Casualties Newsletter December 2021

Reminder: New digital newsletter launching in January Professional Mariner is updating its newsletter format starting in the New Year. Instead of three themed newsletters a month, we will publish one newsletter each week containing a roundup of the most compelling news from the past week. In other words, the monthly Casualties Newsletter is going away. But the content that populated…
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November 2021 Casualties newsletter

Second ship identified in Calif. pipeline strike U.S. Coast Guard officials investigating damage to a California oil pipeline have identified a second ship that might have been involved. Authorities boarded the 1,150-foot containership Beijing on Nov. 18 when it arrived in the Port of Long Beach. The service said Beijing was involved in a Jan. 25, 2021 anchor-dragging incident near…
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Maritime Casualty News October 2021

Severe weather can emerge rapidly, Coast Guard warns The U.S. Coast Guard is warning mariners to exercise vigilance against severe weather, particularly strong storms that can emerge suddenly. The agency issued a safety alert spurred by a series of serious incidents where weather was a factor. The list of incidents included the liftboat SEACOR Power capsizing in April, the drillship Noble…
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Maritime Casualty News September 2021

Unattended candles blamed in Fla. megayacht fire Candles lit and left unattended in a yacht’s VIP suite caused a fire that resulted in the total loss of the $6.3 million vessel and $480,000 in damage to a Miami marina and adjacent vessels, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). No injuries were reported in connection with the Dec. 18,…
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Maritime Casualty News August 2021

Maritime Casualty News August 2021

NTSB releases latest Safer Seas Digest The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its most recent Safer Seas Digest offering key insights and lessons from major maritime casualties. The 2020 report covers 42 maritime incidents from last year that involved significant property damage or loss of life. The report provides lessons learned from each case, including the fire aboard…
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Maritime Casualty News July 2021

Maritime Casualty News July 2021

Gasoline spills following South Texas barge collision  Gasoline spilled into the shipping channel near Port Isabel, Texas, following a collision between two barges in the Port Isabel Turning Basin.  According to the Coast Guard, an unidentified barge pushed by the towboat Albert hit the barge EMS 372 at about 1000 on July 3. The collision opened a 3-foot gash on the starboard side of…
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Maritime Casualty News June 2021

Maritime Casualty News June 2021

Vessel stolen from Seattle wharf  A small vessel owned by Argosy Cruises was stolen from a Seattle wharf by someone who claimed there were explosives on board and made veiled threats against local ferry lines. Authorities boarded the vessel in Puget Sound near Marrowstone Island, west of Whidbey Island, and apprehended the suspect, who has not been identified. It is…
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Maritime Casualty News May 2021

NTSB issues preliminary report into Seacor Power incident The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued its preliminary findings into the fatal capsizing of the lift boat Seacor Power on April 13. The final report won’t be out for some time. The incident occurred about eight miles south of Port Fourchon, La., as the vessel sailed toward an energy platform…
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Casualty News April 2021

Casualty News April 2021

Five dead, eight missing after liftboat capsizes near Port Fourchon Five people died and eight are missing after a liftboat capsized south of Port Fourchon, La., in heavy weather while transiting to an offshore platform. Six people from SEACOR Power were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and good Samaritans soon after the liftboat rolled over at about 1630 on…
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Professional Mariner’s Casualty Newsletter for March 2021

Professional Mariner’s Casualty Newsletter for March 2021

Containership runs aground in Suez Canal, blocking traffic Assist tugboats and salvage crews are working to remove the Panama-flagged containership Ever Given that grounded Tuesday in the Suez Canal. The 1,312-foot, 20,000-TEU ship was bound for Rotterdam, Netherlands when it became wedged nearly sideways in the waterway, blocking traffic in both directions. SMIT Salvage and Nippon Salvage Co. dispatched crews…
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