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Containership Vasco de Gamma grounding investigation report


In the early hours of the morning on 22 August 2016, the 399m ultra-large container vessel CMA CGM Vasco de Gama, grounded on the western side of the Thorn Channel whilst approaching the Port of Southampton. CMA CGM Vasco de Gama was the largest ship on the UK ship registry and had two Southampton pilots embarked.

One of the pilots had control of the vessel’s navigation at the time of the grounding. Fortunately, CMA CGM Vasco de Gama was undamaged by the grounding and was able to be refloated, with tug assistance, on the rising tide.

The MAIB Performed an analysis on the human factors associated with the modern navigation electronic aids practices and the application of the prescribed navigation regulations

For more information, see the MAIB web site: click here


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