Analysis on marine casualties and incidents involving Ro-Ro vessels

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) EMSA has developed a methodology to analyse data reported in the European Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP) with the view to detect potential safety issues. Such a methodology has been applied to conduct an analysis focused on ro-ro vessels, both passenger and cargo, whose occurrences were reported in EMCIP by the MS between 17/06/20111 and 26/04/2018.…

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Addressing marine plastic litter from ships – IMO action plan adopted

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has pledged to address the significant problem posed by plastics to the marine environment, with the adoption of an action plan which aims to enhance existing regulations and introduce new supporting measures to reduce marine plastic litter from ships. IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted (on 26 October)…

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Flashback in maritime history – Passenger ship SS Yarmouth Castle, fire and sinking – 13 Nov. 1965

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The steamship Yarmouth Castle was built in 1927 and was christened Evangeline. At that time Evangeline and Yarmouth, her sister ship, operated on the Boston to Yarmouth, NS route of the Eastern Steamship Lines. Brief: The ship caught fire and sank on November 13, 1965 while en route from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas. Of the 376 passengers and 176 crew on…

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Flashback in maritime history – Edmund Fitzgerald 10 November 1975, loss of 29 lives

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 10 November 1975, the laker Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior with a loss of all 29 hands. It was one of the largest ships on the Great Lakes, carrying over 26,000 tons of taconite ore between Duluth/Superior and the steel mills to the south. The “Fitz” had departed on 9 November in tandem with another laker, but sailed directly…

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Guide to proper ECDIS Management on board ships

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The London P&I Club has joined forces with London Offshore Consultants (LOC) to produce a guide to the proper management of ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) on board ships. The driving force behind the publication, ‘Is your ECDIS contributing to safe navigation or introducing risk?’ is the increasing number of negative findings…

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The problem of Cargo Liquefaction on Bulk carriers (Guidance added)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) By Dennis L. Bryant. A shocking number of bulk carriers (as well as a few OBOs – ore/bulk/oil carriers) have been suddenly and catastrophically lost at sea in the last 30 years. Following are the names of some of those vessels, in alphabetical order: Asian Forest (2009); Black Rose(2009); Bulk Jupiter (2015); Derbyshire (1980);…

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Malta – Marine Safety Investigation into the grounding of Maltese registered bulk carrier MARBELLA on 28 Sept 2017

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Transport Malta issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the bulk carrier Marbella on North Reef in the Paracel Islands on 28 September 2017. The grounding occurred after the second mate altered course to avoid a number of fishing vessels and failed to see the reef on the ECDIS. Executive summary:…

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