TOTE Maritime’s MV North Star Breaks Down Off British Columbia

MV North Star. Photo: Canadian Coast Guard

Tote Maritime's MV North Star spent more than half a day adrift Tuesday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. The Canadian Coast Guard reported late Tuesday that the cargo ship lost propulsion and was adrift near the coast of Haida Gwaii. The MV North Star has since regained power and is no longer adrift. Canada's CBC reported that the ship lost propulsion at … [Read more...]

WATCH: Heidelberg Spar Upended in Gulf of Mexico

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Anadarko's Heidelberg Spar has made the 400 mile trip from Ingleside, Texas to its new home at the Green Canyon 859 block in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, where it has now been upended. The Heidelberg is an exact replica of Anadarko's Lucius facility, which began production in January 2015 in the Gulf of Mexico's Keathley Canyon area. The two facilities are Anadarko's … [Read more...]

Adrift Cargo Ship Now Under Tow Off Scotland

Photo: Shetland Coastguard Helicopter

A 99-meter cargo ship is under tow the North Sea off the Scotland's Orkney Islands after the ship lost power in heavy weather. The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency says that the Barbados-flagged Skog reported Tuesday morning that it was adrift and taking on water with a cargo of paper. The Coastguard dispatched a rescue helicopter to the scene and requested the assistance … [Read more...]

Containership Owners Rapidly Idling Vessels As Market Slows, Drewry Says

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The world's idle containership fleet swelled to 238 vessels and topped 900,000 TEU in November as owners rapidly lay up containerships as the market slows, according to new figures from the global shipping consultancy Drewry Maritime Consultants. The new figures represent a 54% increase from October to November to reach 901,000 TEU, the largest monthly sum since … [Read more...]

MAIB: ‘Lysblink Seaways’ Watch Officer was Drunk Before Grounding

Lysblink Seaways aground. Photo: MAIB

The sole watchkeeper of the UK-flagged Lysblink Seaways was drunk when the ship ran aground earlier this year in Scotland, the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch said in its investigation report released Thursday. The general cargo ship was on passage from Belfast to Skogn, Norway on February 18, 2015 when it ran aground at full speed near Kilchoan, Ardnamurchan … [Read more...]