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The Encounter of M/V Danzigergracht & An EMD GT46C-ACe

IMO Number 9420796

Feature Date: 29 Dec. 2012

Event Date: 2 Nov. 2012

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The Time: Morning

The Date: Nov. 2 2012

The Place: Port of Owendo, Gabon


"Very Loco Motive"

M/V Danzigergracht

IMO Number: 9420796

On The Scene -- At Port Owendo, Gabon

Nov. 2 2012


EMD GT46C-ACe In Better Days

Heavy Lift M/V Danzigergracht In Better Days

M/V Danzigergracht

Name:: M/V Danzigergracht

Flag: Netherlands [NL] 

Year Built: 2009

Ship Type: Cargo (Ice Class)

Operator: Spliethoff Group (largest shipowner in the Netherlands)

Port Register: Rotterdam

Length Overall: 156.90 meters

Beam: 22.80 meters

Gross Tons: 13.400

TEUs: 1069

Speed: 16.1 knots

Design: Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc., USA

Builder: Downer Rail, Cardiff, New South Wales, Australia

Total Units Produced: 71 (2007-2012)

Prime Mover: Turbocharged 16-cylinder EMD 710 G3C-ES

Traction Motors: Six Siemens ITB 2630

Inverters: Three solid state IGBT

Gauge: 1.435 mm

Top Spwwd: 115 km/h (71 mph)

Weight: 139 t (137 long tons; 153 short tons)

Length: 21.2 m (69 ft 7 in)

Power Output: 3,350 kW (4,490 hp)

The Prolog To Disaster


This feature would have been posted in early November 2012, but there were no means to predict your editor would suffer a broken leg.

Many of you have asked where our Cargo Law website has been for the past 45 days -- but three steel plates, 9 surgical screws and a wheelchair later -- we're back with apology for the delay.

One unexpected benefit of this forced hiatus is that the passage of time has allowed identification of M/V Danzigergracht as the vessel which brought us the wayward locomotive in this story of unexpected loss at Port Owendo, Gabon.

This feature will again highlight the concept ---"Ship Happens! ©"

Michael S. McDaniel - Your Editor

A New GT46C ACe Locomotive Is Destined For Comilog At Port Port Owendo, Gabon

The GT46C ACe -- a model of American-designed, Australian-built diesel electric locomotives built by Downer Rail using EMD components. The first units were built as the SCT class for freight operator SCT Logistics from 2007, with delivery and entry to service through 2008. Additional units have since been built as the LDP class for Locomotive Demand Power (a 'Power-By-The-Hour' strategy by Downer Rail to provide a fleet of lease-available locomotives to the Australian rail industry) and the TT class for Pacific National. The class designation is said to stand for 'Tonage Transferrable'; the term apparently deriving from the fact that the locomotives have removable mass installed behind the headstocks at either end. The class was originally built as LDP 011 - 018 for lease to Pacific National but PN subsequently requested purchase of the locomotives and the slight modification to their design. With the extra weight added they are 139 tons but with the weight removed they are 132 tons; this allowing them to run on mainline territory available to the LDP class.

The locomotive has AC traction equipment, with a Mitsubishi electric package also used on the SD70ACe, including a TA17 traction alternator, CA9E companion alternator and six ITB 2630 traction motors, along with solid state IGBT inverters.[3] The prime mover is a turbocharged 16-cylinder EMD 710. New technology used included passive steer bogies, to reduce flange wear on corners.

Comilog Received 5 New Locomotives In 2012 And Will Receive 50 New Rail Cars By Feb. 2013

Erachem Comilog, Inc. -- a member of the Eramet Group headquartered in Paris, France, is the world's leading source of manganese chemicals and a European leader in copper recycling. The company produces a broad portfolio of specialized products, which are essential to a vast array of customer applications ranging from alkaline batteries, catalysts, and agriculture to magnesium alloys, electronic components, chemicals and steel.

M/V Danzigergracht Enters Port With Her Three Deck Cranes Mounted Along The Starboard Side

These Will Offload The New GT46C ACe Locomotive Destined For Comilog At Port Port Owendo, Gabon

M/V Danzigergracht Mounts Three Restricted Combinable Cranes of 120 Metric Ton Load & 16 Meter Reach And 55 Meteric Ton Load & 30 Meter Reach

The New GT46C ACe Locomotive Crosses The Rail of M/V Danzigergracht

With 139 Tons Under Load, Integrity of The Sling/Spreader Unit is Curtail

The New GT46C ACe Locomotive Is Swung Over The Dock For Landing

The Lifting Gears Suffers A Complete Failure -- The New GT46C ACe Locomotive Crahes An Estimated 20 Feet To The Dock


Note the near sling part, causing the loss
Witnesses Report Severe Frames Damage For The GT46C ACe Locomotive -- It Will Be Returned To The Manufacturer

Who Absorbs The Risk of This Loss Will Depend Upon Terms of Sale. Did Comilog Take Delivery At The Factory Door, Or At An African Location

Meanwhile, Maximum Liability For The Vessel, Assumiing It's Responsibility, Is Far Less Than The Invoice Cost -- Based On A Damage Limitation of 2 SDRs Per Kilo of Weight

At This Time, An SDR, Or "Special Drawing Right", is Valued At US$1.55.

Reader Comments

Jan. 10 2013 -- Good day,

I have just a few minor comments. The port of registry of most Spliethoff vessels is AMSTERDAM. This is clearly visible on one of the photos. Also you posted a picture of the sister vessel "Dijksgracht" on the page while the description states "Danzigergracht".

Anyway I love to read your postings on the cargo letter for years. As a master mariner I am very interested in the accidents with ships. You have some amazing features which are truly amazing! Keep the good work going!

Also I wish you a speedy recovery from your broken leg!

Kind regards,
Daan Roest - Almere, Netherlands
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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The Crew of M/V Danzigergracht, And Her 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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Thanks To Our Contributors For The "Very Loco Motive" Feature

Our Contributors for this feature is:

Robert Jackson

Terry La France

Benjamin P. McKnew

Ian G. Narita

Daan Roest - Almere, Netherlands

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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