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Cargo ship sinks off Turkey, 8 crew missing

Dry cargo ship Vera sank in a storm one mile off the coast of the Black Sea A dry cargo ship sank off the Black Sea coast of Turkey Tuesday and eight members of the 11-strong Polish crew were missing, Turkish media said.The Cambodian-registered dry cargo ship Vera was sailing from Russia to the Turkish Aegean port of Aliaga and sank in a storm one mile off the coast of the Black Sea port of Zonguldak, CNN Turk said.Three members of the crew were saved and taken to hospital, the television channel said, but coast guards and police were still searching for the eight others.Turkey has been hit by extreme weather and snow storms over the past week. There were gale warnings Tuesday for parts of the Marmara, Black Sea and Aegean, a shipping agent said.The Bosphorus Straits, a key shipping route passing through the city of Istanbul, was closed to all vessels Tuesday because of poor visibility caused by a snowstorm, coast guard officials said.Source: Reuters

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Passenger ship sinks off Iran, killing nine

Anothr disaster - The boat sank in bad weather A passenger ship has sunk off Iran, killing at least nine people.Twenty-two people were on-board the vessel, when it went down off the Iranian coast near Bandar Abbas.Five people have been rescued, but several are still missing.The boat sank in bad weather from sailing from an island to Bandar Abbas.It's believed the boat ran out of fuel, before capsizing in heavy winds.Source: Sky News

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Watchkeeper: Keeping a weather eye open

Weather is becoming more unpredictable and possibly violent There is a tendency these days perhaps to be a bit blasé about bad weather. Whatever one's view of climate change might be and the suggestion that weather is becoming more unpredictable and possibly violent, nobody can deny that shipping remains heavily weather-dependent. Indeed, it could be argued that we are likely to become more so if horsepower is to be penalised and slow steaming becomes "institutionalised". Just as the old sailing ship men were adept at using the weather to their best advantage, it could well be that the weather component of seamanship becomes more - not less, important - as the century progresses.All enclosed wheelhouses, externally generated weather forecasts and weather routeing services, along with reliable power plants, may well combine to almost isolate the mariner from the meteorological conditions, suggesting that weather is "somebody else's" business. Nothing could be further from the truth, although it is a regrettable fact that charterers often attempt to "micromanage" the conduct of a voyage by trespassing into areas that are more appropriately left to the Master.Charterers themselves, particularly those without seagoing experience, need to take a step back and learn something about the ...

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Korean cargo ship drifts towards Chennai coast

Due to the cylone Thane A Korean cargo vessel, OSM Arena, with 14 members on board drifted towards the Chennai coast following heavy wind due to cyclone Thane. The storm with wind speeds of 140 kmph made landfall this morning between Cuddalore and Puducherry.The ship is carrying around 400 tonnes of bunker fuel, and was seen a few metre opposite INS Adayar (one of the Naval stations), south off the Chennai port.Last night, the ship drifted towards the coast as its winch, which is used to drop the anchor, broke down. The Chennai Port Trust is sending its engineers to repair the winch. Despite the ship being outside the Chennai port's limits, the port trust is sending two tugs to tow the ship to high seas, said the Port Trust's Chairman Atulya Mishra."There is no danger due to the bunker oil. I personally spoke to the captain of the ship, and he said that things are under control. The ship can keep sailing within the limits," Mishra told Business Line.Currently, the ship is safe and is sailing. The draft level opposite INS Adayar is eight metres, which is enough for that vessel.Mr Mishra said that for the last one month, ...

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Pirate-themed cruise ship runs aground on New Year ‘s Eve

No one was injured A Pirate-themed cruise ship carrying about 100 passengers ran aground in heavy fog on New Year's Eve, but no one was apparently injured.Public safety officials in Clearwater said late Saturday that crews responded at the Memorial Causeway Bridge when the cruise ship, the Pirate's Ransom, ran aground in the Intracoastal Waterway. A second vessel, Island Times, attempted to take some of the passengers to shore but it also ran aground. Police and fireboats were taking passengers to shore late Saturday night.A city press release says a 77-year-old woman was examined at the scene but refused treatment. There were no immediate reports of injuries.Built in 1993, the Pirate's Ransom is a 70-foot-long vessel that can carry 125 passengers, according to the web site of its operator, Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise."Get lost in the pirate antics of treasure hunts, face painting, water gun games, stories and dancing for all," the web site says.Authorities said fog is believed to have been a factor in the ships running aground. Clearwater is located about 30 miles north of St. Petersburg, on the Gulf coast.Source: AP

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Tanker traffic halted in Istanbul due to heavy fog

Heavy fog reduced visibility Tanker traffic through Turkey's Bosphorus Strait, a key shipping channel for Russian oil, was suspended on Wednesday after heavy fog reduced visibility, shipping agent GAC said.The Istanbul channel was closed in both directions at 7:21 a.m. (0521 GMT), GAC said in an e-mailed statement. It was not clear when the strait will re-open, but a GAC official told Reuters that they expected the fog to clear in the afternoon.Six tankers were scheduled to transit the Bosphorus on Wednesday, the agent said, and only one of them passed early on Wednesday before the traffic was closed.Weather conditions were clear at the Dardenelles Strait at the other end of the Sea of Marmara and the channel remained open, it said.The Bosphorus and Dardenelles are the only maritime outlet for Black Sea countries shipping oil, grains and other commodities to world markets.Traffic disruptions are common in winter in the straits as poor weather makes it difficult for tanker captains to traverse the narrow, environmentally sensitive waterways. The delays can raise Black Sea crude grades and world tanker rates.Source: Reuters

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Huge waves damage anti-whaling boat

10 crew on board Brigitte Bardot Anti-whaling activists chasing the Japanese harpoon fleet suffered a major setback Thursday when the hull of one of their ships cracked in massive seas and a second had to divert to its rescue.The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said the Brigitte Bardot's hull split when it was struck by a "rogue wave" as it tailed the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru in six metre (20-foot) swells some 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometres) southwest of Australia."The crack has been getting wider as the seas continue to pound the vessel," the activist group said.Sea Shepherd spokesman Paul Watson said lead vessel the Steve Irwin was en route to the troubled Brigitte Bardot, which has also suffered severe damage to one of its pontoons, but warned it would take 20 hours to get there.The Bardot's captain, South African-born Jonathan Miles Renecle, was "confident that the ship will stay afloat until the Steve Irwin arrives" he added."This is disappointing but these are hostile seas and we have always been prepared for situations like this," Watson said."Right now the safety of my crew on the Brigitte Bardot is our priority and we intend to reach the crew and then do what ...

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Beware of storms!

A terrible storm in the Atlantic might cause terrible carnage One hundred years ago it would not be even remarkable to hear that even well-found ships had been overwhelmed by seasonal storms. A terrible storm in the Atlantic might cause terrible carnage to the fishing fleets of Northern Europe which had been caught out by the weather, far from shelter.Today, we have a far better understanding of the progress of weather with, by and large, excellent and relatively accurate forecasts of anything likely to cause real concern to shipping. Although we are sometime lulled into a false sense of security by the size and power of modern ships and our apparent comprehension of what meteorology might have in store for us on the voyage. Every Winter will give us unpleasant reminders of the power of nature and its unpredictability, confounding all our technology. We have had some already this northern Winter.Everyone needs a reminder from time to time of the power of the sea. Mariners need to take the proper precautions, like battening down a ship and making it secure, and ensuring that there are no loose objects that will be thrown around and hurt people or do damage. It ...

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