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.
Italy: 200,000 Migrants Could Come by Sea in 2015
Ships carrying rescued migrants arrive in Italian ports; Eight more suspected of human trafficking detained in Sicily. As many as 5,000 migrants a week could arrive in Italy by sea from North African ports in the next five months unless something is done about the issue, according to an interior ministry projection. The figures, published on Thursday by the Rome newspaper Il Messaggero and confirmed by a ministry source, estimated that as many as 200
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.
Captain of Korean Ferry Praised Safety in Promotional Video
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.
Ferry Fire Death Toll Could Rise, 2 Killed in Salvage
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
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
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
Today in U.S. Naval History: November 26
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.
More than 120 Migrants Feared Dead after Boat's Motor Stolen
More than 120 migrants are feared to have died at the weekend when the motor of their boat was stolen, causing it to sink, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said, citing testimony from survivors brought to Italy. Two Sudanese men who arrived with around 1,000 other migrants at the Sicilian port of Palermo on Monday told IOM staff they left Libya in a rubber boat packed with 130 people, mainly Sudanese, IOM spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo said.
Guangzhou Shipyard Bags Order for Seven Tankers from Cosco Shipping
Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation (CSET) has placed an order for seven more ships at compatriot Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (GSI), owned by CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering Company Limited. The order will include two 64,900 dwt crude oil tankers, two 109,900 dwt LR2 vessels and three 114,000 dwt crude tankers, totaling in an investment worth approximately USD 323 million (RMB 2.14 billion.).
BSEE Proposes Softening of Offshore Drilling Rules - WSJ
A U.S. regulator has proposed rolling back safety measures put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which would reduce the role of government in offshore oil production, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which regulates offshore oil and gas drilling, proposes relaxing requirements to stream real-time data on oil production operators to facilities onshore
Famous 16-Foot Great White Shark Gone Missing
Mary Lee, the 16-foot Great White Shark that has had Twitter in a frenzy the past few weeks, has gone missing – electronically speaking. According to Ocearch, a conservation group set out to track and collect date from tiger and great white sharks, said her transmitter hasn’t had a “ping” since June 17, and no one has seen or heard from her since. Fans on twitter have been speculating her death, but never fear, it is more likely her tracker has lost battery power
Iranian Warship Crashes at Caspian Port, Two Crew Missing
An Iranian warship crashed into concrete wave breakers at a port in the Caspian Sea and two of its crew members are missing, according to local media reports. The 100-meter long warship, called Damavand, crashed at the harbour town of Bandar Anzali during stormy seas which kicked up waves as high as four meters, Gilnegah, a website focused on news about the northern province of Gilan, reported. Six crew members from the warship were initially knocked into the water during the
Hong Kong Continues Cleanup Following Palm Oil Spill
Hong Kong stepped up efforts on Wednesday to clean up a massive palm oil spill, with authorities scooping up more than 90 tonnes of foul-smelling, styrofoam-like clumps in one of the worst environmental disasters to blight the territory's waters. Dead fish, shells, rocks, plastic bottles and other rubbish could still be found coated with globules of palm oil on beaches across the Chinese-controlled territory six days after the spill caused after two vessels collided in the Pearl River
More Migrants Feared Drowned off Yemen
Some 180 young Ethiopian and Somali migrants, many weakened by hunger and drought in their home countries, were forced from a boat into rough seas off Yemen by smugglers on Thursday and 55 were presumed to have drowned, the U.N. migration agency said. It was the second such incident in as many days off Shabwa province in southern Yemen, where 50 teenage African migrants were "deliberately drowned" on Wednesday by a smuggler who forced 120 passengers off his boat
Dship Carriers is Expanding its Fleet
dship Carriers, the multi-purpose project carrier belonging to the deugro Group, is expanding its fleet, adding three heavy-lift MPP vessels in July/August 2017, which will primarily be used for trade lanes between Asia, the Persian Gulf, and Europe. MVs Holandia, Helvetia, and Gallia were named after vessels that the Press family owned and operated in the 1980s. “With a combined lifting capacity of 240 metric tons and dead weight of 12,780 metric tons
US Drillers Add No Oil Rigs as Harvey Slows Production
U.S. energy firms did not add any oil rigs this week as Hurricane Harvey barrelled into the nation's energy heartland, forcing drillers to halt production and refiners to shut plants. The total oil rig count for the week ended Friday stayed at 759, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its report on Friday. That compares with 407 active oil rigs during the same week a year ago
France, Italy Agree on STX Shipyard Ownership Split
The French and Italian governments have agreed on a shared ownership deal of the STX France shipyards, but with a clause giving France the right to take control if needed, Le Monde newspaper reported. Le Monde reported, citing an adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron, that Italian company Fincantieri could get 51 percent ownership, including a 1 percentage point stake lent to it by France, which France could take back.
Pirate Attacks Still a Major Concern -Sailors’ Society
Global piracy continues to be a concern in the Gulf of Guinea, Southeast Asia and Venezuela, according to statistics released yesterday by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB). In the first nine months of 2017, 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported, including 92 vessels boarded with five hijackings, 11 attempted attacks and 13 vessels fired upon.
Furuno DS60 DSL Selected for 200+ USCG Vessels
Furuno USA, Inc. said it has been awarded a five-year U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) IDIQ contract, valued at approximately $10 million, to supply Doppler Speed Logs (DSL) as part of the USCG’s Doppler Speed Refreshment Project. Furuno’s DS60 DSL will be installed on more than 200 vessels, ranging from 87’ Marine Protector-class patrol boats to the 418’ National Security Cutters, the largest class of vessel in the USCG fleet.
Update: Texas Barge Explosion Kills One, Fire Extinguished
At least one person was killed and another was missing on Friday after an oil barge being pulled by a tug boat caught fire and exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, officials said. The barge was carrying some 133,000 barrels of crude oil to a refinery in Corpus Christi when the explosion occurred at 4:30 a.m., they said. The dead person had not yet been identified and the fire was allowed to burn itself out before being extinguished, said Rick Adams
Overcapacity Still Weighs on Shipping Industry -Report
Global demand for maritime shipping picked up last year, but the pace was still below the historical 3 percent average and continued to lag behind supply, keeping freight rates and earnings low in most segments, a new UNCTAD report says. The Review of Maritime Transport 2017 says that seaborne trade grew by 2.6 percent in 2016, reaching 10.3 billion tons. Although this was a welcome improvement to the 1.8 percent growth recorded in 2015, the boost in demand was offset by a 3
US Navy Rolls out New Measures after Deadly Collisions
The U.S. Navy has introduced new measures aimed at avoiding a repeat of two deadly crashes in the Asia Pacific region involving its warships and commercial vessels following a review of its practices, the Seventh Fleet commander said on Monday. Vice Admiral Phillip Sawyer’s comments come after a U.S. guided-missile destroyer was slightly damaged at the weekend when a Japanese tug drifted into it during a towing exercise off central Japan
Cosco Energy Transportation to Buy New Tankers
Cosco Energy Transportation has entered into the Agreements with Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company Limited for the construction of the Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) and the Suezmaxs. The total consideration for the construction of the VLCCs and the Suezmaxs is RMB 3.67 billion (USD 88.5 million). The consideration is determined by reference to the market price of crude oil tankers ranging in sizes from 280,000 to 320,000 dead weight tons and 150,000 to 160