Tag Archives: Indian Ocean

Undersea Discoveries in the Failed Search for MH370

The disappearance of Malaysian Air flight MH370, which vanished in March 2014 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board, remains one of the worlds greatest aviation mysteries. After surveying over 120,000 square kilometers of Indian … Continue reading

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MH370 Search Locates 1800s Shipwreck

More than 80,000 square kilometers (30,000 square miles) of the seafloor in the Indian Ocean west of Australia have been searched, looking for where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is believed to have crashed with 239 people aboard in March 2014. So far, … Continue reading

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Team Vestas Wind on Cargados Carajos Shoals — Chartplotter Assisted Grounding

How did a crew of highly skilled professionals, sailing the $6 million Team Vestas Wind in the current Volvo Ocean Race, succeed in hitting the Cargados Carajos shoals, in the Indian Ocean off Mauritius at 16 knots on the night … Continue reading

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Recovery of the Volvo Ocean Racer Vestas Wind

In the end of November, the Team Vestas Wind, racing in the Volvo Ocean Race, ran aground on a reef in the remote Cargados Carajos archipelago about 430 km to the northeast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.  There were no injuries and the crew … Continue reading

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The Diversity of the Sea – Hybrid Sharks and Newly Discovered Species at Deep Sea Vents

Given that we live on an ocean planet, it is remarkable how little know of the creatures of the sea. Recently, for example, scientists discovered the first hybrid sharks to be found in Australian waters. Also, teams of American and British researchers have just discovered new … Continue reading

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Laura Dekker Turns 16 and Sets Sail Across the Indian Ocean

Laura Dekker has celebrated her 16th birthday and has set sail from Darwin, Australia on a westerly course across the Indian Ocean bound for Africa.  Given the concern about piracy in the Indian Ocean, her exact route is being kept … Continue reading

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Pirates on Trial – Has the Game Changed?

The battle against piracy in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea may be changing.   This week Japan announced that  it would try four suspected pirates being held by the US Navy after they were captured attempting to hijack the Japanese owned tanker MV … Continue reading

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Somali pirates seize Danish family including three children in Indian Ocean

Danish authorities are reporting that  Somali pirates have hijacked a Danish sailboat with four adults and three children aboard. Danish family’s sailboat hijacked in Indian Ocean The Danish Foreign Ministry said the ship sent a distress signal on Thursday. On board was a … Continue reading

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Update ; Hijacked SV Quest Split from Group; Now Trailed by US Navy

We are learning more about the hijacked SV Quest, seized by pirates off Oman last Friday.   The sailing yacht, reportedly with Americans Scott and Jean Adam, Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle aboard, had been sailing with the Oz-Med section of … Continue reading

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Pirates Capture Four Americans on Yacht in Indian Ocean

Four Americans on the S/V Quest were seized by pirates this afternoon 240 nautical miles off the coast of Oman in the Indian Ocean.   Jean and Scott Adam, owners of the S/V Quest, have been sailing around the world … Continue reading

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Pirates Hijack Two Tankers in Two Days – MV Savina Caylyn & MV Irene SL

Yesterday, the Italian-owned Aframax tanker MV Savina Caylyn was hijacked by pirates approximately 670 nautical miles East of Socotra Island in the Indian Ocean.  Today, the Greek-owned VLCC MV Irene SL was hijacked  approximately 350 nautical miles South East of … Continue reading

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500 Seafarers held hostage by pirates at Christmas

The real victims of piracy are invariably the seafarers who are held for ransom often under grim conditions for long periods of time.  From a statement relased by the Round Table of international shipping associations – and the International Transport … Continue reading

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