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Page Number 10

Year 2006 Last Half

The Individual Moments of Transport Crisis

Which Don't Constitute A Full Page Feature

"Singles Only" Year 2006 Last Half - Our Feature Page - Page #10 - Our "Singles" Photo Features By Date

Chips Ahoy! - A Cargo Law Mystery For You To Solve - Dec. 2006
Mystery Solved! "Legend of The The Great White Dorito"

Emirates Goes To Pieces - Nov. 2006

Fate of The Finnbirch - Nov. 2006

Brazil Mid-Air - Oct. 2006

Ultimate Transport Crisis - Sept. 2006

M/V Cougar Ace - Laying down on the job - July 2006

M/T Front Sunda - Exploded And Abandoned - July 2006

Powers of A Kansas Hoe - July 2006

Flying Fire Truck - June 2006

Loading Submarines - M/V RORO Star - June 2006

Indian Split - M/V Ocean Seraya - June 2006

For All The Many Transport Disaster Photos We Receive Each Month,

Only A Few Picture Series Result In A The Cargo Letter Photo Feature Page.

For All The Rather Amazing Single Picture Contributions We Recieve --

-- Here Are Our Selected One Photo Wonders!

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International Trade Consultants

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Transport Single Photo Nightmares

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Chips Ahoy! - A Cargo Law Mystery - For You To Solve - 4 Dec. 2006

Mystery Solved -- "The Legend of The Great White Dorito" - 7 Dec. 2006

Chiquita Did It!

Thousands & Thousands of Dorito Bags

Doritos In Flavors - Nacho - Cool Ranch - Black Pepper Jack - Fiery Habanero

A Cargo Law Mystery For You To Solve --Where Did This North Carolina Dorito Party Mix Come From?

Chips Ahoy! -- As North Carolina Locals Clean The Beach On Nov. 30 -- More Likely They Salvage Doritos

Let's Hear It For Vacuum Packaging!

 The Major Health Concern Here Is That The Trans Fat Can Convert To Trans-Atlantic Fat !

A 40ft. Reefer Container Has Delivered Doritos To The Beach - Overside From An Atlantic Trade Vessel

We're waiting For A 20ft. Container With Dip

On Nov. 28 2006 -- A cargo container that apparently fell from a ship washed up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina & spilled thousands of bags of Doritos brand tortilla chips on the beach. People collected the chips, which were apparently still fresh due to their airtight packaging. Unknown which ship had lost the cargo or for what port she was bound.
Our Dr. Beach Asks: What Ship Is This From? What Was Her Course?

Frequent readers of The Cargo Letter know that our pal Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer -- known to his pals as "Dr. Beach" -- is the world's leading scientist studying global open ocean drift patterns.

Today, Dr. Beach needs your help to solve a mystery.

This Is A Cargo Law Mystery For You To Solve -- We think this was likely U.S. export cargo -- for Puerto Rico or Latin America.

One of our Readers knows which ship carried ths cargo & the details of loss.. McD
Write To Us -- our rules of confidentiality apply.

Our Cargo Law Mysteries & Adventures With Dr. Beach - Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer -- all these mysteries were solved - 100% record so far - with reader help.

"Dr. Beach's Mystery Buoy" - Jan. 2005

"Overboard With Dr. Beach" - Nov. 2004

"Container Pool" - A Cargo Law Mystery - May 2002

Our Dr. Beach - Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer

Years of The Rubber Duckie



Our Guest Flotsam


Wikipededia Doritos

Cargo Law Mystery Solved!

None of Our Mysteries Have Ever Gone Unsolved

Solved In 3 Days! -- Thanks Readers!

The Cargo Law Mystery Solved! -- by our reader Philip Smith of Centerville, Ohio. -- after 4 days Online!

The subuct vessel was container M/V Courtney L, owned by Great White Fleet Ltd. of Cincinnati, a subsidiary of Chiquita Brands International. M/V Courtney L loaded the cargo in Wilmington, Del., and was destined for Costa Rica. The "Doritos container" that grounded off a Hatteras Island beach was 1 of 4 that fell off a ship during the recent nor'easter -- lost somewhere near the Virginia-North Carolina border during early morning hours of Nov. 22 and 23., as confirmed by U.S. Coast Guard.

