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Above Board

Maritime news from the seven seas


January 1, 2020

COSCO, Maersk, Yang Ming, and BC Ferries have been recognized for achieving the highest level of participation and performance in 2018 by Canada’s Prince Rupert Port Authority through the Port’s Green Wave vessel incentive program. In a statement, the Port said, “We also wish to recognize all of the vessel owners who participate in our Green Wave program at every level as they allow the Port of Prince Rupert to help accelerate a worldwide movement toward greater efficiency and sustainability.”

Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents

A crewman working on an ATB tug in Tampa Bay, Florida who was suffering leg injuries from a fall, had to be medevaced off the vessel. Area Coast Guard were able to get the crewman safely off the Legend and to a land-based hospital for treatment.

The James T. Wilson Fishing Pier, in Hampton Virginia, was damaged after a barge came loose from its moorings in rough weather, and drifted into the structure, taking out a large section of it.

An investigation into an October accident on the Ohio River, involving the Dale Artigue towboat plowing into a restaurant and bar at the Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club, was deemed to be the fault of the crewman at the controls who’d fallen asleep. At the time of the incident, the towboat was pushing 15 barges loaded with rock and gravel.

An unfortunate turn of events resulted in the death of a deckhand who had just finished several weeks of work aboard the ore carrier Wilfred Sykes. Apparently, the woman in her 30s was gathering up her personal belongings on the dock when she fell into the water.

Mechanical issues interrupted work for a group of four fishermen aboard the Sea Angels vessel which grounded in Browns Inlet, North Carolina. Thankfully, all were safely evacuated by helicopter via the area Coast Guard.

Piracy Pulse

A duty engine crewperson on board a bulk carrier in the Singapore Straits was surprised by several bandits brandishing knives. But before they could commence a hostage-taking situation with the startled person, they were thwarted by the alarm and had to leave without anything to show for their efforts.

Also in the Singapore Straits, a tanker that was underway, was the intended target of a group of six thieves wanting to get onboard and get up to no good. But their mission failed after the Master carried out evasive maneuvers, sending them packing.

Would-be robbers were also stopped by the alert crew of a berthed bulk carrier at the Silos Terminal at Agadir Port in Morocco. Though the group of four marauders were able to get aboard, they quickly had to make their getaway after the alarm was raised.

Odds and Ends

A new cruise ship being built by Viking Line is reportedly going to be the first ship to be equipped with Climeon’s steam turbines, part of Climeon’s Heat Power System to help reduce vessel emissions by about 4,000 tons per year. The Viking Glory, which is currently under construction at Xiamen Shipbuilding in China, will use the climate-conscious system to recycle heat from engines to use for electricity and to heat the vessel as well. The ship, which will also be fitted with Wärtsilä 31DF dual fuel engines and many other eco-technologies, is expected to enter into service in 2021.

A scenic British Isles pre-inaugural itinerary is awaiting the newest expedition hybrid battery equipped vessel being built by Hurtigruten. The MS Fridtjof Nansen completed her sea trials in late 2019 and will undertake the voyage in early March of 2020.

A new container terminal is coming to the Port of Montreal. With funding assistance to the tune of up to about $300 million from the Canada Infrastructure Bank, construction of the project located in Contrecoeur, Quebec, will also include investments from the private sector. The proposed new facility is expected to be ready for operations in 2024.

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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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