Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 30-03-2006, 16:44   #1
Registered User
cyclepro's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Sailing Central America
Boat: Wauquiez Pretorien - 35ft
Posts: 102
Images: 7
Send a message via Skype™ to cyclepro
mv. Hyundai Fortune on fire

I cut/pasted this story from the Lloyd's website. Fortunately we didn't have any containers on board of this ship:

Fire happened late last week

The following extracts from Lloyd's List appear with the kind permission of Lloyd's Casualty Desk.

London, Mar 29 - Explosions that ripped apart the c.c. Hyundai Fortune last week were so powerful that the original theory of fireworks catching alight is being discounted in some circles. Instead, experts are turning their attention to other explanations after studying new photographs of the containership that reveal in far more detail the full extent of the devastation. The rear section of the 5,551 teu vessel has been almost totally destroyed by the fire that has blazed for the past week. Damage to the hull, which is almost split in two, has raised suspicions "that it may not have been fireworks" which caused the accident, the TT Club's chief executive Paul Neagle told a press conference to announce the mutual insurer's latest results. The stern of the Hyundai Fortune has been burned out and the hull holed, raising questions about whether some external force was responsible. Fireworks or other hazardous cargoes would have been in containers above deck, whereas the Hyundai Fortune appears to have been rocked by explosions below deck. While reluctant to speculate publicly, industry sources have started to consider in private whether the vessel could have been the target of a piracy or terrorist attack, or even hit a mine. The vessel was 60 miles off the Yemeni coast when the blaze broke out. Another possibility could have been a gas or fuel tank exploding, said one expert. The crew was evacuated with just one injury. The TT Club estimates that at least 500 containers on the vessel have been destroyed. The value of the boxes on the burning vessel is put at around $8m-$9m, and will contribute to the general average. Most were insured through the TT Club. Regardless of the eventual conclusions of inspectors investigating the disaster, the TT Club yesterday expressed concern about the problems of knowing exactly what is loaded in containers. With some lines now refusing to accept certain chemicals or other potentially unstable freight, the TT Club said there are suspicions that "fraud" is taking place with some shippers allegedly misdeclaring consignments and putting vessels and crews in danger.

cyclepro is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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

Advertise Here

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:14.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.