ClassNK Revises Guidelines Following Loss of MV Vinalines Queen

On Christmas day 2011, the nickel-ore carrier, Vinalines Queen, and her crew of 22 seafarers went missing in the western Pacific Ocean.  No trace of the ship was ever found.  Investigators into the ship's disappearance attribute her loss to cargo liquefaction, and a resultant loss of ship's stability. Japanese classification society, ClassNK, has recently revised … [Read more...]

Shipping’s “Tin Ear”

- by Clay Maitland In two months, the great, the good, and the not-so-great-or-good will gather at the annual three-day Jamboree of the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA).  One of the hardy perennial topics is sure to be “the image of shipping.”  Although the present economic challenges facing the industry are likely to overshadow most worries about our … [Read more...]

Vinalines Queen Sinks, 22 Seafarers Lost at Sea

By Clay Maitland, On Christmas day, the bulk carrier VINALINES QUEEN, carrying a cargo of nickel ore from Morowali, Indonesia to China, went missing.  The ship and its crew of 22 must now be considered lost.  Although it is certainly too soon to ascribe a known cause of sinking, it is probably fair to say, as an American judge did many years ago: “Sometimes … [Read more...]