Britain’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch has released its report on the November 2008 weather damage and explosion/fire aboard the Maersk Newport.
No further comment is needed beyond the UK MAIB report’s synopsis of heavy weather damage and fire on the containership Maersk Newport. It pretty much speaks for itself. Here’s the synopsis:
Maersk Newport sailed from Le Havre for Algeciras just after midnight on 10 November 2008 in force 4 to 5 winds. Overnight the weather deteriorated and the ship’s speed was reduced. By 1200 the wind had further increased to force 8 to 9 with rough seas. At 1250 the bow thruster room bilge alarm sounded and a number of holes were found in the port side of the bow thruster room shell plating through which water was pouring.