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R/V Petrel publishes photos of wrecked USS Wasp

The crew of Paul Allen’s research vessel, the R/V Petrel discovered the American wrecked aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV7), which was sank in 1942 after being fatally damaged by Japanese torpedoes. After several AUV dives Petrel found it in 14,000 feet of water, miles from the best estimate of its final position. 

Burning con/ro finally sinks in Bay off Biscay

The Italian con/ro ‘Grande America’ that caught fire, finally sank, on March 12, in the Bay of Biscay at a position about 180 nm off the coast of France. The vessel that was on fire forced all its crew members to abandon it and seek for help.

US Navy rescues 26 migrants off Florida

On March 8, the crew of the US Navy destroyer USS James E. Williams helped rescue 26 people from a vessel in distress 48 miles southeast of Long Key attempting to illegally enter the United States. The US Coast Guard received a notification from a good Samaritan boat reporting for a 30-foot disabled wooden sail vessel with passengers waiving for help.

Japanese fast ferry said to collide with whale, 80 injured

A Japanese fast ferry is said to have been collided with a whale on March 9, off the coast of Sado Island, Japan, resulting to passengers’ injury. Japan Coast Guard and operator Sado Steam Ship believe that the object was a ‘marine animal,’ possibly a whale. 

USCG saves 15 passengers from stricken catamaran off Lanai

Good Samaritan vessels and a U.S. Coast Guard boat crew rescued 15 passengers from a catamaran after it struck a rock off Lanai and began to take on water. There were no injuries or pollution reported. Sector Honolulu got a call in distress from a passenger catamaran Kaulana. The vessel reported to have been struck a rock off Manele Bay while under way from Lanai to Maui. 

Saudi tanker hits Taiwanese navy frigate in Keelung port

The Taiwanese navy will seek compensation after a Saudi Arabian-flagged oil/chemical tanker ‘NCC Sama’ hit one of its frigates, in the harbor of Keelung in the morning hours of Saturday. The NCC Sama was entering port at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, when it hit the ‘Ning Yang’ frigate FF-938 in the middle of its port side.

Watch: Con/ro catches fire off Finistère

The Italian con/ro ‘Grande America’ caught fire, approximately 140 nm off Finistère, forcing all 27 members of her crew to abandon ship, on March 10. After being informed  by the captain that the vessel was on fire, the Royal Navy diverted to the scene to provide assistance. Although no one from the crew was injured, some required hospital treatment. 

46 fishermen rescued from ice floe in Lake Erie

The US Coast Guard and local agencies rescued 46 ice fishermen from an ice floe that broke free near Catawba Island, in western Lake Erie, Saturday. An additional estimated 100 people were able to self-rescue themselves from the ice floe either by swimming or walking on ice-bridges.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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