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USCG proceeds to formal investigation on capsized fishing vessel

The US Coast Guard, announced on January 16, the official marine casualty investigation of the fishing vessel Mary B I, which capsized off Newport, Oregon on January 9. The capsized vessel led to three fishermen loosing their lives, according to the Coast Guard’s statement. 

Captain hits dinghy with his ferry over parking quarrel

The Bournemouth Crown Court has started trial over a crash incident in Poole Harbour, southern England, September 2017, when the Captain of the 50ft-long ferry ‘Maid of Poole’ reportedly crashed on purpose on a dinghy, injuring the driver, over a parking row. 

Livestock carrier runs aground off Turkey

The livestock carrier Wardeh, which was anchored off Mersin, Turkey, drifted aground on January 15, because of a storm. Due to the storm, the city waterfront was flooded as well. At the time of the incident, the ship was carrying two crewmembers, who the Turkish Coast Guard is trying to evacuate them.

Close quarter situation caused Doris collision with fishing vessel

Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report on the collision of the Maltese-registered bulk carrier ‘Doris’ with the fishing vessel ‘Zhe Xiang Yu 24005’, in January 2018. The report identified as a key cause the close quarter situation developing to an extent that it could not be recovered.

Ineffective communication leads to bulk carrier grounding

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its investigation report about the grounding of the bulk carrier SBI Carioca near the Port of Belledune in Chaleur Bay, New Brunswick, on October 2017. Conflicting information and ineffective communication led to the 2017 grounding.

Pipelay vessel sinks after collision with tanker off Singapore

On January 13, the pipelay vessel Star Centurion capsized and partially sank in the Singapore Strait after a collision with a product tanker. All 22 crewmembers evacuated safely, and no casualties were reported. The collision took place at an anchorage off Bintan Island, Indonesia, near the eastern entrance to the strait. No pollution or injuries have been reported from either vessel.

Fire-hit Maersk Honam to be shipped to Hyundai Heavy for rebuilding

The ultra large container ship ‘Maersk Honam’ is to be shipped to South Korea for rebuilding, nine months after she sustained a major fire resulting in five fatalities. The heavy-lift vessel Xin Guan Hua wil transport the 228.5-meter-long sound section, from midship to stern, to Hyundai Heavy Industries.

Two additional tugs to assist Yantian Express

After a fire broke out on the the deck of the Yantian Express, on 3 January, Hapag Lloyd informed that a decision was made to evacuate the crew. The fire is under control and two additional tugs were sent to assist the vessel. The newly-added tugs are the DonJon-owned Atlantic Enterprise and the Boskalis AHTS Sovereign, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Navy divers find Lion Air voice recorder

Indonesian Navy divers have found a cockpit voice recorder from the Lion Air plane that crashed into the sea off Jakarta on October 29, 2018. After the accident, an underwater search was conducted, involving 30 divers. The divers found the recorder under 26 feet of mud, in approximately 100 feet of water by using a ‘ping locator’.

Sewol survivors to receive $71,000 in compensation

A South Korean district court ordered the state and ferry operator Chonghaejin Marine to compensate the survivors of the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster. It decided that each of the 20 survivors should be given $71,000 in compensation for psychological trauma.


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