UK MAIB investigation report – Grounding of the Ro-Ro ferry Seatruck Performance

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 8 May 2019, the Isle of Man registered roll-on/roll-of (ro-ro) freight ferry Seatruck Performance grounded while transiting the Greenore Channel in Carlingford Lough, Northern Ireland, soon after departing Warrenpoint for passage to Heysham, England. The ferry remained underway but quickly developed a 7° list to port. Seatruck Performance was maneuvered into safe water…

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USA: Shipmanager Fined US$ 1.75 Million for pollution violations in Hawaii

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Singapore based Shipmanagement Company, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of bilge waste from the tank vessel Topaz Express, a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson of the District of Hawaii accepted…

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LOF 2020- an update to the world’s oldest and most commonly used salvage contract

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Lloyd’s Standard Form of Salvage Agreement (LOF) has existed in various iterations for over 100 years, with the earliest published form appearing in 1892. The form has been amended and simplified over the years to keep up with developments in the industry but the principles behind the contract have remained the same: to provide…

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Ship Recycling Loophole – updated EU List of Approved Ship Recycling Facilities

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) From 31 December 2018, large commercial seagoing vessels flying the flag of an EU Member State may be recycled only in safe and sound ship recycling facilities included in the European List of ship recycling facilities (‘the European List’). The European List was first established on 19 December 2016 and last updated on 22 January…

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Thetis-Med PSC information sharing system now available

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The new information system THETIS-Med went live this month in what is seen as a milestone in the EU’s efforts to foster regional cooperation among Mediterranean countries. It will support the members of the Mediterranean Memorandum of Understanding (Med MoU) on Port State Control (PSC). It marks the beginning of a new era on how…

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Flashback in maritime history – RoRo Princess Victoria sinking, claiming 133 lives, 31 Jan 1953 (Video)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) MV Princess Victoria was one of the earliest roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ferries. Built in 1947, she operated from Stranraer to Larne. During a severe European windstorm on 31 January 1953, she sank in the North Channel with the loss of 133 lives. This was then the deadliest maritime disaster in United Kingdom waters since World War…

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