Incident Video: Cement Carrier Aground on Breakwater in Iceland

An aging cement carrier ran aground on a breakwater on the west coast of Iceland over the weekend. Reports say the 1976-built Fjordvik was inbound to the Port of Helguvik with a pilot on board when it apparently missed the harbor entrance and ended up pinned against the rocky breakwater on Saturday. Videos posted to social media show the ship getting pounded by heavy … [Read more...]

Asleep at the Wheel: Fatigue Led to Capsize of Fishing Boat and $27,200 Fine

The vessel ran aground January 11, 2018 after the 17-year-old helmsman fell asleep at the wheel. Crew fatigue led to the grounding and loss of commercial fishing vessel Jan and its owner, Wild Fish (NZ) Limited, being fined $27,200 following prosecution by Maritime NZ. Maritime NZ Northern Regional Manager, Neil Rowarth, said the sole helmsman at the time of the grounding, … [Read more...]

Drunken Master Suspected in Another Ship Grounding Off Sweden

A cargo ship which ran aground Friday night off Helsingborg, Sweden has been refloated with no pollution reported, the Swedish Coast Guard said Sunday. The vessel, loaded with 5,000 tonnes of wheat, was headed for the port of Helsingborg when it grounded at 11:15 p.m. local time on Friday night, the Coast Guard reported. Prior to the ground, vessel traffic services had … [Read more...]

Salvage Plan Approved for Cargo Ship Aground on Pentland Skerries

Officials in the U.K. have approved the salvage plan for the cargo ship M/V Priscilla which remains hard aground on the Pentland Skerries off the coast of Scotland. The 89-meter Netherlands registered cargo ship ran aground in the Pentland Firth off Scotland last Wednesday, 18 July 2018, and initial to refloat the vessel were unsuccessful. The vessel continues … [Read more...]

General Cargo Ship ‘Thorco Lineage’ Hard Aground in French Polynesia

The 131-meter general cargo ship Thorco Lineage is hard aground on an atoll in French Polynesia after drifting aground during a voyage across the South Pacific on Saturday. The Philippines-flagged ship was underway from Baltimore, Maryland in the United States to Hobart, Australia when it experienced engine trouble and drifted aground on the northern end of Raroia Atoll, … [Read more...]