Two years after the VLOC Stellar Daisy sank along with almost its entire crew in the South Atlantic Ocean, the Marshall Islands issued the investigation report on the accident, identifying a ‘catastrophic structural failure of the ship’s hull’ as key cause of the accident.
Last week marked 18 years since the explosion and sinking of the VLCC ‘MT Haven’ off the coast of Genoa, Italy. To date, Haven is not only known as the world’s largest shipwrecks, but also the largest oil spill in the history of the Mediterranean Sea.
According to USCG’s statement, on Monday, April 15, a small lugger tug, DeJeanne Maria, sank near Venice, Louisiana after striking a submerged object. The vessel was sailing downriver with two empty barges when she struck an unknown object underwater and began to sink.
16th April marks five years after Sewol ferry sinking shocked the global community. Sewol ferry sank on 16 April 2014, in South Korean waters taking the lives of over 300 people, most of whom where kids on a school excursion. Four years later, in August 2018, the official panel investigation on the accident said it could not find exact causes for South Korea’s deadliest maritime casualty since 1970.
This week, shipping commemorated the grounding and sinking of the cruise ship ‘Sea Diamond’ off the Greek island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea. The incident resulted in two fatalities, but it is still discussed for lying at the bottom of Aegean Sea as a ‘toxic bomb’ in the local marine ecosystem.
The Philippines Supreme Court has reopened the case against an official of Sulpicio Lines over the 2008 sinking of its ferry Princess of the Stars. The Supreme Court reversed a Court of Appeals dismissal against Edgar Go, Sulpicio Lines’ first vice president and team leader of its crisis management committee.
Based on documents obtained by the Kansas City Star, the Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle that sank in Branson, Missouri in 2018 had been refitted with less capable bilge pumps prior to the accident, with the U.S. Coast Guard’s approval.
The crew of US Coast Guard rescued six people on Saturday, April 6, as their boat started taking on water 25 miles west of Sunny Isles. The rescue took place at about 9 a.m. after an emergency positioning beacon drew the attention of the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami. No injuries were reported.
The last days of March have been ones of black anniversaries for shipping: On 24 March, the industry commemorated the Exxon Valdez incident. On 31st March, shipping mourns a relatively recent tragedy: The loss of the South Korean VLOC ‘Stellar Daisy’ in 2017, which took almost entire crew at the bottom of the South Atlantic.
The NTSB issued an investigation report on the flooding and sinking of the towing vessel ‘Nancy C’ on Lower Mississippi River, near Dyersville, Tennessee, in March 2018. The investigation identified poor maintenance as key cause of the incident.
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