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...]

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...]

Marine Insurers Demand Better Fire Protection for Large Containerships

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has warned that Solas firefighting regulations for container vessels are “inadequate” – particularly as ships have grown in recent years. IUMI said the regulations were developed for general cargo vessels, where freight is stored openly in holds, and are “not suitable for a modern … [Read more...]

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...]

Ferry Fire – Hundreds Plucked From Burning Puerto Rico Ferry

The Coast Guard responded Wednesday morning to a fire aboard the 561-foot passenger/cargo vessel Caribbean Fantasy, approximately 2 nautical miles north of San Juan Harbor in Puerto Rico. The vessel later ran about half a nautical mile offshore of Punta Salinas. All 511 passengers and crew were evacuated and taken to Pier 6 in San Juan … [Read more...]