Gatvol (ˈxʌtˌfɒl) is a commonly used South African term meaning “fed up” or “I have had it up to here”.. This is seems to be the mood in the Hapag Lloyd camp as they recently announced hefty fines for misdeclaration of dangerous goods..
2019 seems to be fast becoming the year of maritime disasters.. There have been several maritime disasters one after the other in the recent years, especially in 2019.. In the latest incident on the 25th of May, a fire broke out on board a container ship KMTC Hong Kong, at the Laem Chabang port in Thailand..
It has been reported that a fire erupted on the ship triggering a blast which left at least 25 workers suffering from smoke inhalation and other injuries, forcing officials to evacuate workers and temporarily close three piers..
Barely a day into the new year, 2019 has already claimed its first casualty in terms of containers lost at sea..
MSC Zoe, a 396m long containership capable of carrying 19,224 TEU was the unfortunate ship which got caught in heavy seas between Vlieland, Netherlands and the German Bight in the North Sea on New Year’s Day as per the Dutch Coastguard..
Although the exact number is to be verified, the coastguard is indicating that as much as 270 odd containers may have gone overboard in tough weather conditions..