Kathryn Stone

Kathryn Stone

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Kathryn Stone is the MarEx News Editor for the U.S. and North America. She holds degrees in English and Foreign Languages and has been a member of the Maritime Executive staff since 2013.

M/V Kim Nirvana

Owner, Crew Face Murder Charges in Ferry Tragedy

By Kathryn Stone 2015-07-07 10:48:09

Police in the Philippines have filed murder charges against the owner and crew of the M/V Kim Nirvana, which sank on July 2nd killing over sixty people. The charges were filed against the ferry owner, Joge Bung Zarco, and the captain, Warren Oliverio, and 19 other people. During the initial investigation, police have concluded that the M/V Kim Nirvana made too sharp a turn before it capsized off the Port of Ormoc. The ferry was believed to have been overloaded with an estimated 204 people. Its...

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Life Buoy

37 Rescued from Sinking Cargo Ship

By Kathryn Stone 2015-07-06 21:20:52

Thirty-seven people were rescued from a Ro-Ro cargo ship in the Red Sea enroute to Saudi Arabia on Sunday. The 3,133 dwt Taba issued a distress call to the Safaga Naval base in Egypt after it started to sink. The Navy dispatched rescue teams to the area recovering the crew within a half-hour. they were taken Safaga Port where the vessel had began its voyage.    According to Red Sea Ports Authority spokesman, Abdel-Rehim Mostafa, the ship was unstable due to its truck cargo being...

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Washington DC Police

Scare at Washington Navy Yard

By Kathryn Stone 2015-07-02 20:17:07

Tensions were high Thursday morning after a worker at the Washington Navy Yard reported hearing gunfire in the same area as a 2013 massacre.   The Washington DC Police Department received a call from a worker around 7:29am. The U.S. Navy imposed a lockdown on the entire facility shortly thereafter. Both civilian and military law enforcement responded on scene and swept building 197 for possible gunmen. Several major streets in the DC area were shut down due to the large...

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Spanish Drug Seizure

Spanish Authorities Seize Over $26m in Drugs

By Kathryn Stone 2015-07-02 11:42:08

Spanish authorities intercepted a cargo ship this week carrying a massive load of hashish resin, valued at 24 million Euro ($26.6 million).  The nearly 16 ton haul was discovered after French police notified Europol of a suspicious vessel thought to be connected with drug smuggling operations. Specialized intervention teams from the Guardia Civil boarded the 2,495 dwt general cargo ship the evening of June 28 as it passed along the Southern Coast of Spain, near Malaga. The vessel was then escorted into...

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Ibrahim Konan

Ship Transporting Chemicals Runs Aground in Dardanelles

By Kathryn Stone 2015-07-01 13:13:51

A cargo ship transporting chemicals ran aground this morning in the Dardanelles. According to local media reports the 7,618 dwt Ibrahim Konan was carrying ammonium sulfate, a common fertilizer additive, when it ran aground in a narrow part of the strait near Eceabat, Turkey. The incident occurred around 3:00am local time after the ship suffered a rudder failure. The captain of the ship reported the incident to the Directorate General of Coastal Safety, which responded by sending the Put 7...

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Lim Ki-tack

Lim Ki-tack Named New IMO Secretary General

By Kathryn Stone 2015-07-01 04:57:45

Lim Ki-tack, president of the Busan Port Authority in South Korea, has been elected the new Secretary-General of the IMO. Today’s decision was passed down by a secret ballet vote of the 40-member IMO Council, which is holding its 114 session this week. Lim beat out five other candidates from Cyprus, Russia, Philippines, Denmark and Kenya for the position. He is the second South Korean candidate to vie for the IMO’s top position, but the first to win the election....

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Cosco Container Ship

Cosco Group Inflated Profits by $20m, Audit Finds

By Kathryn Stone 2015-06-29 19:29:29

Global shipping leader, Cosco Group, has been found to have falsified profits, according to a 2014 work report released over the weekend by China’s National Audit Office. The findings show Cosco Group falsified documents related to RMB 298m ($48m) in revenue and RMB 169m ($27.2m)  in expenses. Overall, the company is accused of overreporting its net profit by RMB 129m ($20.7m) for the five year period between 2008 and 2013. The report found severe operational violations in two of the group’s...

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Celtica Hav

Cargo Ship Catches Fire off Scottish Coast

By Kathryn Stone 2015-06-26 11:21:22

A fire erupted aboard general cargo ship late Thursday evening shortly after departing from Aberdeen Harbor. The 1,720 dwt Celtica Hav was en route to Hamburg when smoke was reported coming from ship’s cargo hold. A lifeboat escorted the vessel back into Aberdeen Harbor, where local fire response teams were waiting. The fire was contained in the early morning hours and the vessel is currently reported to be in stable condition. No one was injured in the fire. The vessel...

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autonomous underwater vehicles

Tests for Oil Spill Response Drones Underway

By Kathryn Stone 2015-06-25 20:20:29

Final testing for a new fleet of drones aimed at rapid oil spill detection at sea are set to begin June 25 in Cartegena, Spain. Five drones comprised of both autonomous water vehicles and aerial drones will be taking part in the experiment coordinated by the Universidad Politecnica de Cartegena. This week’s tests will mark the culmination of the experimental phase of the European URready4OS Project, which began in 2014. The goal of the project is to establish a flexible,...

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Sewol Ferry

27 Companies in Bid for Sewol Salvage Contract

By Kathryn Stone 2015-06-24 22:44:27

A total of 27 domestic and international companies have submitted bids to salvage the Sewol ferry that sank last year, killing over 300 people. Both South Korean and foreign companies are vying for the contract, which has an allocated budget of $91.6 million. There are seven consortia represented in the bids. Five groups are made up of international and Korean salvage companies, while the other two consist of only local companies. Twenty-seven companies are involved in the bidding process including...

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