Flashback in maritime history – Adoption of OPA 90 in USA – 18 August 1990

  (www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 18 August 1990, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) was enacted into law in the USA. On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez spilled over 11 million gallons of Alaskan crude into the water of Prince William Sound. There were many lessons learned the aftermath of the Valdez oil spill. Two of the most obvious…

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Flashback in maritime history – MV Windoc-Allanburg Bridge collision 11 Aug 2001 (Video)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 11 August 2001, the motor vessel Windoc and the Allanburg Bridge suffered a collision. Ship-bridge collisions are rare, because a true collision requires that both objects be in motion at the time of impact. The Allanburg Bridge (also referred to as Bridge 11) is a lift bridge over the Welland Canal at Allanburg, Ontario. The Windoc was downbound…

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Allianz Safety and Shipping Review 2018 – Cyber, Climate Risks and Human Error Threaten Shipping’s Safety Progress

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Shipping is the lifeblood of the global economy, transporting 90% of global trade. Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) recently released its annual report, Safety & Shipping Review 2018. The report highlights cyber, climate risks and human error as the main factors threatening shipping’s safety progress during the 12 months prior to December 31, 2017 (full report can be downloaded at…

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Flashback in maritime history – Sinking of the passenger vessel SS Eastland on the Chicago River, 24 July 1915 (video)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Thousands of horrified onlookers witnessed Chicago’s most deadly disaster on the morning of July 24, 1915. Warehouse workers along the Chicago River shouted, “Look out, she’s tipping!” Suddenly the fully-loaded passenger ship Eastland began her slow roll into infamy, killing 844 of the more than 2,500 passengers. It began as a leisurely boat ride to a summer picnic…

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Loss Prevention – Asian Gypsy Moth guide from West of England club

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) is a highly destructive forest pest that feeds on both deciduous and coniferous trees. The voracious appetite of AGM larvae (caterpillars) coupled with the ability of the female moth to travel up to 21 nautical miles can cause widespread defoliation leaving trees weakened and susceptible to disease and other pests.…

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Flashback in maritime history – Sinking of SS La Bourgogne, 4 July 1898 with the loss of 549 lives

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The La Bourgogne was built in 1885 at the Société Nouvelles de Forges et Chantiers de Médditerranée in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France for the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique better known as the French Line. She was a sleek looking ocean liner with four auxiliary sail rigged masts and twin funnels. La Bourgogne like many other passenger ships of the era, was…

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