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Maritime news from the seven seas


August 1, 2017

Liquified natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) are cited as bringing potential economic benefits and reduced emissions for owners and operators of vessels that ply Canada’s Great Lakes and eastern coastal waters. According to a recently-released report called Liquefied Natural Gas: A Marine Fuel for Canada’s Great Lakes and East Coast by the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance (CNGVA), Transport Canada and other industry and government stakeholders, it suggests that by 2025, 783,000 metric tons of LNG provided by facilities at Canadian ports could help power approximately 148 LNG vessels. And while reduced emissions and fuel cost savings could be a bonus with the introduction of the two fuel sources, the study also found that much work still has to be done to understand all the logistics involved, including human resources needs and familiarization with the new technologies required.

Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents

In Alaska, the Coast Guard had to air-lift a 22-year-old crewman from the Coastal Progress transiting near Kodiak, after he reportedly broke his leg.

Three men were killed after a strange turn of events that occurred in India, near Cochin Port. The Amber L bulk carrier ship crashed into the small fishing vessel, Carmel Matha with 14 crew aboard, then left the scene with its lights turned off. The Indian Navy gave chase and detained the bulk carrier with its 22 crewmembers. Apparently the Greek Master was charged with culpable homicide, and the investigation continues as of this writing.

One crewmember passed away after succumbing to turbulent waters that the Rama 2 tanker was challenged by in the Arabian Sea south of Oman. Reportedly, the ship was listing heavily to starboard and heavy seas prevented the 14 crew from escaping into life rafts. Subsequently a series of three merchant vessels helped rescue 13 mariners, but unfortunately, one person who was spotted in the water by a helicopter crew, had already died.

Piracy Pulse

At Belawan Anchorage in Indonesia, three brazen robbers stole various ship properties but not before two of them, brandishing knives, threatened the duty watchman. After tying him up, they welcomed another one of their group on board by removing the cover of the hawse pipe. All three raiders were able to get away, despite the alarm being subsequently raised.

In Venezuela, at Jose Terminal Anchorage, a crewmember on an anchored tanker was injured as he tried to flee from a band of eight pirates who got themselves aboard. The group assaulted the AB on duty but were dissuaded from their mission after the alarm was raised and the ship’s whistle sounded.

Rifle-wielding pirates in two small vessels, approached and fired on an LNG tanker transiting near Bonny Island, Nigeria. Although they carried a ladder in one of the boats and were able to get close to the tanker, evasive maneuvers squashed their attempts to get any further, and they soon sped away, leaving the target with minor damage from the rampage.

Odds and Ends

The first-ever expedition cruise ship for Hapag-Lloyd is currently under construction. The maiden voyage of the Hanseatic Nature, is set for spring 2019, while her sister ship Hanseatic Inspiration is expected to enter into service in the fall of the same year. The ships will be equipped with 16 Zodiacs and E-Zodiacs for landing passengers in remote waters, and also feature extendible glass balconies that give the illusion of floating on the ocean. The two ships will be identically structured, utilize numerous cutting-edge green technologies, and carry the PC6 designation, the highest ice class for passenger ships that ply polar waters.

Vancouver BC is getting a new commuter ferry to add to its SeaBus transportation link between the downtown core and North Vancouver. Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority, TransLink, has entered into an agreement with DAMEN Shipyards Group, to build a third SeaBus vessel, bringing the number in the fleet to three. The new vessel will be capable of accommodating up to 395 foot passengers, and is expected to be in operation in 2019.

Faulty maintenance that left loosened bolts on a fuel supply inlet flange on diesel generator 4, resulted in an eruption of uncontrolled fuel spray, causing an engine fire on the Carnival Liberty cruise ship while she was berthed at the Port of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands in 2015. All passengers were safely able to evacuate onto the dock while the crew deployed the onboard mist firefighting system. Among other suggested procedural improvements, the US National Transportation Safety Board found that the use of the fixed water-based applications in machinery spaces should be reviewed, and recommended that all crew are properly trained. The ship suffered an estimated USD $1.725 million in damages.

Kathy Smith writes for global maritime trade journals and provides marketing copy to maritime businesses worldwide. She can be reached at


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