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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New Zealand – Investigation report of nitrogen cylinder burst, causing one fatality onboard the EMERALD PRINCESS Feb 2017

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission has released its report on the 2017 accident in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, on board the cruise ship Emerald Princess, in which a nitrogen cylinder burst, causing one fatality. The report highlights a lack of global minimum standards for inspection, testing and rejecting pressure cylinders for stored energy…

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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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European Maritime Safety Agency drones assist in search and rescue and pollution monitoring operations

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) EMSA’s service of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems is being used by the Spanish maritime safety agency SASEMAR in the southern province of Huelva for the purpose of identifying and monitoring oil spills as well as for additional assistance during search and rescue missions. SASEMAR is using this opportunity to see first-hand how RPAS can…

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ABS Launches New Guide for Liquefied Gas Tank Barges with Remote Control and Monitoring of Essential Systems

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Guide provides requirements for the design and construction of barges equipped with various degrees of automation, remote control and monitoring of essential systems supporting cargo management. The barges may be unattended and controlled primarily from the towing vessel’s navigation bridge. Gas as fuel has become an increasingly popular option for many shipowners looking to comply with…

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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 II.…

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Flashback in maritime history – Sinking of M/V Wilhelm Gustloff (estimated 9,300 people lost) – 30 January 1945

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The M/V Wilhelm Gustloff was launched in 1937 as a German passenger vessel. Initially used for cruises in the Baltic, it was briefly converted to a hospital ship at the start of World War II and then used as a barracks ship in German-occupied Gdynia. With the Russian assault in early 1945, the ship was designated to…

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