Asphalt tanker suffers engine room fire off Nantucket

The Hong Kong-flagged tanker ‘Feng Huang AO’, with 21 crew aboard, suffered a fire ignite in its engine room while transiting 57 miles southeast of Nantucket Island, in the Atlantic Ocean, on 5 October early morning, the US Coast Guard informed.

The US Coast Guard and Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) Special Operations Command firefighters and Rescue Paramedics conducted a joint safety examination of the disabled 479-foot asphalt tanker on Monday afternoon.

The ship is loaded with...

IMO Sec-Gen commemorates Sanchi victims in Iran

​IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim visited the Islamic Republic of Iran to participate in the country’s national celebration of World Maritime Day, on 8 September. The Secretary-General met the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, and participated in a ceremony to commemorate seafarers who lost their lives aboard the Iranian-owned oil tanker Sanchi earlier this year.

The ‘Sanchi’, operated by National Iranian Tanker Co, was sailing from Iran to South Korea, carrying 136,000...

Six rescued from disabled boat off Savannah

US Coast Guard crews rescued six boaters on Sunday, October 7, after their vessel became disabled 38-miles east of Savannah. There were no reported injuries.

US Coast Guard Sector Charleston received notification and launched a USCG Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew. The Dolphin crew located the vessel and vectored in a Coast Guard Station Tybee 45-foot Response Boat- Medium crew to their location.

Boaters on the vessel had activated their personal locating beacon (PLB) to...

Solo bridge manning contributes to grounding

Transport Malta’s Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) issued an investigation report into the grounding of the Maltese registered bulk carrier ‘Marbella’ on North Reef, Paracel Islands, on 28 September 2017. The investigation showed that the bridge was solely manned by one person at the time of the incident, which meant ‘a missing safety barrier for one-person error’.

The incident

At 2350 on 26 September 2017, Marbella departed Hong Kong for Tarahan Coal Terminal in Indonesia. The following...

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