Loss of the Bulk Carrier "MV Christinaki"
3rd February 1994 the
"MV Christinaki" sank in heavy seas during a Force 10
gale south-west of Cork. She had left Liverpool bound for Vera
Cruz (Mexico), carrying scrap iron. There were no survivors.
The BBC made a documentary programme analysing the events which occurred
that night. This is available as a safety training
DVD called "The
Shipping Ltd of Dublin ordered the 26,500-ton ship from the
Govan Yard of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd. She was launched on 29th June 1972 and was originally named "MV Irish
Pine". Completion of the ship took place on 1st February
Changes of ownership brought about changes of name as follows:
1983 "MV Siganto A.S."
1988 "MV Singa Monica"
"MV Norman Hanne"
1991 "MV Hanne"
1992 "MV Christinaki"
It is thought that routine maintenance inspections were
neglected for more than a decade, and this may have contributed to
At the time the ship foundered. she was owned by Demco Maritime
Ltd of Valletta, Malta. The crew of 27 was a mixture of Greek and
of the "MV Christinaki"
"MV Christinaki" took on a cargo of scrap iron at Liverpool
and set sail for Vera Cruz on 2nd February 1994. The following
day the ship was caught in a Force 10 storm in the Atlantic Ocean,
about 240 miles south-west of Cork, with 35ft waves going over
The ship's hold had hatch covers to prevent water flooding into
it during such a storm. However, one of them failed and the
hold took on water.
The crew radioed a distress signal at 16:00 and the last radio
contact was at 16:30. Tragically, the ship sank with the loss of all hands.
about the BBC's
DVD on the loss of the "MV Christinaki" can be found here.
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