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Feature Date: Sept. 2 2009

Event Date: August 30 2009

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"Meet Me At The Roundabout"

M/V MSC Nikita & M/V Nirint Pride

On The Scene

Off Rotterdam

August 30 2009


M/V MSC Nikita - In Better Days

Photo: Quai de Bougainville

M/V Nirint Pride - In Better Days

M/V MSC Nikita

Flag: Panama


Built: 1980

Length: 255 mt

Beam: 31 mt

DWT: 36417 t

Call Sign: 3ELC7

IMO Number.:7820942

Speed recorded: Max / Average - 17 / 16 knots

M/V Nirint Pride

Ex-CEC Atlantic (2003)

Built: Dalian Shipyard, Dalian, P.R. of China, 2000

Flag: Isle of Man

Call sign: MVDG3

IMO Number: 9214575

LOA: 134,15 mtr

DWT: 13,640 mt

TEUs: 901

Cranes: Combinable to 300 mt

Speed: 17 km/hr

A Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender

The Date: August 30 2009

The Time:

The Place: At The 'Roundabout' Off Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Early Morning Off The Netherlands -- Container M/V MSC Nikita Is Beginning To Sink By The Stern.

There Has Been A Collision At The Intersection Point of The Lane Outward From Rotterdam & The Lane For South Bound Traffic, Also Called The 'Roundabout'.

Could These Conditions Have Contributed To The Collision With M/V Nirint Pride?

Dutch Coast Guard Rescue Personnel Risk Their Lives To Winch Aboard M/V MSC Nikita

M/V MSC Nikita Is Very Low In The Water - Compare With Later Photos -- ABANDON SHIP --Has Been Ordered

From The Cargo Letter

32,629-gt, 2,816-TEU Panama-flagged container M/V MSC Nikita (IMO 7820942), Lithuania to Antwerp with crew of 25, collided with 8,861-gt, 903-TEU Isle-of-Man-registered container M/V Nirint Pride (IMO 9214575), Rotterdam to Bilbao with crew of 17, off the coast of the Netherlands, 20 miles away from the Hook of Holland, on Aug. 30. The collision caused a breach in the Nikita's stern near the engine room, causing the Nikita's stern to submerge. Nikita's crew was evacuated and rescued without report of injury. M/V Nirint Pride suffered severe bow damage, lost two containers overboard and suffered a brief fire as a result of the collision, causing 1 inhalation injury. The vessels were taken under tow to Rotterdam. [From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen, 9-2-09]
2,816 TEU, Panama-flagged M/V MSC Nikita Is Holed In Her Stern & Going Down

By Collision With 903 TEU General Cargo M/V Nirint Pride At The 'Roundabout'

Editor Note: M/V MSC Nikita is sinking by the stern. Is there hope?

Quick Action By The Crew Of M/V MSC Nikita, The Netherlands Coast Guard & The Salvors -- Has Saved This Great Vessel

Maintenance For M/V MSC Nikita Was Clearly Not The Number One Priority

Lloyd's Note:

M/V MSC Nikita a 50,595 dwt container carrier in regular liner service among Northern European ports, collided with the M/V Nirint Pride earlier this week off Rotterdam. M/V MSC Nikita was carrying a significant amount of transshipped United States cargo bound for European and Near Eastern ports.

As a result of the collision, M/V MSC Nikita was holed and took on water in her engine room, and her crew of 25 abandoned ship as she began to sink. Thereafter salvors Svitzer were engaged under an LOF 2000 with M/V Scopic and the ship was towed to Rotterdam where she is now still afloat, with tugs alongside. In addition to the engine room, holds number 5, 6 and 7 were flooded, although hold 5 has since been pumped out. General Average has been declared and A.C.G. Schoutens, Rotterdam office has been appointed for salvage and G/A. The collision also resulted in fire aboard M/V Nirint Pride which has been extinguished. The port authorities have ordered her to return to port.

Contrary To Many Reports -- This Photo Does Not Show An Auxiliary Propeller -- Designed To Lift The Vessel Out of Danger

Svitzer Salvors have Brought M/V MSC Nikita Home

With Stern Containers Under Water & Engine Room Flooded -- Svitzer Emergency Response -- Quite Clearly -- Saved This Vessel

Thanks To Svitzer Emergency Response -- M/V MSC Nikita Ties Up To Dock At Rotterdam


The "Other Guy" -- M/V Nirint Pride Enters Port of Rotterdam

M/V Nirint Pride Is Laden With Containers & Automobiles

M/V Nirint Pride Under Her Own Power With Escort M/V Oude Maas

But M/V Nirint Pride Appears Somewhat Shorter

Fire Broke Out After The Collision. But Was Extinguished By The Crew.

One Crew Member Had To Be Taken To Hospital With Breathing Problems.

Some of This Remains Buried In The Stern of M/V MSC Nikita

 The Good News: Both Vessels Afloat, Three Containers Overside & No Casualties. This Could Have Been Much Worse.

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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The Crews of M/V MSC Nikita & M/V Nirint Pride

SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by air & sae 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 very dangerous out there.


Important Links To Our Feature:
Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A (MSC)

Nirint Shipping

Port of Rotterdam - Europe's main port

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"Singles Only" - visit our individual moments of transport crisis for more.

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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 very dangerous out there.

Thanks To Our Contributors For The "Meet Me At The Roundabout" Feature

Our Contributor for this feature are greatly appreciated:
Karl Girardi - UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Inc.

Hilde Krause - Roakoake Trade Services, Inc.

Anonymous Contributor Who Has Brought Us Many Features -- But Must Be Anonymous*

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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

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