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

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

(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…

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One dead, 5 crew injured onboard Heavy Lift Ship transporting Offshore processing ship. Probable alcohol poisoning

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) South African rescue agencies responded to a request for assistance from the heavy lift ship BOKA Vanguard, which reported a fatal accident and several other health complications on board.  Boskalis heavy lift ship BOKA VANGUARD interrupted her voyage from China to Brazil with offshore processing ship PETROBRAS 70 on board, and approached Durban South Africa,…

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Malta – Marine Safety Investigation into engine room fatality on MV Khosrov Bey

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Transport Malta issued the report of its investigation of the fatal engine room fall of the second engineer on 3 November 2018 onboard the general cargo ship Khosrov Bey in the Black Sea. The fall occurred while the engineer was descending the ladder. Analysis revealed high blood alcohol.  SUMMARYAt noon time on 03 November, the chief…

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UK MAIB investigation report – Explosion and fire on chemical tanker Stolt Groenland

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 17 August 2019, Stolt Groenland, a Cayman Islands registered chemical/ products tanker operated by Stolt Tankers B.V. sailed from Houston, USA for passage to Kobe, Japan via the Panama Canal. The tanker was carrying 20 different chemical cargoes in 37 of its 39 cargo tanks. After discharging four cargo tanks of Kobe on…

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