Gentle touch of a giant – mega container ship brushed ferry

Mega container ship EVER GIVEN while moving downstream on Elbe river, brushed ferry boat FINKENWERDER (MMSI 211437300, length 25 m), berthed at Blankenese ferry pier, below Hamburg, at around 0825 UTC Feb 9. Giant ship wasn’t out of control and didn’t stray off course, judging from track. She just moved too close to ferry pier, brushing small local ferry boat. EVER GIVEN moved on without stopping, because an emergency stop of such a giant ship in cramped narrows, not to mention river, is an accident in itself. Nor did EVER GIVEN hit tiny FINKENWERDER, as local media erroneously assumed, or else there wouldn’t be anything left of boat, except some debris. Even slight touch was enough though, to inflict heavy damages on a ferry. EVER GIVEN continued her voyage from Hamburg to Rotterdam, and as of 1400 UTC was already in North sea.
Container ship EVER GIVEN, IMO 9811000, dwt 199700, capacity 20000 TEU, built 2018, flag Panama, manager SHOEI KISEN KAISHA LTD.



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