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Trouble On The Way Home

On The Scene Somewhere In The North Pacific

Feature Date: July, 2005

Event Date: Between 1998 & 2002

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On The Scene -- Somewhere In The North Pacific !

A Cargo Letter Mystery

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On The Scene

Somewhere In The North Pacific

M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona

Trouble On The Way Home

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The Date: Between 1998 & 2002

The Place: Aboard M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona

.....Somewhere In The North Pacific

M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona In Better Days Between 1998 & 2002

Currently Sailing As M/V Indamex Godavar - IMO No.9147112

Built - 1997

Builder - Hyundai

Delivery Date To Indamex Service - Feb. 2004

Operator - CMA/CGM Line

Previous Name - P&O Nedllyod Barcelona (1998 - 2002) National Diversity (2002 -2004)

Flag - Liberia

Port of Registry - Monrovia

IMO No. - 9147112

Deployment - India/U.S. East Coast

Type of Vessel - Cellular

Classification - GL + 100 A5 Containership IW + AUT/IC

Cargo Gear - Gearless

Overall Length - 245

Beam - 230.78

Draught - 12

Gross Tonnage - 36,606

Registered Deadweight - 45,239

Main Power - Sulzer 8 RTA 84C

Service Speed - 23.5

Shaft Horsepower -

Container Capacity - 3,607 TEU

Reefer Points - 300

Sat C or Telex - 463694379

Call Sign - A8AF5

The Prolog To Disaster -- A Mystery For You To Solve
M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona had sustained significant damage to her cargo of containers. That's about all we knew about this photo set when it was contributed to us in July 2005.

Since 1972 the number of containers handled by the world's ports grew from 6.3 million to well over 163.7 million per year as the 21th Century began - but exacly which of these containers & ports are depicted in the photo set shown below?

There were some clues -- such as the fact that M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona sailed under that name only from 1999 to 2002. Another obvious point was that these photos were taken by the crew and then added to official survey pictures gathered on behalf of either the line or an interested underwriters.

The photos gave up still other clues, suggesting to us that M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona suffered her loss in the North Pacific, bound for Port of Pusan in South Korea -- on "Backhaul!"

That's it! The ultimate determination of facts & circumstances is UP TO YOU - OUR READERS. The answers will be posted here soon -- hopefully!


Somewhere in the North Pacific -- M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona and her containers approach a worsening storm.

From the bridge -- M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona sails down into the trough of angry waves as high winds batter the containers.

This is going to be a bad storm. Beaufort Scale 7 or 9?

At least 6 containers on the top stack have been swept from M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona's bow.

>> Click to compare these containers with the previous photo <<

Some of these boxes are seen to fall aft, onto the vessel, but still others ............

M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona begins to give up her containers -- overside to the Pacific storm.

QUESTION: What valuable cargo might have been laden in this lost container?


ANSWER: There is a fair chance the overside container (above) was also empty!

Backhaul! - The Clue

This empty container, above, is a clue that M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona was traveling West Bound -- towards Asia. Given the great imbalance of trade with North America -- statistics favor many of these containers being empty on return to Asia. M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona was returning to origin.

From The P&O Nedlloyd Shipping Dictionary:

"Back Haul" -
"The return movement of a means of transport which has provided a transport service in one direction."

 The State of M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona as she makes Port of Pusan, South Korea after the storm.

Port of Pusan - The Clue

This "PECT" gantry crane is a clue which identifies the destination as the Pusan East Container Termnal, Port of Pusan, South Korea

PECT gantry crane makes ready to remove the blue colored container, forward -- directed by 2 crew at grey colored container.

Damage to M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona is seen to include the starboard rail
The Mystery Is Now Yours To Solve -- We will Wait For You Readers to Supply The MIssing Data For This M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona Feature -- When? What?

.......And Begin Correcting Any Mistakes We Made !

On Tues. 8 June 1999, The Cargo Letter broadcast the following news story:

The Cargo Letter>> M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona (German-registry containership) and M/V Yuan Ming (Chinese- operated by the Chinese government) collided in the Strait of Malacca. The containership, sailing from Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, to Singapore, reached Singapore with a hole in its starboard hull, 4.9 feet above the waterline. The Yuan Ming anchored at Singapore with unknown damage. No injuries were reported. (Tues. June 8 1999)"

So --we know there had been trouble at least once before for M/V P&O Nedlloyd Barcelona before she changed names -- and continues proudly sailing to this day as M/V Indamex Godavari.

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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The Crew of M/V P&O Nedllyod Barcelona and their families.

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 brokerIt's dangerous out there.


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Thanks To Our Contributors For The
"Backhaul!" Feature

Our Contributors for this feature are:
Rick Vince - Felixstowe, Suffolk, UK -- also our valued contributor for the feature-- "Unstacked- Overboard With Dr. Beach"

* Anonymous contributors who wish to be anonymous

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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