Barely a day into the new year, 2019 has already claimed its first casualty in terms of containers lost at sea..
MSC Zoe, a 396m long containership capable of carrying 19,224 TEU was the unfortunate ship which got caught in heavy seas between Vlieland, Netherlands and the German Bight in the North Sea on New Year’s Day as per the Dutch Coastguard..
Although the exact number is to be verified, the coastguard is indicating that as much as 270 odd containers may have gone overboard in tough weather conditions..
Port Elizabeth is one of the main ports in South Africa and is a main port of call for many carriers on the East/West Trade between Far East/South East Asia and the Americas and the North/South Trade between Africa and Europe..
Since the morning of 30th October, access to this main port has been restricted as one of the 5 STS (Ship to Shore gantry cranes) was blown off its rails due to the extreme winds that Port Elizabeth (PE) has been facing..
On the 6th of March 2018, Maersk Honam, one of Maersk’s ultra-large containership caught fire while en-route from Singapore to Egypt, in the Arabian Sea..
Five crew members perished in this incident which was one of several containership disasters that have happened in recent history..
Learning from these lessons, Maersk Line announced that after a thorough review of current safety practices and policies in the stowage of dangerous cargo, they implemented a set of new guidelines called Risk Based Dangerous Goods Stowage to improve safety across its container vessel fleet..
On the 14th of July 2012 a container ship MSC FLAMINIA operated by MSC was en route from Charleston in the USA to Antwerp in Belgium..
A cloud of smoke began emerging from Hold 4 which was noticed by the crew who promptly commenced fire fighting measures by releasing CO2 (Carbon Di-Oxide) to suppress it..
While the crew were working on extinguishing the blaze, an explosion occurred.. 3 crew members perished as a result of this incident and several others were injured..
The disaster that occurred on the MSC Flaminia is just one of several containership disasters that have happened in recent history, including containers lost at sea and disasters relating to hazardous goods..
US District Court for the Southern District of New York has named Louisiana-based Deltech (Shipper) and Stolt-Nielsen’s Stolt Tank Containers (Container Operator) as liable parties for explosion on MSC Flaminia..