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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The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the grounding of bulk carrier ‘Kuzma Minin’ in Falmouth Bay, in December 2018. The report highlights the unexpected pressures caused during salvage efforts due to the vessel’s lack of P&I insurance.
The Swedish Club in its August monthly safety scenario focuses on a large container vessel that was sailing on a SE course in the North Atlantic, bound for a European port. While sailing the weather got worse and the wind reached Beaufort scale 9, resulting to 7-metre waves. The vessel was hit on its starboard side, causing heavy rolling. The maximum rolling was 20o to starboard and 30o to port.
The Independent Container Line (ICL) announced to its customers that it leaves it UK call from Liverpool to Southampton to enhance its schedule reliability, because the winter weather resulted to service delays every year.
The Nautical Institute issued its June edition of The navigator focusing on weather as a critical factor for safe navigation. The weather can make the difference between a prosperous or loss-making voyage, can cause injury to crew and passengers and can even lead to the loss of a ship.
According to the Sri Lanka Navy, a vessel was in distress due to rough weather conditions. General Manager of the Marine Environment Protection Authority Dr. P.B. Turney Pradeep Kumarsa informed that the vessel was washed up ashore.
The non-essential personnel, who were evacuated from the Gulf of Mexico platforms ahead the Tropical Storm Barry, are now returning to their platforms as flights and normal crew-change activities are resuming, Shell informed.
NOAA launched an infographic providing tips and information on safe boating, given that many are the accidents taking place at sea. Safety, despite the measures taken, also comes when one is informed about the weather, according to the National Weather System. Weather can cause many accidents, keeping in mind that many have been the casualties when weather conditions have resulted to injuries and fatalities.
Three people died and two were rescued after a catamaran capsized in heavy seas off Newcastle, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) informed after completing search and rescue operations. A total of five people were onboard at the time, including a teenage girl.
According to NOAA’s National Hurricane Centres, the first hurricane of the season is expected to pass over the US Gulf of Mexico, and it is possible to make landfall in Louisiana or Texas. The hurricane is expected to pass through the centre of America’s oil and gas industry.
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