Flashback in history: EXXON VALDEZ oil spill, 24 March 1989

On 24 March 1989, the single-hull tanker EXXON VALDEZ was departing the Port of Valdez, Alaska with a full load of North Slope crude oil (approximately 1.26 million barrels) destined for Long Beach when it grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound. The resulting oil spill (approximately 258,000 barrels), while not the largest in…

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Sovcomflot’s privatisation due in May

Sovcomflot’s (SCF) privatisation will not happen before May, 2017, Russia’s Economy Minister, Maxim Oreshkin reportedly said, according to TASS news agency. Russia owns 100% stake in the company and agreed to sell 25% stake in January when President Vladimir Putin revealed plans to sell stakes in state-owned companies, including Rosneft, Bashneft, VTB and Alrosa, last…

UK Maritime Transport Statistics 2016

The UK Department for Transport produces annually maritime statistics for: domestic waterborne freight ports sea passengers shipping fleets seafarers An overview of maritime and shipping statistics can be seen within the maritime chapter of the latest Transport statistics Great Britain publication. Domestic waterborne freight Statistics on freight traffic moved within the United Kingdom by water…

Flashback in history: SS Koombana disappearing during a tropical cyclone on 20 March 1912

The SS Koombana was a late Edwardian-era passenger, cargo and mail carrying steamship. From March 1909 to March 1912, she operated coastal liner services between Fremantle, Western Australia and various ports in the northwest of that State. She is best known for disappearing at an unknown location north of Port Hedland, Western Australia, during a…