Antwerp port access blocked as ship runs aground

Antwerp port access blocked as ship runs aground

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A huge container ship that ran aground outside the Belgian Port of Antwerp blocked traffic in and out of the major trade hub on Monday, news agency Reuters reported.

The ship became stuck on the banks of the river Scheldt which connects Europe’s second-largest port to the North Sea.

A spokeswoman reportedly said on Monday morning workers were trying to tow the 366-metre CSCL Jupiter away, but there was no indication as to when this would be completed.

“We’re heading for low tide in the coming hours, that does not make things easier,” the spokeswoman was quoted as saying.

Covering a space of 20,000 football fields, the port of Antwerp is the 15th largest container port in the world and handles 214 million metric tonnes (MT) of maritime freight each year.

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