Box Ship Grounded in Port Qasim Channel Refloated

The authorities at Port Qasim rescued an inbound container vessel, which ran aground in its channel on Tuesday morning, according to Business Recorder.

Nedlloyd Brake, carrying hundreds of Pakistan-bound containers, grounded at around 8am in the 45-km long navigational channel of Port Qasim at Bandal Island near buoy number 14.

The sources said that despite hectic efforts by PQA authorities, the over 300m long vessel took at least five hours to be re-floated at around 1pm. The operation division rescued the vessel through hiring a 60 ton-bollard-pull tug from a private company, they added. The ship is said to have drifted from its route and ran aground due to engine failure.