Capsized Eastern Star

After the Eastern Star(Dongfangzhixing) cruise ship capsized in the Yangtze River killing 434 people, China has been dealing with grieving families and angry locals mourning the victims by burning incense and paper money along the river. A 60-person team has been formed to investigate the accident.204 bodies from Eastern Star identified by DNA matching. The ship was built in the 60’s by Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corp. The list of passengers has not been released to the public.

A recent retrofit, passenger cabin doors that led directly out to the ship’s deck were sealed shut and turned into windows made the Eastern Star more dangerous and prone to capsizing.

Migrant boat sinks off Libya, 700 Dead


28 people were rescued and 24 bodies recovered around 70 miles from the coast of Libya after a fishing boat capsized overnight. As many as 700 migrants escaping poverty and war in sub-Saharan Africa may have died when the boat capsized. 17 navy, coast guard, and merchant ships and a Maltese patrol boat, and air support are involved in the search-and-rescue operation, which are being coordinated in Rome.

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Ferry Capsizes in Bangladesh

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Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, a double-decker river ferry carrying up to 140 passengers capsized Sunday after being hit by a cargo vessel 25 miles NW of Dhaka, Bangladesh The cargo vessel impacted at the Daulatdia-Paturia crossing on the Padma River. There were 48 immediate casualties reported. Those on the lower deck may have been trapped.

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South Korea ferry disaster

South Korea ferry disaster

Comparisons are being drawn between the sinking of the Sewol ferry and the 2012 Costa Concordia disaster.

The causes may be very different and the toll far heavier but Italian media have pointed to similarities between the ferry disaster of the Sewol in South Korea and the Costa Concordia cruise ship crash in 2012.

“A case of Schettino in Korea” has been the recurring headline in Italian newspapers in the past few days, a reference to the Italian liner’s captain, Francesco Schettino, who is now on trial for the accident in which 32 people lost their lives.

With South Korean rescuers reporting 270 people missing and 32 confirmed dead, Italian media have focussed on the role played by the ferry’s captain Lee Joon-Seok, who was arrested on Saturday along with two of his crew.

Here are five similarities between the disasters:
1. Questionable captains authority
2. Delayed evacuation.
3. Difficulty maneuvering on capsized ship
4. Difficult conditions such as low visibility
5. Captains abandoned ship

Read more:South Korea ferry disaster: The Sewol and the Costa Concordia tragedies in comparison

Costa Concordia to be scrapped in Italy

I can confirm that… the dismantling of the ship will take place in an Italian port,” Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi said on Friday.

Several ports had been bidding to win the contract to dismantle the wrecked ship, including ports in Britain, France, Norway and Turkey.

Italy’s Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper reported that the ship would be scrapped in Genoa, though Lupi said the final decision was still to be taken on which of several possible Italian ports would get the bid.

According to Il Sole 24 Ore, the ship’s owners have chosen a consortium consisting of oil service company Saipem and Genoa-based companies Mariotti and San Giorgio.

It added that Costa Cruises, Europe’s biggest cruise operator, had decided to begin the delicate operation to re-float the vessel on July 20th.

The stricken ship would then be towed 280 kilometres (170 miles) to Genoa.

Costa Concordia to be scrapped in Italy The Local

Expert view on prospects for salvage operations on Korean Ferry

Let’s try getting a better sense of what’s to come in terms of search, rescue, and salvage operations down off Korea’s southwestern coast.
For that, Captain Nicholas Sloane joins us live on the line from Italy.
Nicholas Sloane is a marine master with over 30 years of experience and was in charge of salvage operations of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship off Italy.
Captain Sloane, thank you so much for joining us.

Let’s start with the search and rescue operations here in Korea, now in their tenth day.
Based on your expertise and experience in the field, which stage is the Korean rescue team at?
How does this case compare with the Costa Concordia case?

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Chickens of the Sea

If there is something oddly familiar about the news that the erstwhile captain of the ill-fated South Korean ferry—which capsized and sank just a few hundred meters from dry land—botched the evacuation order and jumped ship before his passengers were safe, it’s because we’ve heard about this sort of maritime cowardice before. It happened in 2012, when Italian captain Francesco Schettino rammed his Costa Concordia luxury cruiseliner into the rocks off Giglio island. He, too, was among the first off the ship well in advance of the bulk of the passengers.

The two accidents are, of course, as different as night and day. The South Korean ferry captain, Lee Joon-Seok, was not on the bridge when his ferry took a tight turn, possibly capsizing because it had been loaded over capacity with heavy cargo.

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Tragedies at sea: The Sewol and the Costa Concordia

The causes may be very different and the toll far heavier but Italian media have pointed to similarities between the ferry disaster of the Sewol in South Korea and the Costa Concordia cruise ship crash in 2012.

“A case of Schettino in Korea” has been the recurring headline in Italian newspapers in the past few days — a reference to the Italian liner’s captain now on trial for an accident in which 32 people lost their lives.

With South Korean rescuers reporting 270 people missing and 32 confirmed dead, Italian media have focussed on the role played by the ferry’s captain Lee Joon-Seok, who was arrested on Saturday along with two of his crew.Tragedies at sea: The Sewol and the Costa Concordia Publication

About 12 Immigrants Dead after Shipwreck off Greek Island

At least 12 people were killed, four of them children, and an undetermined number of disappeared was the tragic result today after the shipwreck of a small boat on the west coast of Greece, in the Ionian Sea.

Another 15 immigrants managed to reach safety and notify the authorities the place of the accident, between the island of Lefkada and the mainland village of Paleros, according to a police spokesman.

The mobilization of the coast guard was capable of rescuing 12 bodies near the place where the boat was overturned, continuing the work of searching for other victims in a wide surrounding area.

So far, the number of passengers the eight-feet-long vessel transported, their nationalities, and the port is not known.

Coast guard divers recovered the bodies of four children and eight adults after survivors alerted authorities, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. The migrants were presumed to have been headed to nearby Italy from the western Greek mainland.

About 12 Immigrants Dead after Shipwreck off Greek Island Prensa Latina

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