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Dangerous cargo exploded on Maersk Kinloss

| Maritime News | 26/07/2012

Maersk Kinloss   Dangerous cargo had been exploded on board of the container ship Maersk Kinloss in Iliychevsk, Ukraine. During the discharge of the cargo, the dock workers noticed that several containers are seriously damaged, due to explosion on board. The container, which caused explosion was loaded with the dangerous cargo of aluminum phosphide. The fire caused damage of the container and cargo inside and also serious damaged the nearby containers. On board of the container ship Maersk Kinloss there were total 2082 containers, 683 of which were discharged in the port of Iliychevsk. The dock workers found 3 TEU with the cargoes aluminium phosphide and oxidizer, which were stowed in the cargo hold. Such stowage is violating the safety regulations and might cause serious accident with the vessel (same as thos of MSC Flaminia). The main reason for the accident might be not correctly declared cargo. The port authorities evacuated the ship and vicinity, as the burning aluminium phosphide is highly poisonous. Two emergency teams were sent to the scene of the accident to check the atmosphere on Maersk Kinloss. The port authorities started investigation of the accident.

   Maersk Kinloss (IMO: 9333022) is container ship, which is owned by the UK division of Maersk Line company and operated by the Ap Moller Maersk. The vessel has length of 299.00 m, beam of 40.00 m and maximum draft of 11.90 m. The summer deadweight of the ship is 84,835 DWT and the gross tonnage is 74,642 GRT. The container ship Maersk Kinloss was built in the South Korean shipyard Hanjin Heavy Industries in 2008. The vessel was on route from Konstanza, Romania to Iliychevsk, Ukraine, operating in Black sea.

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