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Ekaterinburg Submarine Fire -“On the Brink of the Biggest Catastrophe Since Chernobyl”

According to the Russian magazine Vlast, “Russia [was] … on the verge of the largest man-made disaster since Chernobyl”  when a fire broke out on December 29th, 2011 on the K-84 Ekaterinburg, a Russian nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, in a dry-dock in Murmansk.  Sparks … Continue reading

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Fire on Norwegian Cruise Ship, MS Nordlys, Kills Two and Injures Nine

A fast burning fire in the engine room of the Norwegian cruise ship, MS Nordlys, killed two crew members and injured nine others.  The more than 200 passengers aboard the ship were safely evacuated to the town of Aalesund, 230 miles (375 kilometers) northwest of … Continue reading

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Was the Brillante Virtuoso Ever Under Attack?

Was there a pirate attack?  On Wednesday we posted about the reports that the Suezmax tanker Brillante Virtuoso had been attacked by pirates and set on fire.  It is now unclear where such an attack ever took place.  There was indeed a … Continue reading

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Brillante Virtuoso, Suezmax Tanker, Set Ablaze by Pirates off Aden – Crew Safe

It has long been predicted and now it has happened – a pirate attack has set fire to a loaded oil tanker.  On Wednesday morning, pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden attacked the Suezmax tanker,  Brillante Virtuoso, firing a rocket propelled grenade into the deck … Continue reading

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Explosion at the Gibraltar Cruise Ship Docks

An explosion in a fuel tank on  the  cruise ship docks in Gibraltar today injured several on the dock and over twelve passengers on the 3,634-passenger Royal Caribbean   cruise  ship,  Independence of the Seas.  The injuries to passengers were all reported to be minor. … Continue reading

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The Last Voyage of the Lakonia – Deadly Christmas Cruise

Forty seven years ago, passengers on the cruise ship Laconia were promised  “a marvelous Christmas cruise to sunny Madeira and the Canary Islands.”   The brochure read –  “Have your holiday with all risk eliminated. Enjoy a holiday you will remember for … Continue reading

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Why did the Carnival Splendor go dark?

How could an  fire in one of two engine rooms do sufficient damage to the electrical distribution system on the Carnival Splendor to completely disable the ship?   The answer isn’t obvious. The Carnival Splendor is diesel electric powered, which is to say, instead of … Continue reading

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Factory Fishing Ship Athena on Fire in the Atlantic

The factory fishing ship Athena caught fire early today in the Atlantic, 230 miles south-west of the Isles of Scilly. Eighty one non-essential personnel were evacuated to liferafts and subsequently rescued as the  remaining  30 aboard fought the fire, which is now reported … Continue reading

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Charlotte Maersk Update: Fire Finally Out After Eleven Days

As an update to our previous post, the fire on the Charlotte Maersk, which started July 7th, was finally extinguished last Sunday after 11 days of firefighting. Charlotte Maersk blaze is extinguished after 11 days

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Update on the Cutty Sark – Fiasco or just “Berthing” Pains?

Last September we posted about an article in the Telegraph, Cutty Sark restoration turning into a fiasco.   Thanks to Alaric Bond for passing on an update recently published in the Private Eye.  The restoration of the Cutty Sark, after a major fire in 2007, … Continue reading

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Hot Times on the Charlotte Maersk – Fire Reported Contained

A fire in deck containers stowed forward of the house on the 8,000 TEU containership,  Charlotte Maersk, is reported to be contained.   The fire broke out on Wednesday as the ship was passing through the Straits of Malacca bound … Continue reading

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