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Sunken B.C. Ferry Crew Members Face Uncertainty

According to the AP, B.C. Ferries says it will suspend and possibly fire a handful of crew members who were working on the Queen of the North the night it sank if they don't take part into an investigation into the sinking. The report indicated that CEO David Hahn told Canadian Press that less than four crew members have refused to answer questions in the investigation. Hahn refused to say whether the crew members are critical to the investigation or include the two who were in the wheelhouse at the time of the crash. The ferry ran into Gil Island in Wright Sound and sank March 22nd. It carried 101 people and two people died. B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers Union president Jackie Miller says 10 to 12 crew members who were on the ferry that night have been assigned legal counsel and been advised not to speak to B.C. Ferries. Miller says that if the members are fired, the union will take some form of action. The Transportation Safety Board, Transport Canada, B.C. Ferries and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating the sinking. Source: AP


Höegh Fleet Assessed $3.5M Waste Dumping Fine

Höegh Fleet Services A/S, a Norwegian operator of a fleet of ocean going cargo ships, was sentenced to pay a $3.5 million fine for seven felony charges relating to the falsification of records concealing the intentional dumping of waste oil into the ocean. Previously, on September 25, 2003, Vincent Genovana, an engineering officer on the M/V Höegh Minerva, pleaded guilty to falsifying documents and covering up evidence in order to obstruct or influence a United States Coast Guard


Hijacked Vessel Released, Crewmember Dead

According to a report from the Associated Press, the Dutch Defense Ministry said Somali pirates have released a hijacked cargo ship, the Dutch Antilles-flagged MV Marathon. The ministry reported that one of the 19 crew members died of a gun shot wound sustained when pirates seized the ship on May 7. Another crew member was reportedly injured. (Source: Associated Press)


GlobeMobile Surpasses One Million GSM Minutes per Month

Globe Wireless has announced it has reached a significant milestone, surpassing one million GSM minutes per month.   Since its launch in April 2009, GlobeMobile has grown to become the world’s largest Maritime GSM network with over 20,000 active subscribers on just over 1,300 vessels. GlobeMobile is a GSM solution providing crew members voice calling and SMS capabilities at affordable rates.  GlobeMobile provides complete flexibility for crew members including: 


Attention on Deck!

U.S. Coast Guard Safety Alert for Commercial Fishing Vessels.   According to U. S. Bureau of Labor statistics, in 2012 commercial fishing was the second most dangerous occupation in the country, with over 117 fatalities per 100,000 workers.i This alert serves to remind commercial fishing vessel owners, operators, and crew members of the dangers associated with working around moving deck machinery, rigging, and equipment.


Crew Missing from Cruise Ship

Queen Mary 2. Photo: Cunard Line

 The Queen Mary 2 cruise ship called off the search for a crew member late Saturday after he went overboard off the coast of Newfoundland.   Colleagues on the Cunard vessel spent five hours looking for the man as they made their way from Southampton to Halifax, Canada.   A spokeswoman of Cunard cruise line said the search has now been called off. The company has not released the name, occupation or nationality of the missing crew member, who is not thought to be British.


London Club Warns about Dangers of Working Aloft

The London P&I Club has warned its members about the potential dangers inherent in the practice of working aloft on board ship. In the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin, the Club reports two recent deaths which have occurred on board members' vessels. In one case, a crew member disappeared after going to carry out routine checks on some refrigerated containers. No-one on board witnessed the incident and, by the time the man was reported missing, he had not been seen for some


Three Shipping Companies Indicted for Covering Up Pollution

Three companies that own and operate an oceangoing chemical tanker named the M/T Clipper Trojan were indicted in connection with an attempt by crew members to cover up the illegal dumping of oily waste in international waters, the Justice Department announced. The 11-count indictment named Clipper Wonsild Tankers Holding A/S and Clipper Marine Services A/S, both of which are Danish companies that operate and manage the M/T Clipper Trojan, and Trojan Shipping Co. Ltd


Vessel Sinks with All Filipino Crew

The 190 meter long, 56009 dwt bulk carrier Bulk Jupiter sank off the coast of Vung Tau, Vietnam.

  A Bahaman ship Bulk Jupiter with all-Filipino crew members sank on Friday in the East Vietnam Sea, some 150 nautical miles off southern Vung Tau City. Personnel of the Vietnam Maritime Rescue Cooperation Center (MRCC) rescued one and recovered two bodies of the crew members. The ship owners Gearbulk Holding Limited issued the following statement about the sinking of "Bulk Jupiter": Bulk Jupiter issued ditress signals at 22:54 hours UTC on January 1st in position lat


Greek-Operated Tanker Bombed at Libyan Port

Two crew members were killed when unidentified military aircraft bombed a Greek-operated oil tanker anchored at the Libyan port of Derna, the Greek coastguard said on Monday. The Liberian-flagged ARAEVO was carrying 12,600 tons of crude oil and had 26 crew members on board. Two other crew members were wounded, the coastguard said. Athens-based Aegean Shipping Enterprises Co, which operates the vessel, said no oil had spilled as a result of the attack


Russian Tanker Detained in Malaysia

File Photo: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

 The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) detained a Russian oil tanker Zolotoi Most along with 25 crew members for anchoring off Tanjung Piai without authorization, says a report in the Sputnik.   "The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency has confirmed the detention of


El Faro Captain Ordered Crew to Abandon Ship before Sinking

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The captain of the doomed El Faro cargo ship sounded an alarm for his crew to abandon the vessel shortly before it sank last fall in a hurricane near the Bahamas, killing all 33 onboard, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday.


