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The Grounding of M/V Rena

Feature Date: Oct. 5 2011 In Singles Only

Event Date: Oct. 5 2011

M/V Rena

IMO Number: 8806802

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On The Scene -- At Astrolabe Reef, off Tauranga, Maritime New Zealand

M/V Andaman Sea Would Become M/V Zim America & M/V Rena - In Better Days

From The Cargo Letter - Jan. 2 2012 - M/V Rena breaks in two
Container M/V Rena, stuck off New Zealand for nearly three months, has broken into two pieces in a storm.

"The Rena is now effectively in two pieces but she is still firmly grounded on the reef and may be still joined underneath," Maritime New Zealand said today.

The ship hit Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga on the North Island on October 5.

Maritime New Zealand does not expect the ship to disintegrate now that it has broken in two, Radio New Zealand reported.

"It's still firmly grounded. Apart from the very aft part of the vessel the rest of it's actually still sitting very securely on the reef," spokesman Bruce Fraser said.

Light oil sheens have been seen coming from the bow and stern of the ship. 

The organisation says divers are still yet to examine the bottom of the ship to see if it's still joined underneath.

Spokesperson Fraser says they believe the ship will not disintegrate, but this is analysis is weather dependent.

Barges are on standby in case the vessel breaks up more, with plans to tow the two pieces away.

Two containers are confirmed to have fallen overboard on December 31, while a further nine have been "misplaced''.

These could have been crushed in the hold or fallen overboard.

M/V Rena - In Two Pieces Firmly Grounded



M/V Rena

January 7 2012

Bow & Stern Sections Now 20 to 30 Meters Apart

A Container Is Craned Aboard the Smit Borneo Less Than A Week Before The Bow & Stern Sections Would Separate On Jan. 7 2012



M/V Rena Separated From Her Bow Section

From The Cargo Letter - Jan. 7 2012 - M/V Rena bow & stern sections now 20 to 30 meters apart
An emergency response is gearing up after a storm further broke up the wrecked M/V Rena, causing more debris to spill off New Zealand's Tauranga coast today.

Salvagers had prepared for all eventualities, including a sinking or a refloat, ahead of a predicted storm this weekend. M/V Rena has been stuck on Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty since October 5, and is now entering her fourth month stranded.

"There has been a significant change in the status of M/V Rena overnight, with the ship separated into two pieces that are now 20 to 30 meters apart. Seas of up to 6meter hit the vessel overnight," Maritime New Zealand said.

The forward section of the ship is in its original position on the reef, but the stern section has broken away and is moving significantly, although it is still on the reef.

"There has been a significant discharge of containers and container debris from the ship," Maritime NZ said. "This may result in the three nautical mile exclusion zone being extended."

New Zealand's National Response Team has been activated to respond to the potential release of oil from the ship and to treat any affected wildlife.

A wave buoy in the center of the Bay of Plenty monitored by Bay of Plenty Regional Council showed wave heights of nearly 5.8 meters at 6pm on Jan. 7 local time and in the early hours of Jan. 8, local time. The wave height has dropped to 4.2 meters in latest readings.

The storm was predicted to produce 7meter swells, the biggest since Rena grounded.

Heavy rain is predicted today in the Bay of Plenty.

The Bow of M/V Rena Remains Stranded On Astrolabe Reef

The Stern Section Remains Upon The Reef, But Moving

Can The Remanning Cargo Aboard M/V Rena Be Saved?

New Hazard To Navigation Warnings Have Been Issued

From The Cargo Letter - Jan. 8 2012 - 300 containers overside

M/V Rena has split in two off the coast of Tauranga, spilling up to 300 containers into the ocean, after it was battered by seven-meter swells.

Debris from those containers and oil are expected to begin washing ashore on Jan. 9.

Bay of Plenty beaches are not closed, but surf life savers advised people to stay out of the water.

Both sections of the ship remained on Astrolabe Reef, where it grounded three months ago, but the part that broke away was likely to sink, Maritime New Zealand said on Jan. 8.

About 40-50 of the spilled containers were likely to be floating, while the rest would have sunk, said acting operations manager Claudene Sharp, from container recovery company Braemar Howells.

The containers would be collected when conditions improve, she said.

