Dubai Maritime Authority
Saeed Al Maktoum: DMCA succeeds in floating a container ship that ran aground near Palm Deira
Friday, January 28, 2022
The Dubai Maritime City Authority of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation succeeded in floating a grounded container ship in the waters of the Emirate of Dubai near Palm Deira, yesterday, while it was heading from Khalid Port in the Emirate of Sharjah to Khalifa Port in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Executive Director of the Dubai Maritime City Authority of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, said that the authority received news of the grounding of the container ship “THORSWIND” on Thursday morning, adding that urgent meetings were held with the relevant authorities in the public and private sectors to expedite in re-floating the container ship, in coordination with Port Rashid.
Sheikh Saeed confirmed that the Dubai Maritime City Authority has contacted a number of concerned authorities and entities to ensure navigational safety and the preservation of the marine environment for all maritime means. The authority supervised the process of re-floating the ship "THORSWIND" without reporting any injuries, leaks or any side effects on the maritime traffic in the waters of the Emirate.
The Executive Director of the Dubai Maritime City Authority stated that the ship "THORSWIND", which weighs more than 20,000 tons, has a width of 29.8 meters and a length of 183.5 meters, was heading from Port Khalid in the Emirate of Sharjah to Khalifa Port in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Saeed praised the swift action made by the Dubai Maritime City Authority team and all the specialized teams that oversaw the resolution of the situation since the container ship was reported as grounded, until the competent rescue teams succeeded in re-floating it and resuming its voyage again.
He stressed the efforts of the Dubai Maritime City Authority to deal professionally with various types of marine and navigational accidents in Dubai waters, in order to raise Dubai's position as a safe and sustainable center on the map of the maritime sector locally, regionally and globally.