The 21,413 TEU ultra large container vessel (ULCV) was en route from Singapore to the UK, data provided by VesselsValue shows, reported by MANA correspondent.
“During OOCL Japan’s transit through the Suez Canal on October 18, the vessel experienced mechanical problems and because of that, the ship went off course and was grounded in the sands,” OOCL’s spokesperson told World Maritime News.
“With the help of tugboats, the vessel was re-floated within a few hours time and continued its transit through the canal,” the spokesperson added.
An investigation into the actual cause of the grounding has been launched, according to the company.
The 399.9-meter-long OOCL Japan was named at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje Island on September 1, 2017. It is the company’s third boxship in a series of six 21K+ vessels.
The ship is serving the Asia-Europe trade lane on the LL1 service and its port rotation is: Shanghai / Ningbo / Xiamen / Yantian / Singapore / via Suez Canal / Felixstowe / Rotterdam / Gdansk / Wilhelmshaven / Felixstowe / via Suez Canal / Singapore / Yantian / Shanghai in a 77-day round trip.