Learn from the past: Bow Mariner incident

Fourteen years ago on this day, the Singapore-flagged chemical tanker ‘Bow Mariner’ sank off Virginia after a fire broke out while its crew was engaged in cleaning residual from cargo tank, resulting in the death of 21 people, total loss of the ship, as well as significant marine pollution.

24 injured after ferry explosion at Playa del Carmen

24 passengers were injured when an explosion took place onboard a ferry in the maritime terminal of Playa del Carmen in Mexico, while the were disembarking. Of the 24, 15 people had minor injuries, including five American visitors, who received medical attention at a private hospital.

MOL Prestige fire extinguished

The containership ‘MOL Prestige’, had suffered an engine fire and was adrift 207nm southwest of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. The fire has now been extinguished, as the ship’s manager, MOL, informed. The ship was carrying a total of 23 crewmembers. Two of them were transported for medical care, while in total, five are believed to have sustained injuries.

Maritime history: Costa Concordia disaster

Six years are marking today since the fatal grounding of Costa Concordia cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea, resulting in 32 deaths, 64 serious injuries, and a ship total loss. The casualty remains a classic example of how human error, lack of alertness and failure of compliance with procedures can lead to maritime disasters.

Iranian tanker at risk of explosion, one body found

Chinese authorities fear that the Iranian tanker ‘Sanchi’ is at risk of exploding, as it is still on fire, following collision with a Chinese freight ship on Saturday in the East China Sea. All of its 32 crew members were reported missing as a result from the accident, while one body has been found so far.

Oil tanker on fire off China, entire thirty-two crew missing

Thirty-two people are missing after an Iranian oil tanker collided with a Chinese freight ship and went ablaze in the East China Sea, on Sunday. The ‘Sanchi’ tanker, operated by Iran’s top oil shipping firm, was sailing from Iran to South Korea, carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate, when it collided with the ‘CF Crystal’, about 160nm off the coast near Shanghai.

Freighter runs aground in Greek waters

The Panama-flagged vessel ‘LITTLE SEYMA’ went aground on the uninhabited island of Dragonisi, east of the Greek island of Mykonos, in Aegean sea, on Friday evening, according to Hellenic Coast Guard.

Poor tow line on severe weather leads to rig's grounding

On August 2016, the semi-submersible rig Transocean Winner grounded on the Isle of Lewis, following the loss of tow from the tug ALP Forward. The tug and tow was on passage from Stavanger, Norway to Valletta, Malta, when it encountered severe weather west of the Hebrides.

Nine dead after tour boat sinks in Colombian reservoir

Nine people are confirmed dead and 28 are still missing, after a tour boat sank in Colombia’s Penol-Guatape reservoir, on Sunday, 25 June. The multi-decked vessel was carrying about 170 people, at the time of the incident.

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