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...."M/V Heinrich Behrmann".

Coaster Gets Coasted

Takes A Flemish Resort Vacation

Port of Zeebrugge

November 8 2001

Page 2 of This Feature


Antiguan flagged 81-meter M/V Heinrich Behrmann owned by Heinrich Behrmann of Germany, is a "coaster"


M/V Heinrich Behrmann

Type: 81

Built: 1975

TEU: 172 TEU

@ 14 mt: 130 TEU


Reefer: 20 plugs

Cells: Uncelled

Gear: Gearless

Tdwat: 2.560mtdwat

Draft: 5,04m

Holds: 1

Hatches: 1 / hydr

Speed: 13,5 knots

Fuel Cons.: 7,7mt MDO

LOA: 81,39m

Beam: 13,4m

Fittings: 30', 45', 13,6m.

A "coaster" is a vessel which plys the coastwise trade from port to port along a continental coast

M/V Heinrich Behrmann serves a regular container line between the ports of Waterford, Ireland & Zeebrugge, Belgium.

This Is Her Story From Thursday Nov. 8 2001 To Saturday Nov. 10 2001

Thursday Was A "Dark & Stormy Night" As M/V Heinrich Behrmann Approached Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium.


Former Mercahnt Vessel Deck Officer Jacques Reyniers Was Driving To Work At 7:00am

When His Car Radio Broadcast First Word -- A Vessel Had Grounded On The Beach of Blankenberge.

Blankenberge -- Favorite Summer Resort On The Belgian Coast.

Reyniers Went To The Office, Picked Up A Camera & Headed For The Beach To Begin This Documemtary

As Terminal Manager of The Largest Container Terminal At Zeebrugge --

Jacques Reyniers Knew An Unusual Drama Was Unfolding.

M/V Heinrich Behrmann Was Fast Aground Near Blankenbergen With 80 Containers.

After Losing Steering Control During Storm Approach to Belgian Port of Zeebrugge.

-- With A Chemicals Cargo Aboard -- At Front Door of The Resort !

By Mid Day M/V Heinrich Behrmann Had Become A Citizen of Blankenbergen

-- The Only Question At This Pont Was --

Would M/V Heinrich Behrmann Become A Permanant Resident --

Suffering The Fate of Scuttle & Dismattling?

Would M/V Heinrich Behrmann Ever Carry More Containers --

-- Or Become The "Razor Blade" Cargo Often Carried Within Them?


For Statistics, Attributions & Links -- Go To PART 2

"M/V Heinrich Behrmann"

Coaster Gets Coasted

Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium

November 8 2001

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The Cargo Letter Daily Casualties Page >> Antiguan flagged 81-meter M/V Heinrich Behrmann owned by Heinrich Behrman of Germany, from Britain with chemicals, aground on a Belgian beach near the town of Blankenbergen after losing control of steering during storm approach -- on to Belgian port of Zeebrugge. Will attempt to tow off later today. (Fri. Nov. 9 2001)

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