Hanjin Hamburg Whale Strike Hamburg. Photo by Port Of

Hanjin Hamburg Whale Strike Hamburg. Photo by Port of Rotterdam

The Port Of Rotterdam reports that the 102455 DWT containership Hanjin Hamburg struck a Fin whale in the Bay of Biscay on Friday.

The adult female was discovered strewn across the bulbous bow of the vessel when the ship entered the harbor.  This is the third time in two years that whales have been found dead on the bow of containerships entering Rotterdam included the widely reported strike of a Fin whale by the vessel Maersk Norwich in July of last year.

Ship strikes of whales have been recognized as a growing concern worldwide.  NOAA reports that documented ship strikes total nearly one whale killed per year in the United States alone and the number of undocumented strikes is believed to be much higher.

In 2008, NOAA introduced a 10 knot speed limit for ships operating within 20 nautical miles of ports in the US northeast where 83% of right whale sightings are reported.

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  • Matthew

    It is sad it happens though given the number of ships that transit the oceans every year and proper watch keeping then numbers are not bad. This seems somewhat sensationalized to make it seem like ships hit whales on purpose. The numbers are low in comparison. With excerpts such as three strikes in two years and
    “NOAA reports that documented ship strikes total nearly one whale killed per year in the United States alone and the number of undocumented strikes is believed to be much higher.”
    Nearly one whale a year in the U.S. alone? Come on! “Nearly” one whale? It’s like they took the last whale this year and divided it over the course of what arbitrary data collection time frame they had. I agree awareness should be raised though this is not an epidemic. This summer alone we had many whales breach within 50 meters of our bow. “Hard over!” and “whale!” were common on the bridge. Thank god for watch! Regardless scanty information and shoddy data should not be damning. This is just my humble opinion. Thank you.

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