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Passenger ship with 770 people on board ran aground, China

The passenger tour ship named ‘Bei You 25’ ran aground on March 23, at the Western coast of Weizhou island in the Gulf of Tonkin, in China. The vessel was transferring 770 passengers. Yet, no injuries were reported and all passengers were safe.

Passengers transferred safely from aground Wavemaster 5

On March 2, the Singapore-flagged ferry ‘Wavemaster 5’ ran aground at Karang Galang reef, off the eastern coast of Batam, Indonesia. The ferry was voyaging from Tanjung Pinang, Indonesia to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Singapore, when the incident occurred.

Irish Ferries ordered compensate its passenger for WB Yeats Delay

Irish Ferries shipping company expressed its disappointment with a notice issued by the National Transport Authority (NTA) regarding cancellations after the delayed arrival of the company’s new vessel. Specifically, NTA ordered the Irish company to pay compensation due to the delayed W.B. Yeats delivery from German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) and cancellation of the ship’s services in the summer of 2018.

Britannia P&I considers the benefits of CCTV cameras on vessels

Brittania P&I considers the benefits of CCTV cameras on board ships, as a number of visually recorded and publicised maritime incidents highlight the value of such recordings when investigating incidents and determine facts. Mainly, the recordings are of a big help when dealing with accidents that have occurred or have allegedly occurred. CCTV footage can make investigations easier, and also improve the possibility of more findings.

NTSB releases official report on Island Lady fire off Florida

The NTSB issued the official investigation report on the fire onboard the small passenger vessel ‘Island Lady’ on the Pithlachascotee River, near Port Richey, Florida, on 14 January 2018. NTSB held a public meeting in mid-December where it identified insufficient preventative maintenance program and lack of guidance for responding to engine high-temperature conditions as key causes of the accident.

Watch: Insufficient maintenance caused fire on the passenger vessel off Florida

In a public meeting Tuesday, the NTSB determined that an insufficient preventative maintenance program and lack of guidance for responding to engine high-temperature conditions were the key causes of the fire aboard the small passenger vessel ‘Island Lady’, in January 2018, in the waters of the Pithlachascotee River, near Port Ritchey, Florida.

USCG: Review of rigid hull inflatable vessels

The USCG Marine Safety Center published an update to its technical note “Marine Safety Center Review of Rigid Hull Inflatable Vessels.” The document provides an alternative design standard equivalent to certain regulatory requirements found in 46 CFR Subchapters T and S for rigid hull inflatable and rigid hull foam collar small passenger vessels (RHIs).

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