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"Keel Hualed"

Feature Date: May, 2003

Event Date: October 1 2002

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On The Scene -- In Tokyo Bay!

 The 2003 Countryman & McDaniel

Cargo Nightmare Prize Winner!

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"Keel Hualed".

On The Scene In Tokyo Bay

October 1 2002

The Cargo Nightmare Prize Winner 2003

The Time: 1854 hrs. LT

The Date: October 1 2002

The Place: Tokyo Bay

M/V Hual Europe

Vessel Type: - Roll-On, Roll-Off (Ro-Ro)

Gross Tons: 57,200 gross tons

Deck area: 54,501 sq, meters

Car capacity units: 6,100

Crew: 24

Operated by Hual Lines

Built: 2000 - Daewoo Heavy Industries, Okpo (4427)

Pick-up capacity units: 2870

Max capacity trucks + cars: 680 + 1800

Max load: 150 MT

Fleet: The Hual Lines A/S core fleet consists of 24 owned state-of-the-art vessels, but through various charter arrangements it operates a total of 40-50 vessels.

Proud M/V Hual Europe In Better Days

At Southampton on 8th May 2001

1 Oct. 2002 -- Official - From Hual Lines A/S. >> M/V Hual Europe - Grounding in Tokyo Bay. On 1 October 2002, at 1854 LT, M/V Hual Europe grounded on the Island O-Shima in Tokyo Bay, Japan with about 4,000 vehicles. At 2300 Norwegian time, it was possible to evacuate 20 of the crew. The weather is now improving & the Captain in co-operation with the Coast Guard decided to remain onboard with three of his officers
Situation for the vessel is under control, but:
* Vessel is listing 20 degrees to port.

* The engine room is flooded

* There have been some unconfirmed reports of Oil spill.

The focus now is on environmental protection and preparation to salvage the vessel.
2 Oct. 2002-- Official - From Hual Lines A/S. >> M/V Hual Europe - All crew onboard M/V HUAL EUROPE now safely ashore At 1418 local time all remaining crew on board M/V HUAL EUROPE were brought ashore with helicopter. The total complement (24 crew) are now resting at a local hotel.
Two tugs from the salvage company are on site & salvage operation is commencing.

Situation for the vessel is now stable -- still listing 20 degrees, but:

* The engine room is flooded

* Minor unconfirmed oilspill reported. Two tugs from the salvage company are on site & salvage operation is commencing.

Weather in the area is good, but still wind & swell. It is expected better weather the next couple of days.

The focus is now on environmental protection & salvage (and saving our ass)

4 Oct. 2002 -- Official - From Hual Lines A/S. >> M/V Hual Europe - The Captain, Chief Engineer, 1st Officer & Helmsman have been interrogated for 7 hours by Yokohama Coast Guard Authorities & the interrogation continues today.

The Nippon Salvage Co. went on board yesterday & our inspector Ole Fjærgård joined them today. The engine room & hold flooded up to level 6 car deck with seawater mixed with oil. The divers have noted extensive damage to the hull. At present all efforts are concentracted on reducing the oil spill in and around the vessel, but for the moment the oil spill damages are limited. Representatives of the insurance company (Gard & Scandinavian Underwriters) are present and a lawyer from Wikborg & Rein is on the scene assisting the crew. Most of the crew will be sent home Oct. 5. Thor Jørgen Guttormsen of Leif Høegh & Co. AS has had meetings with the Japanese Coast Guard today in Tokyo & will meet the Mayor of the Island Oshima tomorrow.  

27 Nov. 2002 -- Official - From Hual Lines A/S. >> M/V Hual Europe - Fire In Grounded Vessel -- The vessel rolled over yesterday & split into two parts and at the same time caught fire. Cause of the fire is unknown. The Marine Disaster Prevention Center is attending to extinguish the fire & limit the environmental consequences.
>> On 1 October, the ro/ro vessel M/V Hual Europe grounded in a typhoon on island of Oshima in Japan. It has not been possible to salvage the vessel & its cargo & the vessel was declared a total loss. The P&I Club has entered into negotiations for a contract to remove the wreck.  
From The Cargo Letter daily posting -- Bahamian-registered 56,835gt, 199-meter ro/ro M/V Hual Europe<<photofeature, with 4,000 vehicles & 24 crew, ablaze out of control just off island of Izu-Oshima S. off Tokyo -- threat of explosion forcing dozens of people on shore to be evacuated. Vessel ran aground during early Oct. typhoon. Obviously, more details & photos needed. Listing 20 degrees to port - engine room flooded - some oil spill - MPG ratings lowered for vehicles. (Mon. Nov. 25 2002)

From The Cargo Letter daily posting - UPDATE>> M/V Hual Europe<<photofeature has rolled over, broke in half & caught fire. US$60M ship, carrying 4,000 automobiles & heavy machinery, declared total loss. HUAL's insurers negotiating for contract to remove wreck. (Thurs. Nov. 28 2002)

Smoke billows from the Ro/Ro freighter M/V Hual Europe as it burns out of control on the reef of Oshima Island in the Pacific, south of Tokyo, during morning hours on Nov. 26, 2002, after it caught fire before dawn. The Bahamas -registered ship, carrying about 4,000 vehicles, ran aground on Oct. 1 when a typhoon hit the area and --

-- she has been left there & died.

Goodbye M/V Hual Europe.

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.


Hual Lines Fleet Information
"Hual is a global ro/ro carrier. We take great pride in supplying our customers with first class transportation services, and work hard to improve the quality of our products." We salute the professionalism of Hual Lines A/S in it's candor & service to the industry.

M/V Hual Europe - on her duties

Hual Line Contact person: Thor J. Guttormsen, President, Leif Höegh & Co ASA (parent of Hual Line A/S) tel. +47 22 86 98 88

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Contributors To Our
"Keel Hualed " Feature
Cameron Roberts, Esq. of The Cargo Letter & Countryman & McDaniel

Chris Grimmett - our frequent contributor, now stationed on an engineering assignment in Mexico. See Chris's "Rail Mate" feature from Suez.

 Thanks to all our 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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