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Africa is expected to dominate deepwater capital expenditure growth over the next five-year period. Along with North America and Latin America, the top frontrunners are projected to spend $173 billion, according to energy market analysts Douglas-Westwood. Despite declining oil prices, 2015-2019 should see overall expenditures for deepwater projects jump 69 percent to $210 billion over the preceding five year term.

Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents

An unfortunate accident resulted in one woman’s death when she was transferring from a tender to the cruise ship Queen Elizabeth while the vessel was in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

In Drapetsona, Greece, the chief electrician working aboard a high-speed catamaran ferry, at dock for maintenance, was killed after a fire broke out on the vessel.

In for a three-week scrubber installation at the Remontowa Shipyard in Poland, the Prinsesse Benedikte ferry needed more work after she was damaged by a floating dock that keeled over.

The hull of the product tanker M/V Taxiarchis loaded with diesel was damaged after the vessel ran aground while enroute from Simi to Anafi in Greece.

Despite efforts of the crew of two BC Ferries vessels who tried to rescue him, a man who fell overboard off the main car deck of the Queen of Oak Bay, was found unresponsive.

A lone 37-year-old US sailor fought the odds to survive 66 days at sea after his capsized sailboat left him injured nearly 200 miles off the North Carolina coast. While the vessel was upright when Louis Jordan was found, bad weather had broken the mast, which he had been unable to repair due to a wounded shoulder. Amazingly, Jordan survived by eating raw fish and drinking daily limited rations of rainwater he gathered in a bucket. The crew of a German freighter plying waters in the region spotted him and assisted with the rescue.

Piracy Pulse

There were tense times aboard a product tanker near Pulau Uwi, Indonesia when a large group of pistol-wielding pirates took control of the vessel, damaging equipment, transferring some of the ship’s cargo to a waiting boat and stealing several items that belonged to the crew. Thankfully the crew were not harmed.

In Malaysia, a five-hour frenzy took place aboard the bridge of a tug-towing barge when raiders carrying knives and guns held the crew hostage, robbed them, then forced the chief engineer to help them transfer some bunker fuel to another vessel. Communication equipment was also damaged in the incident.

Four pirates were thwarted in their efforts to remove stores from a berthed cargo ship in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The second officer was slightly manhandled when the robbers, surprised by the officer, pushed past him at the door of the central storeroom and quickly fled the ship.

Odds and Ends

A new ferry powered by LNG will soon be plying Canadian waters. The F.A. Gauthier, apparently the first of its kind to be put into service in North America, is 123 meters in length with the dual-fuel option of running on diesel or gas. The first Fincantieri-built vessel of this type has azimuth thrusters, electric propulsion and an ice class 1A notation and will work in Quebec on the Matane-Baie-Comeau-Godbout route.

As of July 1, 2015, the majority of SOLAS-certified ships of 500 and above gross tons berthing in Hong Kong will have to adhere to using 0.5% sulphur content of approved fuels or liquefied gas. The directive comes from the Hong Kong Legislative Council, which recently approved the Hong Kong Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuels at Berth) Regulation.

A captain who had five times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood on the day he was attempting to take the bulk carrier African Harrier out of Tauranga, New Zealand, was fined nearly $2,300 USD by Tauranga District Court, then later fired by the shipping company he worked for.


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