Update: Two detained after UK boat’s fatal collision off Sweden

Two people have been detained after a UK cargo ship collided with a Danish boat in the Baltic Sea off the Swedish coast, killing at least one person. Prosecutors are investigating allegations of gross negligence and gross drunkenness at sea involving the UK-flagged Scot Carrier. Two crew members on the Scot Carrier were found to be over the limit. Rescue teams searched for hours by sea and air after the much smaller Danish boat, Karin Hoej, capsized. One of Karin Hoej’s crew remains missing. Officials said a British and a Croatian citizen had been arrested. A distress call was made … Continue reading Update: Two detained after UK boat’s fatal collision off Sweden

Just In: Cargo ships collide off Sweden’s coast in the Baltic Sea

A major rescue operation is under way after two cargo ships collided in the Baltic Sea off the Swedish coast, causing one vessel to overturn. At least two people are believed to be in the water following the incident in the early hours of Monday, the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) said. The overturned ship, the Karin Hoej, is registered in Denmark. The other vessel was named as the Scot Carrier. A spokesman for the SMA said screams were reported from the cold water. “We have not found anyone yet. But we have requested diving resources… it is dark and very … Continue reading Just In: Cargo ships collide off Sweden’s coast in the Baltic Sea

#SupplyChainChaos: More than 70 ships anchored off Los Angeles and other parts of the world

There are more than 70 container ships bobbing out at sea outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach waiting to dock and unload, carrying cargo that will likely miss the holiday season amid the supply chain crisis. If these 20-foot containers were unloaded and their contents laid end to end, it would stretch from Southern California to Chicago, or more than 3,000 kilometers, according to analysis from Bloomberg. The global supply chain has reached crisis mode. After a fall in shipping demand during the early days of the pandemic in 2020, a surge at the end of that … Continue reading #SupplyChainChaos: More than 70 ships anchored off Los Angeles and other parts of the world

Russian warship wards off pirate attack near African coast

A Russian Navy destroyer has fended off a pirate attack on a container ship near the western coast of Africa, Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. Destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov received a distress signal from Panama-registered container ship Lucia en route from Togo to Cameroon on Monday, the ministry said in a statement, and dispatched a unit of marines on a helicopter to it. The pirates immediately fled, allowing Russian soldiers to free the ship’s crew. The Russian destroyer was part of a group patrolling the Gulf of Guinea to ensure the security of civilian navigation. Continue reading Russian warship wards off pirate attack near African coast

Evacuations as ship spews toxic gas off Canadian coast

Sixteen people have been evacuated from a burning container ship off Canada’s Pacific coast. The Zim Kingston ship is expelling toxic gas but officials said there is “no safety risk” to people on land. The ship was en route to Vancouver when it caught fire late on Saturday. Response vessels spent the night cooling the exterior of the ship with water, but could not douse the flames directly because of the chemicals, CBC News reports. “The ship is on fire and expelling toxic gas,” the Canadian coast guard said. It added that 10 containers had been affected by the fire. … Continue reading Evacuations as ship spews toxic gas off Canadian coast

About 200,000 shipping containers stranded off California coast in supply-chain pandemic disruptions

Five days after President Biden announced operating two California ports 24/7, as many as 200,000 shipping containers are stranded off the coast waiting to dock in Los Angeles, the port director said Monday. “We have about two weeks’ worth of work sitting at anchor right now,” Gene Seroka told CNN. “The question right now is how do we segment this cargo.”Cargo ships are seen lined up outside the Port of Los Angeles. Ports worldwide are congested as the global economy bounces back from pandemic slowdowns and consumers seek goods and commodities. A dearth of ships and containers are hampering efforts to … Continue reading About 200,000 shipping containers stranded off California coast in supply-chain pandemic disruptions

US submarine collides with ‘unknown object’ in South China Sea

More than a dozen US sailors have been injured after a nuclear submarine hit an “unknown object” while submerged in waters around the South China Sea. Fifteen sailors had minor injuries when the USS Connecticut collided with the object on Saturday, US officials said. They added that it was unclear what had caused the collision. The incident comes as tensions mount in the highly-disputed region over a recent uptick of Chinese incursions into Taiwan’s air defence zone. A US Navy spokesperson said the submarine is now headed towards the US territory of Guam. “USS Connecticut’s nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were … Continue reading US submarine collides with ‘unknown object’ in South China Sea

Waterspout hits German port city of Kiel, throwing people from boats

A rare waterspout caused by a tornado has struck the German port city of Kiel, throwing people from boats and damaging property. Several rowers out in the water were injured as winds of over 100km/h 62mph lashed the northern coast, police said. Four people were seriously hurt in Kiel’s dockside area. The roofs of some buildings were torn off and trees were uprooted. Waterspouts occur when a tornado forms over oceans, rivers or lakes. They usually disperse after a few minutes, but they can pose serious danger to boats that get close. In Kiel, on Germany’s Baltic Sea coast, members … Continue reading Waterspout hits German port city of Kiel, throwing people from boats

Indonesia adds patrols after detecting ships in South China Sea

Indonesia’s navy has increased patrols around its Natuna islands in the South China Sea after Chinese and US vessels were detected nearby in international waters, despite saying there the vessels had not caused any disturbance, a navy official said.An Indonesian Airforce’s F-16 Jet Fighter flies over Indonesian navy warship during an operation in Natuna islands, in the South China Sea Five navy vessels, assisted by an air patrol, have been deployed in North Natuna Sea to secure the area, Indonesian Navy western fleet commander Arsyad Abdullah told reporters on Thursday. “The Navy’s position on the North Natuna Sea is very firm in … Continue reading Indonesia adds patrols after detecting ships in South China Sea

Update: Suspected hijackers leave ship off UAE

Men who boarded and seized a ship in the Gulf of Oman have left the vessel and all those remaining on board are safe, officials say. A UK maritime security agency said the potential hijacking of the Panama-flagged MV Asphalt Princess had ended but gave no further details. The bitumen tanker was seized on Tuesday heading into the congested approach to the Strait of Hormuz. It is not clear who seized the ship, but analysts suspected Iranian forces. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards dismissed reports of possible involvement as a pretext for “hostile action” against Tehran. The men who boarded the MV … Continue reading Update: Suspected hijackers leave ship off UAE

Ship hijacked off UAE ordered to sail to Iran

A Panama-flagged ship has been hijacked by armed men in the Gulf of Oman and ordered to sail to Iran, Lloyds List Maritime Intelligence has confirmed. The bitumen tanker MV Asphalt Princess is heading into the congested approach to the Strait of Hormuz, it said. It is not clear who has seized the ship but analysts says Iranian forces will be suspected. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards dismissed the reports as a pretext for “hostile action” against Tehran. The incident comes less than a week after an oil tanker operated by an Israeli-owned company was attacked by a drone off Oman, killing … Continue reading Ship hijacked off UAE ordered to sail to Iran

Ship reportedly attacked off coast of Oman

A ship reportedly came under attack off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, a British military group said Friday, offering few other details. The brief statement from United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations said an investigation was underway into the incident, which it described as happening late Thursday night just northeast of the Omani island of Masirah. The location is over 300 kilometers (185 miles) southeast of Oman’s capital, Muscat. The statement did not elaborate, other to say that it suspected the attack did not involve piracy. Earlier on Thursday, the British military group had said it was investigating … Continue reading Ship reportedly attacked off coast of Oman