M/V Courtney L is a 475 FEU capacity vessel, one of 12 ships in The Great White Fleet. The Great White Fleet carries bananas to the United States from South & Central America & offers cargo services to other companies for the return trip. The crew learned that the 4 containers were gone while taking inventory on Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving Day. The U.S. National Park Service spent most of Nov. 23 securing the site & getting the container removed from the beach -- while dozens of scavengers arrived with garbage bags to collect the booty.

The Cargo Letter[428] for November 2006 -- a The Great White Fleet article appeared by coincidence --

***Goodbye Great White Fleet After 135 Years...... as Cincinnati-based Chiquita Brands is considering selling off its fleet of reefer vessels operated by subsidiary Great White Fleet following this past summer's scare over fresh spinach, plus sagging prices for bananas. It suspended shareholder dividends in late Sept. as its shares plummeted by 14% &endash; the largest drop since spring of 2003. It has retained Fortis Securities to explore strategic alternatives including a sale of the Great White Fleet, a sale-leaseback & other options. Chiquita's Fresh Express bagged-salad brand was heavily hit by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's ban on bagged fresh spinach over E. coli contamination while bananas, the main cargo of the Great White Fleet, witnessed a price drop since the European Union eliminated a quota & raised tariffs on banana imports from Latin America. The value of Chiquita's shares fell 32% this year. The company was formed in 1871 as the United Fruit Company and became the United Brands Company in 1970, changing its name to Chiquita Brands Int'l 15 years later.

The Great White Fleet Poster

The United Fruit Company's Great White Fleet

Images of The Great White Fleet

Flag of The Great White Fleet

The Great White Fleet History

So Much For "The Legend of The Great White Dorito"

Contributors For This Feature:

Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer

Dr. Thomas C. Royer -- Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography Dept. of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Old Dominion University

Philip Smith -- Centerville, Ohio.

Emirates Goes To Pieces - Nov. 2006

Emirates Airbus Rolls Royce engine Cowling Went to pieces....No Details On Why.

Happened 18 Oct. 2006 En Route From BHX (Birmingham Int'l Airport) to DXB (Dubai Int'l Airport)

This Happened On Approach Over Water To Land.

The logical explanation would be a bird strike.

But it would have had to be a very heavy bird.  They don't make them that big anymore.

That's what's got everyone perplexed. 

What Caused This Airbus - To Go To Pieces?


Contributor For This Feature:

Our Faithful Doc - to The Cargo Letter
Fate of The Finnbirch - Nov. 2006

M/V Finnbirch In Better Days

Call sign: SLNK

Home port: Stockholm

Dead weight: 8,500

GT: 15396

NT: 4656

Class: Lloyds Reg. +100A1+ LMC+UMS, Ice 1A

Main engine: 2 NKK Pielstick 12 PC 2,5V

Auxiliary engine: 2 Daihatsu

Bow thruster: Kawasaki 735 kW

Length o.a.: 156 mt.

Breath: 22,70 mt.

Draught: 7,30 mt.

Service speed: 17 knots

Lane meters: 2100 

The Cargo Letter For Nov. 1 2006 -
ALERT>> 500ft M/V Finnbirch of the Lindholm Line , with 14 crew - Helsinki in Finland for Aarhus in Denmark -- capsized & sank Nov. 1 -- 2 dead & 12 others rescued -- crew flown to hospital in Kalmar on the Swedish mainland, suffering from hypothermia. Officials reported ship was on her side & crew sitting on the hull. (Wed. Nov.1 2006)

UPDATE>> Wreck of M/V Finnbirch -- now lying in a depth of 80mt.-100mt. on position 56º 49,143'N  017º 12,998' E. A part of the 260 tons of oil escaped but is currently drifting towards the open sea. Meanwhile critizism arose against the private Swedish rescue service AB Norrlandsflyg AB which only had one Sikorsky helicopter for up to 8 people on scene. Just the Finnish Coastguard brough relief after M/V Finnbirch sank & 14 people were drifting in sea -- 2 people died in sinking of M/V Finnbirch, the search for one of them had been called off 10 hours after the ship went down. The other died on hypothermia in a hospital in Kalmar. Capt. who had suffered a broken leg when the ship heeled over was rescued by his crew mates & survived. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen. (Fri. Nov.3 2006)

