Watch: Viking Sky Sends Mayday, Passengers Evacuated

By MarEx 2019-03-23 16:18:08

The cruise ship Viking Sky sent a mayday on Saturday, sparking a mass evacuation of the vessel off the Norwegian coast. Due to the high seas, lifeboats were not launched, and local authorities evacuated 479 people by helicopter. Waves were six to eight meters high, according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. 436 passengers and 458 crew members remained on board when VikingSky was taken under tow at a speed of about seven knots. She was taken to quieter waters about 60 kilometers away and is now docked at Molde. The vessel...

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Spill from Tank Farm Fire Closes Houston Ship Channel

By MarEx 2019-03-25 10:46:45

On Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said that about five dozen ships will have to wait to transit the Houston Ship Channel while efforts to clean up waste from the International Terminals tank fire continue.  The fire at International Terminals Co.'s Deer Park tank farm broke out on March 17, and it spread to seven filled tanks at its peak. It was largely out by Wednesday, except for a few reflash events, and workers at the site have been draining off...

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Watch: MHI Demonstrates Autonomous Fire-Fighting Robots

By MarEx 2019-03-25 02:42:28

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has developed two firefighting robots: the "Water Cannon Robot" and the "Hose Extension Robot." As a team they are designed for situations too hazardous for firefighting crews, such as fires at petrochemical plants.  The Water Cannon Robot can extinguish and cool fires where human intervention is difficult, while the Hose Extension Robot automatically lays out up to 300 meters of fire hose to supply water to the Water Cannon Robot. Also part of the system is a...

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Examining Ship Engine Failures on Stormy Seas

By Harry Valentine 2019-03-25 00:39:31

When the Viking Sky encountered difficulty and an engine shut down in the storm off the Norwegian coast on Saturday, the freight ship that sailed to its assistance through identical wave conditions also experienced an engine shutdown, raising the possibility of common factors having caused engines to shut down aboard both ships.  Could excess seawater have entered the engine air intakes of both ships and caused both engines to have shut down? Would there be a future need for air/water...

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Contact: Harbor Master and Pilot Unaware of Fender Issue

By MarEx 2019-03-24 01:45:12

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its investigation into the contact with wharf by livestock carrier Angus Express at the port of Broome, Western Australia, saying it highlights the challenging situations that marine pilots may encounter, and why it is important that local knowledge is captured and shared. On April 20, 2018, the Angus Express had just completed a voyage from Singapore and was expected to load cattle. As the vessel came into berth, the weight of the...

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Seafood Industry Stepping Up to Tackle Lost Fishing Nets

By MarEx 2019-03-23 21:00:40

The world’s 25 leading seafood companies are making progress in stopping their lost fishing gear, according to a new report from World Animal Protection.  The 2019 report, Ghosts beneath the waves: 2nd edition, ranks 25 seafood companies in Tiers 1 (setting best practice) to 5 (not engaged) on their ability to address the problem of ghost gear. Ghost gear – lost or abandoned fishing equipment - is one of the biggest threats to marine animals. 640,000 tons of ghost gear...

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Shipping Confidence Up Despite Ongoing Geopolitical Uncertainty

By MarEx 2019-03-23 20:16:11

Confidence in the shipping industry has risen in the last three months despite ongoing geopolitical uncertainty, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from leading shipping adviser and accountant BDO. The average confidence level rose to 6.2 out of maximum score of 10.0 this quarter compared to 6.0 in Q4 2018. Confidence was up in Europe, from 6.1 to 6.3, and in North America, from 5.2 to 5.6. In Asia, meanwhile, there was a drop in overall confidence levels to...

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Alan McCulla: Proactive on Fishing Crews' Human Rights

By MarEx 2019-03-23 19:49:59

Alan McCulla OBE Chief Executive of the Anglo-North Irish Fish Producers Organisation/Sea Source and Chair of the Fishermen’s Welfare Alliance speaks about his background and upbringing into the Northern Irish fishing community, his drive for better working conditions and business transparency in the fishing industry, and his organization’s relationship with Human Rights at Sea over the past three years: "People sometimes ask how long I’ve been involved in the fishing industry. My answer is 51 years – since birth. My...

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The Charles W. Morgan is the last of an American whaling fleet that once numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Ships like the Morgan often used routes defined by the trade winds to navigate the oceans.

Fast Facts: What are the Trade Winds?

By MarEx 2019-03-23 19:37:02

Early commerce to the Americas relied on the trade winds - the prevailing easterly winds that circle the Earth near the equator. Known to sailors around the world, the trade winds and associated ocean currents helped early sailing ships from European and African ports make their journeys to the Americas. Likewise, the trade winds also drive sailing vessels from the Americas toward Asia. Even now, commercial ships use "the trades" and the currents the winds produce to hasten their oceanic...

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