Flashback in maritime history – MV Salem Express sinking 17 Dec 1991, loss of 1200 lives

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The ‘Salem Express’ was launched in France in 1966 under the name ‘Fred Scamaroni’ and was a roll-on, roll-off ferry for vehicles and passengers in the Mediterranean. She was 100m long and 18m wide. In 1988 she was sold to the Samatour Shipping Company and started running trips between Safaga and Jeddah under the name ‘Salem Express’. On the 17th of December…

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Flashback in Maritime history – SS Mont Blanc explosion in Halifax 6 Dec 1917

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Halifax Explosion was caused when two ships collided in the narrowest part of Halifax Harbor on the morning of Thursday, December 6, 1917. The SS Mont Blanc, a French ship was arriving from New York City filled with military explosives and ammunition from New York to France for World War I in Europe. In addition to the…

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Flashback in maritime history – Loss of tanker Argo Merchant, 15 December 1976

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 15 December 1976, the oil tanker Argo Merchant grounded on Middle Rip Shoal in international waters approximately 25 nautical miles southeast of Nantucket Island. The tanker was en route from Venezuela to Boston carrying 7.7 million gallons of No. 6 fuel oil. The US Government refused to grant permission for the jettisoning of cargo in an…

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Flashback in maritime history – Norman Atlantic ferry fire on 28 Dec. 2014

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) MS Norman Atlantic is a roll-on/roll-off passenger (ROPAX) ferry owned by the Italian ferry company Visemar di Navigazione. The ferry was chartered by ANEK Lines from December 2014. On 28 December 2014, she caught fire in the Strait of Otranto, in the Adriatic Sea. The bodies of nine victims (three Greek, two Italian, two German, a Georgian and a Turkish passenger) were…

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Flashback in maritime history – Suez Canal opened to shipping 17 November 1869

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Suez Canal opened to shipping on 17 November 1869. Excavation of the Canal had taken ten years, using forced labor and rudimentary mechanical equipment. Construction had been opposed by British interests, who feared competition in trade with India. Once the Canal opened and proved successful, British interests acquired a majority ownership. The Canal was…

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