South Korea Finally Gives Refuge to Fire-Scorched Tanker

At the end of 2013, the Hong Kong-flagged chemical tanker Maritime Maisie was t-boned by the car carrier Gravity Highway which was on sea trials from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard resulting in the ignition of the ship's cargo of 30,000 tons of the highly flammable chemical acrylonitrile. As the resultant fire on board raged for over a week, the ship's structure was weakened … [Read more...]

Maritime Maisie Chemical Tanker In Danger of Breaking Up

Classification society Lloyd's Register has warned that the fire-scorched chemical tanker Maritime Maisie is in danger of breaking up more than 50 days after a collision with a car carrier off Busan, South Korea. An update from Lloyd's Register said that the maximum bending moment for the ship currently exceeds estimated damage strength limits, adding that the vessel is in … [Read more...]

High Profile Vessel Casualties Ignite ‘Place of Refuge’ Call to Action

Shipowners, Salvors and Insurers represented by at least three trade associations are jointly calling for the implementation of international measures to provide a Place of Refuge for stricken vessels following a series of high-profile incidents where casualty vessels have been delayed or denied in accessing a safe harbor. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says … [Read more...]

Fire Scorched Tanker Shows Flaws In Safe-Haven Rules

By Keith Wallis SINGAPORE, Feb 12 (Reuters) - A fire-ravaged ship loaded with hazardous chemicals has become a maritime football in the north Pacific, with Japan and South Korea unwilling to give it safe refuge even though they risk a wider environmental disaster if it sinks. The plight of the Maritime Maisie, a chemical tanker which has spent seven weeks being towed in … [Read more...]

Chemical Tanker Suffers Major Fire Following Collision With Car Carrier Off Busan

A laden chemical tanker has suffered what looks like a catastrophic fire following a collision with a car carrier on sea trials near Busan, South Korea. South Korea's Yonhap news reports that the car carrier Gravity Highway was on sea trials from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard when it collided with the Hong Kong-flagged chemical tanker, Maritime Maisie, early Sunday morning about 9 … [Read more...]