Environment Minister Nick Smith said: 'The risk to the environment is a fragment of what it was, with at the most tens of tonnes of oil rather than hundreds of tonnes that potentially could be spilled.'

Potentially dangerous substances in some containers, including cryolite from the Bluff aluminium smelter, were likely to be diluted by sea water and pose only a small threat to the environment, he said.

Clean-up teams are prepared to deal with oil coming ashore and wildlife experts are checking for oil-covered birds, MNZ says.

Ships in the area need to take extreme caution, officials say.

The Port of Tauranga has advised ships awaiting entry to the port to drift north of Mayor Island, because anchorages are likely to be affected by floating containers and debris.

The port is monitoring channels with sonar.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has established a cautionary area around the ship and the three nautical mile exclusion zone around the M/V Rena remains in place.

The bad weather is expected to slowly ease over the next three days.

An Estimated 300 Containers Have Gone Overside

About 40 To 50 Containers Are Likely Floating

Stern Section Is Expected To Sink - M/V Rena Has Hours To Live



The End of M/V Rena

January 9 Thru 12 2012

Vessel Stem & Accommodation Sink -- Bow Section Remains With Containers

M/V Rena On January 8 2012 -- She Is Sliding Off Astrolabe Reef

The End Is Near For A Once Proud Vessel

M/V Rena On January 9 2012 -- She Is Off Astrolabe Reef And Going Down

M/V Rena On January 9 2012 -- She Is Off Astrolabe Reef And Going Down

Life Rafts Are Automatically Deployed To Save A Crew Long Abandoned

M/V Rena Has A Minute To Live

Her Stem Falls From  

The Accommodation of M/V Rena Now Departs Forever

The Port Bridge Wing of M/V Rena 

M/V Rena On January 9 2012 -- As The Port Wing of Her Bridge Slips Below The Waves 

Life Rafts Await An Already Rescued Crew

Wing of The Bridge Says Farewell

The Vessel has Made Her Way Off Astrolabe Reef,

Bow Section Remains In The Background

This Is The Last Glimpse of A Once Proud Vessel Named M//V Rena As The Wing of Her Bridge Submerges For The Final Time

Astrolabe Reef Has Now Taken The Vessel

The Next Wave of Clean Up Begins

More Containers Are Expected To Wash Ashore -- Including Some With Hazardous Materials

Some 40 To 50 Containers May Still Be To Comed -- Not To Mention Those Raining On The Still Floating Bow

25 Kgs Bags of Pwdered Milk Litter The Beach



From Our Reader - January 9 2012
To the surprise of nobody, looters have been plundering those containers washed up onto the shore. The police have closed that particular beach in order to keep people away.

What surprises me is that the looters are risking jail for bits of lumber and for 25-kg plastic bags of milk powder. I suppose there are people will steal anything so long as they think they can get away with it.

Jay Scott

Removing These Bags of Powdered Milk Will Result In Looting Charges

There Are Calls Fore M/V Rena To Become A Dive Site -- But First The Floating Bow Must Be Salvaged

The Wreck of M/V Rena

January 12 - 19 2012

The End of M/V Rena

The Present Position of M/V Rena

A Slide Off Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga on the North Island

Bow & Stem of M/V Rena Are Now Considered For Use As A Dive Park

But There is Much Work To Be Done As Laden Containers Remain On The "Floating" Bow Section of M/V Rena

The Remains & Legacy of M/V Rena

A Bow Section And Valuable Containers To Be Salvaged - What Comes Next?

The Wreck of M/V Rena

What Will Happen Next?



The Wreck of M/V Rena Is Approached By A Svitzer Salvage Tug To Re~Begon The Process On January 17 2012

There is Much Work Yet To Be Done

Svitzer Salvage Tug Re~Approaches The Wreck

Smit Borneo Re~Approaches The Wreck of M/V Rena To Restart Work And Rescue Bow Containers

Smit Borneo Just Off The Port Wing of M/V Rena

Svitzer Diver Ascends Port Wing of The Bridge.

