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Above Board

Maritime news from the seven seas


April 1, 2018

Incremental improvements in the price of oil and a lowering of supply chain costs, have prompted the resurgence of deepwater projects, to the tune of $136.8 billion over the next four years, according to Douglas Westwood market researchers. While capital expenditures are down four percent over the 2013-2017 period, DW projects the upturn will continue through 2022.

Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents

Five people died and another 12 were seriously injured as the result of a ballast tank explosion and subsequent fire aboard the Sagar Bhushan drill ship at India’s Cochin Shipyard.

In another shipboard explosion, three people were killed and six others were wounded in a towboat accident at First Marine Shipyard in Calvert City, Kentucky.

In Germany, an apparent engine control failure was responsible for the Akacia containership alliding with the southern gate of the Kiel Canal Gate lock. The vessel was traveling at a speed of more than 11 knots at the time of the incident and incurred major damage.

In California, the Osprey, a 52-foot passenger vessel, ran aground near the Berkeley Marina in the vicinity of San Francisco. Two of the 43 people aboard were injured in the incident.

A crewmember had to be air-evacuated after suffering a broken leg aboard the Kassos tanker near Galveston, Texas.

Four people had to be rescued when their fishing boat Sea Star started taking on water near Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Luckily, each ensured they put on their immersion suits and used their EPIRBs to assist in their survival, and to help first responders find them as quickly as possible.

Piracy Pulse

Ship’s stores were taken, despite the alarm being raised, after a group of bandits stealthily got aboard an anchored bulk carrier at the Macapa Anchorage in Brazil.

At Chittagong Anchorage in Bangladesh, a brazen group of knife-wielding marauders tried to board an anchored bulk carrier but were thwarted by an alert crew ready to take action with fire hoses.

In India, at Diamond Harbor anchorage, shouting was all that was needed to dissuade a pirate trying to board an anchored bulk carrier via the anchor chain. The would-be thief quickly retreated to a small boat with two others in it and took off.

Odds and Ends

Danish company OSK-ShipTech is providing the design on reportedly the largest ferry order to date. Four ro/pax vessels are being built at Guangzhou Shipyard International for MSC Group and Onorato Armatori. The ferries will have advanced energy technologies aboard, and will use LNG as fuel. The modern ships will accommodate approximately 2,500 passengers, with 536 cabins. The first vessel is expected to be delivered to MSC subsidiary GNV in 2021.

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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