INTERCARGO elects Dimitris Fafalios as chairman

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Intercargo unanimously elected its technical committee chairman Dimitris Fafalios from Fafalios Shipping to lead it as President from January 1 2019, replacing John Platsidakis who has been chairman for the past six years and has reached the three-term maximum appointment length. After the elections that took place on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in London, he…

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UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) Safety Digest 2/2018

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) examines and investigates all types of marine accidents to or on board UK vessels worldwide, and other vessels in UK territorial waters. This Safety Digest is a compendium of anonymous articles involving vessels from the merchant, fishing and small craft sector which draws the attention of the marine community…

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Flashback in maritime history – EL FARO sinking and the loss of 33 people on 1 October 2015

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) EL FARO was a United States-flagged, combination roll-on/roll-off and lift-on/lift-off cargo ship crewed by U.S. merchant mariners. She was lost at sea with all hands on October 1, 2015, after losing propulsion near the eyewall of Hurricane Joaquin. El Faro departed Jacksonville, Florida, bound for Puerto Rico at 8:10 pm EST on September 29, 2015, when then-Tropical Storm Joaquin was several hundred miles to the east. Two days…

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Lessons Learnt: Death of a Bosun during Lifeboat drill (video)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) UK P&I club has developed a series of Lessons Learnt training videos. The videos are aimed at providing an inter-active learning experience for seafarers of all ranks by examining thought provoking incidents as well as suggesting actions which may have prevented them from happening or to mitigate their consequences. At the end of each video,…

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Flashback in maritime history – Toya Maru Japanese ferry sinking, resulting in 1500 deaths, 26 Sept. 1954

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Tōya Maru was a Japanese train ferry constructed by the Japanese National Railways which sank during a typhoon in the Tsugaru Strait between the Japanese islands of Hokkaidō and Honshūon September 26, 1954. The Japanese National Railways announced in September 1955 that 1,153 people aboard were killed in the accident. However, the exact number of fatalities remains…

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