Watch: Dramatic Rescue After Cargo Ship Grounds Near Istanbul

Turkish emergency crews have rescued 16 crew members from a cargo ship which ran aground near Istanbul on Wednesday. The Comoros-flagged ship, named Natalia, ran aground in heavy seas early Wednesday while en route to Istanbul from Russia, according to reports. Due to the conditions, rescuers were forced to evacuate the crew to shore using a breeches buoy in an operation … [Read more...]

Grounded Russian Bulker Refloated Off Cornwall, England

Update: The Kuzma Minin has been successfully refloated following a combined effort between five harbour tugs and a salvage vessel. The vessel was refloated at around 2.00pm local time today and moved back out into Falmouth Bay under her own power, with the assistance of the tugs. The weather conditions have improved, which assisted the refloat attempt. Two Maritime and … [Read more...]

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...]