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Large container ship ‘Attila’ strikes Vancouver dock

Posted August 27, 2014 by Damien Gillis in Urban & Transport
Large container ship strikes Vancouver dock- Attila

CMA GCM Attila, moored at Vancouver’s Centerm after striking dock (Photo: Damien Gillis)

A large container ship, the “CMA CGM Attila”, struck the dock at Vancouver’s Centerm container port early this morning.

The website reports that the ship arrived at 4:52 AM local time.

According to the Canadian Press, the Transportation Safety Board has dispatched two officers to investigate the incident, noting that at this point, “the extent of any damage is unknown.”

Centerm container terminal, operated by DP World, is located off Vancouver’s Crab Park, adjacent to the Vancouver Harbour Heliport and Seabus terminal.

The 321 metre-long vessel was constructed in 2011 and flies a Maltese flag out of the port of Valletta. It travelled to Vancouver from Seattle this morning. Prior to that, the ship had been in China and Hong Kong.

More information on the CMA CGM Attila can be found at


Vancouver’s Centerm port with ship CMA GCM Attila at 2 pm, August 27 (Photo: Damien Gillis)


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Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.



    Attila the Hun strikes again?


    And, if that were say…a tanker and that dock … a rock. Would that tanker which is registered in Malta … be responsible for cleaning up the ocean?

    Barbara Kuhl

    “Hi Hun!”

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