A container ship crew were forced to abandon ship after it started tilting during the night.

The MSC Matilde docked at Liverpool2 which is reportedly carrying millions of pounds worth of goods,ran into trouble in the early hours of Friday morning (May 24).

Pictures show the MSC Matilde from Panama, tilting dangerously to the right.

MSC Matilde was seen tilting in Liverpool2 dock on Friday (May 24).

The coastguard sent lifeboats, tugs and a pollution response vesse l out to the scene after being contacted by Peel Ports who operate the dock at Seaforth.

The crew from the 20-year-old ship, which sails under the Panama flag, reportedly abandoned the vessel at 2am this morning, one witness told the ECHO.

The same man said he thought the ship would “capsize” because of the way it was leaning over.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “HM Coastguard was contacted by Peel Ports VTS at around 2.25am today (24 May) to report that a container vessel was listing just outside Gladstone Dock on the River Mersey.”     

“Crosby Coastguard Rescue Team and the RNLI Hoylake all weather lifeboats have been sent to the scene, two tugs and a tier 2 pollution response vessel are on standby as a precautionary measure. MCA’s Duty Counter Pollution & Salvage Officer, Duty Surveyor and the Marine Accident Information Board have been informed.

“All ship’s crew onboard are safe and well. ”

“The vessel is now reported to be back on an even keel following a ballast transfer with unloading due to commence later today.”

The crew eventually returned to the ship at 8.30am once the vessel was righted.

The £400m Liverpool2 container terminal is part of the Port of Liverpool, owned by  Peel Ports .

Opened in 2016 it is best known for its giant red cranes and means Liverpool  can now handle the world’s biggest container ships.

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