How unusual to have a white hull on an iron ore vessel.I can\'t think of any other company to do so .
Found the details below of a collision she was involved in at Newcastle, N.S.W., from the Australian Safety Transport Bureau:-
At 0939 on 24 June 2005, the bulk carrier Pilsum collided with another bulk carrier, China Steel Growth, while dragging its anchor. The two ships were anchored off the New South Wales port of Newcastle.
On the morning of 24 June, a southerly weather front came through the anchorage. At 0900 on 24 June, the officer of the watch on Pilsum detected that the ship was dragging its anchor. The master was informed and he decided to weigh anchor and depart the anchorage.
Pilsums crew encountered difficulties recovering the anchor. During the anchor retrieval process Pilsum drifted towards China Steel Growth, which was anchored to the north.
At 0935 Pilsum pitched heavily, the propeller came clear of the water and the main engine was shut down by the overspeed trip. Pilsums main engine was restarted, however at 0939 Pilsum collided with China Steel Growth. The two ships moved apart and then made contact a second time before Pilsum finally made its way clear.
The subject of an interesting and slightly amusng incident recently, when one party closed the hatches during discharge in Japan, in order to enforce a monetary claim against a Charterer for alleged non-payment of hire.
Even half a story is a long one, but suffice to say, just like life, dont start something you cannot finish. About 4 years ago an owner (of an un-named ship and not this one here) decided to take action against a charterer, notwithstanding having been very clear advice by their in-house legal team that it would be most unwise and actually contrary to the law. Such was his frustration that the owners man in charge threw caution to the wind and closed the hatches, causing considerable distress (in commercial terms) to the unfortunate charterer.
Time passed and the charterers man remained emotionally scarred by this cavalier action by the owner and he made a mental note that if he ever found himself in a similar position, he would follow the (bad) example and also close the hatches on any charterer who crossed his path and left themselves exposed.
Now it came to pass the not only did such a situation arise which allowed this owner to take an aggressive stance, but by an amazing twist of fate, the charterers man in charge was the very same person who had initiated the feud 3 years ago (albeit in a different company)
So our friend the owner suddenly found his Christmas had come early, for not only could he enjoy the fun of closing the hatches on a charterer just as he had suffered three years back, but he could happily ruin the commercial well-being of the very person who had messed him up....
If you live by the sword you die by the sword, or in Chinese Pull the tail of the tiger and he will get you one day and you will suffer more than a sore tail