Five Kidnapped from Polish Cargo Ship Off Nigeria

MV Szafir. Photo:

WARSAW, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Pirates attacked a Polish-owned cargo vessel off the Nigerian coast and kidnapped its captain and four crew, Polish authorities said, in the first documented incident of its kind in almost year in some of the deadliest shipping lanes on earth. The Cyprus-registered Szafir was boarded overnight by armed men in two boats, who looted the 10,000-tonne … [Read more...]

Norway’s World Wide Supply Unable to Make Debt Interest Payment

World Wide Supply's PSV World Diamond. Photo credit: Damen Shipyards

OSLO, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Norwegian offshore supply vessel owner World Wide Supply will not be able to make a scheduled interest payment on its debt on Nov. 27, the shipping firm said on Thursday. Companies serving the oil industry are suffering from weak demand as oil companies cut back on investments and exploration to preserve cash following the fall in oil … [Read more...]

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...]

Finding El Faro: Joint Team Searches For (And Finds) El Faro


By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Paul Kotara II, All Hands Magazine El Faro, a U.S.-flagged vessel, and its 33 crewmen vanished in the seas of Hurricane Joaquin off the coast of the Bahamas Oct. 1. To locate the vessel investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and U.S. Coast Guard were supported by a team of civilian mariners from … [Read more...]