Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 11-03-2007, 07:31   #1
Provocateur & Raconteur
 
knottybuoyz's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Iroquois, Ontario
Boat: Bateau.com TW31 Modified
Posts: 3,583
Images: 87
Container Ship Capsizes in Belgian Port

Container Ship Capsizes in Belgian Port
Thursday, March 08, 2007

Photo Credit: International Marine Consultancy
According to the Herald Tribune, a large container ship capsized during loading Thursday in Belgian port city Antwerp, officials said. No injuries were reported. The cause of the capsizing of the Republica di Genova, a roll on/roll off vessel of the London-based Grimaldi Lines, was not immediately clear, authorities said. Grimaldi Group vessels carry containers and Fiat cars from Italy to Antwerp. Port of Antwerp Captain Jan Persi said the 215-meter-long (705-foot-long) vessel slowly rolled onto its starboard side in a dead end dock early in the morning. He said the ship began taking on water and that the captain ordered the crew to evacuate. The white-and-yellow vessel lay resting on its side, part of its hull above the waterline in the dock.


Shipping in and out of the Verrebroekdock was halted, but not on the Scheldt River that links Antwerp to the North Sea. Source: Herald Tribune


More photos here: Fishki.Net - В порту Антверпена перевернулось 216-метровое судно (42 фото) | Фишкина Картинка *warning* site is pretty slow.
__________________

__________________
Yours Aye! Rick
~^~^~^^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~~^~^~~^~^~^^~~^~^
"It's not the boat "you built" until you've sworn at it, bled on it, sweated over it, cried beside it and then threatened to haul the POS outside and burn it!"
knottybuoyz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2007, 08:04   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 4,413
That's hysterical... One would think that being dockside they could have gotten to some huge pumps and mitigated the "leak". Odd that it capsized and did not just sink to the bottom.

It looks like a rather complex job to right this puppy and just pumping water at this point will probably be fruitless.
__________________

__________________
Sandero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2007, 08:50   #3
Registered User
 
Greg S's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 328
Well, at least they can do half the bottom paint without a haulout!
__________________
Greg S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2007, 09:12   #4
Registered User
 
markpj23's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Black Hills, SD
Boat: Now Boatless
Posts: 1,148
Images: 47
Most all of these big boys have a high-volume ballast system that they use to shift LOTS of water from side to side while loading / off-loading. Either the Mate was asleep at the switch, or the computer ran off on its own, or they had a pump / controller fail, etc....

Betcha THAT was a fun ride!!!
__________________
Mark
markpj23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2007, 09:57   #5
֍֎֍֎֍֎֍֎֍֎

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 13,043
Confidential sources indicate that Auric Goldfinger was shipping those solid-gold cars again, Fiats this time instead of Rolls, and the discrepancy in weight versus the standard model caused the ship to heel past the point of no return.
__________________
hellosailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2007, 10:39   #6
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Out there doin' it
Boat: 47' Olympic Adventure
Posts: 2,635
Quote:
Originally Posted by defjef
Odd that it capsized and did not just sink to the bottom.
I'd say it is on the bottom - normally not that deep in port.
From the state of her paint (particularly the bottom paint) I'd guess she just got out of dock - I bet some skin valves were left open and when they started loading they were submerged enough to start the flood.
__________________
Lodesman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2007, 17:29   #7
Registered User
 
jim lee's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Anacortes, WA
Boat: J/35 - No Tomorrows
Posts: 180
Images: 3
I noticed the bottom paint too. Sure does look clean.

-jim lee
__________________
J/35 No Tomorrows
jim lee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2007, 19:08   #8
Registered User
 
Tom967's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Key West
Boat: Creekmore 40
Posts: 45
I know those container docks very well..as a Merchant Marine Officer...It was always the first port on the European run from the States...The vessel is more of a Roll on Roll off Ro/Ro..than a traditional container ship...It's like a down town indoor garage inside....The center of gravity is very high on these vessels...metacentric height very low.. Therefore Stability critical..When when KG exceeds KM..She'll tip over..obviouly the loading plan was faulty in relation to her ballast ....hydrostatically..bigger is not necessarily better or more stable... Doesn't take much on a ship like this.. although very rare occurance these days with computerized loading plans.
__________________
Tom967 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2007, 22:16   #9
Senior Cruiser
 
Steve Rust's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Minneapolis MN
Boat: Searunner 40 Trimaran, Siruis 22 mono, 16 foot MFG daysailor
Posts: 515
Images: 82
Beware of a good deal on a new Fiat. You may want to check for barnacles under the hood.
__________________
Don't trust your dog to guard your lunch.

Patrick, age 9
Steve Rust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2007, 00:43   #10
Registered User
 
mudnut's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Australia
Posts: 666
Not really to do with this story but while on the USS Enterprise as a visitor,we were told that if the hanger decks below aquired 1" of water over the deck she would roll over.Not sure how true that is but it sounds pretty scary.Mudnut.
__________________
mudnut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2007, 03:10   #11
Senior Cruiser
 
44'cruisingcat's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 7,454
Images: 69
Bloody monohulls. Theyr'e always doing stuff like this.

AND it's a stinkboat .....
__________________
44'cruisingcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2007, 11:18   #12
֍֎֍֎֍֎֍֎֍֎

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 13,043
" if the hanger decks below aquired 1" of water over the deck she would roll"
I'm guessing the hangar decks, high above waterline, could only "acquire" an inch of water during inclement wx while energetic fire control action was being performed, adding a lot of water on deck?
__________________
hellosailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-03-2007, 01:51   #13
Registered User
 
mudnut's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Australia
Posts: 666
Quote:
Originally Posted by hellosailor
" if the hanger decks below aquired 1" of water over the deck she would roll"
I'm guessing the hangar decks, high above waterline, could only "acquire" an inch of water during inclement wx while energetic fire control action was being performed, adding a lot of water on deck?
Yep ,that makes sense,and they have someone checking on that all the time.Another funny thing I thought,In the R.A.Navy,a CPO.stands for Chief Petty Officer,In the USN it's something like coffee percilator officer.His whole shift on the Enterprise is to check and fill all the coffee stations aboard the ship.WOW,there is a career.Mudnut.
__________________
mudnut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-03-2007, 04:10   #14
Moderator
 
Boracay's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Pelican Bay, Great Sandy National Park
Boat: Steel Roberts Offshore 44
Posts: 5,175
Images: 18
Quick Calculations...

Assuming the deck is 300m long and 40m wide a depth of 1 inch (.025m) would give a volume of 300 cu. m. or rather more than 300 tonnes of water.

Evenly distributed it would make no difference.

However even if all of that water were to run to one side I would be surprised if this would cause an inclination of more than one degree in a boat of that size, though a Naval Architect could give a better comment.

After all, that is only the weight of 15 or so containers, or could be a single wave.
__________________
Rust never sleeps
Boracay Blog.
Boracay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-03-2007, 04:37   #15
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Tintern, Wales
Boat: Westerly 33, Dunkers of Tintern
Posts: 83
Chris, its the fact that is free flowing water that causes the instability. The Herald of Free Enterprise, a North Sea ferry capsized just after leaving the dock because water came in through the open bow doors. There was very little depth to the water and it was relatively low down. Nevertheless it was free flowing water that caused a disaster in which over a hundred people were killed.
__________________

__________________
Dunkers is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
container ship

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Reappearing ghost ship - S.S. Baychimo rsn48 Polar Regions 7 10-01-2007 17:42
Lost at sea CaptainK Powered Boats 12 22-04-2006 16:03



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:06.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.