Container Ship m/v “Duncan Island”

John Konrad
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November 8, 2007

the Bahamas-flagged cargo m/v “Duncan Island”, homeport Nassau, in bad weather lost nine contianers over board off the island Terschelling in the Northsea in the afternoon of Nov 6. Others were damaged, crashed to the side and were hanging over the ship’s port side. One container tore a leak into the hull in the region of the heavy fuel tanks, the ship started leaking considerable amounts of oil. The leak which has a length of about 0,4 metres was about 2 metres above the waterline. The captain first intended to continue his voyage to Hamburg but was told to enter the port of Cuxhaven by the German casualty command (Havariekommando) with tug assistance. The tugs “Wulf 8” and “Bugsier 20” towed the ship to the sea bath pier in Cuxhaven where it was berthed at 9.30 p.m. The THW, fire brigade, rescue forces, casualty command and police gathered at the quay to get a damage survey and contain the danger. A tank lorry of the THW was ready to pump out the remaining oil. The multi purpose ships “Knechtsand” and “Neuwerk” were sent to the scene as well. The “Neuwerk” made sure that no further oil leaked out into the Elbe river.
The “Duncan Island” had been coming from Antwerp with a cargo of bananas bound for Hamburg. Data: 14061 gt, length 179 m, breadth 25,2 m, built 1995.
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