After So Many World Cruises ~ There Will Be No More Commands From This Post

Calmer Sea Conditions Have Enabled Svitzer's Divers To Begin Assessing The State of The Wreck



M/V Rena - The Wreck

These Are The January 18 2012 Remains of A Great Ship

The Valuable Merchandise On Her Bow Stored Containers Are The Next Goal

The Wreck of M/V Rena

January 19 2012

The Watery Grave & New Container Operations

View of A Watery Grave

M/V Rena Is Beneath The Waves 

Port Wing of The Former Rena Command Bridge Stands Ready For Commands Which Will Never Come

M/V Rena Is Beneath The Waves  -- But Salvage Must Continue

Smit Borneo Will Now Continue The Salvage Effort

Helicopter Hovers Above The Bow of M/V Rena To Position Containers For Crew of Smit Borneo To Begin Removal - Again

Look Closely -- This Is A Dangerous Scene of Ants On An Unstable Wedge of Cheese

Svitzer Workers Are Bravely Working Below The Container Stacks.

You Must Place These Brave Men In Your Hero List of Police & Fire First Responders

These Smit Borneo Heros Will Now Continue The Salvage Effort

The Wreck of M/V Rena

February 5 2012

The Container Operations Continue

Smit Borneo Just Off The Port Bow of M/V Rena

Some of Containers Being Removed Fom The Wreck Are Cut Into Pieces First.

Final Anchorage

As of Feb. 1 2012, A Total of 463 Containers Have Been recovered From MV Rena By Salvors And Discharged At The Port

A Further 65 Have Been Recovered From The Beaches And The Water.

The Deck of MV Rena Becomes Visible After Container removal


The Wreck of M/V Rena

February 17 2012

Container Operations Focus On Sunken Aft Section

Smit Borneo Was Secured On The Port Quarter of M/V Rena By Wire Ropes And Positioned To Work The Aft Holds & Sea Floor In The Immediate Vicinity.

Container Snapshot
1,368 containers on board M/V Rena at time of grounding

547 containers stored above deck at the time of grounding

821 containers stored below deck at time of grounding

121 containers with perishable foodstuffs

32 containers with dangerous goods

Approx 250 containers remain below decks on the severed bulk-head (bow section)

Unable to confirm how many containers remain on board sunken M/V Rena stern section

Estimated 98 containers (total) lost overboard before 8 January 2012

Estimated 150 containers lost overboard on 8 January 2012

584 containers processed on shore by Braemar Howells teams since container recovery began on November 16. 514 have been removed from M/V Rena by salvors and 70 recovered from the water and beaches.



Smit Borneo Works The Aft Holds

With Diver Assistance, A Total of 8 Containers Were Removed From The Aft Sunken Section of The Wreck On 11 & 12 Feb. 2012. All 8 Containers Were Fully Laden.

Salvors Have Now Removed These Last Two Refrigerated Containers From The Forward Section of M/V Rena (not shown)

Smit Borneo Removing A Container Hatch Cover From The Sunken Aft Section

More Containers Will Be Carefully Removed From Below

Hatch Cover From Sunken Aft Section Is Taken Anoard Smit Borneo

This Dirty, Dangerous Work Will Continue For Some Time

The Wreck of M/V Rena

March 17 2012

M/V Rena Gets A Helipad And More Bunker Fuel Is Removed

M/V Rena Stern Section As Seen From The Bow Section

M/V Rena Seen From Deck Level

Containers Ar Pushing Up The Hatch Covers On The Bow Section

Hatch Covers Chained To The Deck To Prevent Them Falling Overboard



Water Washing Through Container Holds In The Stern Section

Salvors Leaving The M/V Rena Wreck Site Each Day Via A Purpose Built Helipad

From The Cargo Letter - March 17 2012
The crane barge Smit Borneo is now reconnected to the wreck of M/V Rena on the starboard side of the partially submerged stern section. Svitzer salvors have attached a hot tap to the starboard wing tank in an effort to extract the remaining oil in the submerged tank. On March 16, they removed an estimated 10 tons of heavy fuel oil from the number 5 starboard tank While the exact figure of oil left in this tank is unknown, it is estimated to be up to 30 tons. The weather forecast is for moderate winds, gusting up to 20 knots over the March 17 weekend .

