NOAA Report Examines Oil Pollution Threat From Shipwrecks

14 May, 1942, U. S. Army Air Corps photographs of the burning tanker Potrero del Llano location. Photo Credit: Images courtesy of National Archives, College Park, MD

Report presented to U.S. Coast Guard for use in contingency plans NOAA on Monday presented the U.S. Coast Guard with a new report on the pollution threat posed by the thousands of shipwrecks scattered across the U.S. seafloor. The report, which is part of NOAA’s Remediation of Underwater Legacy Environmental Threats (RULET) project, identifies the location and … [Read more...]

Myanmar Shipwreck Survivors Granted Asylum in Indonesia

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Indonesia has taken in nine shipwreck survivors believed to be refugees from Myanmar, ending weeks of uncertainty for the men, who were refused permission to come ashore in Singapore. The nine men had been in limbo off Singapore aboard the Liberia-flagged cargo ship that saved them after their vessel sank in Myanmar waters. Singapore authorities this month denied entry to … [Read more...]

NOSCO Victory Denied with Stranded Myanmar Shipwreck Survivors

NOSCO Victory. Photo via NOSCO.

Chun Han Wong SINGAPORE--A group of shipwreck survivors rescued near Myanmar last week remains in limbo off Singapore's coast despite concerns they could be refugees, in a sign of wariness by Southeast Asian governments about accepting asylum seekers amid an increased exodus from Myanmar. The 40 survivors are aboard a Vietnamese cargo ship that picked them up when their … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for April 16, 2012: Asleep in the Deep


Third-class tea cup china used by passengers and the crew, is shown as part of the artifacts collection at a warehouse in Atlanta, in this Aug 15, 2008 file photo. (AP Photo/Stanley Leary, File) Just As The Ship Went Down Words by Edith Maida Lessing ; Music by Bernie Adler & Sidney Gibson A cold dark night, a sea of ice… (sheet  music viewable here) Lead … [Read more...]

World’s Most Valuable Wreck? Salvage Deal Struck

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[dropcap]F[/dropcap]our years ago a 43 pound cylindrical object broke the surface of the ocean for the first time in over 250 years and, in doing so, confirmed the fact that Odyssey Marine Exploration had discovered the most valuable shipwreck in the world, that of the British ship of the line HMS Victory, the last British Navy First Rate to be armed entirely with bronze … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for January 23, 2012


Carnival offers survivors of doomed cruise Costa Concordia 30% off future cruise; outraged passengers prepare for lawsuit original: Kommissar X / Heft-Reihe Twelfth body found, divers retrieve captain's papers Divers yesterday found a woman's body on the sunken Costa Concordia, bringing the death toll to 12. The woman was found wearing a ­life jacket in a corridor on … [Read more...]

The Dead Cruise Ship World Discoverer – Incident Photo of The Week

Abandoned Cruise Ship Google Earth

Built as the BEWA Discoverer in 1976, the vessel was sold to Adventure Cruises Inc. and renamed the World Discoverer. The ship was then put on a long term charter to Society Expeditions Cruises. With a double hull construction, the vessel was classed for periodic voyages to Antarctic Peninsula region and carried a fleet of inflatable dinghies allowing passenger to move closer … [Read more...]