MAERSK container ship breakdown in Gibraltar Strait, towage

Container ship MAERSK BATUR suffered engine failure shortly after leaving Algeciras, in the afternoon Jan 29, being en route from Algeciras to Newark USA. At the time of breakdown the ship was sailing in Gibraltar Strait, she started to drift. Master informed authorities, tug was contracted to tow the ship back to Algeciras, reportedly to be docked in Campameno, for repairs. As of 0530 UTC Jan 30, towage was still under way in the Strait, escorted by Spain SAR ship SAR MASTELERO, ETA Algeciras Jan 30.
Container ship MAERSK BATUR, IMO 9402029, dwt 43273, capacity 3194 TEU, built 2009, flag Singapore, manager MAERSK.





My name is Nikolay Torkin, I’m Merchant Marine Master, presently in command of feeder container ship trading in South East Asia. My family lives in Prague, Czech Republic. Mikhail provides me with daily accidents reports, I send him information with regards to accidents and container ships.