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..
Recent news reports of 83 containers falling off a ship off the coast of Australia in heavy seas seems to have triggered a question in the minds of some people Is the ship register or ship registry liable for containers falling off a ship..??
When reading the news articles about this incident, I noticed something very interesting in the way in which the general public and the shipping fraternity identify a ship, its markings and the areas of concern.. 🙂
As far as container shipping is concerned, the current decade or the period since Y2K has probably seen the most number of consolidations, mergers, acquisitions and alliances than any other period in container shipping history..
Could ONE (Ocean Network Express) which is the latest, be probably the last one (at least for now) in the string of consolidations, mergers and acquisitions..??
Known by many names including Cut-off time, Gate Cut-off etc, the term STACK DATE has a massive significance in the shipment of a container and is a crucial element in the whole export cycle.. For the sake of simplicity I will refer to it as stack date or stack period throughout this article.. Read on to understand more about it..
Container stowage planning is an art and I absolutely loved the time when I used to do it.. Nowadays there are computer systems to do this, but the basics remain the same.. In this article I have explained how the stowage planning works..
Article explaining the difference between Vessel Agent and Carrier Agent.. Are they NOT the same ?? you ask.. In a few cases it could be the same, but there is also a difference between a Vessel agent and Carrier agent..