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Feature Date: February, 2003

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"Halifax Hash".

On The Scene -- In Canada

Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Jan. 26 2003  

A Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender !

The Time: Sunday, January 26 2003

The Place: Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

"Hash" - A NOUN: Informal.

"A ruinous state of disorder: botch, foul-up, mess, muddle, shambles."
Here The "Hash" Was of Containers

The "Hash" Was Aboard M/V Maersk Carolina

M/V Maersk Carolina

Vessel Type: Container - Panamax

Vessel Class: "G" Class

Shipyard: Hyundai

Built Year: 1998

Length: 292 meters

Beam: 32.25 meters

Speed: 24.2 knots

TEU 4,300 - TEUs, or 20-foot equivalent units -standard for measuring shipping containers

Main Engine - Hyundai B&W 10K90MC-C Mark V

BHP: 58,600

Home Port: Norfolk VA

Date Vessel Entered Fleet: Jan. 22 1998

"G" Class vessels: Newest in the U.S. Flag fleet as of 2003

all 4 sister were built between 1997 & 2002.
M/V Maersk Missouri

M/V Maersk Carolina

M/V Maersk Georgia (in service about Nov. 2002)

M/V Maersk Virginia (in service on or about Feb. 13, 2003)

U.S. flagged M/V Maersk Carolina, with American 19 crew, arriving Halifax Harbor, Sunday, 26 Jan. 2003

One of the world's newest container ships took a beating in the North Atlantic- Thurs. 3 Jan. 2003

Vessel scheduled to arrive Halifax on 25 Jan. night but late --

-- because of the trouble on S. tip of the Grand Banks, off Newfoundland.

>> Gale-Force Winds At 90km Per Hour - & - 6 Meter Seas <<

"Waves in the area traversed by the ship during the gale were as tall as a six or seven story building. Two Canadian Navy ships were also damaged in the same storm , centered E. of Nova Scotia."
Richard Dooley, The Daily News, Halifax, N.S.

A "Hash" of Containers On Deck

"She must have been hit by one hell of a wave. That's the good old North Atlantic"

Allan Race, General Manager -- Halifax office of Maersk Canada.

 On Arrival Halifax. -- Approx. 130 Containers Lost Overboard

-- Many More Damaged Containers On Deck & Also Damage To Vessel Superstructure.

70,000-ton M/V Maersk Carolina, sailed from the Mediterranean on 6 day Atlantic crossing.

M/V Maersk Carolina was laden with goods ranging from citrus fruit to cotton.

This vessel calls at ports in North America, the Middle East & India.

Carolina's last rotation call was scheduled in New York.


Some containers were hanging off the side of ship, ripped open like cardboard boxes.  

Horizontal scrapes were visible on the ship's hull below the dangling container.

ABOVE: Container once laden with crates of oranges


Weary M/V Maersk Carolina went to dry dock in Port Newark on 9 Feb. 2003 for repairs.

No Injuries -- No Damage Estimates

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 dangerous out there.


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The Other Historic Container Disasters --

M/V OOCL America - Feb. 2000

M/V APL China - world's greatest container disaster of all time - Nov. 1998

Contributors To Our
"Halifax Hash" Feature

Richard Dooley, "The Daily News", Halifax, N.S.

Al Simpson, General Average Surveyor, Nova Scotia

Kevin Stone, Locher Evers International, Vancouver, B.C.

Stan Verstaendig, Network Administrator, HSAC Logistics, Inc., Halifax, N.S.

...... and our usual group of Great friends Who Have Asked To Remain Anonymous in this effort

-- We Thank You Readers For Our Ability To Bring This Important Industry News --

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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