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 – Mystery of SV Mary Celeste, 4 December 1872

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On the 4th of December 1872, the US brigantine Mary Celeste, en route from New York to Genoa, was discovered abandoned and deserted off the Azores Islands in a disheveled but seaworthy condition, with no obvious signs of sudden catastrophe. The final entry in the log, dated ten days previously, was a routine statement of…

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New guidance for situations involving missing seafarers

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) New guidance on dealing with situations involving missing seafarers has been launched for the benefit of shipping companies and manning agents. The new Good Practice Guide for Shipping Companies & Manning Agents working with situations involving missing seafarers has been produced by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and…

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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 – 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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