US NTSB published its report on the allision of the container ship ‘Helsinki Bridge’, with the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal on December 6, 2017. According to the report, the Massachusetts Port Authority did not provide proper berthing arrangements during ongoing construction at the Conley Container Terminal.
The Norwegian Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) released its preliminary report for the collision of the Norwegian frigate ‘KNM Helge Ingstad‘, which collided with the oil tanker ‘Sola TS’ off Bergen, Norway, on 8 November 2018. The warship sustained significant damage and sank a few days later.
The US Coast Guard medevaced a 49-year-old captain from a motor vessel, approximately eight miles offshore of Galveston, Texas, on December first. According to the crew, the captain was presenting symptoms of heart attack.
According to IMCA, seamen made a complaint to the Chief Officer regarding the quality of the grinding discs. Namely, the discs only grinded one spot before disintegrating and pieces were flying. The discs looked like a normal grinding disc, but also bore the text ‘cutting’, leading to the conclusion that they were cutting discs.
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board released its report about the heavy rolling of the ‘MV Epsilon’, on February 8, 2016, while it was sailing from Cherbourg in France. As a result, ten passengers and two crew members got injured. The senior Master was of the view that the vessel could outrun the weather.
The rescue boat ‘Idar Ulstein’ drove on land due to high speed, at Sunnmøre, Norway, on November 29. The boat had three people on board during the incident, all of whom are not injured seriously, while local media report that there has been an oil spill.
The LNG tanker ‘Grand Elena’ hit a berth at Russia’s Sakhalin Energy project, carrying 145,000 cubic metres of LNG. The accident took place on November 27 and it is not clear when the ship will leave the port. The production was not affected, while an investigation into the in incident is ongoing.
The US warship USS John S. McCain was successfully launched from dry dock and moored pierside at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, on 27 November. The ship entered dry dock at the Navy’s Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka in February, to undergo repairs from the damage it sustained in a major collision with a merchant ship in August 2017.
Two crew members have reportedly suffered second-degree burns on the cruise ship ‘Norwegian Escape’, while the ship was underway off North Carolina, according to data provided by the US Coast Guard. The USCG medevaced the two crewmen, approximately 24 miles southeast of Atlantic Beach, on Monday evening.
Maritime NZ, New Zealand’s maritime safety agency, is seeking a compensation of $812,500 for the family of a Filipino seafarer who lost his life from a gas cylinder explosion onboard the cruise ship ‘Emerald Princess’ in February 2017.
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