Accidents

Safety on the water is important to the marine industry, but accidents happen. Builders, dealers, boatyards and other marine businesses can learn from them.

Costa Concordia captain fights firing in court

A court is deciding whether to indict a cruise ship captain on a manslaughter charge after an accident left 32 dead — during which the captain allegedly steered the ship off course to perform a “stunt” and was flirting with women in the moments leading up to the crash. Meanwhile, Francesco Schettino, the captain of…more

Commercial tug crew rescues Florida man

The crew aboard Crowley Maritime Corp.’s articulated tug-barge Achievement/650-8 recently rescued an injured man who was struggling to stay afloat near the base of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Florida’s Tampa Bay, according to the company. As the 587-foot tug-barge transited the bay, the on-watch crew noticed a man bobbing in the water on the…more

Clearing of Costa Concordia wreck goes slowly

One year after the luxury liner Costa Concordia ran aground off Italy’s Tuscan coast, taking 32 lives, its wreck, a mountain of metal enclosed by floating salvage platforms, is creating an incongruous industrial landscape amid the pristine waters of a marine sanctuary. On Saturday, salvage companies said at a press conference that the ship could…more

Costa Concordia survivors mark one-year anniversary

Survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster and relatives of the 32 people who died returned to the Italian island of Giglio on Sunday to mark one year since the luxury cruise liner capsized. The solemn ceremony included throwing flowers into the sea, the placement of a memorial plaque and a vessel horn sounding…more

Wreckage of rescue aircraft found in ice after 70 years

What is believed to be the wreckage of the World War II-era Coast Guard J2F-4 amphibious Grumman Duck rescue aircraft, missing for 70 years with three men aboard, was recently located beneath ice near Koge Bay, Greenland. The Defense Department’s Joint POW/MIA Personnel Accounting Command said a comprehensive search by an expedition team of Coast…more

Massachusetts fishermen presumed lost at sea

The Coast Guard called off a search in Massachusetts Bay for the 45-foot scalloping boat Foxy Lady II and its crew of two about 6 p.m. Wednesday, ending the effort to find the vessel and its two crewmembers. Surviving family members say the Coast Guard personally informed them that the 25-year-old captain and his 50-year-old…more

Teenage sailor returns to water after collision

The world of competitive sailing has a feel-good story to enjoy as 2012 winds down. Just 10 months after brain surgery following a traumatic collision during a competition, teenage sailor Tess Lloyd is back to her winning ways. “I consider myself lucky every day now,” Lloyd, 17, told Australia’s Daily Telegraph as she prepared for…more

Fire destroys stored yachts in Australia

Fire investigators are examining the charred remains of at least 20 luxury cruisers that were destroyed Monday in a blaze at a storage shed south of Brisbane, Australia. At least two boats were reduced to ashes after fire tore through part of the storage shed at the Horizon Shores marina, according to the Brisbane Times.…more

Study: Dispersant worsened effects of Gulf oil spill

If the 4.9 million barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill were an ecological disaster, the 2 million gallons of dispersant used to clean it up apparently made it 52-times more toxic. That’s according to new research from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Universidad Autonoma…more

Rogue wave capsizes 45-foot cat in Florida

A Florida dive boat carrying 23 people on Thanksgiving Day capsized when a rogue wave hit, resulting in the death of a New Mexico woman. Nina Poppelsdorf, 54, was a manager at one of the nation’s leading research laboratories and was in Florida for a holiday dive trip with a nephew, authorities told the Associated…more

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