South Korean Diver Dies During Search of Sunken Ferry

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-+*By Narae Kim SEOUL, May 6 (Reuters) – A diver lost consciousness and died on Tuesday during the search operation for victims still missing after last month’s South Korean ferry disaster. The diver had lost radio contact five minutes after diving to fix guideline ropes on the fifth deck of the sunken ferry, according to […]

11 Missing After Ships Collide Off Hong Kong

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-+*HONG KONG, May 5 (Reuters) – Eleven crew of a Chinese cargo ship are missing following a collision with a large container ship in the waters off Hong Kong on Monday, authorities said. Hong Kong is one of the world’s busiest shipping channels, although serious accidents are rare. The cargo ship Zhong Xing 2 sank […]

Brand New Capesize Bulker Runs Aground in Richards Bay

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-+*The 2014-built capesize bulk carrier LEOPOLD LD arrived in Richards Bay on the first of May 2014 after completing her maiden voyage from Tianjin Xingang Shipbuilding Heavy Industries. She was greeted with quite a bit of fanfare and congratulations from local port authorities as reported by the Zululand Observer. The Leopold, which has a draft […]

DFDS Seaways Ferry Catches Fire Off Dover


-+*The French-flagged Dieppe Seaways passenger ferry suffered a fire in its boiler room today according to a phone call with DFDS spokesperson Gert Jakobsen. The incident occurred shortly before arriving at the port of Dover, however Jakobsen notes there were no passengers aboard at the time.  Crew members responded to the fire and have since […]

Sailor Killed During Gun Battle With Pirates Off Nigeria

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-+*A merchant sailor was killed during a shootout between maritime security forces and pirates last night aboard the Medaillon Reedererei-owned product tanker SP Brussels. During the exchange of gunfire, two of the pirates were killed by the armed guards and one other crew member sustained minor injuries.  The ship was carrying a crew of 17 plus […]

Lifeboats, Liferafts and the Sunken Ferry M/V SEWOL


-+*On April 16, 2014 the Korean-flagged passenger ferry M/V SEWOL sank resulting in a large loss of life of the passengers. While this story will continue to develop as this disaster is investigated, there are a number of questions that should be included as part of the investigation. In relation to the disaster, these are […]

Video: Panama Canal Mule Gets Crushed by Containership

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-+*On April 3rd, the containership CAP TRAFALGAR was lined up improperly while entering the Panama Canal’s Gatun Locks and accidentally smooshed one of the mules that was getting ready to assist the vessel. The following video captures the incident: Nobody was hurt in the incident.

Spanish Ferry Forced Back to Port After Fire

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-+*A fire aboard the Volcan de Taburiente, a RoPax ferry owned by Spanish operator, Naviera Armas forced the vessel to return to port on Friday according. The fire appears to have originated from a truck in the ship’s hold, shown in the image below: Así ha quedado el camión en el que se pudo haber originado […]

South Korean Prime Minister Resigns Over Government Response to Ferry Disaster

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-+*By Narae Kim SEOUL, April 27 (Reuters) – South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won announced his resignation on Sunday over the government response to the ferry disaster, in which it was first announced that everyone had been rescued, focusing attention on poor regulatory controls. The Sewol ferry sank on a routine trip south from the […]

New York City Fire Boat Comes to New Jersey’s Rescue

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-+*Breaking news: The powerful pumps on board the New York City Fire Department’s Robert Allan Ltd-designed fire boat, Fire Fighter II are coming in handy this afternoon as the sole source of water to fight a fire in Keansby, New Jersey. Now: #FDNY Marine 9 Fire Fighter II is the sole water source for Keansby, […]

Fire Breaks Out at Hyundai Heavy Industries

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-+*South Korea’s YTN News reports today two people are dead and at least two injured after a fire broke out at Hyundai Heavy Industries, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding facilities.  Initial reports note the fire resulted from an explosion at one of the 84,000 cubic meter LPG carriers under construction. The following image and […]