Lindholm Line -- Opererator of M/V Finnbirch

Mid-Air In Brazil - Sept. 2006

The Plane Which Survived

The Cargo Letter For Oct. 1 2006 -
ALERT>> Brazilian Gol Airlines flight 1907, Boeing 737-800, Manaus to Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, crashed after colliding with Excel Air's Brazilian-made Legacy Executive Jet in midair on Sept. 29. Wreckage of Boeing 737-800 located in dense Amazon rainforest, 1,090 miles northwest of Sao Paulo in the state of Mato Grosso. 149 passengers and 6 crew feared dead -- Brazil's worst air disaster in history. Legacy Executive Jet stablized after the collision and landed at a Brazilian air force base in the Amazon state of Para. Gol Airlines reports that the Boeing 737-800 had been delivered by Boeing just three weeks ago and had been flown for only 200 hours. (Sun. Oct. 1 2006)

The press pictures of the 737 impact site show what may be a nearly vertical impact into a tight area the jungle floor -- with no survivors.

A suspect in the crash is this US$25M Embraer Legacy 600 business jet that was on it's delivery flight from the Brazil factory to its new owner in the U.S.

No injuries suffered aboard the business jet. Note the impact damage to the winglet and horizontal stablilizer.

It is not surprising that the Embraer Legacy 600 business jet survived -- only that the B-737-800 did not. Now 155 are dead.

Eyewitness Account:

"With the window shade drawn, I was relaxing in my leather seat aboard a $25 million corporate jet that was flying 37,000 feet above the vast Amazon rainforest. The 7 of us on board the 13-passenger jet were keeping to ourselves.

"Without warning, I felt a terrific jolt and heard a loud bang, followed by an eerie silence, save for the hum of the engines. And then the three words I will never forget. "We've been hit," said Henry Yandle, a fellow passenger standing in the aisle near the cockpit of the Embraer Legacy 600 jet.

"'Hit? By what?' I wondered. I lifted the shade. The sky was clear; the sun low in the sky. The rainforest went on forever. But there, at the end of the wing, was a jagged ridge, perhaps a foot high, where the five-foot-tall winglet was supposed to be."

J. Sharkey - freelance assignment for Business Jet Traveler Magazine.

Embraer Legacy 600 Business Jet


Military Variant

GOL Airlines

Contributor For This Feature:

Our Faithful Doc - to The Cargo Letter courtesy of a friend in the Brazilian Air Force.
Ultimate Transport Crisis - Sept. 2006

We All Have Been Up There - Location Now Found

But Now There Are Paddles !

North Fork Skagit River --

For Our Overseas Readers -- The American Phrase is "Up Shit Creek Without A Paddle" -- The Meaning Is Obvious.

Contributor For This Feature:

Hugo Garcia - trusted friend & wine country companion
M/V Cougar Ace - Laying Down On The Job - July 2006

M/V Cargo Ace In Better Days

M/V Cargo Ace Laying Down On The Job

US$72,000,000 Worth of Mazda Automobiles Now "Piled" Along The Port Side.

Don't try this at home!

Truly Ship Happens©

The Cargo Letter For July 24 2006 -

ALERT>> 22 Crew & US$72M of Cars In Jeopardy>> 654ft. Singapore-flagged Mitsui O.S.K Lines car carrier M/V Cougar Ace, Japan for Vancouver B.C., Canada with 4,813 automobiles & 22 crew -- sent SOS late July 23 -- suffered 80 degree list (press says 90 degrees, but that is hard to do) in N. Pacific, 230 miles S. of the Aleutian Islands. One crew has broken leg, but no other reported injuries at this time -- crew wearing survival suits. Vessel taking water. 378ft. U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Rush (WHEC-723)<< Webfeature, from Hawaii is in Alaska waters & beating to scene. U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, two U.S. Army Pave Hawk helicopters, two refueling planes and a U.S. Air Force C-130 plane arrived from a U.S. Air National Guard base in Anchorage -- helicopters hoisted stranded all 23 crew members to safety. Bravo Zulu! Heavy seas. Things do not look good. (Mon. July 24 2006)

FLAG: Singapore

Line: Misui O.S.K.

