorities in Singapore have issued a warning to shipping in the area to keep free of Maersk Kendal, and to navigate with caution in the fairway. Meanwhile, the authorities launched an investigation into the incident.
Maersk Kendal is built at Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. in Korea in 2007. The container ship is the fifth in a series of ships the Korean shipyard has built for AP Moller Maersk. The first four first container ships in the series are sailing under the flag of Singapore, while the last four sailing English flags for The Maersk Company Ltd
Maersk Kendal was on its way to Malaysian port of Tanjong Pelepas as the grounding occurred.