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Mercosul Box Ship, Tug Collide, 9 Crew Feared Lost In Amazon

SDI Logistics Co.,Ltd | Updated: Aug 11, 2017

 A COLLISION between the 2,478-TEU Mercosul Santos and a barge-pushing tug in the Amazon River, 78 miles from the port of Santarem, has left nine tug crewmen missing. 

The tug, its barges sank, with all 11 tug crewmen on board during the incident on August 2. Two of the crewmen were rescued.

"A Mercosul rescue boat was deployed immediately following the incident, together with a tug boat from Bertolini, in addition to fishing boats who assisted in the search for survivors," a Maersk spokeswoman told American Shipper.

According to Maersk Line, the crew of the Brazilian-flagged box ship are safe. The sunken barges were owned by Bertolini, according to local media sources.

"Mercosul has offered its full assistance to local authorities in the ongoing search and rescue operation. Our immediate concern is for missing crewmembers and we will continue to liase and collaborate with authorities. Local authorities are conducting an investigation into what happened," the spokeswoman said.

The ship is owned by Mercosul Line, a Brazilian subsidiary of Danish Maersk Group. The company was recently sold to CMA CGM as part of Maersk's acquisition of north-south specialist carrier Hamburg Sud.