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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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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