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Energy analysts Douglas-Westwood are predicting capital expenditures globally for LNG facilities will be approximately $228 billion during the period 2013-2017, a huge uptick of close to 110 percent compared to the previous five-year span. This is probably no mystery since LNG is fast-becoming the new fuel-of-choice across many industry sectors. Time will tell as infrastructure projects and LNG-carrying ships race to meet growing market demand.

Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents

In Louisiana, four people had to be medevaced by the Coast Guard from the offshore supply vessel Dustin Santos after the ship caught fire near Grand Isle.

The ro/pax vessel Ierapetra L suffered an engine fire on its way to be drydocked in Igoumenitsa, Greece. The crew were able to extinguish the fire with no injuries.

An explosion aboard the Thailand-flagged tanker Chao Anoma sent three injured crewmembers to a hospital in Phuket.

Near Helgoland, Germany, a lifeboat accident on the Hong Kong-flagged oil and chemical tanker MTM Westport took the life of one sailor and seriously injured two other crewmembers. The lifeboat apparently fell approximately 11 meters.

In Haiti, near Cap Haitien, seven crewmembers were evacuated from the freighter Calypso after the vessel took on water. She subsequently sank, taking about 500 gallons of fuel with her.

The Japanese freighter Hokuei and Chinese general cargo ship Yong Sheng VII collided in Nagasuku Bay off Okinawa, Japan. Five crewmembers were rescued from the Hokuei, which later sank.

Piracy Pulse

One crewmember died after being shot in the head when pirates boarded an asphalt tanker on its way to Vietnam from Singapore. The thieves stole some of the crew’s properties, but the injured third engineer wasn’t found until after they escaped. He was flown to the hospital but it was too late.

In Nigeria, an oil tanker suffered damage after pirates wielding machine guns and explosives fired on the vessel as it was underway. But the combination of armed guards returning fire and evasive tactics thwarted the band-of-eight’s efforts.

At Kochi Anchorage in India, two speed boats with five robbers boarded and broke into an anchored product tanker’s stores and made off with said stores despite the crew raising the alarm and mustering.

Odds and Ends

The world’s largest engine now resides in the world’s largest containership. Built for China Shipping Container Lines by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries, the MV CSCL Globe is touted as being able to accommodate 19,000 TEUs. The massive vessel’s 17.2 meter-tall, two-stroke, low-speed main engine is a MAN B&W 12S90ME-C Mark 9.2.

The first-of-its-kind LNG-ready container ship will soon be traveling the Asia-North Europe transit. The 15,000 TEU M/V Sajir is part of a grand plan by the United Arab Shipping Company to build 17 of the greenest vessels in the industry with their aggressive newbuilding program. The A15 class, has been given DNV GL’s Approval in Principle, apparently also a first. The design provides a fast and economically efficient option to retrofit for LNG as needed.

The sentencing of Noly Torato Vidad, who worked as Chief Engineer aboard the M/V Selene cargo ship between the summer of 2013 and January 2014, will take place in February of 2015. Vidad was found to have falsified oil discharge records, bypassed the use of required pollution control equipment, instead discharging oily wastes into the ocean, lying to US Coast Guard inspection agents and telling his subordinates to lie as well.

Kathy A. Smith enjoys writing for US and international fishing and maritime trade journals. She can be reached at


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