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Above Board

Maritime news from the seven seas


December 1, 2018

UK-based KVH Videotel recently released a new training offering that’s free to industry. Seafarers Mental Health and Well-Being includes a brief video, information booklets and facilitator notes. The project was developed in collaboration with International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).

Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents

Heavy seas in the Taiwan Strait resulted in several containers falling overboard from the cargo vessel Ying Hai which was enroute from Kaohsiung to Busan, South Korea when she encountered foul weather. The nine crew aboard were airlifted to safety, while rescue boats tried to tow the listing ship but to no avail; the Ying Hai ended up subsequently capsizing and sinking.

A routine ship-tie-up job led to a mariner’s death in Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway when the bulk carrier Spruceglen was entering Eisenhower Lock. The crewman reportedly lost his balance on the dock after being lowered from the ship, fell into the water and died almost immediately, despite the quick rescue efforts of two St. Lawrence Seaway workers.

A damaged diesel tank aboard the offshore supply vessel Candy Store caused the release of more than 1,000 gallons of diesel being dumped into the water after the ship grounded off Monkey Island near Cameron, Louisiana.

In the Chetco River in Oregon, a loose crane hook was responsible for a mariner having to be evacuated from the fishing vessel Arctic Storm. Reportedly, area Coast Guard stabilized the man, who sustained a facial injury, before taking him to be seen by onshore medical staff.

Piracy Pulse

Apparently shouting at would-be thieves helped dissuade them from their mission to board a product tanker at anchor in Nigeria around the Lagos Secure Anchorage Area. The troupe was brandishing guns and hooks but they soon took off after loot-grabbing hopes were also dashed when the alarm was raised and the ship’s fire pump was put into action.

In Mogadishu, Somalia, a threatening group of four raiders carrying AK-47s tried to get onto a bulk carrier but armed guards kept them away by firing back on the marauders who were intent on claiming a prize.

In the Singapore Straits, a crewman aboard an LPG tanker was injured by three thieves who singled him out, stealing some of his personal belongings in the process. The brazen group was able to escape despite the alarm being raised.

Odds and Ends

Autonomous navigation in port is one of the newest digital shipping trends. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is paving the way by going into partnership with Captain AI, a new software start-up. As part of early testing, the Port Authority has put to work a floating lab of sorts by converting a patrol vessel for the purpose of multi-data gathering.

BAE-Lockheed Martin has been named the preferred bidder to design a new fleet of warships for the Canadian Navy. If awarded the $60 billion contract, the consortium will work on 15 new vessels based on the BAE Type 26 design for the Canadian government’s Canadian Surface Combatant program.

The World Maritime Rescue Congress will convene in June of 2019 in Vancouver, BC. Dedicated to best SAR practices, SAR teams, industry and governments from around the world will spend four days learning from the past and looking to the future.

One for Kongsberg’s record books. The Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs has awarded the marine simulation giant a whopping SGD 21.2 million ($15.4 million US) contract to provide four advanced K-Sim Tactical Boat Handling and Firing Simulators with a 10-year comprehensive maintenance agreement to the Singapore Police Coast Guard. Delivery is expected in the first quarter of 2020.

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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