Built: 1993.

Call Sign: 9VKE. BRT-55328.

Laying Down On The Job -- Continuing News Coverage & Many Photos - Follow Our M/V Cargo Ace Feature

Taken Uniformly Around The World,

If There Is A Vessel In Distress,

The Statistical Chances Are That Rescue,

Will Come - From One Agency ,

More Any Other --

The U.S. Coast Guard

Index For This Feature:

Foss Maritime

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

World Car Carriers - from Tugspotters

U.S. Coast Guard

USCGC Morgenthau


USCGC Sycamore

Contributors For This Feature:

U.S. Coast Guard

Hilde Krause - Roanoke Trade Insurance Services, San Francisco

M/T Front Sunda - Exploded And Abandoned - July 2006
The Cargo Letter For July 5 2006 -
"Marshall Islands registered, Frontline Suezmax 149,999 dwt tanker M/T Front Sunda (built 1992), Singapore for Persian Gulf in ballast, suffered explosion in one of its tanks 200 NM off the NE coast of Singapore, June 19 -- one crew missing. Our photos will be posted shortly, but show major upward blast forward. From our Correspondent Hilde Krause. (Thurs. July 6 2006)"

The single-hulled M/T Front Sunda was abandoned after no. 6 cargo tank exploded at 17:00 Singapore time on 19 June. The tanker was in ballast at the time, about 200 miles northeast of Singapore when the blast occurred. One crew member is missing of the 22 crew aboard the tanker. The Marshall Islands registered M/T Front Sunda was built in 1992 at the Brodogradiliste Split yard, is classed with DnV and managed by International Tanker Management, Dubai . She was scheduled to load for Royal Dutch Shell in Singapore on July 2 for a voyage to New Zealand.

M/T Front Sunda was recently involved with an oil spill at Hawaii on 20 May when up to 2,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the ocean while the vessel, more than a mile off the coast, was pumping oil ashore to the Tesoro refinery from the single-point mooring terminal at Oahu.

Flag: Marshall Islands

Signal Letters: V7FO9  

Home Port: Majuro

Owner: Southwest Tankers Inc.

Class Notation: 1A1 Tanker for Oil ESP E0

Sister Ships In Operation:








Contributor For This Feature:

Hilde Krause -Roanoke Trade Insurances Services, San Francisco
Powers of A Kansas Hoe - July 2006
Valentines Day 2006 - Don't Disrespect Your Hoe!
A Backhoe weighing 8 tons is on top of a flatbed trailer and heading east on U.S. Interstate 70 near Hays, Kansas.

The extended shovel arm is made of hardened refined steel and the approaching overpass is made of commercial-grade concrete, reinforced with 1 1/2 inch steel rebar spaced at 6 inch intervals in a criss-cross pattern layered at 1 foot vertical spacing.

Solve The Problem: When the shovel arm hits the overpass, how fast do you have to be going to slice the bridge in half? (Assume no effect for headwind and no breaking by the driver...)
Extra Credit: Solve for the time and distance required for the entire rig to come to a complete stop after hitting the overpass at the speed calculated above.

The Answer: Properly vet the truckers -- or your next project cargo could be handled by these idiots!

If there is one problem we see every day throughout the world -- no one checked anything about the truckers -- except their price.

Geez, did these guys have insurance? Could this little fact to determine if your company will stay in business, or not? We suspect the bridge is expensive.

Contributor For This Feature:

Rick Faulkner -- Logistics - BBi Enterprises Group Ltd., Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Flying Fire Truck - June 2006

While all modern air tankers just open doors for a dead drop of water onto the fire, they do not "shoot" like a real fire truck

....... the Evergreen 747 Supertanker is truy a real "Fire Truck".

