Shiling after the second incident - photo Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter
Shiling after the second incident. Photo Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter
MV Shiling, loss of propulsion and steering, Wellington Harbour, 15 April 2023
Occurrence Date
The reported circumstances were that on the morning of April 15, 2023, the Singapore-flagged container ship Shiling was departing Wellington Harbour when it experienced a loss of propulsion and steering. As a result, the vessel veered off the recommended track and headed towards shallow water. The ship dropped anchor and maintained a secure position until it received assistance from tugs, which helped it reach a berth in Wellington. After undergoing necessary repairs, the Shiling departed Wellington on May 10.
On 11 May, during rough weather conditions approximately 22 nautical miles northwest of Farewell Spit it experienced a second propulsion and steering failure.
On the morning of 12 May it issued a MAYDAY distress call and was rescued and towed towards safety that evening.

[As initially reported. Subject to change. Not official Findings].
Wellington Harbour (-41.304611,174.847028) [may be approximate]