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.