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The end of imported cars

Last Update:2021-06-16 Author:yesauto

[YesAuto 车坛孟料] Everyone doesn't want their car to be damaged, but injuries happen at any time. What do you think is the most weird place in car accidents? Malugou, the wild? You may not believe it. There are some cars in this world that have ended their “life” on the sea. That's right, it's the vast ocean, and there are so many things.

Due to the advantages of cost and transportation volume, sea transportation is still the main method of long-distance international “travel” by car. However, in the long sea journey, there will be occasional problems, the last one was two weeks ago.

On March 10, 2019, the Grande America, a Ro-Ro ship of the Italian Grimaldi Group, caught fire in the Atlantic Ocean between France and Spain and sank to the bottom of the sea on March 12. Fortunately, the 27 people on the ship boarded their lifeboats before the shipwreck and were rescued by the British Royal Navy's Argyll frigate. There were no casualties.

It is understood that the Grande America freighter was rushing from Hamburg, Germany to Casablanca, Morocco at the time of the accident. There were 365 containers on board and dozens of brand-new cars, all of which were to be delivered to Brazilian importers. Among these cars, four Porsche 911 GT2 RSs are also included.

This Porsche “strongest 911”, limited to 1,000 units, ceased production in February this year. For this reason, Porsche had to re-produce four 911 GT2 RSs to these Brazilian customers. In addition to Porsche, Grande America also has dozens of Audi models including RS4 and RS5.

On January 1, 2019, the Merchant Ship Mitsui Freighter Sincerity Ace caught fire on its way from Yokohama Port to Hawaii. The crew abandoned the ship and escaped without controlling the fire. In the end, 16 of the 21 crew members were rescued by a nearby merchant ship. Another 4 people were unfortunately killed and 1 person was missing.

This 200-meter-long car transporter had 6,400 parking spaces and was equipped with 3,500 Nissan cars at the time of the accident. Sincerity Ace did not sink in the end, it was towed back to Japan afterwards, but the car in the ship was no longer usable.

On January 3, 2015, a ro-ro ship named Höegh Osaka left the port of U.K. and sailed to the port of Bremen, Germany, where it will load some more cargo and rush to the next destination. However, less than an hour after leaving the port, the ship tilted. In order to avoid capsizing, the crew took the initiative to run aground on the shallows of the Solent Strait.

The British maritime investigation agency MAIB stated that the reason for the tilt of the Höegh Osaka was the unreasonable distribution of cargo, which resulted in a high center of gravity. The accident did not cause casualties, but some vehicles were damaged. It is reported that there are a total of 1,400 cars on board, including Land Rover, Jaguar, Porsche and Rolls-Royce. These cars belong to different owners such as dealers and private car owners.

19 days after the accident, the Höegh Osaka was “righted” and towed back to the Port of Ampton, where the cars on the ship were unloaded. It can be seen from the pictures that some of the cars remained intact in appearance, but some had serious damage to the body surface.

On December 5, 2012, the car transporter Baltic Ace from Zeebrugge, Belgium to Kotka, Finland was hit by the container ship Corvus J (it proved to be due to human error). The huge impact tore the sideboard of the Baltic Ace, and the 148-meter-long freighter sank into the cold North Sea in just 15 minutes.

The accident killed 5 of the 24 crew members and 6 others were missing. The 1,400 Mitsubishi vehicles on board were sunk to the seabed with the Baltic Ace. As the shipwreck was located on a busy waterway near the Port of Rotterdam, the Baltic Ace was salvaged in March of the following year-after drawing out the remaining fuel in the ship, the hull was cut into 8 sections and salvaged separately. From the cross section of the huge hull, we can also see many Mitsubishi SUV models that have been severely damaged.

On July 23, 2006, the Cougar Ace, a car carrier owned by MOL, was tilted close to 90° when replacing ballast water in the North Pacific Aleutian Islands. (To prevent the invasion of alien species, the United States stipulates that ships must Replace ballast water). The next day, the crew on board was rescued by the US Coast Guard and the Alaska National Guard, and no one was killed.

On August 25, the Cougar Ace was re-erected and towed by a tug to Portland, USA. At the time of the incident, there were 4,812 cars on board, of which 4,703 were Mazda models including Mazda 3, CX-7, MX-5, and RX-8. When inspecting the cargo in the cabin, it was found that despite the tilt for a month, only 41 cars “broke the restraints” and shifted, and the other vehicles were intact.

However, the next statement from Mazda was surprising-due to the long tilt, it is impossible to determine whether the vehicle has a safety-related failure, so all 4703 cars will not be sold as new cars. At the end of the same year, all these Mazdas were scrapped (crushed).

On December 14, 2002, the Tricolor car carrier carrying nearly 3,000 high-end European cars was heading west from Zeebrugge, Belgium. At this time, the Bahamian container freighter Kariba, which was traveling in parallel on the left, was evading the ship ahead. Suddenly turned and hit the Tricolor.

The Tricolor immediately sank to the bottom of the sea. There were no casualties on board, but all the 300 cars on board, including BMW, Volvo and Saab, were “buries” to the bottom of the sea. The overturned Tricolor was lying on its side in the sand on the seabed of 30 meters. The water depth at the shipwreck site was not great, and the picture of the red hull in the light blue water looked a little strange.

As the shipwreck was located on the busy waterway in the northern part of Dunkirk, France, despite the buoys, two ships collided with the sinking Tricolor. For this reason, the French asked for it to be removed. In July 2003, the salvage work began. The salvage crew cut the Tricolor into 9 segments and then salvaged them separately. The entire salvage task was completed in October of the same year.

to sum up:

A “reimbursement” of thousands of vehicles in an accident, except for the tens of thousands of tons of car carriers, I am afraid that no one can do it. The sea is mysterious and unpredictable, and no big wheel can guarantee 100% safety. From this perspective, all imported car owners and friends, please drive and cherish it! (Wang Meng, the home of the car; the picture material comes from the Internet)