A battery of nozzeles shoot the water in a spray directed flow to where the water is needed.

Not like a bomber -- but more like a fighter plane -- hitting the exact targets from a higher, safer altitude.

June is the start of fire season, here in Southern California.

With a giant fire storm last year having delivered it's threat quite close to my backyard off the mountains of Calabasas, Calif. -- the concept of an Evergreen 747 Supertanker seems just fine.

As we watched the water drops last year from helicopters & a Lockeed-Martin P-3 there was little difference to the blaze for any one drop --multiple drops were required.

Our brave firefighters did one hell of a job -- but an Evergreen 747 Supertanker might really make a difference next time. McD

Our largest current water carrier is the Lockeed-Martin P-3 Orion at 3,000 gallons.

But the Evergreen 747 Supertanker delivers 20,500 gallons of directed hits.

Here, two Evergreen 747 Supertankers demonstrate a unique urban advantage for a modern problem which began in the 1930's and has continued as late as 2006.

Proponents in New York argue the added ability of the Evergreen 747 Supertanker to deal with the recurring problem of great apes mounting skyscrapers in Manhattan, as depicted in the Evergreen coprporate photo, above. The Empire State Building (in newsphotos pictured above, left & below) has been a particular target of these curious attacks.

New job for the Evergreen 747 Supertanker?

Index For This Feature:

Evergreen Aviation

Evergreen 747 Spertanker

Comparrison of 747 Supertanker To Lockheed-Martin P-3

Certification of Evergreen 747 Supertanker Delayed

Lockeed -Martin P-3 Orion

Contributor For This Feature:

Christoph M. Wahner, Esq. -- Countryman & McDaniel - LAX
Ready To Load Submarines - M/V RORO Star - June 2006
In sunny Manzanillo, Mexico -- M/V Roro Star makes port in the coastal trades to transport pallets of cement and superbags on Tues., 25 April 2006.
But a Ro/Ro Can't Funtion Without A Ramp

The RO/RO Ramp Goes South

The Ro/Ro ramp has become dislodged from the turntable at the base of the ramp, perhaps now only able to accommodate submarimes.

Here the crew is trying to secure the ramp to the vessel and then re-connect it. It could be a long job. No submarines arrived.

Index For This Feature:

Port of Manzanilo -- a great site

Manzanillo Terminal

History of Manzanillo

Contributor For This Feature:

Anonymous For Many of Our Other Features -- but the person who took these photos
Indian Split - M/V Ocean Seraya - June 2006
The Cargo Letter For June 2 2006
Major Loss>> 230mt. Panama flagged , 75,000gt Japanese M/V Ocean Sekaya (also reported "Ocean Saraya"), in ballast to pick up iron ore with 22 crew -- damaged after hitting a rock & partially sank in rough seas in early hours of May 30 -- vessel anchored 4 days waiting to be berthed at Port Karwar, India -- anchor snapped following gusty winds around 2 a.m. started drifting & dashed against a rock on an island that housed the lighthouse-- suffered structural damage & began sinking -- 21 of 22 crew rescued -- i swept away & presumed dead. INS Kadamba<< Webfeature, standing by. (Tues. May 30 2006) UPDATE>> Indian Coast Guard reportedly working round-the-clock to contain an oil spill near the grounded Japanese Merchant Navy M/V Ocean Sekaya, in bid to limit damage to the pristine and as yet untouched Karwar coast in Northern Karnataka. (Thurs. June 1 2006) UPDATE>> Vessel has split in two. (Fri. June 2 2006)

UPDATE>> Merchant vessel M/V Ocean Seraya stranded in rocks off Karwar coast near Devgad Island, split into two halves late on June 2. An Indian Coast Guard helicopter, an aircraft & a vessel continued their operation to contain the oil spill. Riding on the westerly winds, the spill reached the shores of Goa after hitting Karwar and Devbagh coasts. The Goa Government has already alerted its coastal village panchayats & municipalities besides the Tourism Department to be vigilant on the coast. In all, 175 staff members &emdash; including 13 Indian Coast Guard officers &emdash; are working on a war footing to contain the oil spill. (Sat. June 3 2006)












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