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Feature Date: January, 2003

Countryman & McDaniel

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"Overlooking Runway 25 - Right, at Los Angeles International Airport"

On The Scene -- In Belgium

 A 2003 Countryman & McDaniel

Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender

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On The Scene -- In Belgium

Sept. 2002

A Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender !

The Time: September 2002

The Place: Ocean Container Terminal

Hessenatie Zeebrugge (OCHZ), At Atwerp, Belgium

"Piñata" -----



NOUN: In Latin America. A decorated container stuffed with candy & toys, suspended from a height, intended to be broken by blindfolded children with sticks -- dropping it's content, & used as part of Christmas & birthday celebrations in certain Latin-American countries or at children's parties.

The Breaking "Piñata" Here Did Not Drop Toys

In This Instance, The "Piñata" Was Aboard M/V ANL indonesia




BUILT -- 1996



S.DWT 60,200

S.DRAFT 12 L.O.A 29,350

BEAM 32,2


S.DWT 60,200

S.DRAFT 12 L.O.A 29,350


BEAM 32,2 meters

LONDON GT 51,938

LONDON NT 30,339




Owner -- APL

Operator --MOL

M/V ANL Indonesia<<webfeature

Off Loading This Piñata As Part of Part of NCX Link (Northern China & Japan) of CMA CGM<<webfeature -- "The Frech Line"

The Conainer Was An Old Box -- To Make A One Way Trip.

The "Shipper Owned Container" (SOC) -- Not Unlike Others of It's Type ......

Was Just A Piñata

No Candy & Toys Here .........

Shippers Stuffed It With Cargo of Old Copper Wires - Regardless of Consequence

At Destination The Container Was To Be Transformd To Scrap Itself.

But "Destination" Is At Hand.

Danger To Vessel & Allied Cargo Aboard This Vessel

Happy Birthday!

The Piñata Is Broken!

No Blindfloded Children Needed Here

This is The Consequence of A Last Inspection Date For The Container -- 3 Years Ago!

Records Show The Container Was Damaged Before & Repared Only For This Single Voyage,

-- Repairs Done Oh, So Very Well.

All The "Toys" Come Out!

This is The Great Risk -- For These "One Way" Or "Shipper Owned Containers."

We Have Handled Many Cases -- For Even Rocket Motors & Other HAZ MAT Transported In This Manner

What The Hell -- "We Got That Old Box For A One Way Trip, Included In The Sale Price."

We Shudder To Think!

If This Had Been The "Rocket Motors" Case We Saw About Three Years Ago.

What Injuries Or Loss To Other Cargo Would Have Resulted From This Mess?

Our Source For This Feature:
The Crane Operator himsef,
Mr. Johan Teetaert to whom we express great thanks for his contribution to The Cargo Letter and good luck in his handling these containers of unknown content in his day-today.
As an industry, we can do much better to protect Mr. Johan Teetaert.


The "Shipper OwnedContainer"

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Rules For Buying "One Way" Containers

The Shipper Owned Container (SOC)

The mess reviewed above involves what is known as a "Shipper Owned Container" Here are the facts:

The Steamship Lines have a hard task, but strive to keep their thousands of their containers in good order & condition.

Many Industry Concerns, such as General Electric, maintain reliable fleets of containers for special needs.

But Other "Shipper Owned Containers" may send a negative message.

U.S. Customs knows that "Shipper Owned Containers" may mean a one way trip.

U.S. Customs knows that "Shipper Owned Containers" can often mean junk or even hazardous cargo.

U.S. Customs knows that "Shipper Owned Containers" are often purchased at the end of their service life -

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Want To Buy A "One Way" Container? Here Are Some Suggestions:

Here is a brief list of what you need to consider if you are purchasing a container & shipping it to another location, either overseas or domestically:

1.] Does the carrier or shipping line that will move the container for you take shippers owned containers (SOC) & will the freight rate be effected? Each carrier has a policy for shippers owned containers. The booking or customer service departments will have the information you need.

2.] Is a container condition survey required for the container prior to acceptance by the carrier? If so, this must be done before the container is loaded. You want this survey.

3.] Who will provide the chassis or flatbed to move the container? Either the trucker or the ocean carrier provides the 'wheels' (chassis) under a container.

4.] What is the volume of the cargo & the weight that you will be shipping? Often, over the road weight limitations are much less than the design capacity for a container. Also freight rates are typically less for smaller size shipping containers. Under U.S. law -- YOU will be held resposible for all fines & damages if an overweight containter results in a road accident -- or other damge or fines.

5.] How will the box be delivered at the destination? Most container delivery trailers are designed to slide containers off to the ground & cannot handle the weight of a loaded container. This usually means you will have to hire a crane (expensive) or unload the contents of the container prior to it being landed on the ground.

6.] What about U.S. Customs? Customs rules regarding the import of containers vary widely. Your freight forwarder will have the ability to confirm import requirements and duties for international shipments.

7.] Why do you need a shipper's owned container? If it is to be used as storage at the final destination, often it is cheaper to purchase a container at the destination & save the extra handling costs of a shipper's owned container. But beware. YOU are responsible for all container requirements.

8.] DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE OF THE TYPE THAT WILL COVER YOU -- IN THE EVENT THAT CONTAINER FAILURE DAMAGES THE CARGO OF OTHERS -- OR THE VESSEL. After 25 years in this industry -- THE CARGO LETTER concludes that YOU likely do not have such insurance. This is a very major question which management must review.

PLEASE-- before buying that container -- check YOUR insurance. That insurance will conver YOUR cargo -- but not the damage you do to others.

NOTE: Please Provide Us With Your Additional Infornation 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." For example, no photos of this disaster have been released to any other publication. 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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