Container ship MSC GEMMA damaged while entering Zandvliet Lock, Antwerp

Container ship MSC GEMMA allided with fenders of Zandvliet Lock in Antwerp on Nov 11 while entering the Lock with assistance of two tugs. Vessel contacted fenders at too high speed, hull starboard was breached above the waterline, at some 3 meters length, 1.5 to 2 meters high. Accident was caused by a strong wind and excessive lateral wind area, because MSC GEMMA was practically in ballast, with only 400 TEU on board.

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