Evergreen’s 20,600 TEU EVER GIVEN was involved in a serious incident two days ago when leaving the Port of Hamburg for the open sea.
Weather conditions at the time were moderate with southwesterlies of Beaufort 5-6 and showers. Beaufort 6 is the cut-off for vessels to leave the port.
The vessel hit the port passenger ferry with a heavy glancing blow to the river craft’s portside as it was approaching a waterside restaurant and knocked it into a pontoon. Fortunately no passengers were on board, but the 27-year old captain was injured and was later found to be suffering from shock.
Surveyors attended the scene and assessed damage repairs to be a six digit € amount. Damages to the pontoon and restaurant were light, although the restaurant will have to stay shut for some time.
The vessel had two pilots on board acting in an advisory capacity to the ship’s captain, and continued her journey to Rotterdam. There was no reason to return the vessel to her berth, which in any case would have caused major logistical problems at HHLA’s Burchardkai Container Terminal.
However, two police officers from the Hamburg port police went on board EVER GIVEN and travelled with it to Rotterdam to investigate the incident. As a result, a charge for causing bodily harm has been raised against the ship’s captain.
Hamburg port Authority (HPA) would not comment and awaits the official results of the investigations, which should become available within the next few weeks.