Container numbers remain unchanged from Monday. A total of 573 have been retrieved from the wreck by Svitzer salvors, and 72 from the sea or shore by container recovery teams, making a total of 645 accounted for on shore. 21 total containers have been located on the sea bed away from Rena, but are yet to be recovered

The Wreck As Viewed From The M/V Rena Helipad, With The Smit Borneo In The Background


The Wreck of M/V Rena

May 5 2012

Time Is Running Out As M/V Rena Deteriorates In Heavy Seas

Time Is Running Out As M/V Rena Deteriorates In Heavy Seas

Containers Have Been released From The Stern Section As The Wreck Is Relentlessly Pounded

From The Cargo Letter - April 12 2012
Two divers who were part of the salvage crew of the ill-fated MV Rena were fired recently after having wine inside one of the ship's large containers.

Svitzer Salvage, the agency that manages manpower for salvage teams, told the New Zealand Herald the two were "dismissed immediately" as soon as it learned of the incident. The diving tandem, believed to be Dutch, were part of an elite salvage team earning up to US$2,300 each a day for their services.

Svitzer spokesman Matthew Watson told the Herald it did not matter how much wine was taken, but the offence was so grave that it had to be acted upon immediately.

Debris Is Re;eased As Swells Up To 6 Meters Pound The Wreck of Rena

Large Swells Continue To Pound The Wreck of M/V Rena

From The Cargo Letter - May 5 2012
The salvors of Svitzer have continued to make good progress removing containers and debris from the Rena wreck. The work includes cutting into containers to allow contents to be removed using the heavy lift helicopter aboard crane barge Smit Borneo. Salvors have also focused on cutting up hatch covers and removing them from the wreck. Favorable weather conditions have allowed dive operations around the stern section to locate and remove bags of debris from the sea bed around the wreck.

Plastic beads, noodle packets and a dozen wheelbarrows have made the 180km journey from the Rena to the beaches of Great Barrier Island.

Braemar Howells, the company co-ordinating the clean-up of containers and debris from the stricken cargo ship, is arranging a clean-up team to head to the island - the most northerly point debris from the Rena has been found.

Bad weather and stormy seas had gradually smashed the ship to pieces since it ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef off the coast of Tauranga on October 5 last year.

Debris at Great Barrier Island, which also included a small amount of timber, washed up in the wake of a heavy storm last month that also resulted in the littering of parts of the Coromandel coast.

The number of containers recovered and brought to shore by the company stood at 768, but a Braemar spokeswoman could not say how much longer the clean-up operation will last.

Recently, Rena's captain and navigational officer had met with leaders on Motiti Island and in Tauranga to formally apologise as part of a restorative justice program they are undertaking in the lead-up to their sentencing this month on a number of charges laid after the disaster. The Filipino men were accompanied by their lawyers. The two men were charged by Maritime New Zealand under section 65 of the Maritime Transport Act 1994 for operating a vessel in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk.

The captain was also charged with being the master of a ship from which harmful substances and/or contaminants were discharged into a coastal marine area.

The second officer is charged with being responsible for the watch of a ship from which the same offence occurred.

Containers Are Being Cut Apart By The Salvors To Access And RemoveThe Goods Inside

The Sea Can Clearly Be Seen Through A Battered Cargo Hold

Crane Barge Smit Borneo And The Bow Section of M/V Rena


The Wreck of M/V Rena

May 20 2012

M/V Rena Lifeboat Aution

From The Cargo Letter - May 20 2012
Out of disaster comes a silver lining for Children with Cancer organization & their families.

A 7.5m-long lifeboat, one of two taken from M/V Rena grounded off the Bay of Plenty coast, has been donated to the Child Cancer Foundation by the Rena's owners to be auctioned on Trade Me over the next fortnight.

This vessel was very generously donated by the Daina Shipping Co. and their parent company Costamare Inc. for the purpose of selling in order to raise funds for to the Tauranga region of the Child Cancer Foundation.

Comes with Heavy duty ropes, Steel Tow line, Storm anchor, skids (for sliding it down the side of ship), Food & water rations, 2 X fire extinguishers.

With some imagination and modifications you could use it as a houseboat, tourist venture, playground attraction, disaster evacuation pod, just park it on your front lawn.

And it's the stencil emblazoned on the side of this boat - "Rena Monrovia" - that's expected to add a little market value.

