Typhoon Mangkhut devastates small vessels in Hong Kong

Hundreds of badly damaged small vessels were washed ashore on and around Hong Kong as a result of Typhoon Mangkhut last week, while many others simply sunk. At one yacht club the damage was so great that staff had to swim to work. Luxury vessels, dinghies and other small vessels were severely hit in Sai…

Aviation cover a factor for superyachts

Jonathan Turner, a 17-year veteran of flying helicopters from frigates and destroyers, many of them similar in size to the larger yachts of today’s superyacht fleet, is now working with Maritime Aviation Support and Training (MAST) Consultancy to help educate the industry and improve aviation safety standards across the maritime sector. He has written for…

New superyacht catches fire before trip to Cannes show

Malta-flagged 40mx9m superyacht Kanga (IMO 9842425), which was delivered to her owner only this summer, caught fire during the morning of September 7th while anchored in the Adriatic Sea off Dubrovnik between the island of Olipa and the Peljesac Peninsula. It had been expected to feature at the Monaco and Cannes boat shows. All 13…

Marine accident round-up : 13th September 2018

German singer, entertainer and artist Daniel Küblböck (33) was reported as jumping overboard from deck 5 of cruise ship Aidaluna (IMO 9334868) at around 06:00 on September 9th while the ship was en route from New York to Newfoundland. He has not been found and the search for him has been called off. The cruise…

Cruise lines diverting vessels to avoid Florence

Tropical Storm Florence strengthened over the weekend as it heads towards a possible landfall in the Carolinas on Thursday September 13th. Florence was about 810 miles southeast of Bermuda on Saturday afternoon, moving west at around 5 mph, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC). Its centre will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas…

Repair work on El Venizelos awaits official investigation

Firefighters have now established the exact point where a fire broke out aboard passenger/cargo RoRo El Venizelos (IMO 7907673). However, repair work will not start until an investigation by experts appointed by the Prosecutor’s Office of Piraeus and the Ministry of Shipping has been completed. During the afternoon of September 4th three tugs pulled the…

Passengers and crew evacuated after fire on Philippines ferry

A fire broke out on board Philippines-flagged  64mx11m passenger ferry MV Lite Ferry 28 (MMSI 548787300) on Sunday, September 2nd, while the ship was in the vicinity of Taloot Port Argao, Cebu, the Philippine Coast Guard has reported. The ferry was en route to Cebu Port from Tagbiliran, Bohol with 97 passengers, 27 crew and…

Carnival Horizon cleared to sail a week after hitting Manhattan pier

The US Coast Guard has cleared the Carnival Horizon to sail after the 133,596 gt cruise ship struck a pier at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. The USCG conducted an extensive investigation and examinations on the ship and required multiple technical surveys, including an underwater hull survey and operations testing of essential equipment, before it ultimately…

Greek ferry fire continuing to smoulder

Water from the automatic fire-fighting systems on board passenger/cargo RoRo Eleftherios Venizelos (IMO 7907673) on August 29th continued to hamper the work of the Greek fire brigade to extinguish the fire completely. During the morning the stern ramp of the ship was opened and some trucks were unloaded to enable firefighters to enter. They also…