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Container Ship Capsized in Antwerp Harbor – March 8, 2007

M/V Republica di Genoa capsized during loading March 8 in Belgian port city Antwerp. No injuries were reported. The cause of the capsizing of M/V Republica di Genoa, a roll on/roll off vessel of the London-based Grimaldi Lines, was not immediately clear. Port of Antwerp Captain Jan Persi said the 215-meter-long (705-foot-long) vessel slowly rolled onto her starboard side in a dead end dock early in the morning. He said the ship began taking on water and that the Capt. ordered his crew to evacuate. The white & yellow vessel lay resting on its side, part of her hull above the waterline in the dock. Karel Verbeke, head of Grimaldi Belgium said about 300 containers & cars were on board when the ship rolled over. Shipping in & out of the Verrebroek dock was halted.

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