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Coconut charcoal to have caused the fire on Yantian Express

The Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation (BSU) published an investigation report concerning the fire in the area of the deck cargo on board the container ship YANTIAN EXPRESS on the Atlantic Ocean, identifying Coconut charcoal as the likely cause of last year’s fire.

INTERCARGO welcomes IMO’s intention to improve investigation reporting

INTERCARGO has applauded the recent announcement by the IMO’s Secretary General of his determination to improve the number of accident investigation reports that are submitted to the IMO. Exactly one year ago, INTERCARGO reminded that cargo liquefaction continued to be a major risk for dry bulk shipping.

Prosecutors raid Coast Guard offices concerning Sewol case

A new special prosecution unit raided multiple offices of the Korea Coast Guard with the aim to find evidence in regards to the sinking of the ferry Sewol in 2014, which claimed the lives of 304 people. The raids are said to be part of the latest in a long series of investigations into the loss of the ferry Sewol.  It was reported that the raids recovered personnel records listing the names of the first responders on the day of the sinking, as well as other documents related to the accident. 

Investigation of Snorre B fire finds breaches of regulations

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority identified breaches of regulations in relation to a fire incident on the Snorre B facility on 1 May 2019. The investigation revealed that iron sulphide, which caused the fire, was not known to be present in the separator, so no appropriate measures were taken. 

Missing US navy sailor identified as deceased

The US Department of Defense announced Tuesday the death of a sailor who has been missing since mid July and is believed to have gone overboard from the US warship ‘Abraham Lincoln’, while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

RMI investigates fatality caused by failure of maintenance platform

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator informed that it is currently conducting a marine safety investigation of a fatality that occurred when the extension of the lower maintenance platform for one of the ship’s provision cranes detached and fell 8-9 meters. 

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