Tough Week for MSC’s Vintage Fleet

Tough Week for MSC Vintage Fleet - Merchant Navy Info - News

It’s been a tough week for the security department at the world’s largest container shipping company. Three of the company’s fleet, was built in the 20th century. Have been involved in disturbing incidents around the world, with one under fire from the Houthis. Another suffered an engine room fire, and another suffered engine failure. The hit failed because The Canadian Coast Guard departed Canada to assist in extinguishing a fire. That broke out on board the 4,688 teu MSC São Paulo V, built in 1998, in the Port of St. Louis. Off the coast of Les-Escomines, Quebec, late Sunday evening.

A team of American firefighters was dispatched. A heavy fire (pictured on the right) then spread to the ship’s living quarters. The 28-year-old 5,711 teu MSC Katiyani, heading east, suffered an engine failure on February 29. And had to be towed for six days about 300 nautical miles off the coast of Vigo, Spain. 


The ship finally arrived in Vigo yesterday. From Europe to the Middle East, MSC has also had to deal with the fallout. From one of the more high-profile attacks by the Houthis in recent memory. On Monday, the Indian Navy released a video showing the crew of the MSC Sky II fighting a fire following an attack on the 25-year-old  2,169 TEU vessel. A 12-member professional fire brigade team from the Indian Navy ship also came on board early in the morning to assist in extinguishing the fire. The rocket hit a container in front of the accommodation (top photo).

The fire has now been extinguished, and the ship is safe in Djibouti. MSC has been running the Historic Used Ship Tour since August 2020 and has collected an unprecedented amount of vintage ships – over 350 ships added. This airline has many records, including the largest backlog, but paradoxically, it also has the oldest fleet of the top 15 airlines. According to his December data on Linerlytica, the average age of Soren Toft’s fleet is 16.8 years.

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