Flashback in maritime history – Sea Empress grounding and oil spill 15-21 February 1996

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 15 February 1996, the tanker Sea Empress grounded while entering the port of Milford Haven, spilling approximately 2,500 tons of its cargo of crude oil. The vessel was quickly refloated and anchored in deep water in preparation for lightening some of the remaining cargo. Gale force winds drove the tanker aground again, spilling an additional…

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USA: Satellites helped save a record 421 lives in 2019

(http://www.Maritimecyprus.com) The USA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites are part of the global Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking System, or COSPAS-SARSAT, which uses a network of U.S. and international spacecraft to detect and locate distress signals from emergency beacons aboard aircraft, boats and from handheld Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs)…

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Malta – Marine Safety Investigation into injury by sulfuric acid discharge

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Transport Malta issued the report of its investigation of the 20 January 2019 casualty onboard the chemical tanker Sichem Ruby in transit to Castellon, Spain, with a cargo of sulfuric acid that was loaded, in Aviles, Spain. During the previous cargo operations, the pumpman had noticed that one of the stripping line valves of…

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Paris MOU and the Tokyo MOU: Prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant fuel (IMO 2020)

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Paris MOU and the Tokyo MOU are reminding stakeholders that the ban on carriage of non-compliant fuel enters into effect on 1 March 2020. Due to the long period of advance notice, there will be no phase-in period with respect to enforcement.  The Tokyo and Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on port State…

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Flashback in maritime history: Ocean Ranger oil Rig disaster 15 Feb 1982

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) During the winter of 1982, the world’s largest mobile offshore drilling unit, the Ocean Ranger, was drilling for oil off the Newfoundland coast. An intense storm approached. Since its 1976 launch, the big rig had weathered over 50 storms in two oceans; designed for 115 mph winds and 110-foot waves, it could handle this…

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Flashback in maritime history: Sinking of SS Marine Electric, 12 February 1983 (Video)

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The SS Marine Electric sank during a storm in the North Atlantic on 12 February 1983. Of the 34 crew members on board, three survived, but only after enduring 90 minutes in extremely cold water. The ship had passed all required inspections and surveys, but the subsequent USCG Marine Casualty Report revealed the inspections and surveys to…

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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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