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In the Wake of Tragedy: Updates on Missing Ship El Faro

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Following the heartbreaking tragedy of the El Faro’s October loss, pieces of the puzzle are slowly moving into place: the NTSB releases a Preliminary Report on the investigation; Navy salvage and diving teams are tasked to search for the missing vessel; the owners of the container ship establish a relief fund for the grieving families of lost crew; and lawsuits – one to the tune of $100 million – are filed against those who may be held accountable.

Earlier this October, cargo ship El Faro was believed to have been caught in the clutches of the devastating Hurricane Joaquin, an encounter that would ultimately lead to its loss. The 790-foot, roll-on, roll-off container ship was in the middle of an otherwise regular run between Florida and Puerto Rico when they issued a distress call, detailing lost propulsion, flooding and listing. It would be the ship’s final communication. Read More

Engine Room Fire on Cruise Ship Carnival Liberty

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A dream cruise vacation was cut dramatically short for thousands of passengers, when Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Liberty had an engine room fire last September 7th.

The Carnival Liberty is a 10-year old, 952-foot, Conquest-class ship based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cruise ship left its homeport on the 6th of September for a 7-day, Caribbean cruise. On board were 3,346 guests and 1,150 crew. The next day, while docked at St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands on a scheduled port call, the cruise ship’s engine room sparked a small fire, which would eventually be extinguished by automatic fire suppression systems. The accident caused no injuries to any passengers or crew. The ship also retained power and had ability to sail, with hotel services and activities still available to the passengers. Read More

Woman Overboard Cruise Ship Found Dead

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A dream vacation turns deadly for a passenger on a cruise ship when she goes overboard.

“Man Overboard” is one of the scariest things to hear on an otherwise dreamy cruise vacation. It is terrifying for those traveling with family and friends, who fear the passenger in question may be a loved one; it is a nightmare for captain and crew who have to immediately address the situation. It is truly terrifying to ponder – a lone figure, dwarfed by the mega-ship he or she had fallen from, a speck against a vast expanse of ocean. Read More

Costa Drops Calls in Turkey Amid Terrorist Scare

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Terrorist attacks on the US consulate and other parts of Turkey lead to dropped cruise calls.

Italy-based cruise line Costa Crociere is suspending its remaining stopovers in Turkey this 2015 – to Istanbul and Izmir – in favor of alternatives in Greece, Italy and Malta. The affected vessels are the Costa Deliziosa, the Costa neoClassica, and the Costa Pacifica. The announcement follows safety concerns stemming from an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, and other terrorist activities against the country’s security forces that resulted in 11 injured and the deaths of 9 people in different parts of Turkey over the course of a single, tragic August day. Read More

Monthly Maritime News Roundup: August, 2015

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Kemplon Engineering rounds up some of the most buzzed-about news and developments of August, 2015 in this edition of the Monthly Maritime News Roundup:

Egypt figured heavily in the news cycles this month, following early August’s launching of an Expansion to the Suez Canal. The inauguration was hosted by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and attended by foreign dignitaries. The project has its critics, but proponents hope the $8.2 billion project could bring in more shipping traffic and revenues to the canal, which is already the shortest connection between Asia and Europe. The expansion had involved deepening the main waterway and carving out a parallel, 35km-channel, taking 12 months to complete. Read More

New World Record for Manned, Freefall Lifeboat Drop: 131 Feet!

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No one ever wants to experience being caught in a potentially fatal disaster in the middle of the sea, needing to abandon a massive ship or offshore installation just to be able to survive. But these are precisely the type of situations that should be well-considered and prepared for, to ensure the well-being of seafarers.   Part and parcel of their continuing safety is having the right training and equipment – such as lifeboats – to be able to survive if the worst should come to pass. Read More

40 Dead in River Nile Boat Collision

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A cargo ship collision with a chartered party boat on the River Nile leaves 40 dead. Kemplon Engineering takes a closer look at this tragic news.

On the River Nile, festivities quickly turned into tragedy for a party of about 50 people celebrating a young couple’s engagement on a chartered boat. A cargo ship had collided with it during the night, causing the passenger boat to capsize. Initial rescue efforts were made especially difficult by darkness, but continued through to first light and in the succeeding days. As bodies were recovered from the river, the death toll rose to 40. Among the fatalities are young children, including four babies. Read More