Maritime Safety, including Container-Ships

Les grands voiliers transportaient de la soie, du camphre, de la cannelle. Aujourd’hui, les géants des mers transportent du nucléaire en bonbonnes, du chimique en citernes, du gaz en cuves. Ils sont des sites Seveso transocéaniques. Gigantisme, cargaisons dangereuses, pavillons sous-normes, car-ferries poubelles, équipages novices au bout du rouleau ou de la routine : le transport maritime est un cruel pourvoyeur de pertes humaines, le vecteur caché des risques industriels et une source quotidienne de pertes de marchandises en mer.

The Grande America: Safety First

18 Mar 2019

The Grande America, press release n°5.

As an NGO that has been keeping up with the kinetics of high or low intensity oil spills for 30 years, Robin des Bois advises people of good will to not engage in the collection of oil, algae or contaminated solid waste when they reach the shore.

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The Grande America: Grimaldi Lines took too much acid

15 Mar 2019

The Grande America, press release n°4.

Inconsistencies. At his press conference on March 13th 2019, the Atlantic Maritime Prefect stated that, according to the list of hazardous materials communicated to his services by Grimaldi Lines, there were 100 tonnes of hydrochloric acid and 70 tonnes of sulphuric acid [Class 8, corrosive substances] on board.

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The Grande America in the spotlight

15 Mar 2019

Grande America, press release n°3

List and summary description of all the Grande America’s deficiencies as identified by the Port State inspectors since 2010 (pdf). In particular, recurring deficiencies concerning the fire-fighting plans or equipments and non-compliances with the MARPOL Convention for the prevention of pollution at sea should be noted.

The Grande America, practically garbage herself, was carrying waste and was known to empty her garbage cans into the sea.

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The sinking of Grande America

12 Mar 2019

The sinking of Grande America

Grande America, press release n°2

Following the sinking of the Grande America, Robin des Bois hopes that the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture will be provided by the ship-owner Grimaldi with the complete list of cargoes and hazardous material loaded on board the ship. In order to assess the level of danger that is to arise as waste gradually escapes from the wreck, it is important to have accurate information. It is likely that, within a few days, oil and floating waste will disperse at sea and arrive on the French coastline, particularly in southern Brittany, the Pays de la Loire, and Aquitaine. Therefore, it would be reasonable to pre-position pollution response means (Polmar).

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South of Brittany: Grande America ablaze

11 Mar 2019

The container ship and car carrier had left Hamburg and was heading for Casablanca, then Dakar (Senegal), Conakry (Guinea), and Freetown (Sierra Leone). Afterwards, the ship was to carry on towards Brazil. The Grande America is 214 meters long and she flies the Italian flag. Logically, the ship is filled with used cars and a variety of second-hand vehicles, trailers, public work machinery, waste to be recycled, trailers loaded with tires, and containers with dangerous material to be used by West African major development projects or mines.

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2008-2018, maritime and waterway passenger transport: more than 12,000 dead

4 Feb 2019

2008-2018, maritime and waterway passenger transport: more than 12,000 dead

– 272 collisions, shipwrecks and fatal fires

  • Asia : 6610 fatalities
  • Africa : 5014
  • Oceania : 355
  • America : 314
  • Europe : 188

Minimal toll. In most cases, the passenger manifest has disappeared or does not match the reality.

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(Français) Un nouveau porte-conteneurs indésirable

24 Jan 2019

(Français) Un nouveau porte-conteneurs indésirable

Only in French.

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(Français) MSC Zoe, une déroute de la Soie

3 Jan 2019

Only in French.

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(Français) Depuis la Corse jusqu’à Alang

31 Dec 2018

(Français) Depuis la Corse jusqu’à Alang

Only in French.

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(Français) Une cascade de boulettes made in Med

3 Dec 2018

(Français) Une cascade de boulettes made in Med

Only in French.

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