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Tanker on fire in Persian Gulf

A tanker has caught fire in the Persian Gulf, off the Strait of Hormuz. According to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), the ship is on fire 21 nautical miles (39 km) northwest of United Arabs Emirates city Sharjah.

Watch: US, Russia blame each other for nearly colliding

According to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, on Thursday 9 January a Russian Navy ship said to “aggressively” approach a US Navy destroyer vessel, while it was doing its daily operations in the Arabian Sea. As CNN reported, the Russian vessel kept ignoring the warnings from the US destroyer, increasing the risk of collision.

Watch: Cruise Ship collides with pier in Palermo, Sicily

The brand-new cruise ship MSC Grandiosa collided with a pier in Palermo, Sicily, during docking on Monday, December 30, morning. The port quarter sustained light damage above the waterline but was repaired the same day. A video emerged shows the MSC Grandiosa backing down and swinging the stern to starboard.

Watch: Boat crashes into a jetty in Port Everglades

A boat with four people onboard slammed into a jetty near Port Everglades on Tuesday, and were immediately taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons, with reports stating that they had difficulty in navigating the vessel in the dark.

Watch: Container ship runs aground in Bosphorus

The Liberian-flagged cargo ship “Songa Iridium” experienced engine failure while voyaging south in the Bosphorus, which lead to the vessel running aground ashore in Istanbul, Turkey. Specifically, the incident took place on Friday, December 27. During that time, the vessel had 19 crewmembers onboard, as well as a pilot. 

Watch: Super yacht crushes the Sint Maarten bridge house

The 85.95 metre  superyacht Ecstasea has been involved in an incident in Simpson Bay Lagoon, Sint Maarten. It is said that the Ecstasea itself has little damage, but the almost new bridge house was completely destroyed as it was dragged by an open tailgate.

Watch: Russia’s only aircraft carrier on fire

Russia’s only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, was caught on fire on Thursday, December 12, during work in Russia’s Arctic Sea port of Murmansk, as Reuters reports. The area the fire took place covers 120 square metres, with diesel fuel currently burning and firefighters using foam, in attempts to extinguish the fire.

Watch: Crane collapses after being hit by container vessel

On Monday 9 December, a huge ship-to-shore container crane collapsed after being hit by the container ship “APL Mexico City”. The collision took place in the port of Antwerp, with the container vessel being unmoored, since its mooring had broken due to squally weather.

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