A Very Ill-Conceived Ocean Voyage to Bermuda

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*+-There may be other examples of ocean crossings that lacked solid planning or risk analysis, but as far as voyages in recent memory, this one certainly takes the cake. With only protein bars, bottled water, a GPS and a satellite phone, US citizen Reza Baluchi attempted to run from Florida to Bermuda inside a hydro pod bubble. After […]

Sovcomflot Tanker Comes to the Rescue After Trimaran Breaks Apart Off Brazil

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*+-By Rob Almeida and Shubin Aleksey Andreyevich On 29 September, the Liberian-flagged Sovcomflot-owned tanker Krasnodar rescued six yachtsmen from a liferaft adrift 30 miles off the coast of Brazil. The Brazilian sailors had been participating in the Regata Internacional Recife aboard the 10 meter trimaran Nativo when the unexpected occurred late Saturday night. While sailing […]

Syrian Refugees Take Billy Pugh Ride to Safety on Ridgebury Tanker

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*+-Ridgebury Tankers’ Suezmax Ridgebury Astari participated in a 3-vessel rescue operation on Tuesday, 2 September while operating in the Ionian Sea.  95 Syrian refugees including 79 men, 5 women and 11 children were taken aboard the vessel and reported to be in good health.   Ridgebury Tankers notes that upon direction by the Italian Coast Guard, the ship sailed […]

Matson Containership Rescues Three From Disabled Sailboat Off Hawaii – Video

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*+-UPDATE 1757 EST 11 August: All three crewmembers from the sailing vessel Walkabout are safely aboard the containership MV Manukai and enroute to Honolulu after spending 24 hours battling the effects of Hurricane Julio aboard a disabled sailboat 414 miles northeast of Oahu Monday, the Coast Guard said. Rescued are 61-year-old Ben Nealy, 22-year-old Lee Nealy, […]

Almost Entire Ship Medevaced by Coast Guard After Cook Serves Up Barracuda

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*+-19 crew members from the South Korean-flagged bulk carrier JS Comet simultaneously came down with an apparent case of debilitating food poisoning off Port Canaveral while a Tropical Storm Arthur churned just to their east yesterday. An unconfirmed report indicates the crew may have eaten some bad barracuda, a fish that is particularly likely to contain […]