Photos: The Worst Containership Disasters in Recent History

Each year, more than 100 million containers are shipped across the globe on containerships that can now stretch the length of three soccer fields or more. Despite the large number of containers shipped, accidents are relatively rare, with the best estimates saying a that less than 1,500 containers are lost from ships each year on average. But accidents do … [Read more...]

ClassNK Calls for Upgraded Steel Plate Tolerance in Mega-Ship Construction

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - Japanese classification society ClassNK is claiming a “world-first” breakthrough finding in the required crack arrest toughness of steel plates used in the construction of ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs). In response to the huge increases in containership sizes over the past decade and the need to ensure their structural reliability, … [Read more...]

New Rules to Enhance Safety of Large Containerships

  The International Association of Classifications Societies (IACS) has announced the adoption of new rules to further improve the safety of Large Container Ships by enhancing consistency between pre-existing Class Society requirements. The new rules are combined within a single new Unified Requirement, known as UR S11A, and includes three new safety measures that … [Read more...]

Danish Naval Architect Uncovers Important Clues to MOL Comfort’s Demise

Pretty much the entire world was caught by surprise when images of a huge crack in the fully laden containership MOL Comfort surfaced last summer. The ship design rules at the time should have mitigated such a situation from ever happening. While conducting research for her PhD thesis at the Technical University of Denmark, Ingrid Marie Vincent Andersen, PhD had found clues … [Read more...]

ClassNK Completes Forensic Study of MOL Comfort Structural Failure

With known weather and sea conditions at the time of the breakup, finite element modeling conducted by Japanese classification society ClassNK showed that the MOL Comfort's hull should have had no problem handling the stress.  Nevertheless, the 8,000 TEU-class MOL Comfort suffered a hull girder fracture amidships on June 17, 2013, eventually split into two sections, and slowly … [Read more...]