Flashback in maritime history – Sea Empress grounding and oil spill 15-21 February 1996

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 15 February 1996, the tanker Sea Empress grounded while entering the port of Milford Haven, spilling approximately 2,500 tons of its cargo of crude oil. The vessel was quickly refloated and anchored in deep water in preparation for lightening some of the remaining cargo. Gale force winds drove the tanker aground again, spilling an additional…

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New Zealand – Investigation report of nitrogen cylinder burst, causing one fatality onboard the EMERALD PRINCESS Feb 2017

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission has released its report on the 2017 accident in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, on board the cruise ship Emerald Princess, in which a nitrogen cylinder burst, causing one fatality. The report highlights a lack of global minimum standards for inspection, testing and rejecting pressure cylinders for stored energy…

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Flashback in maritime history – Sinking of SS Marine Electric, 12 February 1983 (Video)

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The SS Marine Electric sank during a storm in the North Atlantic on 12 February 1983. Of the 34 crew members on board, three survived, but only after enduring 90 minutes in extremely cold water. The ship had passed all required inspections and surveys, but the subsequent USCG Marine Casualty Report revealed the inspections and surveys to…

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Australia – Marine investigation report – Water ingress into steering gear compartment onboard Goliath 7 Mar 2018

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation into the incident involving the cement carrier Goliath on 7 Mar 2018 where there was water ingress in the steering gear compartment. Decisions regarding whether to conduct an investigation, and the scope of an investigation, are based on many factors, including the level…

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Flashback in Maritime History – the “Cimbria” disaster 19 Jan 1883 – the Story of the “German Titanic”

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Until the “Titanic” sank in 1912, the tragedy of the Hapag steamship “Cimbria” was regarded as the largest civilian maritime disaster of all time. To this day, the catastrophe remains the biggest civilian maritime drama in German waters. The collision made headlines across the world. The story of the iron screw steamship that sank…

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

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) 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.…

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Flashback in maritime history – Costa Concordia grounding, sinking and 32 fatalities, 13 Jan 2012

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 13 January 2012 at 21:45, Costa Concordia struck a rock in the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the eastern shore of Isola del Giglio. This tore open a 50 m (160 ft) gash on the port side of her hull, which soon flooded parts of the engine room, cutting power from the engines and ship services. With water flooding in and the ship listing, she drifted…

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