CSCL INDIAN OCEAN grounding Update Feb 7 0600 UTC
German media dig deeper into the CSCL INDIAN OCEAN story, and found out, that the giant vessel lost starboard anchor before entering Elbe, on Feb 2, while waiting for Elbe transit on an anchorage west of Helgoland. CSCL INDIAN OCEAN lost starboard anchor and some 100 meters of chain under unclear circumstances, but obviously during heaving up anchor maneuvering. Missing starboard anchor could hardly help to avoid grounding, but the loss of anchor is an accident in itself, especially so when it comes down to one if the biggest ships in the world.
As for salvage, everything is going on as planned, next refloating attempt to take place in the morning Feb 9, with coming spring tide. Ballast water already has been pumped out. Fuel is pumping out, only minimal quantity required for ship’s maneuvering will be left. Two dredgers deepened the river bottom at the site.
Reader Christian Schachta sent photo of CSCL INDIAN OCEAN, made by him in the afternoon Feb 6.