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Event Date: March 11 2011

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On The Scene -- Port Sendai, Japan

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The Date: March 11 2011

The Time: 5:46:24 pm

The Place: Port Sendai. Japan

The Cargo: Containers & General Cargo


"Japan Tsunami: Port of Sundai "

On The Scene At Port of Sundai, Japan

March 11 2011


The Port of Sendai In Better Days

 Note The Three Gantry Cranes

The Prolog To Disaster -- Before 5:46:24


Sendai is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, and the largest city in the Tohoku Region. In 2005 the city had a population of one million, and was one of Japan's 19 designated cities.

At forty six minutes and twenty four seconds after the hour of 5 p.m. on March 11 2011, a 9.0 earthquake and a subsequent major tsunami hit Sendai causing extensive damage. Especially hard hit was the coastal area including Sendai Airport and Port of Sendai where major damage were reported.

The tsunami reportedly reached as far as Wakabayashi Ward Office, 8 kilometers (5.0 miles) inland from the coastline.

The Container Terminal facilities cover 201.5 thousand square meters. The quay contains two berths. One is 270 meters long with alongside depth of 12 meters, and the other is 330 meters long with alongside depth of 14 meters. The terminal has capacity for 2.2 thousand dry container TEUs and 60 reefer containers, while it has 75 electrical reefer outlets. The terminal is equipped with a fumigating house, a 1.5 thousand square meter container freight station, a maintenance shop, and a 23.6 thousand square meters chassis space. Cargo operators at the Port of Sendai's Container Terminal are Shiogama-ko Unso and Snirku Unyu.

The Port of Sendai achieved record-breaking results in 2006 as 105,380 TEUs were handled.

After viewing the destruction below, ask yourself: How long will it take for this port to rebound? At the end of this feature, you will find the surprising answer!

Michael S. McDaniel - Your Editor

Sendai Is Located Northwest of Tokyo

The Devistation At Sendai As Viewed From A U.S. Navy Helicopter 13 March 2011

Far More Than The Port of Sendai Is On The Water

U.S. Navy SH-60B Helicopter Flies Over Port of Sendai on March 13 2011

 The Port of Sendai After Tsunami - video
A Road To The Port Is Ripped Open

Port Sendai Roads Are Impassasble Or Simply Washed Away

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Near Port of Sendai

Entering Port of Sendai

Vehicle Destruction At Port of Sendai ` video

A Shipment of Batteries Strewn About At Port of Sendai

One of Surviving Gantry Cranes Port of Seandai On March 13 2011

Containeers Washed Against The Terminal Likw Toys

One of Surviving Gantry Cranes Is Badlly Damaged

A Tangle of Containers At Port of Sendai

Japanese Television Records The Damage At Port of Sendai

The Damage Is Wide Spread

The Damage At Port of Sendai Is Unbelieveable

From The Cargo Letter -How Long Did It Take For The Port To Rebound?
***A Tribute To The Japanese People ..... as all Japanese ports affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeastern part of the country on March 11 have now reopened, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism. The Port of Oarai in Ibaraki Prefecture reopened on March 24, becoming the last of the 15 major ports along the Pacific coast of the Tohoku and Kanto regions to become usable again. The Ports of Ofunato in Iwate Prefecture and Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture reopened on March 22 & March 23. The 15 ports are now usable for both disaster-related and ordinary purposes, the ministry said. All 11 local airports in the northeastern part of the country had already reopened by March 18. Sendai Airport, which suffered serious damage as it bore the brunt of the killer tsunami, is available only to aircraft carrying relief supplies. It is expected to take several months for the airport to resume regular passenger flight services. A ban on passenger vehicles was completely lifted on the Tohoku Expressway and Ban-etsu Expressway on March 24. The full opening to traffic of the two vital arteries, which crisscross the northeastern part of the country, is expected to make significant contributions to rehabilitating crippled distribution networks. The Japanese government estimated economic impacts of the March 11 twin natural disasters is now at US$300Bn, with exports expected to fall by some 20%. Seldom have so many suffered so much, yet begun the rebound with such determination. There is no better tribute for such a proud people. March 31 2011

Our Continuation of This Photo Feature:

Japan Tsunami: The Shore Ships of Sendai - Part 1 

Japan Tsunami: The Shore Ships of Sendai - Part 2

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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The People of Japan

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.

INDEX TO OUR "Japan Tsunami: Port of Sundai " PAGE SPECIAL FEATURES:

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"Thar She Blows!" - M/V Hanjin Pennsylvania - Nov. 2002

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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 "Japan Tsunami: Port of Sundai " Feature

Our Contributor for this feature is:
Hilde Krause - Roanoke Trade Insurance Insurance Services., San Francisco
The Cargo Letter appreciates the continuing efforts of our valued contributors.

NOTE: Please Provide Us With Your Additional Information For This Loss.

EDITOR'S NOTE FOR SURVEYORS, ATTORNEYS & MARINE ADJUSTERS: The Internet edition effort of The Cargo Letter now celebrates it's 8th Year of Service -- making us quite senior in this segment of the industry. We once estimated container underway losses at about 1,500 per year. Lloyd's put that figure at about 10,000 earlier this year. Quite obviously, the reporting mechanism for these massive losses is not supported by the lines. News of these events is not posted to the maritime community. Our new project is to call upon you -- those handling the claims -- to let us know of each container loss at sea-- in confidentiality. Many of you survey on behalf of cargo interests with no need for confidentiality. Others work for the lines & need to be protected. As a respected Int'l publication, The Cargo Letter enjoys full press privileges & cannot be forced to disclose our sources of information. No successful attempt has ever been made. If a personal notation for your report is desired -- each contributor will be given a "hot link" to your company Website in each & every report. Please take moment & report your "overside" containers to us. If you do not wish attribution, your entry will be "anonymous." This will will benefit our industry -- for obvious reasons! McD

* NOTE: The Cargo Letter wants you to know that by keeping the identity of our contributors 100% Confidential, you are able to view our continuing series of "Cargo Disasters." Our friends send us materials which benefit the industry. The materials are provided to our news publication with complete and enforceable confidentiality for the sender. In turn, we provide these materials to you.  

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