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"Auckward Straddle"

On The Scene

At Port of Auckland, New Zealand

April 2009

Port of Auckland Straddle Carriers - In Better Days

A Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender

The Date: Between 1 & 3 April 2009

The Time: Afternoon

The Place: :Port of Auckland, New Zealand



CARGO: A 40 foot ocean container (FEU) slung under the hoist boom

Straddle Carrier: A machine capable of lifting an ocean container within its own framework and traveling with the load in a dock or container terminal area

STC: Straddle crane operations. [ In shipping, STC can also refer to "said to contain" -- as in receipt of a sealed container where contents are not verified.]

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But Even The Best Straddle Carrier Operator Faces Danger.

Was The Container Weight Properly Reported?

Was The Container Weight Properly Balanced?

If Not -- THE BAD THING Might Happen

Here At Port of Auckland -- The Bad Thing Has Happened.

Has This Straddle Crane Attempted A Short Cut?

Or Was The Container Weight Truthfully Stated?

Was The Container Properly Balanced?

Depending Upon Answers To These Questions -- The Life of This Straddle Crane Operator Is In The Balance Each Day

The Straddle Crane Has Eight Wheels Off The Ground

This Major Loss Might Be The Result of Improper Container Stowage or Weight Disclosure

It Is Unlikely The Straddle Crane Operator Is To Blame -- Unless That Last Turn Was Too Sharp

There Has Also Been Some Redecoration of The Adjacent Cargo Containers

We Understand This Driver In The Straddle Crane Cab Was Uninjured -- But The Cargo Was Not Spared

These Brave Men Who Operate Terminal Handling Equipment -- Not Knowing The Truth of What Might Be In These Containers -- Have Our Respect

Straddle Cranes Are Found Throughout The World -- Here At Port of Melbourne

A Fine Piece of Equipment

But The Bad Thing Can Still Happen At Any Time.

Photo: Marcus Wong

From Our Reader - 4 Sept. 2009:

Dear Cargo Law,

The balance or weight of a container has nothing to do with this accident as the straddle crane was obviously unladen at the time. I would suggest that cornering speed and/or wind are the most likely contributing factors to this accident.

David Kempster - Australia

Editor: Yes David, you are correct -- the Straddle Crane was definitely unladen at the time of the accident. The point we poorly made was that a variety of accident scenarios result from mis-declared or poorly loaded containers. Thanks for setting the record straight.


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It's very dangerous out there.

Thanks To Our Contributors For The "Auckward Straddle" Feature

Our Contributor for this feature is greatly appreciated:
Campbell Rountree

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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