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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


Attorneys Obtain Top Florida Compensation for Maersk Chief Mate

International maritime lawyers Jason R. Margulies and Michael A. Winkleman, of Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. , have secured the top verdict in Florida for admiralty and maritime law in 2012 for the case: William C. Skye v. Maersk Line Limited Corporation, doing business as Maersk Line Limited. The verdict was published in the 'Daily Business Review' a legal and business periodical that ranks and publishes Florida Top Verdicts.


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


This Day In Naval History: May 23

Members from the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) tow a disabled skiff carrying 52 Somali migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Daniel Barker)

1850 - USS Advance and USS Rescue sail from New York in a failed attempt to rescue Sir John Franklins Expedition, lost in the Arctic since 1847. Caught in the ice and after tremendous hardship, USS Advance returns on Aug. 20, 1851. Rescue returns Sept. 7.  


Ferry Crew-member Missing off Pembroke Coast

 HM Coastguard is coordinating the search for a missing crew-member from a ferry, who it is believed may have gone overboard off the Pembroke coast.   The Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at St Athan has been searching the area for the missing man


OOCL Renews VOD Training Contract

Videotel KVH Logo

 Videotel, producer and distributor of training videos, 3D animation, and e-Learning courses to the maritime market and part of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has renewed its contract with Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) to supply the full Videotel On Demand (VOD) and software


Details El Faro's Sinking Emerge from US Probe

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

U.S. investigators on Friday concluded two weeks of hearings into the sinking of cargo ship El Faro in a hurricane last fall that included reports the vessel had outdated weather data and testimony from some of the last people to see it.  


37 Piracy Incidents in Q1, Says IMB

Image: International Maritime Bureau (IMB)

Worldwide, International Maritime Bureau (IMB) recorded 37 piracy and armed robbery incidents in the first quarter of 2016, down from 54 in the same period last year. Three vessels were hijacked and 29 boarded, with 26 crew kidnapped for ransom and a further 28 held hostage.  


Fishing Crew Missing off Wales

The U.K. Coastguard is searching for the crew of a sunken fishing vessel near St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire.   The Coastguard said it received a 999 call from a member of the public just before 14:30, April 28, to say they could see a fishing vessel in difficulty near the rocks at St


Norovirus Outbreak on Fred. Olsen Cruise Ship

Balmoral (Photo: Fred. Olsen Cruise)

An outbreak of the norovirus stomach bug has sickened 160 people aboard a Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ship docked at Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. health officials and the company said on Friday.   The norovirus outbreak took place aboard the Britain-based line's Balmoral during a transatlantic


Islamic Militants Free Indonesian Sailors

President Joko Widodo. Photo by Indonesia government

 Ten Indonesian tugboat crewmen held by the Abu Sayyaf terror gang in the southern Philippines were freed unharmed Sunday.   The sailors arrived in Jakarta late on Sunday night, hours after they were released from captivity.  They arrived at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport


US Tests World's Largest Unmanned Sub Hunter

Image by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa)

 The US military is beginning testing on the world's largest unmanned ship - a self-driving 40-metre vessel designed to travel thousands of kilometres out at sea without a single crew member on board.    The 132-foot "Sea Hunter" will patrol the world’s oceans


Stomach Bug on Disney Cruise

Disney Wonder. Photo: Disney Cruise Line

 An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness occurred aboard the the Disney Cruise Line ship the Disney Wonder last week, and more than 100 people have become sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.  


Fisherman Medevaced off Gloucester Coast

U.S. Coast Guard stock image

 A U.S. Coast Guard crew medevaced a 47-year-old fisherman suffering from chest pains off the coast of Gloucester, Mass.   Watchstanders at Sector Boston’s command center received the report at approximately 11:40 a.m. Wednesday from a crew member aboard the commercial fishing


Injured Fisherman Rescued off New Jersey

Screenshot from USCG video

An injured fisherman was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday 62 miles east of Cape May, N.J.   A crew member from the fishing vessel Stacy Lee called Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 12:45 a.m. to request assistance for a crew member who suffered a leg injury.  


Maersk Working to Tow Safmarine Meru to Safety

Safmarine Meru (Photo: Maersk)

Update on the containership collision off Ningbo, China   Maersk Line said it is working with Chinese authorities to develop a plan to tow its severely damaged containership Safmarine Meru to safety.   On May 7, the Maersk-owed Safmarine Meru was heavily damaged and caught fire after


World's Biggest Cruise Ship Sets Sail

Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 The world's largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas – which cost US$1 billion to build over 32 months – has been finished and was delivered to owner Royal Caribbean International.   The immense floating town has 18 decks and will be able to carry 6,360 passengers and 2


South Africa arrests Chinese ships for illegal squid fishing

South Africa's navy has detained three Chinese ships with around 100 crew on board on suspicion of illegal squid fishing, officials said on Monday. The ships were spotted on Friday having entered South Africa's 200 nautical mile economic exclusion zone without permits






 
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