Edited By Christoph M. Wahner, Esq.
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 dangerous out there. Buy the cargo insurance, before the loss!
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4 SECOND QUARTER (APRIL - JUNE) 2009 MARITIME LOSSES AROUND THE WORLD ARE BELOW
VESSEL LOSS DISPATCHES FOR JUNE 2009
Danish royal yacht Dannebrog was struck by sailing vessel with a likely intoxicated skipper on June 17. The sailing vessel fled the scene but the skipper was later arrested at Svanemøllen Marina, Copenhagen. (Sun. June 28 2009).
376-ft, 4-masted Russian barque Kruzenshtern limped into Charleston harbor with a broken foremast on June 22. The damage was incurred during a fierce thunderstorm nearly halfway through its trip from Bermuda to Charleston for a Harbor Fest. No injuries reported, but the vessel was forced to retire from the third leg of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge, a trans-Atlantic regatta that started in Vigo, Spain. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sun. June 28 2009).
1,800-ton oil tanker Nhat Thuan (built 1973) exploded and sank off the southern coast of Vietnam on June 17. The vessel was at anchor 3.5-nm off Vung Tau. Spill reported, 3 of 13 crew reported missing. The vessel is said to be insured with the Bao Long Insurance JS Company. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sun. June 28 2009).
Container M/V Safmarine Meru, Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, lost 21 containers in heavy weather near Cape Town on June 23. A navigation warning has been issued to all vessels along the South African coast. Safmarine appointed Svitzer Salvage to locate and recover the lost containers. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sun. June 28 2009).
Tall ship Sören Larsen suffered storm damage 200 miles east of New Zealand on June 1. No passengers were aboard at the time. Some crew suffered minor injuries. The vessel returned safely to Whangarei for repairs. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen (Sun. June 28 2009) and our Correspondent Steve Randall