UNION SOUTH PACIFIC - IMO 7234416
|Photographer:||Chris Howell [View profile]||Title:||UNION SOUTH PACIFIC||Added:||Jun 27, 2012|
|Captured:||June 09, 1974||IMO:||7234416||Hits:||2,783|
|Location:||Auckland, New Zealand|
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photo Mike Cornwall
78 TARROS HAZEL - 78 TARROS PAXICON
BU Mamonal 2.6.88
Details of casualty NZ Marine News
The Union Company's Pacific Island trader Union South Pacific found herself in trouble on 7th June 1974, 300 miles north of North Cape on a voyage from Auckland to the islands. An urgency message was sent and this was followed by a general mayday as water rose five feet in the hold. The pumps were unable to cope with the inflow as the lines were apparently blocked and the ship developed a list to port. There was some danger of the situation getting out of control until holes were drilled in the engine room bulkhead, allowing water to flow aft into the engineroom where it could be pumped out. The Whangarei tug Parahaki
went to her assistance and relieved the Hogarth Bulk carrier Baron Renfrew which had been standing by.
The Union South Pacific arrived in Auckland 9th June and discharged her cargo to try to determine the cause, thought possibly to be leaking steel hatch covers.
She was on charter for five years 1973-1978 to Union SS
|Vessel type:||Ro-ro/container Carrier|
|Gross tonnage:||1,593 tons|
|Summer DWT:||1,890 tons|
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You are right Brian
Owned by Sea Containers Chartering Limited, London and managed by James B.Sherwood.
Entered service with Union SS in May 1973 and re-delivered at Singapore in March 1978.
Her ISO capacity was 77, a far cry from the Maersk and MSC ships on the coast now.
She ran on a 14 day cycle from Auckland to Fiji, American and Western Samoa and Tonga.
As I remember it, this ship was bareboat chartered to Union Steamship by Sea Containers. It was one of Sea Containers' 'Tarros' ships |
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Can tell you that the hatch covers were leaking because debris, bolts etc had not been cleared when the hatch was closed and therefore did not seal,and in heavy weather water poured in.
Containers of cement in the bottom solidified and caused all sorts of problems to discharge.
Once all was repaired she set sail again, only to have a steering failure and hit an anchored ship in the harbour. she returned to the berth less than an hour after sailing with a smashed up lifeboat.
Then had to go to Sydney for repairs.