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Feature Date: March 11 2009

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"Queensland Mis-Adventurer"

On The Scene

Off The Coast of Queensland, Australia

March 11 2009

MV Pacific Adventurer In Better Days

MV Pacific Adventrer ex-Chanhsha, ex-Pacific Challenger

Built: 1991

FLAG: Hong Kong

IMO No.: 9003847

TYPE: Geared Multi-Purpose Containership

YARD: Minami Nippon, Japan

OPERATOR: China Navigation Co. Ltd.


DEADEWIGHT: 25,561 dwt

LENGTH: 184.9 mters

BEAM: 27.50 meters

DRAFT: 14.7.meters

DESIGN SPEED: 8.5 knots

COMPLEMENT: 10 Officers & 20 Crew

A Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender

The Date: March 11 2009

The Time: 0730 hrs. & Throughout The Day

The Place: Off The Coast of Queensland, Australia

Marker (top right) Shows City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia - South of The Great Barrier Reef

Packing Winds of 125 MPH, Tropical Cyclone Hamish Encounters M/V Pacific Adventurer

A Storm & A Properly Run Ship -- Give Rise To Disaster

M/V Pacific Adventurer Takes A Hit From 125 MPH Winds off Brisbane -- 31 Containers of Ammonium Nitrate Lost

Overside Containers Hole The Hull of M/V Pacific Adventurer.

The Vessel Is Stricken & Now Leaking Bunker Oil.

Reports Confirm 500kg. Ammonium Nitrate Spilt On To The Deck -- of 1,000 Tons Aboard -

But The Amount of Ammonium Nitrate Below The Waves Is A Matter of Great Concern

The Cargo Letter - March 11 2009  
185-m, 23,737-dwt cargo M/V Pacific Adventurer (built 1991), New Castle in New South Wales for Brisbane, lost 31 containers in rough seas (from Cyclone Hamish) off Point Lookout on Stradbroke Island, Moreton Bay, on Mar. 11. The containers were each filled with 20 tons ammonium nitrate, which was also spilled onboard the vessel's deck. From our Correspondent Russell Forbes (Wed. Mar. 11 2009).

M/V Pacific Adventurer Under Assistance To Port of Brisbane

M/V Pacific Adventurer & Her Trail of Bunker Oil Toward Berth At at Fisherman Islands, In The Port of Brisbane.

Up To 205 Tons of Oil Leaked From The 180m Ship When Her Hull Was Damaged By A Falling Container.

On-Deck Cargo Removed -- M/V Pacific Adventurer At Her Port of Brisbane Berth - March 2009

The 19 Containers of Ammonium Nitrate Remaining On Board Have Been Off--Loaded

The Cargo Letter - March 13 2009  

UPDATE>> M/V Pacific Adventurer was holed by its loose overboard containers, causing spill of estimated 20-30 tons of bunker oil. Huge oil slicks are drenching beaches at the northern end of Moreton Island and Queensland and are expected to reach Bribie Island. Extensive wildlife loss already reported. Authorities are today inspecting the damage, but say the clean up could take months, possibly years for environmental recovery. The ammonium nitrate spill is expected to also cause environmental problems by way of algal blooms. A spokesman from the Pacific Adventurer's owner, Swire Shipping, said the cargo was correctly stowed in line with international regulations. An investigation will examine why the vessel continued its path through the rough seas of Cyclone Hamish. From our Correspondents Roy O'Donnell, Trevor Squire and Russell Forbes (Fri. Mar. 13 2009).

Oil Protection Booms Secure M/V Pacific Adventurer

The Oil Booms Are Not An Exact Fix To The Oil Splill Threat

But The Greater HazMat Threat Was 31 Ocean Containers of Ammonium Nitrate Lost Overboard From M/V Pacific Adventurer.

31 Ocean Containers of Ammonium Nitrate On The Ocean Floor

Time To Call The Ausie Navy!

 Australian Navy Mine Hunter HMAS Yarra Was Called in To Find The 31 Ocean Containers of Ammonium Nitrate Lost Overboard FromM/V Pacific Adventurer.

A Huge Job For A Small -- But Highly Capable Vessel -- In The Imense Southern Ocean 

The Cargo Letter - March 16 2009  

HMAS Yarra arrived off Moreton Island yesterday. The vessel will search within a 25 square nautical mile radius of where the containers went overboard. Yarra is conducting survey operations about 7 n-miles east of Cape Moreton within a 1 n-mile radius of approximate position latitude 27° 01.9' S, longitude 153° 38.8' E, and the area is likely to be expanded.
To Assist In The Search Came HMAS Norman

The Cargo Letter - March 20 2009 -- Overside Containers Found!

The mine hunter HMAS Yarra has identified 21 objects with her sonar, 270 meters southeast of where the containers fell from MV Pacific Adventurer. They resemble to the 31 shipping containers of ammonium nitrate lost overboard from the ship in cyclone-whipped seas last week.

Results of the HMAS Yarra search are below ---

The Mine Hunter HMAS Yarra Has Identified Containers From MV Pacific Adventurer


The Question Is How Much Damage The Containers Have Taken

The Answer: Considerable Damage To These Containrs. Now The Recovery Effort Will Go Forward In the Months To Come

But for Now -- The Damage From MV Pacific Adventurer Is of Record On Beaches of The Sunshine Coast

Oil From MV Pacific Adventurer Blankets The Famed Australian Sunshine Coast - South of The Great Barrier Reef

Blanketed Areas Are Shown Above In Red.

Prime Tourist Area Moreton Island Takes A Hit

Oil From MV Pacific Adventure Hits The Coast

Wildlife Is The First Concern

Man & Nature Form An Erie Pattern

The Former Pristine Beach

MV Pacific Adventurer - The Results
1. Tropical Cyclone Hamish

2. Containers Go Overside & Hole MV Pacific Adventurer Causing Bunker Leak

3. An Ecological Disaster For Australia's Sunshine Coast

4. The International Shipping Industry We Depend Upon Is Faced With Dangers We Cannot Control

5. With All Due Respect - "Ship Happens." International Shipping Is A Dangerous Business.

The Cargo Letter - Epilog

This was a horrific incident, but one for which the world took little notice, despite it's location just south of The Great Barrier Reef.

Beaches of The Sunshine Coast will suffer for a season or two. It does not appear, however, that we should blame the officers & crew of MV Pacific Adventurer.

The ocean container trade has many dangers -- both to cargo & to those who surround the cargo -- all these dangers being generally unappreciated by the public which takes it's daily bread from the result of this commerce.

Considering the level of damage done, I am shocked this incident has not gained a greater level of reporting in the press.


Shippers Must Have Quality Marine Cargo Insurance ........ Because......... "Ship Happens! ©"

To Repeat -- No Matter How Careful You Are -- Or Who You Hire ....... "Ship Happens! ©"

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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The Crew of MV Pacific Adventurer - They Did All They Could

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:
Tropical Cyclone Hamish

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M/V Pacific Adventurer

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HMAS Norman

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Port of Brisbane

Moreton Island - ground zero

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"Too Little Runway - Too Much Plane" - TACA Flt 390 - June 2008

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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 "Queensland Mis-Adventurer" Feature

Our Contributor for this feature are greatly appreciated:
Roy O'Donnell -- Marine Surveyor

Russell Forbes

Trevor Squire

Richard Ward -- Operations Manager, NYK (Australia) PTY. LTD, Brisbane


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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