hazardous weather at sea

Explaining High Seas Forecasts

NOAA’s High Seas Forecasts are weather forecasts and data transmitted around the world in real- and near-real-time. These forecasts are aiming to make navigation safer, especially considering the fact that for centuries not much could be done to make shipping safe, because of weather unpredictability.

IMarEST launches survey on the effects of extreme weather on seafarers

IMarEST, in light of its partnership with the ‘Navigating a Changing Climate (NaCC)’ initiative, announced the launch of a survey aiming to explore the effects of the extreme weather events on seaports and inland ports. The survey aims to get a better insight into the consequences and the costs that arise after accidents from extreme weather.

Singapore’s Court decision on three vessels’ collision not clear

Britannia P&I Club focuses on a recent Court decision concerning two related collisions involving three vessels. The three ships were anchored at the Western Petroleum B Anchorage off Singapore. Because of rough winds, all three vessels collided before their anchors regained holding of the situation.

National Hurricane Centre provides info on East Pacific Ocean forecast zones

TAFB, the National Hurricane Centre’s Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch, published a detailed five-day marine weather forecasts concerning the offshore waters of Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Ecuador. The new areas reflect an unprecedented increase in predicted lead-time and detail. Such improvements should promote better decision making by ship captains and crew in hurricane-prone waters.

Class action lawsuit made against Viking Cruises for Viking Sky

Maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman informed that they have filed a Class Action lawsuit against Viking Cruises regarding the Viking Sky incident where the cruise ship stranded off the Coast of Norway, raising the need for hundreds of passengers had to be evacuated by helicopter.

US Mississippi river has less traffic due to high water

High water on the US Mississippi river keeps on reducing shipping traffic, in light of the flood warning still in effect for river areas north of St Louis, Missouri, limiting the size of tows in New Orleans, Louisiana and making the discharge conditions of import vessels difficult, reports ICIS author, Lane Kelley.

Rogue waves occur less, but become more extreme

The University of Southampton along with the National Oceanography Centre launched a study according to which rogue waves are occurring less often, but becoming more extreme. In the largest study of its kind, scientists analysed 20 years of observations from buoys situated along America’s western seaboard.

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