March 29, 2019
Yesterday evening, a hole was detected in the hull of the Hapag-Lloyd container ship “Dublin Express” during unloading operations in the Global Marine New York Container Terminal. Fuel was escaping from the roughly 40 x 40-centimetre opening. The hole was sealed during the night. In addition, extensive containment booms were promptly set out to prevent any additional spreading of the oil and to proactively protect nearby nature reserves.
The 4,120 TEU container ship encountered heavy swell while sailing from Port Everglades to New York.
Together with Hapag-Lloyd, Gallagher Marine will be coordinating all appropriate measures on-site as qualified individual (QI). It is still too early to make an accurate assessment of the damage. Hapag-Lloyd is working closely with the relevant authorities and interested parties to minimise the impact on people and the environment.
With a fleet of 222 modern container ships and a total transport capacity of 1.6 million TEU, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world's leading liner shipping companies. The Company has around 12,000 employees and 394 offices in 127 countries. Hapag-Lloyd has a container capacity of approximately 2.6 million TEU – including one of the largest and most modern fleets of reefer containers. A total of 120 liner services worldwide ensure fast and reliable connections between more than 600 ports on all the continents. Hapag-Lloyd is one of the leading operators in the Transatlantic, Middle East, Latin America and Intra-America trades.
Hapag-Lloyd press release