Cyprus MAIC investigation – Fatality on Ro-Ro M/V ISLE OF INISHMORE March 2019

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Cyprus Marine Accident and Incident Investigation Committee (MAIC) examines and investigates all types of marine accidents to or on board Cyprus Flag vessels worldwide, and other vessels in Cyprus territorial waters. The objective of the MAIC in investigating an accident, is the prevention of future accidents by establishing their root causes and circumstances. Accident…

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Fatal accidents caused by moving elevators on ships

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This article highlights shipowners, operators, masters and crews obligation to ensure safe working arrangements are in place for any work involving a ship’s elevator. During 2018 and 2019, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) received notification of two separate accidents that involved crew members being trapped and crushed by a moving elevator. In both instances,…

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Flashback in maritime history: Herald of Free Enterprise disaster – Capsized and sank on 6 Mar 1987, 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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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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Malta – Marine Safety Investigation into injury by sulfuric acid discharge

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Transport Malta issued the report of its investigation of the 20 January 2019 casualty onboard the chemical tanker Sichem Ruby in transit to Castellon, Spain, with a cargo of sulfuric acid that was loaded, in Aviles, Spain. During the previous cargo operations, the pumpman had noticed that one of the stripping line valves of…

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