Boxes to be transhipped after engine failure of new CMA CGM vessel in Xiamen

CMA CGM Osiris Credit VesselFinder.

One of CMA CGM’s new 15,000 TEU vessels suffered a mechanical failure as it prepared to leave the Chinese port of Xiamen on Tuesday.

The incident happened just as CMA CGM Osiris was leaving the Xiamen Ocean Gate container terminal for Shekou on the French shipping operator’s Red Sea Express 2 (REX2) service that connects Asia to the Red Sea.

The vessel arrived from China’s Jiangnan Shipyard in November, one of nine 15,000-teu vessels ordered by CMA CGM and its subsidiary Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding.

The Loadstar understand CMA CGM Osiris was piloted at the time and, after encountering difficulty, nearby tugs were brought in to assist the stricken vessel.

According to Chinese media, more than 5,000 containers were unloaded from CMA CGM Osiriswhich had been towed to a berth where inspections indicated problems with the main engine, a two-stroke Win GD92-B, which runs on standard diesel.

Later, arrangements were made to tow CMA CGM Osiris at a repair yard in Shanghai and AIS data from VesselsValue, showed the vessel, at 11 a.m. this morning, was heading north at five knots.

CMA CGM confirmed The Loadstar: “The containers on board the ship are transhipped in Xiamen.”

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