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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Flashback in maritime history – Hijacking of Achille Lauro 7 October 1985 (video)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 7 October 1985, four members of the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro when it was in the Mediterranean Sea en route from Alexandria, Egypt to Port Said. The Achille Lauro left Genoa, Italy, on October 3 for a 12-day cruise of the Mediterranean Sea. Aboard were 748 passengers and several…

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Lessons Learnt: Collision with a Fishing Vessel (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, the…

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The International Group of P&I Clubs – Annual Review 2017/18

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The International Group (IG) has made available their Annual Review which reports on several maritime issues and on the Group’s activities over the past year. Tonnage up Reinsurance cost down Another increase in Group-entered tonnage, and a fourth year of savings in the cost of the Group reinsurance purchase, albeit more modest than in recent years, were among the notable…

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