European Maritime Safety Agency Tallies 3,145 Marine Casualties and Incidents in 2016

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has released its annual overview of marine casualties and incidents involving European-registered ships for the year 2016, showing there were 106 reported fatalities, 957 persons injured, 26 ships lost and 123 investigations launched during the year. In total, EU Member States reported 3,145 marine casualties and incidents in 2016. … [Read more...]

“I think the pilot turned off the radio!”

By Owen Palmiotti (Coeval, Inc.)...I may have been in diapers when I first learned about communicating. Back then, I was most likely talking to my brother about which crayon tasted the best or what box of fruit juice had the coolest splatter pattern. We learn most of the basic elements of communication when we are toddlers. This communication grows and matures through … [Read more...]

Bremerhaven Container Crane Fails, Operator Killed

Bremerhaven police have confirmed the death this morning of a 52 year old crane operator who was loading and unloading containers on Wednesday night from the Maersk Kerachi¬†when one of the structural members of his crane failed. The crane operator's gondola then fell to the bottom of the ship's hold. An investigation into the incident is currently underway and a floating crane … [Read more...]

Five Interesting Facts About Maritime Losses and Casualties in 2013

Global marine insurance provider Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty has released its second annual Safety and Shipping Review 2014, analyzing trends of reported shipping losses for vessels over 100 gross tons during 2013. Among other elements, the report digs into vessel losses and casualties over the past year and provides a good comparison of how 2013 stacked up … [Read more...]

Adrift Cargo Ship Rescued from Bay of Biscay

A broken down cargo ship has made it safely to the Port of Lorient after spending more than 12 hours adrift in heavy weather in the Bay of Biscay. The emergency towing vessel, Abeille Bourbon, was called out late Monday night to assist eight crewmembers aboard the general cargo ship Just Mariian, which had lost power while southwest of Belle Isle off the coast of … [Read more...]