Maersk Says New Dangerous Goods Guidelines to Improve Containership Safety After Maersk Honam Fire

The world's top shipping line Maersk has implemented new guidelines on the stowage of dangerous goods after a review of its safety procedures in the aftermath of the devastating Maersk Honam fire back in March. The shipping company says the new guidelines will improve safety across its fleet of container vessels. "Following the tragic fire aboard Maersk Honam in March … [Read more...]

Ferry Ignites With 1,016 POB In Greece

by Alkis Konstantinidis (Reuters) - A passenger ferry with 1,016 people onboard returned safely to the port of Piraeus in the early hours on Wednesday after it reported a fire while en route to Crete, the Greek coast guard said. There were no immediate reports of injuries, a coast guard official told Reuters. The Eleftherios Venizelos, carrying 875 passengers and 141 … [Read more...]

Burning Container Ship Grounds, Partially Sinks Off India

Things are not looking up for an Indian containership which suffered an explosion and fire more than three weeks ago in the Bay of Bengal off the east coast of India. Shreyas Shipping and Logistics, which operates the vessel, reports the vessel is now aground and more explosions have been heard on board the ship as the fire continues to burn. The incident started on June … [Read more...]

Port Kembla Reopens After Bulker Blaze

by Nick Ford (Reuters) - A fire in the hold of a bulker ship on Monday briefly closed Australia’s Port Kembla, the second-largest coal export port in New South Wales state, stopping shipping for eight hours. The port was shut soon after the blaze began before dawn on the MV Iron Chieftain as it unloaded dolomite, a mineral used in steelmaking which was destined for BlueScope … [Read more...]

Containership Abandoned in Bay of Bengal Due to Major Fire

The Indian Coast Guard has rescued all 22 crew member of a containership following a major fire aboard the vessel while about 50 miles off the coast of India in the Bay of Bengal. The India-flagged SSL Kolkata reported fire just after midnight on Thursday. The fire was reportedly caused by an explosion in one of the shipping containers and later spread to about 60 other … [Read more...]