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Fire erupts on another Maersk container ship

A fire in a cargo hold was reported onboard the ‘Maersk Kensington’, on Thursday evening, while the ship was en route from Salalah, Oman, towards Suez. All 26 crew members are safe and accounted for and the fire is reported to be contained. The cause of the container fire is currently unknown.

Helicopter pilot crashes off Port Hedland, Australia

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority received a report that a helicopter had crashed into the water about 35 kilometres north of Port Hedland in Western Australia, and is currently conducting a search in that area. The EC-135 helicopter, had two people onboard, was heading to the bulk carrier MV Squireship to collect a marine pilot.

Effective use of CO2 firefighting limited fire spread on ‘Honor’

On 24 February 2017, ‘Honor’ was underway in the English Channel, when a fire broke out in the upper vehicle deck. The fire was extinguished by the crew using the vessel’s CO2 fixed firefighting system. The accident resulted in one injury and extensive damage, of more than $700,000, to the Honor’s hold as well its cargo.

UK MAIB: ‘Saga Sky’ should not have proceed in heavy weather

On 20 November 2016 at about 0850, the general cargo ship Saga Sky collided with the rock carrying barge Stema Barge II, approximately 2 miles off the south coast of the UK, as a result from adverse weather conditions created by Storm Angus. As a consequence, 2 subsea power cables were severed. The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the accident.

Maersk Line declares General Average after Maersk Honam fire

Maersk Line notified that after the fire at “Maersk Honam” berthing and discharging operations will result in high extraordinary costs and decided to declare General Average. Maersk Line has not yet confirmed when and where their vessel will be berthed and discharged.

Two missing after towboat sinks in Mississippi

The US Coast Guard announced it suspended its search for two people that went missing, after the vessel they were aboard sank in the vicinity of mile marker 90.5 on the Mississippi River near New Orleans on Monday. Local forces searched about 101 square nautical miles for over 43 hours and found no signs of the men.

Crewman missing after falling overboard in Virginia

The missing 33-year-old crewman of the cargo ship ‘Lara Venture’ was last seen at about 2:10 a.m., Tuesday, when he reportedly fell overboard near Cape Charles, Virginia. The US Coast Guard has suspended its search, after covering about 112 square miles for 12 hours.

Spanish cargo ship remains aground off Lisbon for over a week

The Spanish-flagged cargo ship ‘Betanzos’ has been stuck in a sandbank off the port of Lisbon for more than a week, after grounding on 6 March, local media reported. The 118-meter cargo ship ran aground in the early hours of last Tuesday, after suffering a power failure, while leaving the Lisbon docks heading for Casablanca, Morocco.

Operational incidents show a decline in cruise industry

G. P. Wild Limited published a report, after CLIA wanted to determine the reliability of cruise ships from the perspective of analyzing the number and type of operational incidents during cruises. The study analyzed the levels of fatality that happened in the ocean going cruise industry over the years 2009 to 2016.


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