Place Your Bid In The Trade Me Lifeboat Auction

Place Your Bid In The Trade Me Lifeboat Auction

24TECB Totally Enclosed Lifeboat for 38 Persons
Manufacturer Schat Harding, Norway.

LOA 7.46m

Beam 2.90m

Total Capacity 40 passemgers

Weight 3072kgs (excluding extra equipment)

Engine 3 cyl Volvo Penta.

Fuel capacity 210 liters

The Schat Harding Lifeboat Has Full Life Support For 38 Persons

From The Cargo Letter - May 20 2012
Rough weather at the reef earlier in the week caused some disruption to salvage activity but salvors resumed work yesterday and made good progress, removing a large number of bundles of aluminium ingots from the number 1 hold.

Salvors have also continued to remove containers and pieces of hatch covers and other debris from the bow section of the wreck.

The wreck remains in a fragile state, subject to the weather conditions. Monitoring has confirmed some further deterioration in the bow section caused by flexing of the wreck. The bow section remains fixed hard on the reef.

The number of containers recovered by the salvors and landed ashore by Braemar stands at 778.


The Wreck of M/V Rena

June 1 2012

M/V Rena Officers Sentenced

From The Cargo Letter - May 20 2012 - Officers Are Sentenced

Both the captain & navigation officer of the container vessel M/V Rena have each been sentenced to 7 months in prison. Both pleaded guilty to numerous charges, which included operating a ship in a manner likely to cause danger or risk to persons or property. M/V Rena grounded on Astrolabe Reef on the Bay of Plenty Coast on October 5 of last year, which caused the ship to spill fuel, cargo and other debris into the ocean; all of which resulted in environmental ruin to the coast. Mauro Balomaga, the captain, and Leonil Relon, also lost their name suppression when they appeared for sentencing today in the Tauranga District Court. The two appeared solemn during sentencing. Afterward, female supporters were seen leaving court in tears.

Salvors are still cleaning up the remainder of the cargo and ship; the ship eventually split in two and sank earlier this year. Crown prosecutor Rob Ronayne stated in court that the crew, under time pressure, committed a number of faults while racing to the Port of Tauranga. Ronayne claimed the ship cut corners and sailed perilously close to other landmarks and the captain and navigational officer tried to conceal the errors. "Substantial deviations" were made from the approved passage plan and without just cause. In an interview of October 11, neither of the accused mentioned falsifying charts. Balomaga plead guilty to a charge under the Resource Management Act of being the master of a ship from which harmful substances or contaminants were discharged into the coastal marine area. He also plead guilty to four charges under the Crimes Act of "willfully attempting to pervert the course of justice."

29 Containers Were Removed From M/V Rena In The Last Week of May 2012

Container Scoreboard

• 1,368 containers on board Rena at time of grounding

• 547 containers stored above deck at the time of grounding

• 821 containers stored below deck at time of grounding

• 121 containers with perishable foodstuffs

• 32 containers with dangerous goods

• Approx 250 containers remain below decks on the severed bulk-head (bow section)

• Unable to confirm how many containers remain on board sunken Rena stern section

• Estimated 98 containers (total) lost overboard before 8 January 2012

• Estimated 150 containers lost overboard on 8 January 2012

• A further 8 containers confirmed lost overboard during the weather event on 21 March 2012

• An estimated 11 containers lost overboard during the weather event on 3 April 2012

• A total of 897 containers have been received ashore since container recovery began on November 16. This total includes those removed by salvors and those collected from the water and beaches

This Casualty Is A Major Bow For The Marine Insurance Industry


The Wreck of M/V Rena

June 8 2012

Last Hatch Covers Removed

Containers Smit Borneo's Crane Could Not Reach Were Removed By The Heavy Lift Helicopter.

Salvage Cranes Lift Containers & Debris The Forward Section of Rena

Connecting To The Last Hatch Cover

A Salvage Crane LiftsThe Last hatch Cover From The Forward Section of Rena

Salvage Teams Prepare To Dive Around The Rena Wreck.

Working Conditions For Divers Described As Very Challenging With Congealed Milk Fat Floating On The Sea Making Surfaces Very Greasy.

