hazardous weather at sea

Predicting wind direction and strength by reading a weather chart

Weather charts, also known as surface pressure or synoptic charts, provide useful information on weather and sea conditions. Safe Skipper’s Simon Jollands recommends to mariners to always study weather charts and estimate how the weather is likely to evolve in the area they plan to sail in.

Arctic conditions delay salvage operation for trawler until 2020

The removal of the Northguider trawler that grounded in early 2019, in a in the Hinlopen Strait, has been postponed for next year as announced by the Norwegian Coastal Administration, as the salvage company found out that the grounded vessel suffered more damage than what they initially expected. 

NOAA: What forms a hurricane

NOAA focuses on the phenomenon of hurricanes and explains what they are, how they are formed and how they occur, given their effects can lead to serious and fatal disruptions. When wind speeds within such a storm reach 74 mph, it’s classified as a hurricane.

5 safety tips for coping with waves and wind

HM Coastguard provides tips and information on how people can deal with ‘wind and waves’ and be safe, given that the previous weekend the UK was expecting ‘high tides and extra large waves’.

1 killed, 3 injured onboard ferry due to rough weather

Grimaldi Group’s ro-ro ferry was sailing towards Porto Torres, when it experienced rough weather conditions, resulting to one seafarers being killed and three more being injured onboard the ro/ro Euroferry Malta vessel.

SOCAR evacuates offshore workers because of weather conditions

Azerbaijan’s state-owned oil company, SOCAR, has evacuated 500 offshore workers in the Caspian Sea, because of the awaited severe weather conditions. Yet, BP continued its operations at its Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli offshore project, despite the weather conditions.

Hurricane Dorian: Condition ‘Yankee’ for Port of Jacksonville, Fernandina

Effective 8 a.m. Monday, the US Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition Yankee for the Port of Jacksonville and Fernandina and all other terminals and facilities due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds of generated by Hurricane Dorian that is expected to land in the area by Wednesday.

Marine safety tips in light of hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian, in line with the forecasts, reached Category 4 designation and is now considered as the strongest storm of the Atlantic hurricane season so far. The Hurricane made landfall near Elbow Cay and then at Marsh Harbour, a yachting destination in the Abaco chain of islands. 

Tanker on anchorage runs aground because of a category 2 typhoon

In September’s monthly scenario, the Swedish club reports of a tanker that was run aground because of the typhoon. The vessel was anchored off an Asian port when a category 2 typhoon led to the wind increasing to more than Beaufort scale 12. The crew abandoned the vessel, while there were no injuries or pollution reported. 

Four crewmembers severely injured when wave breaks over the vessel

As the National Sea Rescue Institute reports, a breaking wave is said to have injured four Filipino crewmen onboard a bulk carrier that was approaching Port Elizabeth. The wave broke over the vessel at sea off-shore of the vicinity of Port Edward on Tuesday, August 6.

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