Bow Mariner Investigation Completed

Tuesday, January 03, 2006
The investigation of the Feb. 28, 2004 sinking of a chemical tank ship off the coast of Virginia has been completed. A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday January 3, 2006, at 10 a.m. to be held at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads at 200 Granby Street, in Norfolk. The speaker will be Capt. Robert O' Brien, Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads. He will be accompanied by Jerry Crooks, Chief of Investigations at Sector Hampton Roads. The Bow Mariner, a 570-foot, 40,000-ton tanker exploded with 27 people aboard. It was carrying 3.2 million gallons of industrial-grade ethanol, plus 200,000 gallons of No. 6 fuel oil and 53,000 gallons of diesel oil. The Bow Mariner, built in 1982 in Yugoslavia, was owned by Odfjell ASA of Norway, which owns or charters 96 other tanker ships around the world. A portion of the fleet, including the Bow Mariner, was operated by Ceres Hellenic Ship Enterprises of Piraeus, Greece, which employs about 3,000 crew members for those and other tankers, oil carriers, bulk containers and liquid-natural-gas carriers. Only six crewmen survived the blast 50 miles off the coast of Chincoteague,Va. The bodies of 18 crewmen were never recovered. The official report will also be posted at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/moa/reportindexcas2.htm

Maritime Safety

Indian Cargo Ship Sinks Off Oman

An Indian cargo ship loaded with vehicles and food supplies destined for Yemen sank on Saturday off the coast of Oman but without loss of life, Oman’s ONA state news agency reported.

Danish Maritime Authority Supports Maritime Cultural Days

The Danish Maritime Authority's buoy tender ’POUL LØWENØRN’ will be alongside in Korsør in connection with the Maritime Cultural Days. The vessel will be open to visitors throughout Saturday,

ABS Makes it Safer to ‘Walk to Work’

ABS announced the publication of The ABS Guide for Certification of Offshore Access Gangways. The new Guide addresses certification for safety systems used for “walk to work” (W2W) crew transfers.

 
 
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