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http://www.smh.com.au/text/articles/2004/0...5250864321.html

Ship carrying 4000 cars hits oil tanker, sinks

Date: May 24 2004



A ship carrying 4190 South Korean and Japanese cars sank after colliding with an oil tanker south of Singapore.

The collision between the oil tanker Mt Kaminesan, loaded with 279,949 tonnes of crude oil, and car carrier MV Hyundai No 105 occurred just before midnight on Saturday, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said.

"All the cars sank. But there is no spill [of crude oil] from the tanker," said MPA spokeswoman Theresa Pong.

The MV Hyundai was carrying about 3000 new cars exported by South Korea's largest carmaker, Hyundai and its Kia Motors affiliate, as well as more than 1000 second-hand Japanese cars, the ship operator, Eukor Car Carriers, told Reuters.

The MV Hyundai's crew of 20 - four Koreans and 16 Filipinos - were rescued before the ship sank and there were no injuries to members of either vessel, the authority said.

"Prior to the collision, warnings were given to the two vessels by the MPA's vessel traffic information service. The two vessels also communicated with each other," the statement said.

The Korean carmakers and the Eukor Car Carriers, which chartered the sunken ship from Panama, said they had sustained no financial damages from the accident.

"The exported cars have been paid for already and they are insured for accident," said Jake Jang, a Hyundai Motor spokesman.

The 184-metre-long and 31-metre-wide ship, which was built in 1987, was bound for Germany, carrying such models as the small-sized passenger car Click, sports utility vehicles, Santa Fe and Sorento, for exports to Russia, Finland, Germany and other European countries, Mr Jang said.

Hyundai has stockpiles of those cars, if European dealerships want them to be shipped again, he added.

Carl Hagman, the chief executive of the Eukor Car Carriers, which operates 83 vessels, told Reuters that the doomed ship was insured with Norwegian Hull Club, and damages would be fully compensated.

The MV Hyundai vessel was taken over by Eukor Car Carriers in 2002 from Hyundai Merchant Marine Co.

Port operations and vessel traffic were unaffected in the city-state, one of the world's busiest ports, the statement added. Anti-pollution craft would continue to monitor the area.
Meh... no big loss ;) :rofl:
 

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I bet their insurance rates are going up. :eek:
 

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Speak for yourself N2, I wouldn't mind one of those Sorrentos for a 3rd car.

 

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Hyundai's are nice for the price, but i hate how the advertise their warranty. it may be 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty, but when i went to buy one if you read the fine print the first 5 years covers everything, then the last 5 covers minor stuff.
 

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Thank god for Loyds of London. I hear they are covering the damages. oh well, if you want a free car you know where to go now? he he he... :lol: :p
 

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Too bad the article didn't give cordnets..
 

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I agree N2, there really is no big loss in that. Just a bunch of cheap POS cars. And on top of that, there foreign. :lol2:
 

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Originally posted by Capital Punishment@May 24 2004, 08:13 PM
Thousands of KIA's and hyundais disposed of, and no loss of life? Sounds like a win-win situation to me. :wink:
Exactly. I was reading about an accident around here a few months ago and it mentioned a guy who was killed driving a KIA. Now as you may know, KIA also stands for Killed In Action so what do you expect when you drive a tiny car and get into an accident?

As someone once quoted, the best way to survive an accident in a small car is not to have one. I haven't seen the list of top 10 death cars lately, but I remember cars like the Mustang and Corvette would be one it, you figured someone drove too fast and got killed, then you'd see small cars like the Geo Metro and then you knew they just got into a regular accident with a bigger car and died. Small cars are just death traps in a big car/SUV world.
 

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Originally posted by Capital Punishment@May 24 2004, 08:13 PM
Thousands of KIA's and hyundais disposed of, and no loss of life? Sounds like a win-win situation to me. :wink:
Top it off, every last piece of equipment (ship and cargo) was insured, and, no oil was spilt.

Sometimes the Big Guy is just in for laughs! :lol:

Joe, that's some pretty crazy charts - Mercury has only one extra problem from the vaunted Hondas! And Ford is... uh... :mellow:
 

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Hmmmm. I have a new Grandma Marquis and a Mustang. (In addition to a Sable...)
 

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Originally posted by JasonBVHS@May 24 2004, 04:52 PM
Hyundai's are nice for the price, but i hate how the advertise their warranty. it may be 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty, but when i went to buy one if you read the fine print the first 5 years covers everything, then the last 5 covers minor stuff.
Define irony: Someone on a Ford Taurus website picking apart another manufacturer's warranty coverage. :p
 

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it doesn't matter at all...they're not real cars anyway...real cars have engines...the only thing I feel bad about is all the hamsters drowning in their wheels...

JR
 

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No loss? I see the loss being man hours of construction, raw materials used, energy consumed in production, and a cargo ship. Even if you don't like Kia it's still a huge waste of materials and energy.
 
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