Do you know that one ship catches fire every two months on average, and these incidents cause millions of dollars in ship damage and cargo losses? These shocking details were revealed in a report released by TT Club, the world’s leading transport and logistics insurer.
True to this report, a major ship fire damage was realized on February 6, 2008, with a fire on board the MS UND Adriyatik. The 193-meter long vessel caught fire off the coast of Croatia en route from Turkey to Italy.
Unfortunately, the fire destroyed more than 200 trucks carrying various consignments. The damaged ship was pulled by Italian tugboats to Trieste and later towed to Besiktas Shipyard for future repair.
Company Behind The Ship
The ship was owned by the Turkish shipping company U.N Ro-Ro, an operator of Ro-Ro freight ships. It was built in the Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft shipyard located in Flensburg, Germany, and used to transport goods between Trieste in Italy, Pendik in Istanbul and Turkey.
According to PortSEurope, the company was acquired by Danish company DFDS in 2018, ten years after the fire incident. The Danish shipping and Logistics Company acquired 98.8 % of the shares for €950 million.
A Series Of Court Battles
The incident attracted several legal suits. Various stakeholders sued the Turkish company at the Marine Court of Istanbul. The career was also sued in various jurisdictions where the goods were destined under the Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR).
Used As A Case Study
MS UND Adriyatik fire incident has been as a case study in one of the studies on the Identification Of Fire Hazards On Board by Bariş Barlas, et all. In this study, the authors describe the fire accident, its cause, chronology, and the dependencies involved. They then examine some of the technical, design and human errors that led to the accident.