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ADEC: No Oil Recovered Yet

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) released a Situation Report stating that no oil has yet been recovered. Several beaches have been oiled, but one beach previously believed to be oiled was found instead to be covered with soybeans. One dead otter and three dead birds have been recovered.

This Day in U.S. Naval History - April 18

1848 - U.S. Navy expedition to explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan, commanded by LT William F. Lynch, reaches the Dead Sea.   1906 - Navy assists in relief operations during San Francisco earthquake and fire   1942 - USS Hornet launches Doolittle's Army bombers for first attack on Japan   1988 - Navy destroys 2 Iranian surveillance platforms, sinks one frigate and one patrol ships, and severely damages a second frigate in retaliation for attack on USS Samuel B

P&O May Face Fines In Immigrant Deaths

P&O may face fines of $181,000 over 60 illegal immigrants who traveled to England in a truck on one of its ships, 58 of whom were found dead upon arrival. Of the 60 illegal immigrants who had hidden in the container of a Dutch tomato truck, 58 were found dead by British customs officials who inspected the vehicle when it arrived on Monday at the English port city of Dover from Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Carnival Splendor Dead in the Water

The Associated Press reported that on Nov. 9, an early morning fire on one of Carnival Cruise Lines' biggest ships, the 113,000-ton Carnival Splendor, has left the vessel dead in the water off the coast of Mexico. According to the report, Carnival said it plans to terminate the current voyage of the Splendor as soon as the vessel can reach a port. The ship remains dead in the water off the coast of Mexico, and the line says the ship's crew still is working to restore power.

Death Toll Rises: 12 Dead in U.S. Navy Yard Shooting

According to various wire and news reports, at least 12 people were killed in a shooting on Monday at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, where a suspected gunman was reportedly among the dead and authorities were searching for two other possible assailants wearing military-style clothing, officials said. The exact number of dead and wounded fluctuated in the hours following the shooting, which took place about three miles from the White House, starting about 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT).

Boat Migrant Found Dead in Mediterranean, 354 Rescued

Rescuers found one migrant dead and saved 354 on a fishing boat in rough seas near the southwestern shore of Italy, the coast guard said on Monday.   The body was found on Sunday night, adding to the weekend's Mediterranean death toll after 49 people were found dead, probably from suffocation, on an overcrowded fishing boat.   Two Italian coast guard ships, a Croatian coast guard vessel deployed under the European Union's Triton maritime mission and a merchant ship carried out

Bermuda Flagged Cargo Ship Hijacked

The afternoon of March 23, the Bermuda flagged British Virgin Islands owned cargo ship MV Talca was reported hijacked. The hijacking took place approximately 120 nautical miles off the coast of Oman and 180 miles south of Mazera. MV Talca was heading from Sokhna in Egypt to Busheir in Iran. It had already passed through the International Recommended Transit Corridor, which is patrolled by warships and maritime patrol aircraft from EU NAVFOR, NATO, Combined Maritime Forces and other navies

Passenger Vessel Safety Under Russian Microscope

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev vowed a complete review of passenger ships after a deadly accident left as many as 129 people dead on an unlicensed cruise vessel, according to a Bloomberg report. Seventy-one bodies have so far been recovered after the July 10 shipwreck on the Volga River and almost no hope remains for finding more survivors from the Bulgaria two-deck river cruise ship. 58 are still missing.  

Taiwan Condemns Philippine Attack on Fishing Vessel

Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirm that shots fired from a Philippine ship killed one fisherman and caused serious damage. There have been incidents in the past with Taiwanese fishermen operating in the area being arrested and detained by the Philippine authorities but there have been few reports of shooting, much less injuries and death, reports 'Focus Taiwan News Channel'. Hung Shih-cheng, 65, was shot dead by the personnel on the Philippine vessel on Thursday morning

Berlin film "Fire at Sea" shows Horror of Refugee Crossings

Italian island of Lampedusa, where the film was shot. Photo Wikipedia

* Movie highlights tragedy of migrant crisis * Filmed mainly on Italian island of Lampedusa * Interleaves lives of islanders with refugees * Film competing for top prize at Berlin festival By Michael Roddy BERLIN, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Images shot in the hold of a boat where dozens of people died of asphyxiation after five hours in the Mediterranean brought home the horror of the refugee crisis in the film "Fuocoammare" (Fire at Sea) shown at the Berlin film festival on Saturday

Rescuers Save 301 Boat Migrants in Med

Rescuers pulled 301 boat migrants to safety and found five dead bodies in five operations in the central Mediterranean on Wednesday, the Italian Coast Guard said. An Irish navy ship recovered the five dead from a rubber boat along with 118 survivors

