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Bigger ships, bigger risks at sea

Do bigger ships necessarily mean bigger risks at sea? Time was when the Panama Canal was one of the inhibiting factors in the size of container ships. A “panamax” ship is, literally, the maximum size of a ship that would fit in the Panama Canal. Typically a panamax container ship (1985-) had a maximum capacity of […]

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Rogue Waves Incoming!

  A couple of Mechanical Engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with an algorithm that can process data from buoys and instruments spread across the ocean’s surface worldwide that can predict “rogue waves”. The waves can be over 100ft (30m) tall and have the potential to cause massive damage to, and […]

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1000s of pink bottles wash ashore – Cornwall

As 1000s of pink bottles wash ashore in Cornwall, National Trust volunteers spearhead the operation to recover them amid fears of pollution from many that have leaked. The bottles are presumed to come from a shipping container lost at sea by MV Blue Ocean which lost several containers overboard close to Lands End in May 2015 […]

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Phuket: Containers Swept Overboard

Sinaran Andaman Sinks: Containers Swept Overboard  It was reported yesterday that heavy sea off Phuket forced the Sinaran Andaman onto rocks. With containers swept overboard in the incident, the vessel ultimately sank. The 10 strong crew were rescued by a Royal Thai Navy helicopter and the Marine Police, all were said to be in good […]

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Containers Drifting off Mumbai

Containers Drifting off Mumbai. Following the rescue of the crew from the MV Coastal Pride, four merchant ships issued distress signals after being battered by strong winds and heavy rains caused by a deep depression in the Arabian Sea, off the coast of India The cement carrier MV Coastal Pride sank some 24 nautical miles south of Daman. Indian […]

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UFO Containers

UFO Containers: According to a recent article on Port Technology’s website, because of the prevalence of the problem, the acronym UFO is now being used to describe Unidentified Floating Objects. This refers to floating sealife, general debris and shipping containers lost overboard, all of which pose a hazard to shipping. Port Technology’s article states Shipping containers […]

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Floating Containers – A Danger to Yachts

A Danger to Yachts Floating containers have been a danger to yachts for many years. Container Ships are getting bigger and steaming slower, more and more containers therefore are (and will be) at sea at any given moment – on ships less able to react to changing conditions than ever before. Meanwhile forecasts of Extreme Weather Events […]

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Dettifoss – Second container loss in 2014

Dettifoss suffers second container loss in 12 months. Having reportedly lost 3 containers around the Shetland Isles on 9th March in 2014, the ship lost a further 20 containers in a storm, some 80 miles off the Faroes, on 22 December 2014 Dettifoss, built in 1995 and registered in Antigua and Barbuda, was en-route to […]

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Dutch Coastguard warn – floating containers

16-Nov-2014 18:35:01 Netherlands Coastguard (P) Navigational Warnings (A) ZCZC PA31 NETHERLANDS COASTGUARD NAVIGATIONAL WARNING NR. 31 261707 UTC OCT TERSCHE*LING – GERMAN BIGHT TSS 4 CONTAINERS LOST IN VICINITY 53-32.7N 005-19.2E AT 220600 UTC OCT, POSSIBLY*SUNK 6 CONTAINERS REPORTED ADRIFT IN VICINITY OF 53-44.7N 006-18.3E AT 220927 UTC OCT AND POSSIBLY SUNK NAVIGATIONAL WARNING NR. […]

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Ecuador – Container washed ashore

One container was washed ashore following the sinking of the San Cristobal off Ecuador whilst another was dashed on rocks (it is not known what, if any, cargo was dispersed by this). One container has been recovered and up to 4 others have been spotted floating at sea. Tradewinds reports: All 13 crew have been […]

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