Caribbean Fantasy Fire Extinguished

The passenger ferry vessel Caribbean Fantasy is towed to Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor on August 20, 2016. There were 511 passengers and crew evacuated from the vessel on August 17, 2016, following a fire on board. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Eric D. Woodall)

A fire that broke out aboard the passenger vessel Caribbean Fantasy at 7:42 a.m. on August 17 has been extinguished, and the vessel has been moored safely in port.   The Caribbean Fantasy is covered under Ardent’s OPA-90, Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting “SMFF” coverage


This Day In Naval History: August 30

USS Colorado (BB 45) (Photo: USNHC, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center)

1923 - USS Colorado (BB 45) is commissioned. Notable during her pre-World War II service, she helps in the search for missing aviator, Amelia Earhart, in 1937. During WWII, USS Colorado serves in the Pacific during World War II and is hit by kamikazes at Leyte in November 1944.  


Safe Carriage of Dangerous Goods in Containers

Photo: CMA CGM

 The International Group of P&I Clubs and the shipping line members of the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) have recently produced a new set of guidelines for the carriage of calcium hypochlorite in containers.   


Vietnamese Boat Collides with Hong Kong Cargo Ship

Vietnam Coast Guard. Photo courtesy: Global Security

Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship, Rich Better, collided with and sank Vietnamese squid boat BD 96660 in the East Vietnam Sea on August 2, 2016.   According to Tuoi Tre News, six Vietnamese sailors are safe and being taken to mainland China to await pick-up by Vietnam’s authorities.


GVF, Intellian Launch Certification for Marine SatCom Operators

(Photo: Intellian)

 In response to strong demand for satellite-based maritime connectivity, Global VSAT Forum (GVF) and Intellian have launched an Intellian Specialist Certification programme, including an initial course in terminal operation, GVF 562N, specifically for seafarers.   


Submarine Indiana Pressure Hull Complete

Photo by Chris Oxley (HII)

 Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has reached a milestone in the construction of the submarine Indiana (SSN 789). The 16th Virginia-class submarine has reached “pressure hull complete


Gard Alert: Port state CICs in 2016

Photo: Gard

 This year’s concentrated inspection campaigns (CICs) by port state authorities will focus on compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention and the vessel’s Cargo Securing Manual.   Port state authorities have announced the following CICs


This Day In Naval History: August 12

Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) (U.S. Navy photo  by Christopher Ware)

 1898 - USS Mohican and USS Philadelphia (C 4) crew members take part in official ceremonies marking the assumption of sovereignty of the Hawaiian Islands by the United States.   1918 - The Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels approves the acceptance of women in the Marine Corps


Royal IHC Completes Kargest TSHD in China

LEFT Alexander van Noort COO IHC - RIGHT Mr Luo Rijia Deputy Chief Engineer of CCCC GDC (c)Photo Royal IHC

After 19 months of building, trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) JUN YANG 1 left Kinderdijk on 15 August 2016. A ceremony to celebrate the on-time completion was held before the vessel set off for Guangzhou, China where she will be handed over to CCCC Guangzhou Dredging Company (GDC)


Ferry Carrying 500 People Catches Fire Near San Juan, Puerto Rico

A passenger ferry with hundreds of passengers caught fire off Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and the U.S. Coast Guard and local crews were rescuing people aboard, officials said.   U.S. Coast Guard and local police were helping more than 500 passengers and crew members on the American Cruise


Senior Officers Admit to Concealing Oily Waste Discharge

Two senior engineering officers employed by an Italian shipping company admitted they deliberately concealed their vessel’s discharge of oily waste into the sea, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.   Girolamo Curatolo, 50, of Custonaci, Sicily, the chief engineer of an oil tanker


What Happened to Malaysian Marine Tanker?

MT Vier Harmoni. Pic: Vierlines Commercial Division

 Malaysian and Indonesian maritime authorities were searching for a fuel tanker with 10 crew members on board that has disappeared in an apparent hijacking.   According to a Reuters report, the oil tanker carrying 900,000 litres of diesel has been hijacked and taken into Indonesian


Hong Kong Shipowner Issues Funds to Detained Vessel

Image: Hong Kong Shipowners Association

 The owners of Five Stars Fujian have at last paid for much-needed supplies to the Hong Kong vessel, which has been detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority since August 12, reports local media.   The Five Stars Fujian has been detained off the port of Gladstone in  by






 
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