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Thorco cargo ship runs aground in French Polynesia

In the morning hours of 23 June, the ship, owned by the Danish shipping company Thorco Projects, was underway in the South Pacific, heading from Baltimore, US, to Hobart, Australia, when she encountered an engine trouble and ran aground on Raroia atoll, in French Polynesia.

Swedish Club: Slower engines require less operating costs

The Swedish Club suggests vessel operators to always look to the long term, when deciding what type of engines to install across the fleet. Latest statistics from the Club show that vessels propelled by medium/high speed engines have a claims frequency 2.5 times higher than slow speed engines, with an average claims cost close to $650,000.

Probable causes of main engine damage onboard ‘Chodziez’

MSIU issued a report analyzing the probable causes of the main engine damage on the RoRo cargo ship ‘Chodziez’, while en route from Oran, Algeria, to Marseille, France, in March 2017. The investigation concluded that the oil mist alarm was triggered by a mist of oil, which was generated by a hot spot, following the failure of the bearing shells.

Do’s and Don’ts for fire safety on ferries

The Standard P&I Club issued a master’s guide to raise awareness of fire risks on ferries. This type of ship presents particular risks due to the cargo onboard: Cars, lorries and refrigerated containers, all of these have combustible material and their own fire hazards, something which a ship’s crew cannot easily control. 

Workboat’s engine stops working because of fuel contamination

While a workboat was trying to conduct a transfer operation, its engine stopped working. Despite the fact that the crew made several attempts to restart it, they were all unsuccessful. An investigation showed that the fuel in the tank was contaminated because of water condensation causing a bacteria buildup.

CHIRP releases new video on dangerous practices when working aloft

CHIRP released its latest video, in which it focuses on reports about dangerous practices when working aloft, and others referring to leisure vessels and ship design, as well as problems faced by pilots during their duties. Namely, in the video, CHIRP presents three cases.

Bulk carrier suffers explosion off Oregon

The 653-foot bulk carrier ‘Federal Iris’ with 21 crew members aboard, suffered an explosion, 120 miles west of the Columbia River entrance, after main diesel engine components malfunctioned onboard, Thursday.

MOL Prestige fire extinguished

The containership ‘MOL Prestige’, had suffered an engine fire and was adrift 207nm southwest of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. The fire has now been extinguished, as the ship’s manager, MOL, informed. The ship was carrying a total of 23 crewmembers. Two of them were transported for medical care, while in total, five are believed to have sustained injuries.

MOL containership suffers engine fire off Canada

After receiving a distress call about the accident, Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in cooperation with the Canadian Coastu Guard deployed an aircraft and a helicopter on the scene, rescuing two injured crewmembers, and transported them to receive medical care. ‘CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier’ was also deployed, but according to information it is still enroute.

Engine failure, lack of information sharing lead to grounding

In November 2016, the fully-laden bulk carrier ‘Nenita’ was outbound on the Columbia River, when it suffered an engine failure impacting its ability to maneuver. The vessel subsequently ran aground at Three Tree Point on the Washington State side of the river, damaging its bulbous bow and hull.

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