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CMA CGM Florida

Name
CMA CGM Florida
Accident date
18/03/2013
Location
China
Accident area
Yangtze River mouth, 140 nautical miles from Shanghai
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Collision
Product transported
containers
Quantity spilled
650 tonnes of fuel oil
Ship / structure type
Container ship
Built date
2008
Length
294.00 m
Width
32.00 m
Draught
12.60 m
Flag
United Kingdom
Owner
CMA CGM
Classification society
Bureau Veritas

The incident

During the night of the 17th to 18th March, the container ship CMA CGM Florida, en route from Shanghai Yangshan Port in China to Busan in South Korea, collided with the bulk carrier Chou Shan in the mouth of the Yangtze River 140 nautical miles north-east of Shanghai.

The circumstances surrounding the collision are not known. None of the crew was harmed but the container ship was damaged on the port side of its hull. The ship sustained several breaches, in particular in its bunker tank. 

The engine of the CMA CGM Florida still had power and the vessel was rapidly directed towards Yangshan Port in Shanghai where it remained in anchor for inspection and repairs. No makeshift repairs were undertaken before the transfer and the container ship left a trail of fuel oil in its wake. 

Five response vessels were deployed to take action on the oil slick which covered an area two nautical miles wide by two hundred nautical miles long.

The CMA CGM Florida in Yangshan
The CMA CGM Florida in Yangshan
Last update: 09/05/2014

External links

The Maritime executive, Marine news site

Marine traffic, Informations on the vessel

MAIB, Accident Investigation Report