Containers Lodged Underwater On The Starboard Side of The Fore Section Are Described As Being Very Difficult To Remove.


The Wreck of M/V Rena

June 17 2012

First Stage of Salvage Ends One Month Early -- Wreck Removal Begins

From The Cargo Letter - June 17 2012 - Officers Are Sentenced

The first stage of salvage operations of the cargo ship M/V Rena have ended a month ahead of schedule following the removal of all but 18 inaccessible containers from the wreck.

Salvage company Braemar Howells has said that recent low swell conditions enabled it to lift 5 containers from the seabed with any containers in water less than 50 meters deep to be lifted in the coming weeks.

Salvage activity this week has focused on the demobilising of equipment after the joint venture salvage partners, Smit and Svitzer, completed the current phase of the salvage operation by recovering all accessible containers, a month ahead of schedule. Smit and Svitzer will now leave the site -- after a job well done.

A total of 940 containers from M/V Rena have now been processed ashore.

The owners and insurers of M/V Rena have issued a tender for the next stages of the operation, which will now shift to wreck removal. While this process is underway, Braemar/Unimar has taken an expanded role of monitoring the wreck site &endash; see below for more detail.

MNZ's role, of overseeing the salvage and container/debris recovery operations, remains the same.

The New Zealand Government has stated its intention to retrieve any taxpayers' money spent on the incident from the ship's owners.

In February that amount had already exceeded US$130M.

A Salvor Makes His Way Across M/V Rena's Empty Holds Where All The Hatch Covers Have Been Removed

A Helicopter Hovers Over M/V Rena's Empty Holds Where All The Hatch Covers Have Been Removed

From The Cargo Letter - August 22 2012 - Wreck Removal Operation Continues - Hearing Continued


A court appearance for the registered owners of the MV Rena has been delayed from August 22 - to the first anniversary of the container ship's grounding on Astrolabe Reef.

Charges laid against Greece-based Daina Shipping Co under parts of the Resource Management Act 1991 were to be heard in Tauranga District Court today, but the case has been adjourned until October 5 2012.


The first steel fore sections cut & removed from M/V Rena with the Bell 214 heavy-lift helicopter completing 14 separate lifts to the barge Kapua.

Salvage (Resolve Marine)

• The barge Kapua made its first landing in Tauranga with an estimated 40 tons of steel, which included deck equipment and pieces of winches from the fo'c'sle.

• Work is continuing with the modifications to the helicopter landing platform, and pre-cutting of upper decks, fo'c'sle deck, and equipment.

• Helicopter-to-barge transfers will continue next week.

Braemar/Unimar Recovery Operations

• Braemar Howells/Unimar teams heading out to sea to attempt to recover more M/V Rena containers from the seabed &endash; at depths greater than 50 meters.

• Since last week eight containers have been recovered. All had been rigged by a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)

• The recovery of those eight containers brings the total number of containers retrieved to 977. (originally 1368 containers on board).

• Clean-up work continues on beaches.

• Debris recovery using a Unimar barge is also continuing at sea around the Rena where container flotsam and scrap steel has been collected this week.

The oil spill response has been reduced from a Tier 3, or national level, to Tier 2, or regional level, response. Any queries about the oil spill response should now be directed to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.




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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The Crew of M/V Rena And Their Families.

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.


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M/T Vicuna Explodes - for Jan. 2005

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"Thar She Blows!" - M/V Hanjin Pennsylvania - Nov. 2002

"Meals: Ready To Explode" - Navy Barbecue at Guam June 2001

And ..... "Fighting Fires On Mars" - Jan. 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 "Acute Rena Failure" Feature

Our Contributor for this feature is:
  Simon Dutto

Ashley Black - UK

William Cooke - Hawaii

Todd Drake

Ben Gundry

Keith Hadland

David Kempster - Australia

Stuart Midgley - Duck Brothers Transport Pty Ltd, , Australia

John Nichols - Scottsdale, AZ

Jude Ravo


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

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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The Cargo Letter Photo Gallery of Transport Loss - Items Below Are Only A Sample

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"Premature Debark" - March 23 2011

