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

(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…

Flashback in maritime history – Car ferry Tampo Mas II, fire and sinking – 580 fatalities, 27 Jan 1981

Fire broke out on the Indonesian car ferry TampoMas II off Kalimantan. The official death toll was 431, but with many passengers unregistered or traveling without tickets, the final figure was never known. The ship carried dozens of motor vehicles, including a SAKAI steam roller, Vespa scooters, etc., which were parked in the car deck.…

Flashback in maritime history – The Afrique passenger ship sinking with 575 fatalities, 12 Jan 1920

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Afrique was a passenger ship of the French shipping company Compagnie des Chargeurs Réunis, which from 1908 to 1920, traded between French territories of French West Africa, French Equatorial Africa, and Post of Bordeaux in the French colonies. On January 12, 1920, the generators in engine room failed during a storm off the French coast. The steamers, were then unable to maneuver and was thrown against a reef. The Afrique sprung…

EL FARO verdict – Captain’s Decisions, Shipping Company’s Poor Safety Oversight Led to Sinking

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a news release concerning the October 2015 sinking of the US cargo vessel El Faro with the loss of 33 persons on board. The NTSB identified various leading causal factors including: the captain’s navigation decisions; inaccurate weather information; poor bridge team management; lack of oversight by the owner; inadequate damage control…

UK MAIB – Investigation into the explosions on the bulk carrier Nortrader

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the explosions on the bulk carrier Nortrader off Plymouth on 13 January 2017. The ship, carrying a cargo of unprocessed incinerator bottom ash (U-IBA), suffered 2 explosions in quick succession. The first explosion was in the forecastle store and the second…

MAIB investigation Report of the fatal accident onboard the bulker Graig Rotterdam

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the fatal accident onboard the bulk carrier Graig Rotterdam in Alexandria, Egypt on 19 December 2016. The vessel was discharging a deck cargo of packaged timber. At 1109, the bosun, a Chinese national, fell overboard and into a barge that…

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…