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M/V Ville De Orion - Port of Los Angeles

24 March 2001

It Could Happen To Anyone --

But In This Case M/V Ville De Orion Had A Spot of Container Stack Trouble

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Representative Photo of Sister Ship M/V Ville de Tanya on routine cruise.

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Our Own Cameron W. Roberts, Esq. of Countryman & McDaniel

Was Present At Port of Los Angeles At Noon on Sat. March 25

To Investigate Something Amiss For M/V Ville De Orion, Docked In The West Basin

A "New Slant On Container Handling" -- 69 Containers Damaged - Results of A Pacific Storm

Four Full Container Stacks Had Gone Quite Tired For M/V Ville De Orion

Not To Mention The Three Stacks Already Down -- On The Far Left -- Wow!

Can You Spell "C-L-A-I-M-S?"

Photos Taken By Cameron W. Roberts, Esq. From Pacific Avenue & The L.A. Harbor Freeway*

M/V Ville De Orion was In The Port of Los Angeles West Basin. Terminal Area


CMA-CGM Ship Sails After Damaged Containers Removed
The CMA-CGM M/V Ville D'Orion drew a lot of lookie-loo attention from folks on nearby John S. Gibson Boulevard when it sailed into the TraPac terminal in Los Angeles on FRi. March 24 with stacks of containers at its stern leaning precariously to one side. The containers apparently pulled loose at sea after one of the bottom containers collapsed. The ship was taken to the adjacent Yang Ming Terminal to offload the damaged cans.

Final score, according to the Coast Guard, was 69 containers damaged in the incident, no containers lost overboard, no HazMat problems, and no injuries. A barge crane and crew was brought in from Matson Construction after IWLU longshore workers reportedly refused to unload the containers because of safety concerns. Damage to containers ranged from simple cracks to containers torn completely open. Damage to the ship was minimal.

Attorneys & marine surveyors were also on hand to assess damage for the owners of the ship, cargo, & containers. The last of the containers was unloaded on Mar. 27 & the Ville D'Orion sailed on.


The Cargo Letter was informed on May 15 of the official vessel indicent account. The account is:
"...the vessel encountered force 11 winds for over 12 hours when a low pressure system stalled and a trailing high pressure essentially compressed it. It was during this period that the collapse occurred. "

Albert E. Peacock III, Esq. of Keesal, Young & Logan, Matitime Attorneys at Long Beach, CA -- on Behalf of the Vessel Owners

This information was timely forwared to us shortly after this web page was published. Indeed, the owners of M/V Ville D'Orion has acted in a responsible manner.


"The only thing I can really tell you is that some of the folks 'off-the-record' felt like it may have been a problem of how the containers were placed. Two cells were filled with the cell in the middle being empty. Apparently the accident happened during relatively calm seas when one of the bottom containers collapsed, and everything above it leaned over.

"It took some tricky crane work by Manson Construction to get the containers taken off the ship without anybody getting hurt or dumping some in the water. ILWU apparently refused to do the work because of safety concerns."

From "Anonymous Source" to The Cargo Letter at the time of loss

Ed Note: Based upon reports now received from the vessel interests, the above description of sea conditions at time of incident appears incorrect, at least in part. Our source is unimpeachable, but from the text it becomes clear that scuttlebutt obtained from those at the berth was not exactly correct as to such matters as the "relatively calm seas" conjecture.

NEW PHOTOS of THE LA EVENT From Rotterdam - May 2002

Our Reader Danny Cornelissen. Got The Clearest Photos of This LA Bad Stack !


Ever Make That Impulse Purchase -- And Then Not Konw What To Do With The Product?

M/V Ville D' Orion Has The Answer! Pre-Dump Your Purchase Into LA Harbor !

OUR MAY 2002 PHOTO CONTRIBUTOR: These new photos come from this respected Port Professional >>>

"My name is Danny Cornelissen (11-03-1967). I work in the Port of Rotterdam for "SHB" Personnel's Planning and I'm very proud for my job as the "Radio Desk" in the Port of Rotterdam. The terminals I work at are "Maersk Delta", "ECT Delta","Hanno-Rotterdam" & "Uniport". My job is to take care that the discharge & loading of containerships (big or small) will be fast, safe & problemless."

"I stand on deck & must check every container position for loading or discharge on board. I have radio contact with the "Crane Master", the "Radio Shore" & the "Ships Planners." So if something goes wrong, I can always sound the alarm or make changes in the container movement process."

"You have seen (story above) that I like to make photo's from my job -- I always have a camera on board. My camera is used for moments I want to keep. There are times that things go very wrong on board at the terminal I'm working. Then my camera will be working overtime to bring the photos to you. I'm not using a digital camera but an old practica."

"Also I make pictures of my co-workers & materials to show on my homepage, so my friends can upload what they like."

"Many port-workers talk about the Cargo Law site now.

"like your Cargo Law site very much & I linked it to my homepage. I like your pictures of M/V ville D' Orion, but these views are sharper."

Greetings from Danny Cornelissen ,
Danny Cornelissen's Site

You Can Locate the Damage Site At The Yang Ming Container Terminal

The Location is at Point No. 9 of this Port of Los Angeles Map

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.


*Stopping on the Harbor Freeway to photograph disabled ships for The Cargo Letter is a violation of the California Vehicle Code Section 147.3(a), punishable by a minimum of six months incarceration at the Mens Honor Ranch at San Marcos. Bail has been posted.

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