Yachtsman narrowly escapes collision with Hapag-Lloyd Boxship

Al Zubara in his old UASC livery (Hapag-Lloyd file image)

Posted on March 7, 2022 at 10:18 p.m. by

The Maritime Executive

[Brief] A yachtsman narrowly escaped being run over by a giant Hapag-Lloyd container ship near Southampton, UK on Sunday.

On Sunday morning, a man in a 16ft dinghy was on a trip down Southampton Water and found himself in the way of the oncoming boxship Al Zubara. He tried to start his engine, a bystander who filmed the encounter told the BBC. However, the man was unable to start the engine, so he jumped off the boat and swam away as the vessel approached, narrowly missing a collision. The lifeboat passed on the port side of the Al Zubara as the survivor swam away.

Another nearby dinghy retrieved the man safely from the water, and a passing car ferry stood by to ensure he was rescued.

Al Zubara is a 20,000 TEU container ship delivered for the UASC in 2015. The UASC and Hapag-Lloyd completed a merger in 2017, and the vessel now wears the Hapag-Lloyd livery.

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