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Overconfidence, Poor Training Sank El Faro: NTSB Report

(Photo: NTSB)

The sinking of the U.S. freighter El Faro in 2015 with the loss of 33 lives came after an overconfident captain set the ship and its poorly trained crew on a collision course with a hurricane, the National Transportation Safety Board said in its final report on Tuesday.   It was the worst U.S. maritime disaster in 30 years.

Photos: USS John S McCain Arrives in Yokosuka for Repair

USS John S. McCain is lowered into the water from the heavy lift transport ship MV Treasure prior to being towed into port. The ship will undergo repairs at Ship Repair Facility - Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka. (U. S. Navy photo by Joshua B. Mortensen)

U.S. warship USS John S. McCain, which was involved in a collision with a cargo ship east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore in August, has arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka for repair.   The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer DDG 56 arrived in Tokyo Bay aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure on December 5,

Two Persons Missing After Sampan Capsized in Singapore

File Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 At about 1930 hours on 10 December 2017, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was informed by Johor’s Maritime Rescue Sub Centre that two men had been reported to be missing after their sampan capsized earlier at about 1630 hours.    The incident had occurred 0.8 nautical miles southeast of Pedra Branca,

Oil Gains on Forties Pipeline Shutdown, New York Blast

Oil prices rose Monday, reversing earlier declines, after a North Sea pipeline shut for repairs and investors focused on commodities following an explosion in New York. Brent crude futures were up $1.20, or nearly 2 percent, at $64.60 by 12:22 p.m. EST (1722 GMT). U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $57.

Sinking of the El Faro Subject of NTSB Meeting

File Image: The El Faro 'black box' VDR (Credit: NTSB)

The NTSB is scheduled to meet Dec. 12, 2017, to determine the probable cause of the Oct. 1, 2015, sinking of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro.   The 790-foot vessel set sail from Jacksonville, Florida, on a voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29, 2015, and sank about 34 hours later near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin.

Argentina Sticking with Submarine Program despite Disaster

Photo: Archivo Gaceta Marinera

Argentina and other South American countries are likely to maintain or increase their submarine programs despite the scrutiny that has followed the fatal loss of an Argentine sub in South Atlantic waters last month, defense specialists said.   The disappearance of the ARA San Juan with 44 crew members

Box Ship Breaks from Mooring in Boston

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is investigating how a containership broke free from its mooring in Boston on Wednesday morning.   The Coast Guard, along with Massport Fire Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and port tugs responded to 1,065-foot vessel, Helsinki Bridge, that broke free at the Paul W.

BSEE, USCG Investigating GoM Rig Fatality

(Image: BSEE)

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) are investigating the fatality of a worker on board the Petrobras 10,000 drillship in the Gulf of Mexico.   Petrobras America Inc. reported the fatality on board the Transocean Ltd. owned drillship at about 4:45 a.

Indian Navy Rescues Cyclonic Storm Victims in the Sea

Photo: Indian Navy

 Indian Navy's search and rescue operations continued for the third day over Southeast Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands in the aftermath of Very Severe Cyclonic Storm 'OCKHI'.     The ships deployed by the Southern Naval Command include IN Ships Sagardhwani, Jamuna, Nireekshak, Kabra and Kalpeni off the Kerala coast and Sharda ,

Salvors Seek to Recover Tin Cargo

Innocap has entered into an agreement with a company in Singapore to assist in the recovery of a large shipment of tin from a sunken ship that is believed to be in the waters between Indonesia and Malaysia, announced Innocap president, Paul Tidwell.   Innocap said it will receive 40 percent of the

Fugro Joins Hunt for Long-lost WWI Sub

Australia’s first Navy submarine HMAS AE1 went missing more than 100 years ago off of what is now Papua New Guinea. To this day its location remains unknown. (Photo: Fugro)

The first submarine to serve the Royal Australian Navy was lost without a trace on September 14, 1914 while patrolling waters off then German New Guinea. Despite several search attempts over the last century, the fate of the vessel and the men on board remains unknown to this day.   As part of a new

NYC Ferry Grounds

According to multiple New York television news reports the NYC Ferry MV Zelinsky, loaded with passengers headed for the Rockaways, ran aground just off of lower Manhattan on Monday night. The cause of the stranding, which reportedly happened about 100 feet from Pier 11 according to local TV news reports, is under investigation.

USS Fitzgerald Damaged by Transport Ship

USS Fitzgerald is loaded onto heavy lift transport MV Transshelf for transport to Pascagoula, Miss. to complete repairs. (U.S. Navy photo by William McCann)

U.S. Navy warship USS Fitzgerald, which suffered heavy damage and nearly sank off the coast of Japan after a fatal collision with a Philippine containership in June, has returned to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka to repair further damage received while aboard heavy lift transport vessel Transshelf.

Diana Shipping Reports 3Q Loss of $24.5 Mln

Photo: Diana Shipping

 Greece-based Diana Shipping inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $24.5 million in its third quarter of of 2017. Its net loss attributed to common stockholders was $25.9 million.   This compares to a net loss of $78.3 million and net loss attributed to common stockholders of $79.8 million for the third quarter of 2016.

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