Taking lives of over 1,000 people, the sinking of the RoRo ferry Al-Salam Boccaccio 98 remains a good example of study as poor emergency procedures resulted to deaths of over 1,000 people and spurred widespread criticism of the crew, as well as the owner company.
After the Ro-Ro cargo ship ‘Eurocargo Trieste’ caught fire off Tuscany, on November the 21st, an inspection took place by technicians of the Harbour Office, to investigate the incident. The inspection found various anomalies, and the vessels was seized in Livorno on November 23rd.
A working Group including CINS (Cargo Incident Notification System), Classification Societies, and coordinated by ABS launched a report providing safety considerations to ship operators, cargo carriers and port personnel when dealing with stowage of dangerous goods.
The National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) issued an accident report on a fire that took place on the fishing vessel “Jeanette” which at the time of the incident was pier side at the American Samoa Government (ASG) container facility in the Port of Pago Pago, Tutuila Island, American Samoa, with 18 crewmembers and one shoreside vessel representative on board.
Fire erupted on board the Greek-flagged carrier ‘Ore Sudbury’, in Guaiba, Brazil, on November 22. As the Hellenic Coast informed, due to the fire, the Captain died, while the rest of the crew are reported as safe. No pollution has been noticed neither.
A fire took place in the engine room of the Grimaldi-owned Ro-Ro cargo ship, Eurocargo Trieste, on November the 21st. The incident took place while the vessel was transiting off the coast of Tuscany. No injuries were reported, and the fire was put out.
Eleven sailors suffered minor injuries after a fire broke out late Thursday in the cargo hold of the amphibious warship USS Iwo Jima, while the ship was in maintenance at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. The fire broke out about 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, when sailors onboard reported smoke in a cargo hold.
A fire erupted onboard the Sierra Leone-flagged bulk carrier Yong Shun in the morning hours of Thursday while the ship was underway about 6 nautical miles south of Vung Tau Vietnam. The ship was en route from Hong Kong to Phu My, Vietnam at the time of the incident.
Following the fatal incident of the dive boat “Conception”, the wife of one of the victims filled a lawsuit against operator Truth Aquatics in connection with the fatal fire aboard the vessel on September 2. The vessel burned and sank on September resulting to the loss of all 33 passengers and one crewmember.
Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report on a fatality and another serious injury of two crew members onboard the Maltese registered bulk carrier MV Balgarka, while involved in repairs in dry-docking at the Bulyard Shipyard, Bulgaria, in October 2018.
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