On 27 March 2001, the container carrier the CMA CGM Normandie was
travelling from Malaysia to Indonesia at 22 knots, with a cargo
of 3,312 containers (31,364 tonnes) onboard, when she hit a coral
reef in the Strait of Malacca, 6 miles from Singapore. Ballast plating
and roofs were torn. Two holds were completely flooded. The stern
of the ship faced water leaks through cable channels, particularly
in the machine compartment.
The cause of the accident lies essentially on the fact the CMA CGM Normandie strayed from its path to the right-hand side of the channel to pass slower ships. The Singaporean maritime control centre tried for nearly two hours to make contact with the ship, in order to indicate it was heading in the wrong direction. The two French officers, including the commanding officer, were on the bridge, and therefore did not hear the call.
The ship was not refloated until 22 April, more than 60 days after the accident. Fortunately, there was no noticeable pollution. For more details about the accident, see “le Marin” from 5 October 2001 and “le Journal de la Marine Marchande” from 12 October 2001.
Name: CMA CGM Normandie
Date: 27 March 2001
Accident area: strait of Malacca, with 6 miles from Singapour
Cause of spill: grounding
Quantity transported: 31,364 tonnes
Ship type: container ship
Last update: 28/06/2011