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Feature Date: June 18 2007

Event Date: March 7 2007

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"Riding Down The Marquis"

M/V Rickmers Dalian

On The Scene

At Port Jebel Ali, Dubai

A Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender

The Date: March 7 2007

The Time: Afternoon

The Place: Port Jebel Ali, Dubai


Carver 55' Marquis Motor Yacht In Better Days

Mother Ship: M/V Rickmers Dalian

Vessel Name - M/V Rickmers Dalian

Manager: Rickmers Reederei GmbH, Hamburg

Type of Vessel - Superflex Heavy multi-purpose carrier

Built: 2004

Flag - Marshall Islands

Call Sign-V7FS3

IMO #: 9292022

Lenght: 192.9 Mt.

Beam: 27.8 mt.

Gross Tons: 23,119 tons

Main Engine: 15,785 kw

Max Speed: 19.5 knots

Max TEU: 1,888

Vessel: Carver 55' Marquis Motor Yacht

Year Built: 2006

Base Cost FOB Factory Door: US$1,224,500 (options much extra)

Length: 57 ft. 4 inches with swim step

Beam: 16 ft. 0 inches

Draft: 3 ft. 9 inches

Displacement: (Full Load) 62,000 lbs.

Power: 2/500-mhp Volvo Penta D9-500 diesel inboard

Max speed: 0 mph to 57 mph in 60 seconds

Fuel: 836 gal.

Water Capacity: 200 gal.

The Prolog To Disaster -- Operations At Port Jebel Ali, Dubai

PROLOG >> As the world acquires an increasing number of high priced mega-yachts costing more than US$1M -- so too has 2007 brought Cargo Law more examples of what can be expected when these high speed palaces come into direct contact with humans.

It may come as a great surprise that there are certain readers -- including your Editor --who are just short of affording purchase of a mega-yacht -- yet we all like to watch.

Last month (May 2007) we brought you the feature "Between A Yacht & A Hard Place" -- the story of crane failure in loading a 2006 Model 72' Sunseeker Predator for aboard M/V Madame Butterfly at Port Hueneme, California. The result was a 70 foot thrill ride! That debacle cost the cargo owner US$3,624,500.

This feature -- "Riding Down The Marquis" -- continues the theme with something entirely different, but also expensive.

Even the lives of idiots deserve to be saved. The saving of multimillion dollar vessels will be left to marine insurance.

Michael S. McDaniel - Your Editor

M/V Rickmers Dalian Takes On Cargo March 7 2007 At Port Jbel Ali, Dubai -- Including Yachts.

Port Jebel Ali Is A Major Cargo Facility of The United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Arabia

It's March -- The Season When Yachts Deployed To Winter Warm Waters In The Mediterranean & Gulf of Arabia Are Recalled To Warm Summer Ports Such As Ft. Lauderdale By The Rich & Famous.

M/V Rickmers Dalian Is Handling A Variety of Cargo Today -- Including Yachts Bound For Summer Recreation Back In The U.S. Where Do We Sign Up?

M/V Rickmers Dalian Is No Stranger To Yachts In The Seasonal Movement of This Special Cargo.

Carver 55' Marquis Motor Yacht

A High End Solution For Achieving Zero To 57 Miles Per Hour In 60 Seconds

If You Need This Solution -- It Will Set you Back US$1,224,500 Base Price

....... or US$1,450,500 As Pictured Here

However, The Security of Your Vessel Has Been Assigned To Humans.

But For The US$1,450,500 ...

.... You Get Your Own Command Bridge -- Which Looks Capable of Beaming Up Scotty

You Entertain Pals With Beer & Cheese On Your Own Carver 55' Marquis.

But You Closely Question Why US$1.4M Comes With Such A Pedestrian Fabric Pattern!

You Luxuriate In Your Master's State Room -- Leavng Cares Behind After Replacing The Dreadful Bedspread.

BUT FIRST -- You Will Need To Load The Carver 55' Marquis Aboard M/V Rickmers Dalian For The Voyage Home To The U.S..

As You Will Learn -- Loading Aboard Your M/V Rickmers Dalian Should Customarily Avoid Use of Idiots.

It's LIFT OFF For Your Carver 55' Marquis Aboard M/V Rickmers Dalian.

You & Your Insurance Company Have US$1,450,500 In The Air!

NOTE: There Is A Forward Sling & A Rear Sling holding this vessel in the lift.

 Failure of The Forward Sling! The L-Plunge For Your Carver 55' Marquis

Riding Down The Marquis: Further To Our Earlier Mention of "Idiots" --
-- Now Take A Closer Look At The Crazed Gentleman Riding Down The Marquis Above -- He Is On The Port Side Transom (above)!

-- The Arm of A Second Human Is Seen During Contrition Just Below The Feet of The Crazed Gentleman (above).

Some Guy Rode The Vessel Down! More, There Is Another Human Aboard -- Out of Frame. These Two Guys Put Their Lives At Risk.

It Is Not A Good Idea To Ride The Cargo! Here The Phrase is - "Hanging On For Dear Life!"

Editor Note: We still lack the name of this yacht and other data normally required for posting of a feature to Cargo Law. This said, several of our contributors have closely examined these photos to eliminate chances that Photo Shop use might be involved. As far as we can currently tell, these photos are 100% legitimate. More, the properties on the photos, appear to have been shot on the afternoon of March 7 2007, just as we have reported. McD

The Two Very Lucky Human Idiots Are Alive. What A Ride Down The Marquis !

Don't Ride The Cargo!

Our Pal From The "Splash" Photo (above) Is Recognized As The Upper Human In The Photo

Propellers, Shafts & Struts Are Torn Off The 55' Marquis. Thank You Rear Sling.

The US$1,450,500 55' Marquis Is No Longer Seaworthy.

We Have See That The Forward Sling Failed.

The Forward Sling Failure Allowed The Bow To Plunge Forward -- Your Carver 55' Marquis Rocketed Forward & Down.

As Your Carver 55' Marquis Rocketed Forward & Down It Dragged Over The Rear Sling.

The Rear Sling Tore off Your Propellers, Shafts, Struts & Drive Train. This is Going To Cost Big Time -- Plus Hull Damage!

You Might Want To Sell This Damn Boat!


No Matter How Expert You Are -- Accidents Will Take Place. Another Reason To Secure Quality Marine Insurance.

Because......... "Ship Happens! ©"

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

If We Have Ever Provided A Cautionary Tale In Support of Marine Insurance -- This Is It!

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


"Ship Happens! ©"

The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The Crew of M/V Rickmers Dalian and her 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.


The Incident
The Carver 55 ft. Marquis Motor Yacht
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M/V Rickmer Dalian

Rickmers Reederei GmbH -- Hamburg

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Port of Jebel Travel Guide & Maps

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Crane Accidents

Crane Accidents

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 "Riding Down The Marquis" Feature
Our Contributors for this feature are:
Anonymous photo contributor. An insider who wishes to be anonymous*

Jeffrey William Hall -- Deputy District Attorney, Salt Lake City Utah

Captain Mike Linbeck -- General Manager, Ewig International Marine Corp.

John W. Merting, Esq. -- Board Certified Admiralty & Maritime Attorney, Gulf Breeze, Florida

Henk de Pauw - Brussels, Belgium -- Special Thanks For Technical Support

Christoph Wahner, Esq. - our Cargo Law Correspondent

The Cargo Letter appreciates the continuing efforts of these valued contributors. Thanks Pals!

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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