Police Arrest Cruise Ship Captain After Deadly Collision

by Marton Dunai (Reuters) - A Hungarian court on Saturday ordered the arrest of the captain of a passenger ship that collided with a pleasure boat that capsized on the Danube, killing South Korean tourists on board, although it left open the possibility of granting him bail. Flood waters prevented attempts to reach the submerged boat on Saturday, three days after it … [Read more...]

Are We Fools?

“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others" -Otto von Bismarck You might be tempted to assume that the above photo (courtesy of ShipSpotting.com and Vitaliy Kharchenko) is of the Comoros-flagged SL Star.  That feeder container vessel capsized in Bandar Abbas, Iran on March 19th during cargo operations with up … [Read more...]

FIRE IN ANTARCTIC OCEAN Aboard USCG’s Last Heavy Icebreaker

The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star fought a fire at approximately 9 p.m. PST Feb. 10 that broke out in the ship's incinerator room about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. After initial response efforts using four fire extinguishers failed, fire crews spent almost two hours extinguishing the fire. Fire damage was contained inside the … [Read more...]

Salvage Cranes Start Work On Norwegian Frigate KNM Helge Ingstad

(Reuters) - Two crane barges early on Tuesday began raising KNM Helge Ingstad, the submerged Norwegian navy frigate which collided with an oil tanker in November and has remained stranded off Norway’s west coast since, the armed forces said. The accident injured eight people and caused the temporary closure of a North Sea crude export terminal, Norway’s top gas … [Read more...]

Hull Cracks & Oil Spills From El Faro’s 46 Year Old Sister Ship

Thursday morning, shortly after mooring in Oakland, the hull of the 1,727 TEU Matson containership S/S Matsonia cracked spilling heavy fuel oil into San Francisco Bay. The vessel was built in 1973 by Sun Shipbuilding, one year before the doomed El Faro at the same shipyard using the same basic hull design.  On Thursday the Matsonia's crew, noticed a sheen … [Read more...]