A faulty engine is being blamed for an Oceanic Container Lines feedermax containership slamming into a pier in Manila’s North Harbour.
The Philippine Coast Guard reported the collision involving the 639-teu Ocean Abundance (built 2003) damaged its bow and about 5 metres to 10 metres of quayside on Monday.
“According to the crew, the incident was caused by an engine problem as the reverse of said vessel malfunctioned,” the coastguard said.
Initial reports revealed there was no trace of any oil spill in the area despite the damage incurred.
“Personnel of the coastguard substation North Harbor continue to monitor the incident for further updates and progress reports,” it added.
Sources connected to Oceanic Container Lines said the ship will likely be repaired and returned to service pending the outcome of a survey.
Oceanic Container Lines operates an extensive domestic network throughout the Philippines using a fleet of 25 general cargo ships, multipurpose vessels and containerships.
The Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding-built Ocean Abundance, one of its larger vessels, was acquired as Daniela from Germany’s Rickmers Reederei for $3.2m in 2013.
VesselsValue suggests the ship is worth about $1m today.
The Ocean Abundance is believed to be insured within the Philippines.