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Japanese Tanker Shoko Maru Explodes and Burns, One Missing, Seven Injured

UPDATE: Between the effects of the explosion, fire, and water put aboard in firefighting the Shoko Maru subsequently sank. The 2,242 DWT Japanese product tanker, Shoko Maru, exploded and caught fire Thursday morning, local time, while anchored about 5 kilometers off … Continue reading

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RN Officer Denies Steering Yacht Too Close to Tanker — Really?

Two years ago during Cowes Race Week, the skipper of a 33′ sailboat cut across the bow of the 120,000 dwt tanker, Hanne Knutson, traveling down channel.  It did not end well. The boat was dismasted. Fortunately, no one died, … Continue reading

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North Atlantic Storm Jolle More Intense than Superstorm Sandy

Last Saturday, in the Northern Atlantic to the south of Iceland, the extratropical storm Jolle, intensified dramatically.  Meteorologists use central pressure as a proxy for measuring the strength of a given storm. The lower the barometric pressure, the more intense the storm.  By this standard,  Jolle, … Continue reading

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PortSide NY, the Tanker Mary A. Whalen, Superstorm Sandy and Redhook

Like most of the historic vessels in and around New York harbor, the tanker Mary A. Whalen survived Superstorm Sandy Sandy better than her shore based neighbors. The tanker, which weathered Sandy at the inshore end of Pier 9B in … Continue reading

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Italian Armed Guards Charged with Murder in Killing of Fisherman Mistaken for Pirates

Armed guards, reported to be Italian naval personnel, on the tanker, Enrica Lexie, fired on and killed two Tamil Nadu fishermen off Kochi on Wednesday, believing the fishermen to be pirates.  Indian authorities said the Italian guards fired without warning in violation … Continue reading

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Nome Fuel Unloaded, USCG Healy and Russian Tanker Renda Must Now Get Out

After spending the better part of a month getting to Nome, Alaska to deliver an emergency supply of fuel to last the winter, the ice-strengthened Russian tanker Renda has finally off-loaded its cargo – 1.3 million gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline … Continue reading

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ROV Training on the Tanker Mary A. Whalen

Yesterday we posted about the New York Police Department Harbor Unit’s use of ROVs to maintain security in the harbot.  We had missed an amusing post by Portside New York‘s Carolina Salguero on NPYD security training on the MARY A. WHALEN.  From her post: … Continue reading

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Update: Tanker Mattheos I and Crew Released Without Ransom – Why the Gulf Of Guinea is Not Somalia

Just over a week ago we posted about the hijacking of the product tanker 45,000 DWT tanker,  Mattheos I, with a crew of 23, off Benin in the Gulf of Guinea.  Last Saturday, the ship and crew was released. No ransom … Continue reading

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Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea – Tanker Mattheos I Hijacked, 23 Crew Taken Hostage

Earlier this week the 45,000 DWT tanker, Mattheos I, with a crew of 23, was hijacked off Benin in the Gulf of Guinea.  According to the IMB Piracy Center, this year there have been 19 pirate attacks on ships in the Gulf of Guinea … Continue reading

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U.S. Commandos Retake Tanker MV Guanabara From Pirates

Commandos from the USS Bulkeley boarded the Japanese owned tanker MV Guanabara on Sunday after the crew reported that the ship was under attack by pirates.  The commandos captured four pirates aboard the ship without firing a shot.  The crew had withdrawn … Continue reading

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Innovative sails for container ships – in development ??? Maybe not.

I saw the headline and immediately shook my head.  There may indeed be an application for sails on bulk carriers, but containerships, well, not so much.  With a five high (or higher) stack of boxes on deck, containerships have exactly the stability they need – … Continue reading

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Help Save the Falls of Clyde

Falls of Clyde is the only surviving iron-hulled four-masted full rigged ship and the only surviving sail-driven oil tanker in the world.  She was launched in 1878 in Port Glasgow, Scotland, for the Fall Line .  The ship was towed to Hawaii … Continue reading

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