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Bangladesh Rescuers Struggle in Ferry Response; 120 Missing

Bangladeshi rescuers struggled against a strong current and choppy river waters on Tuesday in the search for a ferry that capsized with more than 200 passengers on board with about 120 of them missing, many feared dead. Low-lying Bangladesh, with extensive inland waterways and slack safety standards, has an appalling record of ferry accidents, with casualties sometimes running into the hundreds. Overcrowding is a common feature of many of the accidents, and each time the government vows to toughen regulations. The ferry that sank on Monday, the MV Pinak-6, had a capacity to carry 85 passengers, according to the inland transport authority. It went over and sank in the Padma river about 30 km (18 miles) southwest of the capital, Dhaka. "The navy rescue team started using sonar from this morning," said Mohammad Saiful Hasan Badal, deputy commissioner of the Munshiganj district, where the ferry went down. But a strong current, deep, rough water and poor visibility were complicating the search, Saiful said. Teams from the military, coastguard, Inland Water Transport Authority and the fire brigade had been pressed into the rescue effort, Saiful said. About 100 passengers were rescued after the vessel sank, while two women taken to hospital had died. There was a possibility some of those on board had swum to the riverbank, Saiful told Reuters.


Captain of Korean Ferry Praised Safety in Promotional Video

South Korean Ferry

  The captain of a ferry that sank off South Korea's southwestern tip with hundreds feared dead said in a promotional video four years ago that the journey was safe - as long as passengers followed the instructions of the crew. The irony is the crew ordered the passengers, mostly high school children, to stay put in their cabins as the ferry sank last Wednesday. As is customary in hierarchical Korean society, the orders were not questioned.


USCG Reconvenes Formal Investigation

The USCG reconvened its one-person formal investigation to determine the cause of the sinking of F/V Cape Fear and the loss of two of its crewmen. F/V Cape Fear sank Jan. 8, 1999 after radioing a distress call reporting they were taking on water. Three of the five crewmen aboard Cape Fear were rescued by the crew of F/V Misty Dawn. The USCG conducted an extensive search for the two missing crewmen. The body of one crewmember was located on a beach near Gooseberry Neck the next day


Illegal Ferry Ops Again Equals Disaster

At least 56 people, many of them children, drowned and scores are feared missing after an overcrowded boat capsized off Jolo island in the southern Philippines, officials said last Thursday. About 70 survived, many rescued by fishermen, while one man swam two miles to shore after the ML Annahada capsized on Wednesday night, the coastguard said. Twenty-seven children, aged from three months to nine years, were among the dead.


Ferry Fire Death Toll Could Rise, 2 Killed in Salvage

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Two Albanian seamen were killed on Tuesday during the salvage of a multi-deck car ferry that caught fire off Greece's Adriatic Coast two days ago, killing at least 11 people, with dozens more missing.   The men were killed when a cable connecting their tugboat to the smouldering hulk of the Norman Atlantic snapped and hit them, an Albanian port authority official and Italy's navy said.   As salvage operations continued, there was confusion over the numbers on the ship


Malta Rescues 80 Migrants, 20 Feared Dead

A Maltese patrol boat rescued about 80 migrants in a drifting dinghy off the island early on Thursday, but another 20 people were feared to have perished. Along with southern Italy, Malta is one of the main points of arrival for migrants attempting the crossing from North Africa into Europe. A government spokesman in the Maltese capital Valletta said the migrants appeared to have been in the dinghy for a number of days and needed medical treatment


News: Fifth Cape Fear Class Crew Boat

Construction is underway of the fifth in the series of "Cape Fear" class crew boats, with the latest version a custom vessel is being built Chesapeake Yachts at his 54 acre facility in Chesapeake, Va. Eminating from the design house of Industrial Object, David Carambat, president, said, "The Cape Fear crew boat is a speedy craft weighing in at an amazingly efficient 42,000 lbs. With twin Caterpillar 3176's, this lean, rugged machine boasts a speed of 31


Oil Tanker Crewman Lost at Sea

According to a report from Agence France-Presse, an employee of Finnish refining company Neste Oil went missing from an oil tanker during a routine trip in the North Sea and is presumed dead, the company said March 7.   (Source: Agence France-Presse)  


This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 28

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1800 - Essex becomes first U.S. Navy vessel to pass Cape of Good Hope 1814 - HMS Phoebe and Cherub capture USS Essex off Valparaiso, Chile. Before capture, Essex had captured 24 British prizes during the War of 1812. 1848 - USS Supply reaches the Bay of Acre, anchoring under Mount Carmel near the village of Haifa, during expedition to explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan.   Source: http://www.history.navy


Today in U.S. Naval History: November 26

William Lynch (Photo: William Maury Morris)

Today in U.S. Naval History - November 26 1847 - Lt. William Lynch in Supply sails from New York to Haifa for an expedition to the River Jordan and the Dead Sea. His group charted the Jordan River from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea and compiled reports of the flora and fauna of the area. 1940 - Sixth and last group of ships involved in Destroyers-for-Bases Agreement transferred to British at Nova Scotia.


