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Hanjin Pennsylvania

Nom
Hanjin Pennsylvania
Date de l'accident
11/11/2002
Lieu
Indian Ocean
Zone du naufrage
150 km south of Sri Lanka
Zone du déversement
Offshore
Cause de l'accident
Incendie
Nature polluant
phosphorus and fireworks
Type de navire / structure
Date de construction
2002
Lieu de construction
Hanjin Heavy Industries, South Korea
Longueur
281.5
Largeur
32.2
Tirant d'eau
13.02
Pavillon
Liberian
Propriétaire
Reederei F Laeisz GmbH, Germany
Armateur
Hanjin Shipping, Seoul, South Korea

Freshly delivered by a south Korean shipyard, the Liberian container ship Hanjin Pennsylvania was on her way to Hamburg (Germany). On 11 November 2002, 150 km south of the Sri Lankan coast, a fire began in the hold. Containers with phosphorus and fireworks caught fire and exploded.

A huge fire forced the crew to abandon the ship and 2 men died in this accident. The Hanjin Pennsylvania was towed to a port to discharge the containers and then sold to breakers since the rebuilding costs would be more expensive. Nevertheless, the hull was bought by a British company which contracted with a Chinese shipyard to have the ship completely rebuilt. The new version of Hanjin Pennsylvania is now sailing as the Norasia Bellatrix.

Experts suggested the likely cause of the explosion was not a container full of fireworks. Indeed, according to the managing company Hanjin Shipping, the fire was understood to have started below deck and the fireworks were supposed to be carried on deck. The similarity of the explosions and fire onboard Hanjin Pennsylvania present a resemblance to accidents where a commodity known as calcium hypochorite has been identified as the main cause, like in the CMA Djakarta case.

Sources:

-International Longshoremans Wharehouse Union Local 13
-Cargolaw
-WellandCanal.ca

Last update on 14/09/2009

External links

Phosphorus, Material Safety Data Sheets

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