Photos: The Worst Containership Disasters in Recent History

Each year, more than 100 million containers are shipped across the globe on containerships that can now stretch the length of three soccer fields or more. Despite the large number of containers shipped, accidents are relatively rare, with the best estimates saying a that less than 1,500 containers are lost from ships each year on average. But accidents do … [Read more...]

Any Port in a Storm?

By Captain George Livingstone One of the great ‘maritime’ authors of the 20th century is Jan de Hartog, born in Holland, his seagoing career spanned the glory years of Dutch ocean towing.  Thankfully for those of us who love a good sea story, he turned to writing.  One of my favorite quotes from him - “The call of the sea ceases only when it is finally … [Read more...]

MSC Flaminia Incident Prompts New EU Guidelines for Ships in Distress

The European Commission has presented new EU Operational guidelines for ships in need of assistance. The guidelines have been developed by a group comprised of Member States' authorities with input and support of industry stakeholders following a Commission initiative in the aftermath of the fatal MSC Flaminia accident in summer 2012. The EU operational guidelines were … [Read more...]

MSC Flaminia Returns to Service After Deadly Fire

After an explosion and subsequent fire broke out in 2012 on board the containership MSC Flaminia, one that killed three crew-members and heavily damaged the ship and cargo, the owner Reederei NSB reports today she will soon be returned to service after extensive repairs were carried out at the Daewoo shipyard in Mangalia, Romania. The vessel still bears the name MSC … [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...]