Weego Introduces Jump Starter Battery+

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Weego launched the compact and portable Jump Starter Battery+ for the marine market.  Weego is pocket sized and capable of starting boats, cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs and more, as well as charging phones, tablets, speakers and other USB devices


Asia: LPG Shipping and LNG Pricing

Image: Navigator Gas

 While declining Asian LNG prices have reduced margins on the long-distance LNG trade, causing spot-charter rates for LNG vessels to fall, LPG shipping earnings are forecast to remain buoyant on the back of low oil prices and the absence of fuel substitution.  


Some Roads Reopened in Brazil, Truck Strike Persists

Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil after police began fining and arresting protesters, though strike organizers said they had no plans to end their stoppage now in its 10th day. Road blockages were reported at 59 locations across six states on Friday down


Sri Lanka Says No to Docking of Chinese Submarines

Image: The Directorate General of Merchant Shipping

 Sri Lanka declared that it will not allow Chinese submarines to dock in its waters as part of a new policy barring hosting of foreign submarines.   Sri Lanka's new Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said on Saturday in Beijing that the new government in Colombo will not allow a


MMEA Recover Hijacked Tanker

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  A hijacked Malaysian coastal tanker has been recovered by the prompt actions of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) off the coast of Malaysia. The owners of the Malaysian tanker lost contact with the tanker at 2200 hours on 28 January 2015


Greece to Go Quiet on Shipping Tax

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The New Leftist government in Greece is expected to avoid tax clash with shipping tycoons, reports Reuters.   Many owners in Greece’s important shipping sector were in fear that the new government led by Syriza party of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will levy higher taxes that the


Baltic Index Continues Slide as Rates Drop

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, continued its slide on Monday, hitting a new near-three decade low as rates for all four vessel segments fell.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize


Oil Tankers Run Gauntlet in Nigeria's 'Pirate Alley'

Photo: Edward Stegle

A pirate attack that killed a supertanker crewman off the coast of Nigeria this week has highlighted a growing threat off oil-rich West Africa, as vessels carrying millions of barrels of crude traverse a region that has become known as "pirate alley".  


Regulator Approves Rumo's Takeover of Brazil Railway Firm ALL

Brazil's antitrust regulator Cade on Wednesday approved the takeover of the country's main railway operator America Latina Logistica SA by Rumo Logistica SA with restrictions to protect against unfair market advantages. The lead Cade investigator on the case, Gilvandro de Araujo


Update: 3 Dead, 10 Injured in FPSO Explosion

Photo: BW Offshore

Brazil oil regulator says 3 dead, 10 injured in Petrobras platform explosion   An explosion at an offshore Petrobras oil and natural gas platform killed three workers and injured 10 more, Brazil's oil regulator ANP confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.  


Liquefaction – Potential Dangers of Bauxite

Bulk Jupiter (Pic by Veus)

 The recent total loss of the "Bulk Jupiter", which capsized and sank off Vietnam, prompted marine insurers to issue warnings about the risk of shipping bauxite in case excess moisture liquefies the cargo and makes it unstable. 


Costa Cruises Seeks to Reassure Italy over Job Loss Fears

Photo: Costa Cruises

A unit of one of the world's biggest cruise operators sought to reassure Italy on Friday that plans to transfer some of its operations to Germany did not mean it would move abroad.   Costa Cruises, part of Carnival Corp, is based in the northern Italian port of Genoa


TS Lines Seeks to Restart Shipbuilding Plan

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T.S. Lines, Taiwan's fourth largest container carrier, is seeking to restart its dormant shipbuilding plan in 2015, the company announced Monday. In 2011, the company suspended a plan to order four 1,800 teu and four 4,700 teu box ships due to the  belief that new building prices would


Duke Energy Fined for Environmental Violations

  Duke Energy Corp has agreed to pay a fine of about $102 million for environmental violations related to a power plant's coal ash spill into a North Carolina river last year and the company's management of coal ash basins in the state.


Manila Ports Back at Optimum Utilization

Photo:  Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)

 Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) stated that utilization rate at the port of Manila is back to normal after the disruption of operations during the visit of Pope Francis to the country last month.   The state-run PPA said in a statement that container yard utilization and vessel






 
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