Crew member airlifted to hospital after fire broke out on board ship in Immingham

Crew member airlifted to hospital after fire broke out on board ship in Immingham
Peter Craig 21 APR 2018 https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/crew-member-airlift...

A crew member on board a ferry in the North Sea had to be airlifted to hospital after a fire in the engine room.

Emergency services were alerted at around 10pm on Tuesday when a fire broke out in the engine room on board Finlandia Seaways.

USCG increases marine casualty reporting thresholds

USCG increases marine casualty reporting thresholds
21/04/2018 https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/uscg-increases-marine-casualty-repo...

Members should be aware that the USCG has increased the marine casualty property damage thresholds for reportable marine casualties that take place in US waters or involve US-flag ships. These changes took effect on 18 April 2018.

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Los Angeles City Sues Ship Owners Over Oil Spill associated with Cargo Ship Istra Ace

City Sues Ship Owners Over Oil Spill
April 20, 2018 https://mynewsla.com/crime/2018/04/20/city-sues-ship-owners-over-oil-spill/

The city of Los Angeles Friday sued the owners and other parties associated with the 577-foot cargo ship Istra Ace, in which faulty piping allegedly caused an oil spill in the Port of Los Angeles in 2016 that covered more than 70 acres and took 23 days to clean up.

Australia: Live export trade under attack again

Live export trade under attack again
AIDAN SMITH 22 Apr, 2018 http://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agriculture/livestock/general-news/liv...

THE Awassi Express, the vessel at the centre of the latest live export turmoil, continues to sit in Fremantle Port.

Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, World Maritime Varsity sign MoU to develop maritime industry

NIMASA, World Maritime Varsity sign MoU to develop maritime industry
Emmanuel Okogba April 17, 2018 https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/04/nimasa-world-maritime-varsity-sign-m...

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and World Maritime University (WMU), Malmo, Sweden on Monday in Lagos signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop human capacity for the industry.

Sea marshals help keep maritime terror at bay

Sea marshals help keep maritime terror at bay
Aw Cheng Wei Apr 20, 2018 http://www.straitstimes.com/authors/aw-cheng-wei

When a ship sails serenely into Singapore's waters, it is hard to tell - from the outside - whether it has actually been taken over by pirates or terrorists.

Drama brews on high seas as Playmobil ship running out of steam: Vessel charts a course to pirate tax haven

Drama brews on high seas as Playmobil ship running out of steam: Vessel charts a course to pirate tax haven
Rebecca Hill 20 Apr 2018 https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/04/20/playmobil_ship_loses_juice/

A Playmobil pirate ships's journey to the Caribbean sea risks being scuppered as its supplies run low.

Container ship grounding, Subic Bay Update

Container ship grounding, Subic Bay Update
Erofey Schkvark April 19, 2018 https://maritimebulletin.net/2018/04/19/container-ship-grounding-subic-bay/

Ferry sinks, two tankers collide and a container liner grounds

Ferry sinks, two tankers collide and a container liner grounds
Martyn Wingrove 20 Apr 2018 http://www.passengership.info/news/view,ferry-sinks-two-tankers-collide-...

One ferry has sunk, two ships collided and a container ship grounded in southeast Asia, providing salvage opportunities to local companies. Local reports said one person was missing after an unnamed passenger ship sank in waters off Pedra Branca island, near the Singapore Strait.

The Secret Language of Ships

The Secret Language of Ships
Erin Van Rheenen 20 April 2018

Approaching the container ship in San Francisco Bay, the tugboat looks like a pit bull puppy chasing an eighteen-wheeler. When the vessels are an arm’s length apart, the ship’s mate throws down a line. Now leashed to the ship, the tug can push and pull it around the bay. Big ships can’t easily slow down or maneuver by themselves—they’re meant for going in a straight line.

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