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A Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender

The Date: August 11 2010

The Time: 6:53 pm

The Place: In The Java Sea

The Cargo: General Cargo vs. Oil Production


"Haystack Hits Needle"

M/V Timur Galaxy

On The Scene In The Java Sea

August 11 2010

M/V Timur Galaxy - In Better Days

The 7,722 DWT Cause

 Prolog To Disaster


Across the vast Pacific Ocean frontier are the expected myriad of atolls, shoals & islands to block or frustrate the course of mariners.

Modern technology has now superimposed a set of new obstacles to navigation.

Among these modern obstacles are oil platforms.

Indonesia is comprised of 17,508 islands -- but one steel "island" was overlooked by the South Korean flagged M/V Timur Galaxy when navigating toward oil platform KE40 on the evening of August 11 2010.

Still, considering the vast distances involved -- M/V Timur Galaxy found a needle in a haystack.

Michael McDaniel

Kodeco Energy Oil Platform KE40 - Listing Dangerously

From The Cargo Letter - August 11 2010

7,722-dwt Indonesian flagged M/V Timur Galaxy (IMO 8318726) allided with South Korea's Kodeco Energy (oil production platform) on Aug 11. Several parts of the facility were damaged, including the dock and hand rails. Estimated loss is some US$15M to US$20M [From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen, 21-8-10] 
Platform KE40 Was Evacuated With No Loss of Life At 7 p.m. on August 11

A Miracle. The Impact of M/V Timur Galaxy Was Massive

Platform KE40 Listing At 40 Degress To The Southwest After The Massive Impact of M/V Timur Galaxy

From The Cargo Letter - August 17 2010

M/V Timur Galaxy collided with the South Korea's Kodeco Energy KE 40 wellhead platform at 6.53 p.m. Aug. 11 evening, damaging several parts of the facility including the dock and hand rails, upstream regulatory body, BPMi gas was cited as saying in media reports.

No injuries, spills or fires were reported at the site of the incident.

The KE40 wellhead platform, which has been producing from seven wells, was shut in immediately after the incident.

This will cause an estimated loss of 1,600 barrels per day of oil and 15 million cubic feet of gas per day.

Repairs to the wellhead platform are expected to take several weeks to complete, the Jakarta Post reported.

Kodeco has mobilized a remotely operated vehicle to assess the damage to the wellhead platform. The operator has also several oil spill equipment including an oil containment boom on standby in the area.

Prior to the incident, West Madura PSC is producing 205 mmcfd of gas and 30,000 bpd of condensate from 14 wellhead and central processing platforms.

Gas is supplied to state-owned utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara, state-owned gas and transmission company Perusahaan Gas Negara and petrochemical company Petro Kimia Gresik.

Crude is exported to state player Pertamina's 260,000 bpd Balikpapan refinery in East Kalimantan and 348,000 bpd Cilacap refinery in Central Java.

Kodeco is the operator of the West Madura Production Sharing Contract (PSC) in Indonesia, while its sister company, Korea Development Co., Ltd is the operator of the Poleng block, which is located next to the West Madura PSC area.

Currently Kodeco operates 14 production facilities including KE5, KE6, KE23, KE30, KE32, KE38, KE40, KE56, Poleng AW, BW, CW, DW, Poleng Processing Platform, and the Central Processing Platform (CPP).

Platform KE40, Has 7 Wells -- These Were Automatically Shut Down Immediately After The Collision

The Estimated Loss Will Be 1,600 Barrels of Oil Per Day & 15 Million Standard Cubic Feet of Gas Per Day.

Hit & Run?

Authorities Originally Listed This Incident As A "Hit & Run"

Reports Said M/V Timur Galaxy Was Sought By Authorities

This Issue Has Not Been Discussed Further In The Press

Platform KE40 Faces Either Shut Down Or A US$15M To US$20M Repair

The Evidence Suggests Human Error Was The Cause of This Collision For M/V Timur Galaxy

Editors Note

"Human Error" Is The Subject of A New Maritime Book From Geoffrey Gill, an Attorney At the Countryman & McDaniel law firm.
MV Timur Galaxy

From The Cargo Letter - June 1 2009 - Hero Ship MV Timur Galaxy

At least 350 people were plucked from the Java Sea after their inter-island ferry caught fire in a dramatic weekend incident off the coast of East Java.

The MV Mandiri Nusantara caught fire and sank at 3 p.m. on June 1 2009, leaving some survivors in the water until early the next morning.

The rescue was led by and survivors and taken back to Surabaya aboard the cargo carrier MV Timur Galaxy.

Effect of The Encounter With Platform KE40

MV Timur Galaxy Got The Better End of The Deal

From Our Reader:

"Is this is a classic case of hero to zero?"
The 2009 Accident Where M/V Timur Galaxy Was A Hero
Perter Wright - UK

Editor Note:

So right Peter. That's now hero to US$M ! She placed herself somewhat above Zero!

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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The Crews of Oil Platform Platform KE40 and M/V Timur Galaxy -- All Mariners Who Are At Risk At Sea.

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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