MSC vessel not at fault in Mumbai collision
A ship collision last month near the Nhava Sheva port complex in Mumbai that left a Mediterranean Shipping Co. containership severely listing has been blamed on a bulk vessel involved in the collision.
A report this week from India's director general of shipping has found the bulk carrier Khalijia 3, which collided with the 2,314-TEU MSC Chitra in August, 'entered the navigation channel at the wrong time and at the wrong angle, coming in perpendicular not parallel, thereby occupying almost the entire length of the channel,' according to a report Wednesday in Tradewinds.
The accident left the MSC vessel aground, leaking fuel and containers. Operations at Nhava Sheva, India's busiest container terminal, were brought to a halt for days and normal operations only recently resumed. At last count, more than 250 of the ship's roughly 1,200 containers had been lost.
MSC issued a statement in the days following the collision saying preliminary reports suggested the bulk vessel was at fault, a finding the director general of shipping's report seems to back.