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"M/V Heinrich Behrmann"

Coaster Is Coasted

Takes A Resort Vacation

The 2001 Countryman & McDaniel

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Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium

November 8 2001

Countryman & McDaniel

 The Air & Ocean Logistics- Customs Broker Attorneys

"Overlooking Runway 25 - Right, at Los Angeles International Airport"  

...."M/V Heinrich Behrmann".

Coaster Gets Coasted

Takes A Flemish Resort Vacation

Port of Zeebrugge

November 8 2001


At 02.30 LT, Nov. 8 on inbound leg to Zeebrugge, M/V Heinrich Behrmann had engine trouble & called help from tugs.

Weather very bad with N- NW stormy winds -- force 9 & peaks up to force 11.

Three attempts were made to secure the vessel By Tugs, but each time the tow lines snapped.

Driven by wind M/V Heinrich Behrmann grounded at the Blankenberge resort beach.

3 tugboat crew injured while trying to tow M/V Heinrich Behrmann back to open sea.

With NW storm blowing inland, tide was higher than usual (HW at around 06.00 LT) --

-- coming less than 10 meters from seafront, so the vessel grounded very close to it.

At low tide around 12.00 LT & with a difference of about 4.5 meters between high & low tide, vessel ended up on dry land

-- stuck on a breakwater by her rudder -- 


If It Grounds -- They Will Come -- And They Did -- By The Thousands

The Cargo Letter Daily Casualties Page >> Our Report At The Time >> "Antiguan flagged 81-meter M/V Heinrich Behrmann owned by Heinrich Behrman of Germany, from Britain with chemicals, aground on a Belgian beach near resort town of Blankenbergen after losing control of steering during storm approach -- on to Belgian port of Zeebrugge. Will attempt to tow off later today. (Fri. Nov. 9 2001)"

Tourist Attraction of The Weekend

Two Attempts Made At High Tide Thursaday Evening & Friday morningto Get M/V Heinrich Behrmann Afloat.

Both Failed -- M/V Heinrich Behrmann Was Still Sitting " High And Dry."

Five Hundred Years of Belgian Maritme Ingenuity -- A New Plan Hatches.

Experts Said M/V Heinrich Behrmann Would Not Float Until Spring Tides - If Then

But Beligian Contractors Dug A Trench Behind Ship To Create Deeper Water By High Tide --

Fuel & Ballast Tanks Were Next Emptied Into Trucks To Lessen Displacement.

And yes, Around 21.30 LT, 4 tugs managed to pull M/V Heinrich Behrmann out & get her back afloat.

After that, M/V Heinrich Behrmann was towed into Zeebrugge Port -- Her "Resort Weekend" Over.

Photos & Significant Portion of Commentary Submitted By -- Mr. Jacques Reyniers -- a 40 year old Belgian & former merchant navy deck officer, who is presently terminal manager of the largest container terminal in the Port of Zeebrugge -- Ocean Container Terminal Hessenatie Zeebrugge. Mr. Reyniers is responsible for all terminal operations & claims at the Zeebrugge terminal and a contributor to The Cargo Letter. His excellent presentation of the M/V Heinrich Behrmann's "Flemish resort vacation" is greatly appreciated.

Ocean Container Terminal Hessenatie Zeebrugge - charge of Jacques Reyniers

Terminal Specifications

Port of Zeebrugge

Port of Zeebrugge

Port of Zeebrugge - History

Map of Zeebrugugge -- note narrow entrace for M/V Heinrich Behrmann

Resorts of The Flemish Coast

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