Excess Tonnage Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (Credit: Vale)

Capesize market "absolutely dead" on Thursday - broker. Vale says no new cargoes but owners sail empty vessels to Brazil. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes will continue to fall next week as too many ships chase available cargoes

Death Toll Hits 73 in Myanmar Ferry Disaster

The death toll in a Myanmar ferry sinking has reached 73, authorities said on Friday, as they wrapped up a week-long search and rescue operation for survivors and prepared to launch an inquiry into the cause of the disaster. Marine accidents are common in Myanmar

Seven Migrants Die on Day of Libyan Coast Guard Attack

The crew of a speedboat labelled "Libyan Coast Guard" attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing many to fall into the water and at least four to drown, humanitarian group Sea-Watch said on Friday.  

Subsea Cables Protected with Virtual Tech

The Vesper solution is elegant in its simplicity, using two land-based communication towers to establish a set of ‘virtual beacons’ on the water clearly marking the cable field, also establishing a wide buffer zone that is seen on a vessel’s electronic charts.

New York Power Authority (NYPA) had a costly and environmentally charged problem. Twice in a decade (in 2004 and 2014) a commercial tugboat dropped anchor and damaged one of its submerged power cables, a critical 7.5 mile stretch of four cables

Fourth LNG-ready Product Tanker Delivered to Crowley

West Virginia (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp. took delivery Friday of MT West Virginia, the fourth new Jones Act product tanker built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI). Crowley will christen the West Virginia on Tuesday at a ceremony at Philly Shipyard.  

Shipping Industry Slumps, but Ship Scrapping Looks Up

Alang, Gujarat: Worlds biggest ship breaking yard. Photo from Youtube video

 While the shipping industry struggles through a historic downturn, ship scrapping business is seeing accelerating demand, reports WSJ.   The global economic slowdown is putting shipping through its most bruising period since the 2008 financial crisis.   

Crowley Christens MT West Virginia

Fourth LNG-Ready, Product Tanker Joins the Crowley Fleet Photo Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp. today christened the MT West Virginia, its fourth new, Jones Act product tanker for the U.S. coastwise trade, in Philadelphia at Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA. The West Virginia is LNG ready

How Long Will Shipping Downturn Last ?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Shipping is a cyclical business. For many years, Clarksons Research has tracked the ups and downs of its cycles via the ClarkSea Index, a weighted average of vessel earnings in the main shipping sectors.    In the first half of August, the index averaged less than $7,500/day

Tanker Sale & Purchase Update

Tanker. Pic: TTS Group ASA

 For now, the Sale & Purchase (S&P)  market is pretty dead (because the charter markets are also slightly lifeless). S&P transactions for tankers have almost halved so far this year (Jan 1-Sept 2), reports  Alibra Shipping Ltd. Research.  

Evolution BWT System Begins USCG Shipboard Tests

Photo: Cathelco

Cathelco announced that its Evolution ballast water treatment (BWT) system has begun shipboard testing for U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval.   The system has been installed on the Svendborg Strait a 1,085 TEU containership owned by Carsten Rehder of Hamburg.  

Gladding-Hearn Delivers Fast Ferry to Hyline Cruises

(Photo: Gladding-Hearn)

Hy-Line Cruises, a division of Hyannis Harbor Tours, Inc., Hyannis, Mass., has taken delivery of Grey Lady IV, a new 493-passenger, high-speed catamaran from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, the Duclos Corporation. The fourth Incat-Crowther fast ferry built by the Mass

Indonesia Ferry Blast Kills Two

Going to Bali by Boat. Photo: Bali Tourism Board

 An explosion on a speedboat carrying 35 foreign passengers and four crew members  in Bali, Indonesia  has left two people dead and 18 other tourists injured.   According to the local police, the boat was ferrying tourists from Bali to Lombok and exploded enroute

Philly Shipyard Lays Keel for Kinder Morgan Product Tanker

Photo: Philly Shipyard

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, held a ceremonial Keel Laying for the third product tanker in a four vessel order for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a Kinder Morgan, Inc. subsidiary.   

Hurricane Matthew Death Toll nears 900 in Haiti, Cholera takes lives

Atlantic Tropical Cyclones and Disturbance Image  National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Matthew's trail of destruction in Haiti stunned those emerging from the aftermath on Friday, with the number of dead soaring to 877, tens of thousands left homeless and outbreaks of cholera already claiming more lives. Information trickled in from remote areas that were cut off by the

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