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Photographer:Capt. Jan Melchers [View profile]Title:Energy ConcentrationAdded:Nov 21, 2012
Captured:September 09, 1980IMO:7007198Hits:20,920
Location:Rotterdam, Netherlands
Photo Category: Casualties
Broke her back 22.07.1980 while discharging her cargo at Europoort,Rotterdam and the forward and after ends touched bottom.
10.08.1980 was towed to Rotterdam for examination at the Verolme yard. She was cut in two and sold to Eckhardt & Co.
The forepart has been sold to Brodospas and left Rotterdam 23.01.1981 bound in tow for Split. The afterpart is reported
sold to Spanish breakers at Barcelona. The forepart arrived Split 16.02.81.
The afterpart arrived Barcelona 16.04.1981 for demolition by Desguaces Cataluna who began work 11.05.1981.
(From Marine News 1980/81)
Vessel Identification
Name:Energy Concentration
Technical Data
Vessel type:Tanker
Gross tonnage:98,894 tons
Summer DWT:215,675 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1970
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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mooringman on Sep 20, 2013 00:26 (5 years ago)
I saw her like this in Rotterdam passing with another vessel. Great picture!
Katrine on Apr 04, 2013 10:10 (5 years ago)
Thank you so much!
Bjørn Knudsen on Apr 03, 2013 21:30 (5 years ago)
Energy Concentration - IMO 7007198
Maybe you know it already.
Katrine on Apr 03, 2013 20:46 (5 years ago)
I'm writing a short report of the casualty - I have been trying to find more information on what happened but unfortunately, all I`ve found is what is said here and in an news paper from 1980. Can someone please explain in a bit more detail what happened to her? Understand the crew was unloading her incorrectly, she hogged and broke in two. How were they unloading her incorrectly and what happened to the crew after the incident? Thank you so much for all help!! =)
Tonga on Feb 19, 2013 19:28 (5 years ago)
An excellent shot of her, and one that I had not seen before. Phil has made a very valid point, and it was indeed not one of the Owners' finest moments.
REG on Feb 17, 2013 16:21 (5 years ago)
"Caused by the sheer incompetence of the crew, who discharged the tanks completely in the wrong order, causing the ship to "hog" and break its back."

I worked as an officer on tankers in those days, and I know that it was critically important to maintain proper weight distribution during loading and discharging. However, personnel were also under a lot of pressure to get the job done as quickly as possible, both in order to free up the busy tanker berths for the next ship waiting her turn, and to return their own tankers to sea as quickly as possible, in order for the owners more money. In addition, while I had the advantage of having taken an advanced course in tanker operations, I know that many of the officers operating flag-of-convenience tankers never had any such training, because the tanker owners simply didn't want to incur the expense that such training entailed.
Mohammed Alhassan on Jan 13, 2013 08:02 (5 years ago)
I really appriciate this picture and the one by Pekonius, they were very useful to me at a recent salvage argument. Interestingly, my meeting was with another Capt Jan. Thanks Jan Melchers
Thomas Labash on Dec 03, 2012 16:26 (6 years ago)
Great photo. I had the chance to meet the Captain of this vessel a few years after the accident. He was a very nice man. I also had the chance to read the official report of the accident investigation. The owner of the ship would have been happy to say goodbye to this ship given the state of the tanker market when this event happened.
Patagualino on Nov 22, 2012 15:04 (6 years ago)
Thanks for the humour in this otherwsie sad incident.
OK,I stand corrected! But being wise after the event....etc
My point was that the bigger the ship the greater the scale of loss, whatever the cause, human error, design, natural causes et al. But when deadlines have to be met then errors are more likely, sadly, all too often leading to the loss of life.

Pilot Frans on Nov 22, 2012 10:12 (6 years ago)
I can remember this very well she was shifted from Europoort to Botlek. I was only 9 years (far before I starting to make shippictures). We specially went there to see this huge crached vessel, although it was my brothers birthday.

Thanks for posting,
Frans Sanderse

dedge on Nov 22, 2012 09:46 (6 years ago)
As samson46 said, this accident was caused by sheer incompetence, partially exacerbated by changing the port rotation. To suggest that the Derbyshire catastrophe was similar is insulting to those who died with her. The Derbyshire sank largely because the forces incurred by hatch lids in heavy weather were not properly understood prior to her loss.
Phil English on Nov 22, 2012 09:20 (6 years ago)
How ridiculous to say that 'greed leads to great losses'. As explained in another comment, this incident was caused by the incompetence of the crew. It had nothing to do with the size or the condition of the ship, nor the condition of the owner's bank balance!
Large vessels are built for economies of scale. The shipping markets are cyclical and profits can be tight in a poor market. Profit and economy does not equal greed!
jadran on Nov 22, 2012 08:34 (6 years ago)
:-) IGS = Inert Gas System
davehay on Nov 22, 2012 08:23 (6 years ago)
Excuse my ignorance but what is IGS?
Daniel Bérubé on Nov 22, 2012 02:45 (6 years ago)
Right after the incident,they changed her name to STRESS CONCENTRATION just like what we encounter when studying strength of materials...
samson46 on Nov 22, 2012 01:40 (6 years ago)
Caused by the sheer incompetence of the crew, who discharged the tanks completely in the wrong order, causing the ship to "hog" and break its back. Fortunately, IGS was fitted: otherwise it would probably have exploded as well!
Graham Moore on Nov 22, 2012 00:58 (6 years ago)
I know the feeling. I arrive Amsterdam, my luggage arrives Paris. Just for once we can't blame Ryanair for this one though.
Dеnis on Nov 21, 2012 23:35 (6 years ago)
"The forepart arrived Split, the afterpart arrived Barcelona"

So she was the longest ship in history.
Captain Ted on Nov 21, 2012 23:25 (6 years ago)
typical pic of the 80,s where ships could not get big enough and then they broke,,will see when the first big boxers goes and everyone acting surprised,,WHY ?
Robert Smith on Nov 21, 2012 23:03 (6 years ago)
Yes Jan, I remember her well. Too much energy concentrated on the midships section whilst discharging ....LOL
John Jones on Nov 21, 2012 22:58 (6 years ago)
Capt. Melchers,
Another historic shot. Thanks for all the recent postings of 'oldies', they are certainly appreciated. At least by myself!
Best Regards
John J.
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