MSC Flaminia

Giant container ship that mysteriously but apparently spectacularly caught fire and/or exploded. Then, also spectacularly, she was towed across the ocean with a giant hole in her middle yet didn’t sink. According to her manifest, and manifestly, the Flaminia had been carrying hazardous materials, so many ports refused to allow the damaged ship to dock for repairs. Finally she was accepted by the new JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven, where cleanup will be long and difficult.


Sheet piling walls, which can be used as retaining walls to hold back earth and/or water. They are what suffered the Schlosssprengung (“lock popping”) failure during construction of the new JadeWeserPort.

(SHPOONT vont.)


Type of wall failure that caused one of the more serious and expensive (EUR 75 million) delays in the construction of the new JadeWeserPort. Basically, the lock pieces connecting the retaining wall sheets were popping loose.

(Shloss shprrrreng oong.)


The Jade-Weser port, which recently opened in Wilhelmshaven. Jointly built by Bremen and Lower Saxony, this is Germany’s only deep-water port (18 meters deep) and will be accessible to giant oceangoing container vessels even at low tide. This is the first entirely planned German port that didn’t grow and accrete for hundreds of years.

The true competition, Rotterdam, has a port that’s 20 meters deep.

(YAH deh VAY zerr PORT.)

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