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Two Megayachts Burn and Sink at Pier in Fort Lauderdale

By The Maritime Executive 2019-11-19 21:39:43

A fire at a marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida destroyed two megayachts worth as much as a combined $24 million on Saturday. The toll makes the incident the most expensive single loss in the history of the city.  The vessels - a 161-foot Trinity named Lohengrin and a 107’ Christiansen named Reflections - were worth an estimated $12-16 million and $6-8 million respectively, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire and Rescue.  More than 60 firefighters responded to the scene beginning at...

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Diesel Spilled After Collision Near Port Arthur

By The Maritime Executive 2019-11-18 19:26:59

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the circumstances behind a collision between the OSV Cheramie Botruc 22 and the tug Mariya Moran last week near Port Arthur, Texas, which led to a large fuel spill. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a report of a collision near the entrance to Sabine Pass, Texas onThursday morning. Coast Guard Station Sabine, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, the Texas General Land Office, Oil Spill Removal Organization, OMI Environmental Solutions and Environmental Safety...

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Tug Allides With Bridge in Outer Banks

By The Maritime Executive 2019-11-18 14:02:38

On Sunday morning, the tug Miss Bonnie allided with the Old Bonner Bridge at Oregon Inlet, a waterway in North Carolina's Outer Banks.  The Coast Guard received the report of the allision from a good samaritan at about 1100 hours Sunday. All eight people aboard the tugboat returned to shore safely,with the help of a nearby vessel, and no injuries or pollution have been reported. The tugboat is currently semi-submerged and leaning...

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Solo Sailor Calls for Help Three Times During Transpacific Crossing

By The Maritime Executive 2019-11-15 14:49:38

The U.S. Coast Guard and two AMVER vessels helped a 78-year-old man aboard a homemade sailing vessel at multiple points during a five-month journey across the Pacific Ocean. On October 29, the brother of the mariner notified Coast Guard District 11 command center that he had departed Japan at the end of May and was expected to arrive in San Francisco in late August. Due to a lack of wind, the man aboard the sailing vessel, the Mayfly, was delayed...

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Bulk Carrier Grounding Highlights Gaps in Port Risk Assessment

By The Maritime Executive 2019-11-14 16:27:42

The grounding of a bulk carrier which lost power while transiting a channel from the Port of Weipa, Australia, highlighted gaps in the port’s risk plans, an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation has found. On November 6, 2017, the fully laden dry bulk carrier Orient Centaur was transiting the South Channel out of the Port of Weipa, Queensland, under the conduct of harbor pilots as part of a trial introduction of mini cape-size vessels to the port. Just over...

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First Lawsuit Filed in Connection with Conception Dive Boat Fire

By The Maritime Executive 2019-11-13 20:59:42

The widow of one of the passengers aboard the ill-fated dive boat Conception has filed the first wrongful death lawsuit against operator Truth Aquatics in connection with the fatal fire aboard the vessel on September 2. The disaster claimed the lives of all 33 passengers and one crewmember, making it one of the deadliest American maritime casualties in decades.  Christine Dignam, the wife of Conception passenger Justin Dignim, filed a counterclaim Monday contesting an admiralty suit that Truth Aquatics filed...

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Good Samaritan Vessel Rescues Two Sailors off Virginia

By The Maritime Executive 2019-11-13 16:34:11

The U.S. Coast Guard reported Wednesday that it is searching for a missing sailor who went over the side of a sailing yacht with two other people about 460 nautical miles east of Virginia Beach. The Coast Guard’s 5th District command center received a report at 0400 hours that the MR tanker Stena Progress had diverted from her course to respond to a mayday broadcast on VHF from the sailing vessel In Tune. The crew of the Coast Guard cutter...

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Three Rescued from Sinking Yacht off Portsmouth

By The Maritime Executive 2019-11-12 20:28:11

On Monday afternoon, a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crew helped in the response to a sinking yacht in the Solent, just outside of Cowes.  The 40-foot yacht had lost its rudder and was taking on water. According to initial reports, it had snagged the anchor chain of a buoy at the entrance of Cowes Harbour. It was arriving on a short voyage from Portsmouth with three Swiss crewmembers on board. The yacht began drifting westwards as it took...

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Barge Floods, Partially Sinks Near Miami's Rickenbacker Causeway

By The Maritime Executive 2019-11-12 14:46:15

[Brief] The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring salvage operations for a partially submerged deck barge at the Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami, Florida. Commercial salvage works are under way to right the vessel using dewatering pumps.  Photos from the scene show that a large deck-mounted crane was submerged up to its engine compartment when the barge listed over. A minor oil spill has been reported and has been boomed off for containment, according to the Coast Guard.  Marine construction contractor Lambert...

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Photos: Barge Goes Aground Off Vancouver Island

By The Maritime Executive 2019-11-11 19:56:43

The rail barge Nana Provider went aground Saturday night on Quadra Island, British Columbia, just across the Discovery Passage from the town of Campbell River.  An assessment revealed that the barge has sustained hull damage, according to the Canadian Coast Guard, bringing plans for a Sunday afternoon refloat attempt to a halt. New salvage plans are now being determined under Canadian Coast Guard supervision. Courtesy CCG Courtesy CCG The Nana Provider...

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