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Maritime news from the seven seas


In early January, BIMCO released a 32-page document entitled The Guidelines On Cyber Security Onboard Ships , to be used as a complementary guide to existing International Safety Management (ISM) Code and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code safety and security management protocols. This project is a joint effort by several maritime entities, including the Cruise Lines International Association, International Chamber of Shipping, Inmarsat, and INTERTANKO.

Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents

There were no injuries but plenty of vessel damage when the City of Rotterdam car carrier collided with the ferry Primula Seaways in the Humber Estuary located along the east coast of Northern England.

Vacationers aboard the luxury cruise ship Star Pride had their holiday interrupted when the vessel grounded in a remote area off Panama, damaging the hull and preventing the ship from sailing on.

In separate incidents, crewmembers from two different bulker ships had to be medevaced to hospital after suffering strikingly similar injuries. The vessels were diverted to Bermuda in order for the evacuations to take place. A crewmember working aboard the Gdynia reportedly had broken one of his legs, and the following day, a crewmember aboard the Hector was reported as having broken both of his legs.

The 622-foot bulk carrier Odigitria on its way to Grows Terminal in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, ran aground in the Delaware River. Amazingly, there were no reports of any environmental spill or any injuries.

In Virginia, a crewmember aboard the containership Maersk Santana had to be airlifted to the hospital after suffering burns to his arms and legs.

Fierce winter storms in the English Channel wreaked havoc on many ships transiting the area in early January. Near Ouessant Island, a crewman on the Cape Mayor containership died of hypothermia after being swept overboard, while another became injured on deck. He was later airlifted out for medical attention.

Piracy Pulse

Late last year in Nigeria pirates took hostage the Polish captain and four crewmembers of the cargo vessel Szafir while it was sailing to Port Harcourt from Antwerp. Thankfully, their captivity didn’t last long and they were freed and able to safely return home.

In the Tianjin Outer Anchorage, China, the siphoning of diesel oil by pirates from an anchored bulk carrier was interrupted when the duty officer spotted the thieves who had inserted a hose from their boat into the ship’s diesel oil tank.

In the Philippines, a bulk carrier’s bridge superstructure was damaged by gunfire after the second officer performed evasive maneuvers when a band of five robbers with guns approached the vessel in hopes of boarding it.

Odds and Ends

In a world’s first, the Al Muraykh containership owned by UASC, sailed from Port Klang in Malaysia with the largest container load on board to date. The vessel’s first European port of call was at DP World London Gateway Port. There, the vessel unloaded 3,800 of its record-breaking 18,601 TEUs. The 400-meter ship has the capacity to carry 18,800 containers. Containers can be stowed below decks, and above, as high as 11 stories.

An investigation was recently launched by Transport Malta involving an unfortunate accident with the third mate working aboard the Merito containership. Despite the ship being at berth in Algiers, Algeria, gale force winds battered the vessel for several hours. Cargo operations were suspended during the bad weather and the third mate took on extra responsibility for monitoring the mooring ropes. In an unusual move, he went ashore to gain better sight of an aft mooring shore bollard. Apparently he was standing in the snap back zone when a mooring rope parted, hitting him in the face. It was determined by the post-mortem, that the blow was so hard he died instantaneously when he suffered major head trauma and cardio-respiratory failure.

Big data continues to evolve in the maritime industry. Reportedly starting in February 2016, ClassNK classification society will start operating its new Ship Data Center from Toyko, Japan. The premise of the project is to use the Center as a big data information hub for collecting and optimizing ship operations, improve machinery monitoring and possibly help streamline various industry requirements such as storing fuel consumption data with regard to MRV regulations coming to EU ports in January 2018 that will require ships to report fuel usage on ships 5,000 gross tons and above.


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