Ride the Ducks Boat Sinks, Killing 17
Crowley Takes Delivery of LNG-Fueled Con/Ro
Nigeria Halts Cargo Arrivals for Cosco and Maersk
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Ride the Ducks Boat Sinks, Killing 17

A Ride the Ducks tour boat sank near Branson, Missouri on Thursday, killing 17 out of 31 on board and injuring seven. On Thursday evening, two "Ride the Ducks" amphibious tour boats departed the dock at Branson for an outing on Table Rock Lake. At approximately 1815 hours, a line of severe thunderstorms blew through the area, bringing winds of up to 65 knots and waves of five feet. The two duck boats made for shore; one made it to...

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Crowley Takes Delivery of LNG-Fueled Con/Ro

On Friday, shipbuilder VT Halter announced the delivery of Crowley's new LNG-powered con/ro El Coquí, one of the first vessels of its type in the world.  The Jones Act-qualified vessel will serve Crowley's liner service route between Florida and Puerto Rico, alongside her soon-to-be-delivered sister ship, the Taíno. Each vessel can carry about 2,400 TEU of containerized cargo - including outsize 53-foot boxes and up to 300 reefers - plus about 400 vehicles stowed in its interior ro/ro holds. Crowley says...

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Nigeria Halts Cargo Arrivals for Cosco and Maersk

Operations at Nigeria's main container terminals and their environs have experienced significant disruption over the past week, with regulators denying access to two major ocean carriers and truckers blocking port access freeways.  On July 14, the Nigerian Port Authority suspended the local operations of Maersk Line, Cosco Shipping, Africa Port Services and Lagos & Niger Shipping Agencies for ten days over an alleged failure to provide holding space for empties. The NPA asserted that a shortage of storage bays was to blame...

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MAIB: Spun Bearing Led to Explosion and Fire

The UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has released its report into the engine failure and fire aboard the ro-ro ferry Wight Sky last September. According to the agency, the failure - which led to the injury of the Sky's engineer - may have been caused by the entry of debris into the engine during its installation.  In July and August 2017, the Sky's #2 main engine suffered a series of failures, beginning with an undiagnosed coolant loss problem. A...

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Korean Firm "Finds" Wrecked Warship and Trove of Gold

Another firm has laid claim to the discovery of the Dmitrii Donskoi, a Russian warship from the Age of Sail that was scuttled in the Sea of Japan in 1905. The new claimant, a South Korean company called Shinil Group, says that the wreck contains 200 tons of gold in bars and coins - an amount that would offer a commodity value of $8 billion at today's spot prices. However, Shinil put the valuation much higher, at $130 billion, and it asserted...

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USCG: Hoax Distress Calls can be Deadly

“This is the fishing vessel Sol e Mar. This is a mayday, we’re sinking, we need help now!” These were among the last words of 19-year-old Billy Hokanson, as the fishing boat that he and his father were on sank to the bottom of the ocean on March 25, 1990. Coast Guard Stations Menemsha and Brad Point, both off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, received the distress call on marine radio channel 16 – distorted by heavy amounts of...

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China's "Belt and Road Initiative" Arrives in West Africa

[By Dr. Cornelia Tremann] Xi Jinping’s choice of Senegal for a state visit on July 20-21 his first visit to West Africa, suggests that China seeks to deepen cooperation in a region that has seen less Chinese engagements than elsewhere in Africa. In using Senegal as a springboard, China seeks to advance strategic goals: bringing West Africa into the “Belt and Road” orbit and consolidating influence in a historically French-dominated region.  China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been targeted at rail, road,...

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Founding Chairman of South Street Seaport Museum Passes

The South Street Seaport Museum announced Friday the passing of its founding chairman, Jakob Isbrandtsen, a prominent figure in American shipping and a dedicated advocate for the preservation of New York's maritime history.  According to the museum, Isbrandtsen and founding president Peter Stanford were responsible for the institution's beginning and its success. Isbrandtsen financed the purchase of the windjammer Wavertree, the museum's first ship, and he arranged the real estate deals that allowed the museum to buy Schemerhorn Row, a historic...

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Navy Turns to Video Games to Boost Recruitment

Could computer games help the U.S. Navy find recruits and match them with jobs they'll turn into long-term careers? To find out, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is sponsoring Navy Life, an online platform of Navy-themed games and simulations. Navy Life matches potential recruits to enlisted jobs according to their skills, abilities and, most important, interests-thereby increasing recruitment and encouraging Sailors to consider long-term naval careers. Navy Life also presents a realistic look at the service's career development...

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