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A list of Bulk Carriers that have suffered structural failure


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Old 3rd May 2008, 11:49
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A list of Bulk Carriers that have suffered structural failure

1995-Dec.1
Bulker MOUNT OLYMPUS, 33186gt, built 1969, abandoned by her crew after a 17 meter long crack developed in her deck. The ship was sailing on ballast in mid Atlantic from Ravenna to Norfolk.
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Old 3rd May 2008, 11:53
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1996-Sep.9
Capesize bulker IOLCOS VICTORY, Cyprus, 74278grt, 132597dwt, loaded with iron ore from Tubarao to Singapore, sank one hour and twenty minutes after the crew ascertained the flooding of forward holds during bad weather off South Africa. Most crewmembers are saved by a fishing boat, but 5 died.
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Old 3rd May 2008, 11:55
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1996-Oct.
A bulkhead collapses on the Malaysian capesize bulker GIGA II of 140086dwt while she was loading at Port Kembla. Two crewmembers are injured.
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Old 3rd May 2008, 11:58
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1996-Dec.29
The small Greek ex-bulker converted as cement-carrier DYSTOS of 6187dwt, built 1972, classed by LR, sank during bad weather in the Aegean sea. Out of 22 persons on board (crew members, wives and one child), only one survived the capsizing.
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Old 3rd May 2008, 12:00
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1998-Feb.8
The bulker LEROS STRENGTH, 27469dwt, sinks with all hands (20 persons) off the coast of Norway after structural failure in bad weather. The ships is classed by RINA and flies the Cyprus flag.
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Old 3rd May 2008, 12:02
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1998-Jan.16
Bulker FLARE, Cyprus, 29222dwt, built 1972, on ballast and bound Escoumins on St.Lawrence river, breaks in two during bad weather SE of Newfoundland. Twenty one crewmembers die.
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Old 3rd May 2008, 12:03
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1998-Jan.30
Bulker PEACE (Belize) sank off Colombo while awaiting repair after she suffered a 5 meter crack in her hull during her passage from Bremen to Korea loaded with 35000 tons iron scrap. (LLDN 9-21) [Structural]
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Old 3rd May 2008, 12:04
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1998-Feb.7
Bulker FEI CUI HAI, 32300dwt, loaded with iron pellets, sinks during bad weather in China sea, 3 survivors out of 34 crewmembers.
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Old 3rd May 2008, 12:06
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1998-May 18
Bulker NORTHERN ENTREPRISE (Bermuda, 37771 grt, built 1985) sustain a crack in her double bottom off Nova Scotia.
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Old 3rd May 2008, 12:08
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1999-Feb.18
Barge carrier GREEN ISLAND, USA, built 1975, 47036dwt, loses 300 square meter of shell plate in bad weather near the Bermudas. Luckily this ABS classed ship remains floating on her double bottoms.
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1999-Aug. 3
Bulker VAKIS T., (Cyprus) has to come back to Dampier with 127000 tons of iron ore on board owing to severe structural problems which included a crack 2/3 meters long and a dinner plate size hole. [Structural]
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1999-Sept.6
Bulker WELL SPEEDER (St.Vincent & Grenadines, 16184 grt, built 1976) sinking in Indian ocean after flooding of hold 1 and 2. Crew abandoned vessel which sank on Sept.8 . [Structural]
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Old 3rd May 2008, 12:13
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1999-Oct.4
Bulker PROVIDENCE (Panama), likely on ballast to load in Australia, suffers peeling of shell plates from the frames while sailing in the middle of the Indian ocean. Later inspection in Australia revealed a 50cm indent in hold 3 and many frames completely detached from the hull. [Structural]
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1999-Oct.11
Bulker SANAGA( Panama), on passage from Durban to China, sustained severe structural damage resulting in the flooding of hold 1 and down 2.5 meter by the head. Crew abandoned vessel.
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Old 3rd May 2008, 12:16
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1999-Nov.
OBO LASSIA, (Polembros Shipping, 139800dwt) suffers severe structural failure while discharging in Italy. She has to be towed out of port.
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2000-Jan.
Bulker AIS MAMAS (Cyprus, 10273gt, built 1976) suffers water ingress in hold 1 while proceeding from West Africa to India. Crew abandoned the vessel which was later taken in tow.
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2000-Feb.22
Bulker CHINA PROGRESS (Panama, 25904 grt, built 1984) suffers structural problems.
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2000-Mar.23
Bulker LEADER L (38975gt, built 1977), sinks in the Atlantic after structural failure and the collapse of a hatch cover. Out of 31 crewmembers only 13 could be saved.. The ship was flying the Panama flag, and was classed by the Polish Register. After this tragedy the PR was ejected from IACS. It had been bought in 1996 for $=3.5m but its H&M insurance value at the time of sinking was $=6m. (ship)
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Old 3rd May 2008, 12:21
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2000-June 5
Bulk carrier ALGOWOOD (22558gt, built 1981) suffers severe structural failure and sinks while loading gravel/stones at Bruce Mine, Ontario.
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2000-July 14
Capesize TREASURE (Panama, 76705grt, built 1983, Class BV), suffers structural damage about 1000 miles West of Port Noloth. With the hold 4 flooding the air pressure lifted the hatch covers but the ship kept proceeding at 9 knots to seek refuge in Cape Town. Later she was denied refuge, told to proceed 50 miles back at sea but sank while 6 miles offshore with her 1300 tons bunkers causing a disastrous pollution killing thousands of penguins on Robben island. She had then a 160 square meter hole in the shell plate. The ship is owned by Good Faith Shipping, owner of several lost bulkers: the CORAZON, the NAGOS.


