Dubai Maritime City Authority manages to float a grounded container ship

The Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation’s Maritime City Authority managed on Thursday to ground a grounded container ship in Dubai’s Palm Deira area, heading from Khalid Port in Sharjah to Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, executive director of Dubai Maritime City Authority of Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation, said the Authority received a report of the container ship THORSWIND grounded on Thursday morning.

Sheikh Saeed added that the Dubai Maritime City Authority had contacted a number of authorities and organisations concerned to ensure the safety of navigation and preserve the marine environment.

The Authority monitored the resurfacing of THORSWIND without reporting any injuries, spills or any side effects on maritime traffic in emirate waters.

Sheikh Saeed said the THORSWIND, which weighs more than 20,000 tonnes, is 29.8 metres wide and 183.5 metres long, was heading from Khalid Port in Sharjah to Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi.


Sheikh Saeed praised the swift action of the Authority team and all specialised teams who monitored the situation from the moment it became known that the container ship had run aground, until competent rescuers were able to launch it again and resume sailing.

Sheikh Saeed highlighted the efforts of the Dubai Maritime City Authority in professionally dealing with various types of maritime and navigational accidents in Dubai waters and the role the Authority plays in consolidating Dubai’s leading position as a safe and sustainable maritime centre.

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