Malta – Marine Safety Investigation into the grounding of M/V Kea Trader on 12 July 2017

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Transport Malta issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the container ship Kea Trader on a reef in the Pacific Ocean off New Caledonia on 12 July 2017. The officer of the watch was monitoring the ship’s route on ECDIS, but failed to notice that the zone of confidence (ZOC) of the…

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Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) preliminary report on the YM Efficiency loss of containers

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 1 June 2018, at about 0035 Eastern Standard Time, the Liberian-flagged container ship YM Efficiency (Figure 1) lost 81 containers overboard in gale-force weather conditions. At the time of the container loss, the ship was about 16 NM east-south-east of Newcastle, New South Wales (NSW). The occurrence also resulted in damage to a further 62 containers…

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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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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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Denmark – investigation report on the loss of Maersk Battler tow of Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board (DMAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the loss by the Maersk Battler of its tow of Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper in the Bay of Biscay on 21-22 December 2016. The root cause of the casualty was the decision to tow the two vessels side-by-side in…

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Flashback in maritime history – A Spectacle of Horror – Steamship General Slocum fire – 15 June 1904

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 15 June 1904, the excursion steamer General Slocum caught fire while operating on the East River in New York City. More than 1,000 passengers and crew lost their lives. It was one of the worst maritime disasters in US history. Congress responded by adopting a series of bills providing the Steamboat Inspection Service…

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Flashback in maritime history – RMS Lancastria: Worst Loss of Life on a British Ship, June 17th, 1940 (Video)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This British ocean liner was commandeered by the government during World War II. It was sunk on June 17th, 1940, resulting in the loss of over 4,000 lives, possibly many more. This is considered to be the worst loss of life in the sinking of a single British ship, and the bloodiest single engagement for…

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