Flashback in maritime history – Sinking of RMS Atlantic, on 1 April 1873

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) RMS Atlantic was a transatlantic ocean liner of the White Star Line that operated between Liverpool, United Kingdom, and New York City, United States. During the ship’s 19th voyage, on 1 April 1873, it ran onto rocks and sank off the coast of Nova Scotia, killing at least 535 people. It remained the deadliest civilian…

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Flashback in maritime history: Union Faith-Warren J. Doucet tow collision and 25 fatalities, 6 April 1969

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 6 April 1969, the steamship Union Faith, operating with a local pilot, was upbound on the Mississippi River at New Orleans. The towboat Warren J. Doucet was downbound with three tank barges, each holding about 9,000 barrels of crude oil. A second towboat was made up to the port quarter of the face barge.…

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Flashback in maritime history – Herald of Free Enterprise disaster – Capsized and sank on 6 March 1987 with 193 lives lost

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Herald of Free Enterprise – Capsized and sank on 6 March 1987 due to taking on water just minutes after leaving the harbour at Zeebrugge in Belgium. MS Herald of Free Enterprise was a roll-on roll-off (RORO) ferry which capsized moments after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge on the night of 6 March 1987,…

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Flashback in maritime history – Explosion, sinking and fatalities on chemical tanker Bow Mariner 28 Feb 2004

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 28 February 2004, the chemical tanker Bow Mariner caught fire and exploded while the crew was engaged in cleaning residual methyl tert Butyl ether (MTBE) from cargo tank number eight starboard. The “Bow Mariner” was a 570-foot, Singapore-flagged chemical tanker built in 1982, and was managed by a Greek company, Ceres Hellenic Shipping…

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UK MAIB investigation – Grounding of ferry Pride of Kent on 10 Dec 2017

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 10 December 2017, the UK registered ro-ro passenger ferry Pride of Kent struck a jetty and then grounded while departing Calais, France. The ferry was re-floated later that day and subsequently moved to a berth where the passengers disembarked. The ferry’s starboard propeller and tail-shaft were damaged and required repair in dry dock.…

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Maritime investigation report of the fatality onboard tanker NABUCCO on 26 JUN 2017

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 26 June 2017, at 19:20, the chemical oil tanker Nabucco was all fastened and berthed port side alongside Associated British Ports (ABP) Terminal number 1 jetty in Saltend, Hull, United Kingdom (UK). Two means of access were established. One gangway was installed to enable access in low water situation and the port side accommodation ladder was…

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Investigation Report – Petrobras 10000 Drillship fatality 2 Dec, 2017

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued the report of its Panel Investigation, conducted in cooperation with the US Coast Guard, into the 2 December 2017 fatality aboard the Petrobras 10000 drillship working in the Walker Ridge 469 area of the Gulf of Mexico, about 240 miles southwest of New Orleans. The purpose of…

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