Fishing Vessels : Avoiding them means avoiding the consequences

12 miles off the coast of Cochin, India a small fishing boat bobbed in the sea.  Perhaps the fishing was done for the day and the 14 Indian fishermen onboard were resting, awaiting the rising of the sun and a new day.  Or, perhaps they were taking advantage of the light of the full moon to extend their work day.  Regardless, tragedy approached for 3 of the 14. Continue reading “Fishing Vessels : Avoiding them means avoiding the consequences”

Engine Room Fires : Who’s next?

warning-iconIt’s often said that bad things happen in groups of three.  And seafarers are nothing if not superstitious.  There have been two disabling engine room fires in the past month.  The first was MV Alliance St. Louis, a RO-RO in the Gulf of Mexico and the most recent was MV Thorco Crown, a multi-purpose vessel, off Newfoundland.  Both incidents resulted in the vessels being disabled, requiring commercial towing assistance to reach port.

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