Although nobody died as a result of the TREASURE sinking, the incident got a main coverage in the world-wide media due to oil pollution and the subsequent death of seabirds. This says a lot about the value of a seafarer's life!
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2000-July 22
Bulker LOK PRAGATI, (India, 16040 grt, built 1984) sent distress message owing to forecastle damage and water ingress shortly after sailing Port Elisabeth RSA. She had to call Cape Town for repair.[Structural]
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2000-Sep.5
Bulker EUROBULKER X, Flag Cambodia, built 1974, 19473 grt, breaks in two while loading cement at the port of Lefkandi in central Greece.

From a subsequent press report: "The ill-fated 26-year-old bulk Eurobulker X as "unseaworthy" at the time of her loss in September 2000, and opines that the vessel should never have been allowed to sail. Excerpts from the report, compiled after a 15-month investigation into why the vessel broke her back and sank while loading cement at a terminal in the Bay of Lefkandi, were published by the Athens daily Ethnos shortly before the new year. A Ukranian seafarer among the 16-man crew was killed in the accident, which caused one of the worst-ever environmental disasters along the north Attica coastline. As quoted by the newspaper, the report describes the general condition of the Stavros Ilias-owned vessel as ranging from average to poor, while parts of her steel structure are said to have been almost totally wasted away. The report contends that "the management and operation of Eurobulker X was most careless, possibly motivated by the desire to make the greatest possible profit". Steel plating in the lower decks is said to have been 30-40% wasted away and in need of replacement, while the vessel's upper ballast tanks had deteriorated by 50% to as much as 100%. The vessel's Ukranian master is described as lacking formal qualifications, and the inquiry report is critical of the Halkis Cement company's loading procedures which had led in this case to the cargo being loaded amidships, with outlying holds left empty. The owner and the master of Eurobulker X were in February 2001 fined Drs 128m ($346,000) by a Halkis court in connection with the sinking of the cement carrier and subsequent pollution. Five others have been charged over the incident, including the vessel's second mate and the person held responsible for authorising the vessel to sail after she underwent repairs at Avlis Shipyard, near Halkis, which is itself run by Stavros Ilias group interests." (Ships) . It is one of rare case of a fine for the structural failure of bulker, this thanks to the pollution. The death of seafarers apparently is not worth such a concern by any court in the world.
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2000-Sep.16
Bulker MADONA ( Liberia, built 1982, class NKK, 20122grt,33037dwt), founders near the Cocos islands during a moderate gale. The ship was loaded with cement and for an unknown reason she began to take water in one hold, listing heavily and forcing the safe evacuation of all 25 crew to the livestock carrier DANNY FII.
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2000-Oct.17
Bulker HAYDAR, 35336 grt, built 1981, has to make an emergency call in Honolulu after a crack in hold 1 caused an ingress of water.[Structural]
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Old 3rd May 2008, 12:35
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2000-Dec.15
O/O HIGHLAND FAITH found with crack in main deck after inspection by NY USCG.
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