"Japan Tsunami: Port of Sendai" - March 11 2011

"The Parcel Pool" - Toll Logistics Brisbane Floods - Mar. 2011

"Gear To Rail Fail" - MV Beluga Endurance - Jan. 2011

"Becoming The Tuna Can" - F/V Apollo S - Jan. 2011

"Plugging Up The Hooghly" - M/V Tiger Spring Jan. 8 2011

"Jork'd In The Open Ocean" - Oct. 21 2010

"How To Join Your Tuna" - Oct. 17 2010

"Discovery of The Black Pearl"- October 7 2010

"Haystack Hits Needle"- Sept. 18 2010

"Training For Disaster At Wild River" - August 29 2010

"Mumbai Departure" - M/V MSC Chitra - Aug. 2010

"Taken For Granite" - M/V Sophie Oldendorff July 4 2010

"Going Strait" - M/V Zhong Xing - June 2 2010

"Lost Horizons" - SSV Deep Horizon - April 29 2010

"Coaling On The Great Barrier Reef" - April 3 2010

"Poor Margaet, She's Just Blasted" - March 8 2010

"The Prisoners of Bothnia" - March 6 2010

"Getting Gil?" - M/V Ady Gil & High Seas Adventure - Feb. 7 2010

"Bear Eats Cub" - Jan. 30 2010

"Life & Death At Port -au-Prince" - Jan. 12 2010

"Royal Air Flight 988 Down - But Why?" - Jan. 5 2010

"Miracle At Kingston" - Dec. 31 2009

"Did You Hear That?" - Dec. 26 2009

"Star Crossed" - JDS Kurama - Dec. 1 2009

"General Motors Increases Training" - Nov. 28 2009

"Singapore Sling" - M/V MSC Kalina - Nov. 12 2009

"Road Warrior" - Important Moments In Transport History - Nov. 2009

"The Bridge On The River Shetrumji" - India Road Trip - Nov. 2009

"Make 25 Knots, Then Sit" - M/V Marko Polo - Nov. 2009

"Reefer Madness" - M/V Vega Gotland - Oct. 2009

"Meet Me At The Roundabout" - M/V MCS Nikita - Sept. 2009

"Auckward Straddle" - Sept. 2009

"Death of M/V Ioannis N.V." - August 2009

"Big Bunch 'O Black Barges - Beached" - Barge Margaret

"Walvis Wollover" - June 2009

"Pacific Mis-Adventure" - May 2009

"MV Maersk Alabama - 206 Year Deja Vu" - April 2009

"The Retaking of M/V Maersk Alabama" - April 2009

"Miracle At Schiphol" - Flight TK 1951 - March. 2009

"Do Not Chill" - FedEx life with the ATR-42 - March. 2009

"Miracle On The Hudson" - Flight 1549 - Jan. 2009

"The Attack On M/V Zhen Hua 4" - Dec. 2008

"The Taking of MT Biscaglia" - Jan. 2009

"M/V Ciudad de Ushuaia Stuck At The Pole" - Dec. 2008

"The Taking of M/T Sirius Star" - Somalia Pirates Take Supertanker - Stakes Raised - Nov.- Jan. 2008

