Flashback in maritime history – Sinking of M/V Wilhelm Gustloff (estimated 9,300 people lost) – 30 January 1945

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The M/V Wilhelm Gustloff was launched in 1937 as a German passenger vessel. Initially used for cruises in the Baltic, it was briefly converted to a hospital ship at the start of World War II and then used as a barracks ship in German-occupied Gdynia. With the Russian assault in early 1945, the ship was designated to…

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Flashback in maritime history – Taiping collision, sinking 27 Jan 1949, 1500 fatalities

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On January 27, 1949 the Chinese steamer Taiping sank after a collision with another vessel en route to Taiwan leading to the deaths of over 1500 passengers and crew combined. The ship was packed to nearly twice capacity with over 1,000 refugees fleeing Communism after the Chinese Civil War traveling from Shanghai to Keelung. Some estimates put…

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Opinion: An inconvenient maritime truth

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Back in 2006, the famous documentary film starring former US Vice President Al Gore described global warming as “an inconvenient truth”. More than a decade later, the maritime industry might soon find this climate development living up to its movie-assigned name, given that a new report from the UK’s Ministry of Defense forecasts disruption…

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Loss Prevention – Factors affecting Auxiliary Engine Damages

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This report has been created by the Swedish Club in response to concerns over damage to auxiliary engines. Its objective is to investigate auxiliary engine claims, highlight predominating factors and provide advice with a view of reducing the frequency/severity of auxiliary engine damage. This report aims to shine a light on the important issue of damage…

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OCIMF – Guidance on Personnel transfer by crane between vessels

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Personnel have been transferred by crane between offshore vessels and offshore platforms for many years and there are well established guidelines and regulations for this activity, including the requirement to have cranes certified for  personnel transfer. A similar level of guidance and regulation has not been available for transfers of personnel between vessels even though incidents have occurred.…

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Flashback in maritime history – The Wrecks of HMS St. George and HMS Defence, 24 Dec. 1811

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The two warships, the HMS St. George and the HMS Defence, both part of the British Baltic fleet, ran aground and were lost outside Thorsminde at the west-coast of Jutland on the 24th of December 1811. The disaster took place during the wars with England in which the St. George were Admiral Reynolds’ flagship. The St. George together…

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