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Hyundai Fortune

Name
Hyundai Fortune
Accident date
21/03/2006
Location
Gulf of Aden
Accident area
≈ 100 km south of Yemen
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Explosion
Nature of pollutant
60 to 90 containers
Ship / structure type
Container ship
Built date
1996
Shipyard
Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ulsan, South Korea
Length
83.60 m
Draught
7.40 m
Flag
Panamanian
Owner
EMF International S.A., Panama
Manager
Hyundai Merchant Marine, Seoul, South Korea
Classification society
Korean Register of Shipping

On 21 March 2006, on its way from Asia to Europe, the Panamanian container ship Hyundai Fortune suffered a huge explosion at about 100 km south of Yemen. 60 to 90 containers were lost at sea. The explosion caused a massive blaze that spread through the stern of the ship. Secondary explosions followed as 7 containers full of fireworks also ignited.

A 12 m crack was visible on the hull and the crew evacuated the ship. Even though fire fighting operations were carried out, the fire continued to burn onboard the Hyundai Fortune for the following days. The managing company, Hyundai Merchant Marine, chartered a tug boat in order to tow the container ship to Salalah (Oman) where the salvageable part of the cargo (2,249 containers) was offloaded for transhipment to Europe.

The causes of this accident remain unknown. It could either be due to a high outside temperature or a fire that provoked a violent reaction with some of the cargo substances (calcium hypochlorite or fireworks).

 

Stern of the Hyundai Fortune on fire
Stern of the Hyundai Fortune on fire

Sources:

- Cargolaw
- Wikipédia
- Fortunes de mer

Last update: 30/11/2009