"Fedra Backs In" - Death of M/V Fedra" - Oct. 2008

"Tank You, From The Somali Pirates" - Somalia - M/V Faina - Sept.- Jan. 2009

"The Death of Hercules" - Nov. 2008

"JAXPORT Jumble" - August 2008

"Callsign Connie: 44 Tragic Days" - July 2008

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

"Recurring Dream" - M/V Norwegian Dream - May 2008

"Paradise & Pirates" - S/V Le Ponant - April 2008

"The Light At The End of The Tunnel" - M/V Zhen Hua 10 & 23 - Mar. 2008

"Mess At Manzanillo" - M/V CMA CGM Dahlia - Mar. 2008

"Big Battered Banana Boat" - M/V Horncliff - Feb. 2008

"Back To The Beach" - M/V Riverdance - Feb. 2008

"Glider Operations At Heathrow" -- B-777 Crash - Jan. 2008

"Fighting Fires On Mars"- Martin Mars - Dec. 2007

"Steeplechase"- A340 - Nov. 2007

"Explorer Ship Down" - M/V Explorer - Nov. 2007

"Kwanyang Crane Kaboom" - Nov. 2007

"Den Den Done" - M/V Denden - Sept. 2007

"For The "L" of It" - M/V Action Alpha - August 2007

"Stack Attack!" - M/V Ital Florida - July 2007

"Pepito Flores Did Not Need To Die " - OUR INVESTIGATION RESULTS

"Singles Only" -- Our One Photo Disasters

These Are Only Examples

"Riding Down The Marquis" - M/V Rickmars Dalian - June2007

"Carrying Coal To Newcastle" - M/V Pasha Bulker - June 2007

"Between A Yacht & A Hard Place" M/V Madame Butterfly - May 2007

"Boxing Up The Rhine" M/V Excelsior - April 2007

"Best Worst Laid Plans?" M/V Republica di Genoa - March 2007

"Crack'n On The Sidmouth" - M/V MSC Napoli - Jan. 2007 - Disaster In Real Time

"Full Speed Ahead" - M/V Alva Star - Nov. 2006

"Where The Trade Winds Blew" - Oct. 2006

"Maersk Montevideo Melee!" - M/V Leda Maersk - Oct. 2006

"Laying Down On The Job" - M/V Cougar Ace -- Aug. 2006 -- Amazing !

"Vine Ripened Tires" - M/V Saga Spray -- May 2006 -- Amazing !

"Mis-Fortune" - M/V Hyundai Fortune - March 2006

"Scheldt Snafu!" - M/V Grande Nigeria - Feb. 2006

"A Day A The Beach - M/V APL Panama - Jan. 2006 - OUR EPIC COVERAGE

"NO Rails" - destruction of New Orleans - Dec. 2005

"Backhaul !" - for July 2005

"The Boeing Tri-Motor" - for April 2005

"Catch of The Day" - for March 2005

"One Brick Short of A Runway" - for Jan. 2005

"Taichung Tumble" - May 2009

"World's Most Stupid Pirates" - May 2009

"LAX Lunch Deja Vu" - May 2009

M/T Vicuna Explodes - for Jan. 2005

"Unstacked" - overboard & Dr. Beach - Nov. 2004

"Coal Face" - the cargo was danger - July 2004

"Super Loss" - March 2004

"On A Wing & A Prayer" - Jan. 2004

"Stepping In It" - Dec. 2003

"Angel Fire" - Nov. 2003

"Broken Spirit" - M/V Tasman Spirit - Aug. 2003

"Denise & Polargo" - a love story - July 2003

"Columbia River Round Up" - June 2003

"Keel Hualed" - M/V Hual Europe - May 2003

"Thrice Bitten" -- M/V Tricolor - Jan. 2003

"Ramp-Age" - Feb. 2003

"Piñata" - breaking the box - Jan. 2003

"Halifax Hash"--M/V Maersk Carolina - Jan. 2003

"Thar She Blows!" - M/V Hanjin Pennsylvania - Nov. 2002

"T-E-U Bar-Be-Cue" - aftermath of M/V Hanjin Pennsylvania

"Container Pool" - a mystery - May 2002

"Strangers On My Flight" -- by Frank Sinatra - don't blame us - we only report this stuff!

"Dropping In On The Trucker" - it happened again - April 2002

"UNDER Achiever" - tell your friends ! - March 2002

Tell It To The U.S. Marines! - A Symbol of Our Day of Infamy - Sept. 11

Heavy Metal - lifting the un-liftable object - Disaster at Monrovia July 2001

Rail Mate -- an Egyptian rail loss - Tragedy At Ain Sokhna July 2001

Meals: Ready To Explode - Navy container barbecue at Guam! June 2001

America West Kisses Concrete M/V Ville De Orion - stack shift at LAX

U.S. Navy EP- 3 -- China Hostage Situation - Spring 2001

Attack On USS Cole (DDG-67) - - Dramatic Photos!

M/V OOCL America - Feb. 2000

M/V APL China - world's greatest container disaster - Nov. 1998

M/V New Carissa - the ship that would not die - 1999

M/V Tampa Maersk "on a dock diet"

Hanjin's Bad Stab - Under The Dock At Pusan, Korea - Exclusive Photo!

The Complete Cargo Letter Photo Gallery of Transport Loss





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