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An Analysis of MSC Zoe's Container Loss

By Captain Gunter Schütze 2019-03-16 22:44:32

On the night of January 1, 2019, MSC Zoe lost approximately 290 containers in heavy weather on the journey from Portugal to Bremerhaven. The loss of so many containers is an exceptional event and is the second largest known container loss of a ship due to heavy weather. Only Svendborg Maersk lost more, 517, in 2014. This article is an attempt to analyze the cause but does not claim to be able to answer all the questions, because there are, of...

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Solid Bulk and the Connected Dangers in Enclosed Spaces

By Captain Gunter Schütze 2019-03-11 17:57:27

On March 2, 2019, The Maritime Executive published an article "Another Five Fatalities with Solid Bulk Cargo." Basically, I share the opinion of the author of this article. The recent casualties on bulk carriers caused by lack of oxygen in loaded holds, fumigated holds and adjacent areas show us that there are significant deficiencies which the IMO, its safety committees, shipping companies, surveyors, fumigation companies, shippers and port authorities must wake up...

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