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"Star Crossed"

M/V Carina Star Vs. JDS Kurama

On The Scene In The Kanmon Strait

October 27 2009


JDS Kurama - In Better Days

M//V Carina Star - In Better Days

They Were To Be Star Crossed
JDS Kurama (DDH 144)
M/V Carina Star

Type: Destroyer - Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF)

Commissioned: 27 March 1981

Displacement: 5,200 long tons (5,283 t) standard -- 7,500 long tons (7,620 t) full load

Length: 159 m (520 ft)

Beam: 17.5 m (57 ft 5 in)

Draft: 5.3 m (17 ft 5 in)

Propulsion: 2 IHI boilers 850 psi (60 kg/cm, 5.9 MPa), 430 °C 2 turbines

2 Shafts: 70,000 shp (52 MW)

Speed: 31 knots (36 mph; 57 km/h)

Complement: 350


• Sea Sparrow SAM launcher

• ASROC Mk 112 octuple launcher

• 2 ? FMC 5"/54 caliber Mark 42 guns

• 2 ? 20 mm Phalanx CIWS

• 2 ? Mark 32 triple torpedo tubes (Mk-46 torpedoes)

Aircraft carried:

3 SH-60J(K) anti-submarine helicopters

Type: Container Carrier

Flag: Korea

Shipbuilding Yard (HULL NO.) : SAS-396

Keel Laid : April 10 1998

Launced : July 27 1998

Delivered : Oct. 10 1998

Class No. : 9849392

IMO No. : 9172612

Call Sign : D.S.N.S.2

LOA : 127.937 meters

Gross Tonnage: 7,401 tons

Deadweight: 9,157 tons

Displacement: 12,609 tons

Capacity : 706 TEU

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The Date: October 27 2009

The Time: 1956 Hrs.

The Place: In The Kanmon Strait, Japan

Japan Navy Destroyer JDS Kurama Leads Japan's 36 Ship Triennial Naval Review.

Proud Ship. Proud Day. October 27 2009.

The Cargo Letter - Oct. 27 2009
Japan's Navy held its Triennial Fleet Review on Oct. 27 2009, its first major demonstration of power under the country's new government, which has vowed to cut back on some of its already limited activities overseas. JDS Kurama led the review.

Japan's navy, generally viewed as the strongest in Asia, is seen as an important regional balance to the expansion of China's rapidly growing naval power - a role that Washington has strongly supported.

The fleet review, with about 8,000 sailors, 36 warships and three submarines taking part, featured ship-to-sea missile launches, onboard helicopter landings, air-support operations and anti-submarine exercises.

The Navy, formally called the Maritime Self-Defense Forces, is focused almost entirely on a defensive strategy along Japan's coasts, but its overseas role has grown in recent years.

THe Japan Navy is participating in missions in the Indian Ocean in support of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan and off the coast of Somalia as part of an international anti-piracy mission. Japanese ships also regularly monitor activity in North Korea from positions in the Sea of Japan.  

JDS Kurama Proceeds On Her Way Back To Sasebo Base, After Leading The Triennial Fleet Review.

The Kanmon Strait, Almost Right Below The Kanmon Bridge

This Is A Choke Point -- A Narrow Passage Which Proved Fateful For JDS Kurama & M/V Carina Star

At This Point Near The Kanmon Bridge -- JDS Kurama Would Become "Star Crossed"

As October 28 2009 Morning Broke -- Starboard Hull Damage & Cargo Loss For M/V Carina Star.

There has Been A "Ship Happens" Moment!

There Had Been Terror In The Oct. 27 Night For JDS Kurama

1956 Hrs. -- The Result of Collission With M/V Carina Star.

In the Narrow Kanmon Strait Help Comes Quickly

NOTE: M/V Carina Star Has Crossed The Bow of JDS Kurama -- WITH TRAGIC RESULTS -- The Japanese Destroyer Has Become STAR CROSSED

The Cargo Letter - Oct. 27 2009

5,200-ton Japanese destroyer JDS Kurama, with crew of approximately 360, was in collision with 7,400-ton South Korean container ship Carina Star off southern Japan, some 500 miles southwest of Tokyo,on Oct. 27. JDS Kurama suffered severe bow damage and 3 injuries. No injuries reported aboard the Carina Star. The collision site is about 530 miles (850 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo, between Kyusu and the western end of the Honshu main island.
[From our Correspondents Douglas A. Gaxiola and Jude Ravo, 27-10-09]

Shortly After The Collision, M/V Carina Star Rides Calmly. Damage Only To Hull & Containers On Starboard Bow

Meanwhile, Conditions on JDS Kurama Are Urgent.

JDS Kurama Begins To Fight The Bow Fire -- For Her Life

The Warship -- Laden With Explosives Is Engulfed In Fire Near The Kanmon Bridge

Sailors of All Rates Man The Hoses. JDS Kurama Is Afire At Extreme Risk

Three Crew Are Injured As JDS Kurama Battles For Her Life. The Vessel Melts In Extreme Heat

Morning Brings A Sobering Reality Aboard JDS Kurama

The Cargo Letter - Oct. 28 2009

JDS Kurama came alongside a pier at Moji Port around 5:16 A.M. on October 28, and the fire was extinguished completely around 6:30 A.M.

The Entire Bow & Bulbous Bow Array Are Missing -- The Workspace of A Destroyer

With All of The Modern "WOW" Electronics & Safeguards -- It Remains Tragically True "Ship Happens" !

Here The "Ship Happens" Moment Is Not Offered In Jest -- But In The Reality of Marine Commerce

The Cargo Letter - Oct. 28 2009

Four crew members were treated in a hospital; one for a light injury and the other three for inhaling smoke.

JDS Kurama Has Been Saved By A Devoted & Brave Crew

"Pride of The Fleet" For The Triennial Fleet Review -- The Work of JDS Kurama Has Been Paused

JDS Kurama Has Been Paused -- But She Will Return

Under The Rising Sun

This Proud Ensign of The Japanese Navy Now Supports Freedom In The War Against Terrorism

..... And ForJapan This Important Effort Will Be Led For Japan By JDS Kurama

The Cargo Letter - Oct. 28 2009

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force or JMSDF, is the maritime branch of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, tasked with the naval defense of Japan. It was formed following the dissolution of the Imperial Japanese Navy (1871 to 1947) after World War II. It has a large fleet with significant blue-water operating capabilities. The force is based strictly on defensive armament. Its main tasks are to maintain control of the nation's sea lanes and to patrol territorial waters. It has also stepped up its participation in UN-led peacekeeping operations (PKOs) and Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIOs).

The ship prefix for JMSDF ships is JDS (Japanese Defense Ship) for all ships commissioned before 2008. Ships commissioned on or after 2008 use the prefix JS (Japanese Ship) to reflect the upgrading of the Japanese Defense Agency to the Ministry of Defense.

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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The Crews of JDS Kurama and her families.

SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by air & sae continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker

It's very dangerous out there.


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SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by sea continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker. 

It's very dangerous out there.

Thanks To Our Contributors For The "Star Crossed" Feature

Our Contributor for this feature is greatly appreciated:
Adrian Don -- Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station, Fish Quay, North Shields, UK


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