Windoc Incident – Story Behind YouTube’s Most Chilling Video

In August 2001 the Bulk Carrier Windoc was lined up on the Welland Canal's Bridge 11 in Ontario Canada. After receiving the flashing amber approach light indicating that the bridge operator was aware of the vessel, the captain lined up on the centerline and maintained a speed of 5 knots. Minutes later while the vessel was half way through the bridge started descending. The … [Read more...]

Deadly Mudslide Claims Maritime Industry Veteran Steve Harris, PE

The deadly mudslide that destroyed a residential area northeast of Seattle on March 22, 2014 killed 34 people, including maritime industry veteran Steve Harris.  Steve was a registered professional engineer at the naval architecture firm Elliot Bay Design Group (EBDG). The following is a statement released by the company today: EBDG is deeply saddened to announce that our … [Read more...]

Filipino Sailor Killed on Board J.J. Ugland Bulk Carrier, MV Favorita

This past Saturday a Filipino sailor on board the J.J. Ugland-owned bulk carrier MV Favorita was killed while cleaning one of the vessels cargo holds. According to a statement J.J. Ugland posted on their website, "one of the crew members fell from a ladder and hit the tank top, head first." The sailor was subsequently evacuated by helicopter to Taiwan, however he "died … [Read more...]

Scrap Yard Workers Killed on Board “Love Boat”

According to Turkish media, two workers from the Izmir Ship Recycling Co. in Turkey were killed, and nine others injured while working to dismantle the MS Princess (also known as The Love Boat). The Hurriyet Daily News reports that DoÄŸan Balcı, 37, and Davut Özdemir, 40, died from smoke inhalation.  Nine other workers, Ahmet Acet, Yunus YeÅŸilkula, Osman Ay, Nuri Çetin, … [Read more...]

ITF Wants Answers Surrounding Cadet’s Mysterious Death

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) says it is calling for the Panamanian and Mexican authorities to disclose the results of an investigation into the death of a young engineering cadet aboard a Panamanian-flagged products tanker, and demands answers about her death, including why her family wasn't informed about it for several days and why the ship was … [Read more...]