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The Typhoon Encounter of M/V Bai Chay Bridge

Feature Date: 15 July 2012

Event Date: About 23 June 2012

IMO Number:: 9463346

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The Date: About June 23 2012

The Place: Port of Hong Kong


"Deck of Cards"

M/V Bai Chay Bridge

IMO Number: 9463346

On The Scene -- At Port of Hong Kong

June 29 2012


M/V Bai Chay Bridge In Better Days

M/V Bai Chay Bridge
M/V Bai Chay Bridge

Name:: M/V Bai Chay Bridge

Flag: Panama

Ship Type: Container ship


Port Register: Panama City

Delivered Date:2011/10/01

Lloyd's Code (IMO No.: 9463346

MMSI: 356352000

Call Sign: 3FAD8

Length x Breadth: 266 m X 36 m

Gross Tonnage: 44234, DeadWeight: 52452 t

Speed recorded (Max / Average): 21.5 / 21.2 knots

The Prolog To Disaster


Late on June 7 2012, a tropical disturbance formed south-southeast of Pohnpei. Late on June 8, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JTWC) issued a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert (TCFA) on that system but canceled it late on June 9. The JMA upgraded the low-pressure area to a tropical depression on June 10, so did the JTWC early on June 11. Early on the next day, the JTWC upgraded the system to a tropical storm, and later the JMA also upgraded it to a tropical storm and named it Guchol. Early on June 14, the JMA upgraded Guchol to a severe tropical storm, and the PAGASA assigned the local name Butchoy on it as the system entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility. Later that day, the JTWC upgraded Guchol to a category 1 typhoon. On June 15, the system was upgraded to a category 2 typhoon by the JTWC, as it became better organized and started to develop more convection. As Guchol went through explosive intensification with a well defined eye on June 16, the JMA upgraded it to a typhoon early that day, and the JTWC upgraded it further to a category 3 typhoon, later a category 4 super typhoon. On June 18, Guchol started to undergo an eyewall replacement cycle as the storm began to weaken under moderate vertical wind shear, and later it started its extratropical transition. The JTWC downgraded Guchol to a tropical storm on June 19, as it made landfall over Kii Peninsula in Japan. Later that day, the JMA downgraded Guchol to a severe tropical storm. Guchol fully became an extratropical cyclone early on June 20.

In Japan, airlines have cancelled 420 domestic and international flights so far because of the strong winds, affecting 32,600 passengers. The town of Nachikatsuura, some 400 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, ordered nearly 1,600 residents to evacuate, warning of the danger of landslides brought on by heavy rain, media reports said.

Into this typhoon sailed the container vessel M/V Bai Chay Bridge.This is our story - with predictable results.

This feature deals will again highlight the concept ---"Ship Happens! ©"

Michael S. McDaniel - Your Editor

At Anchor At Hong Kong, Something Is Amiss Aboard M/V Bai Chay Bridge

Vessel Name : BAI CHAY BRIDGE  ( BCHB )  

Current Lane : K-LINE-PSW1 SERVICE ( PS1 ) 

Current Comn Voyage : 06E / 06W 

Current YML Vsl Voy : PS1226E / PS1226W 

From The Cargo Letter - 4 July 2012
On the PSW loop sailing from the U.S. West Coast, M/V Bai Chay Bridge was scheduled eta HK 6/25. Due to typhoon in Japan with rough sea, some containers (include CKYH member lines Cosco, "K" Line, Yang Ming & Hanjin ) collapsed, likely due to poor lashing. Now, vessel is sitting at Lamma Island and the block bay involved was mainly Hong Kong discharge cargo including RF containers, both laden and empty.

M/V Bai Chay Bridge Suffered Loss of Containers & Collapse of some On Board In June, During The Voyage From Long Beach To Asian Ports.

On June 23 M/V Bai Chay Bridge Arrived At Hong Kong For Repairs.

Damage Is Evident Throughout M/V Bai Chay Bridge

Collapsed Like A Deck of Cards

The Calling Ports of M/V Bai Chay Bridge

[USLGB] : LONG BEACH, United States of America

[USOAK] : OAKLAND, United States of America

[JPTYO] : TOKYO, Japan






Typhoon Guchol lashed out in the North Pacific and became a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Flash flooding prompted officials to recommend nearly 50,000 Japanese households evacuate from low-lying areas.

As much as 20 inches of rain fell in some of the worst-affected flooding prompted officials to recommend nearly 50,000 households evacuate from low-lying areas. Guchol means "turmeric" in a Micronesian language.

Typhoon Guchol, the first super typhoon of the 2012 season, is likely to cause insured losses in Japan of less than US$500M, according to catastrophic loss modeller Eqecat.

Deck Ready To Be Shuffled

Another Reason Shippers Must Have High Quality Marine Cargo Insurance

M/V Bai Chay Bridge At Anchor At Hong Kong

M/V Bai Chay Bridge In Better Days

What Is A Bai Chay Bridge?
"Bai Chay Bridge" is a cable-stayed bridge on Highway 18 in Vietnam, connecting Hon Gai with Bai Chay over the Cua Luc Straits, separating Cua Luc Bay with Halong Bay, the territory of the province Quang Ninh.

This is the type of cable-stayed bridge which has two outer span, reinforced concrete box beams prestressed with the width of the world record pace for this type of bridge. The towers are located on the huge-sized pneumatic caisson foundation system, first applied in Vietnam with modern construction technologies and advanced. Bridge is constructed by balanced cantilever technology, at head height of 50m above the water level, bridge beams are reaching out to sea and ends when connecting two aligned, this construction technology to assure that vessels still can operate normally during the construction process.

The work was completed and opened to traffic on December 2, 2006. Bai Chay bridge has been put to use to address the needs of the people of Quang Ninh, tourists inside and outside Vietnam, and also to end decades of operation of the Bai Chay ferry.

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To Repeat -- No Matter How Careful You Are -- Or Who You Hire ....... "Ship Happens! ©"

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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The Crew of Bai Chay Bridge, 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.


Some of Our Fire At Sea Features:
"Great Misfortune"- M/V Hyundai Fortune - March 2006

M/T Vicuna Explodes - for Jan. 2005

"T-E-U Bar-Be-Cue" - aftermath of the M/V Hanjin Pennsylvania Loss - Nov. 2002

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

"Meals: Ready To Explode" - Navy Barbecue at Guam June 2001

And ..... "Fighting Fires On Mars" - Jan. 2008

Our Daily Vessel Casualties - stay informed

"Singles Only" - visit our individual moments of transport crisis for more.

The Greatest Container Losses Of All Time - these are the grand fathers -

M/V OOCL America

M/V APL China

M/V APL Panama - The EPIC

"Great Misfortune"- M/V Hyundai Fortune - March 2006

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 "Deck of Cards" Feature

Our Contributors for this feature is:
Barry Campbell - Burnaby, B.C., Canada
The Cargo Letter appreciates the continuing efforts of these 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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