On January 10, the Captain and crew of the M/V Sunda, recovered from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, a skipper along with a family of four members because of engine malfunction of their sailing boat.
A total of 67 domestic commercial vessel incidents were reported to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in December 2019. Of these, 11 were serious. Reporting of casualties plays an important part for AMSA to improve maritime safety on Australian waters.
Fire broke out on the wreck of the ro-ro Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound on January 19. When the fire started contractors were contacting welding operations inside the ship. Luckily, the fire was contained within the hull and was quickly put out by the contractor’s fireboat.
UK MAIB recently published its investigation report, focusing on a roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) passenger vessel which rolled heavily due to very rough seas and winding conditions. Namely, ferry’s cargo sifted and caused damage to the vehicles onboard.
Following the incident of collision between a fishing vessel and a chemical tanker, the USCG issued an update informing of the suspension of search and rescue operations for the two fishermen missing and reporting of a spill that has been observed on the scene.
On January 14, firefighters in Coos Bay, Oregon saved three fishermen who got trapped in the hull of a capsized fishing boat. The vessel had washed up on the north jetty of the Coos Bay bar.
The French Navy’s maritime search and rescue centre assisted the medevac of a crewmember onboard the CMA CGM Otello vessel, after an eye injury, and transferred them to a maritime medical consultation centre.
In fact, the UK MAIB recently issued its investigation report for the accident on the then UK-flagged container ship CMA CGM G. Washington while it was experiencing very heavy seas in the North Pacific Ocean during its passage from Xiamen, China to Los Angeles, USA.
As misdeclared cargo continues causing fires onboard, the digital freight forwarder iContainers, highlighted that the shipping industry needs to pay attention to this increased issue. Namely during the last two years, has been noticed a growing number of container fires coming from shipper’s misdeclared dangerous cargoes.
A massive explosion took place at a petrochemical plant in Zhuhai, China, on January 14. After the explosion a massive fireball surrounded the petrochemical plant.
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