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Sanchi: The world’s worst oil tanker disaster in decades

As part of its “Learn from the past” series, SAFETY4SEA is focusing today on the Sanchi disaster, which claims the world’s worst oil tanker disaster in decades, less than two years after it collided with ‘CF Crystal’ on East China Sea and took lives of 32 people while causing a vast oil pollution.

El Faro sinking: Poor seamanship in the spotlight

The sinking of the container ship ‘El Faro’ in October 2015, claimed the title of one of the biggest marine tragedies in the recent US history. The ship had sailed directly into the path of Hurricane Joaquin, with NTSB and USCG noting that the key cause of the accident was the Captain’s failure to handle the ship against the storm and make appropriate use of weather data. As a result, all those on board perished in the sinking.

USS John S McCain collision: A prime example of poor oversight

On 21 August 2017 one of the deadliest accidents in the history of US Navy took place. As the US warship ‘John S McCain’ was sailing in the Singapore Strait, one of the busiest waterways in the world, it collided with the Liberian-flagged chemical tanker ‘Alnic MC’. The result? Ten sailors of the US warship lost their lives, while 48 more were injured, in what is considered an example of lack of effective operational oversight.

Bulk Jupiter sinking: A stark reminder of bauxite cargo risks

It has been almost 5 years since the Bahamas-flagged bulk carrier ‘Bulk Jupiter’ sank off Vietnam taking the lives of 18 crew members. Although the accident could not be officially attributed to cargo liquefaction, it opened discussions on the hazards associated with the carriage of bauxite.

Researchers find wreck of last slave ship off Alabama

Researchers discovered the last ship known to smuggle slaves from Africa to the US in Alabama’s Mobile River, nearly 160 years after it was deliberately sunk, the Alabama Historical Commission announced Wednesday. 

Viking Islay enclosed space fatalities: Rescuers becoming victims

It has been almost 12 years since the enclosed space fatality incident onboard the ERRV vessel Viking Islay off UK that shocked shipping community as three men died successively trying to rescue one another. Enclosed space entry has been over the years the hidden enemy for crews.

Pasha Bulker beaching: A mix of poor SMS, fatigue and bad weather

It is almost 12 years since the bulk carrier ‘Pasha Bulker’ came out at the Nobbys Beach of New South Wales offering an unusual spectacle for local people. The incident is an interesting case study of inadequate communication, inefficient SMS, poor judgement due to fatigue and the objective cause of extreme weather conditions.

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