Flashback in history: SS Koombana disappearing during a tropical cyclone on 20 March 1912

The SS Koombana was a late Edwardian-era passenger, cargo and mail carrying steamship. From March 1909 to March 1912, she operated coastal liner services between Fremantle, Western Australia and various ports in the northwest of that State. She is best known for disappearing at an unknown location north of Port Hedland, Western Australia, during a…

Flashback in history: SS Utopia collided with HMS Anson while trying to enter the Bay of Gibraltar on 17 March 1891

SS Utopia – Collided with HMS Anson while trying to enter the Bay of Gibraltar on 17 March 1891. She sank in minutes, killing 562 passengers and crew. Two rescuers from HMS Immortalité also drowned; 318 survivors were rescued. Click here to view ‘Wreck Report for ‘Utopia’ and ‘Anson (HMS)’, 1891′.      

Reducing the Risk of fires on Ro-Ro ships

European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) commissioned a study which investigates risk control options (RCOs) for mitigating the risk from fires on ro-ro decks. The first part considers RCOs in relation to Electrical Fire as ignition risk and the second part considers RCOs to mitigate the risk of Fire Extinguishing Failure. With regards to extinguishing failure the focus has…

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Report: Attitudes, Behaviors and Travel Preferences of Cruisers and Non-Cruisers

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released the Cruise Travel Report a revealing look at the attitudes, behaviours and travel preferences of cruisers and non-cruisers. The report delves into a variety of topics ranging from travel planning and the use of travel agents to vacation companions and destination preferences. A key highlight of the study…