Chemical Tanker Washed Up by Hurricane Sandy

A 170 foot long vessel was washed aground on Staten Island by Hurricane Sandy. The MT John B. Caddell is a Liquid Oil/Chemical Tanker built in 1941. The tanker was moored about a mile from where she ran aground on Front Street, Staten Island. Fortunately nobody was hurt during the incident.

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New Aframax Tanker Design by Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Ship Design has developed a double hull, single screw crude oil tanker featuring a CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) optimised hull to provide less resistance with higher propulsion efficiency. The minimum time at the terminals is ensured by the high loading/discharge rate. The CFD optimisation of the hull form has carefully considered the flow lines and pressure distribution along the hull, while the cylindrical bow accommodates a range of operational draughts even in rough weather conditions.

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Tanker And Containership Collision in Houston Ship Channel – Investigation Report

At 0906 central daylight time (CDT) on Saturday, October 29, 2011, the 799-foot Greek-flag chemical tanker Elka Apollon, outbound in the Houston ship channel, collided with the 777-foot inbound Panamanian-flag container vessel MSC Nederland at a point in the channel referred to as Five Mile, which is close to the channel’s intersection with the Bayport ship channel.

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Tanker Grounded Near Aegna Estonia

A Bahamian flagged tanker ran aground on a shoal to the east of Aegna island at 6:55 on Monday morning. According to officials there is no threat of pollution or danger to the 24-member crew of the Kyeema Spirit, which was not carrying cargo. The tanker had been leaking bilge water, but the leakage has now been stopped.

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INTERTANKO Executive Committee Meeting in Rome

INTERTANKO’s Executive Committee (ExCom) recently held its third meeting for 2012 in Rome, Italy, focusing on the major issues currently facing independent tanker owners such as tanker market sustainability, piracy, ballast water management and air emissions. Participants expressed concern over the state of the tanker industry and the rising costs of shipping, which are considered the most crucial issue facing INTERTANKO’s Members. They noted that, while independent owners acknowledged to have contributed to the problems by over-ordering, current market levels could actually endanger the supply chain element of safe, sustainable transportation of oil, products and chemicals.

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Mysterious Cadet’s Death

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is calling for the Panamanian and Mexican authorities to reveal the results of their investigations into the death of the young engineering cadet Dayra Wood Pino (age 22) aboard the Panamanian flagged products tanker El Valencia – and to answer questions about:

  1. her death
  2. why her family weren’t informed about it for several days, and
  3. why the ship was allowed to proceed for an incredible 17 days with her body onboard

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Tanker Re-Floating