Pilot, Master Miscommunication Led to Cruise Ship Grounding in New Zealand

On January 27, 2016, the Maltese-flagged passenger ship Azamara Quest, with a pilon on board, was en route to the port of Picton in New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds when it ran aground on a rock at the entrance to the Tory Channel, part of a typical inter-island route known for its particularly strong tides. There were no injuries among the 652 passengers and 394 crew on … [Read more...]

South Korea Sets Plans to Raise Sewol Ferry

By Ju-min Park SEOUL, April 22 (Reuters) - South Korea said on Wednesday it will raise the Sewol ferry that sank a year ago, killing more than 300 people, most of them children, yielding to pressure from mourning families who have called for a deeper investigation into the disaster. The Sewol, which was structurally unsound, overloaded and traveling too fast on a turn, … [Read more...]

South Korea Response to Ferry Disaster Has Been a Tragedy – View

(Bloomberg View) -- On April 16, 2014, more than 300 people died when a passenger ferry carrying mostly high-school students sank off the coast of South Korea. Sadly, inexcusably, the country has done too little in the year since to prevent another such tragedy. That’s not to say President Park Geun Hye’s government hasn’t tried to improve the nation's safety culture. While … [Read more...]

ITF Condemns Sewol Ferry Sentences

The International Transport Workers' Federation's seafarers’ section chair, David Heindel, has condemned South Korea's sentencing of the Sewol ferry Captain and crew, describing the 36 year sentence handed down to Captain Lee Joon-Seok as “excessive and unjust”. In a statement, Heindel commented that the ITF believes the sentences handed down on Tuesday, ranging from five to … [Read more...]

Video: Mega-Block Construction at Meyer Werft

Meyer Werft is cranking out the cruise ships right now. Over the years, the shipyard, located inland on the River Ems in Papenburg, Germany, has built a total of 37 cruise ships since it began building passenger vessels with the construction of the the 42,000 grt Homeric in 1984. The biggest investment in the company's history came in 2002 when a second building dock and … [Read more...]