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Cruise Ship Wreck Moved for Final Demolition

Concordia DockedThe wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia was safely towed to the port of Genoa on May 12 to be dismantled.

The stripped wreck was towed from the port of Prà Voltri following the first stage of the wreck’s dismantling project that saw over 5,700 tons of materials removed from the ship so the wreck would have the necessary draft for the 10 mile journey, which took around 24 hours.

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First of New Series Enters Service

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Njord OdinIn April, the BMT Group, of Teddington, completed the sea trials of the Njord Odin, the first of a series of 26m windfarm support vessels for Njord Offshore.

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Boost for Rolls-Royce

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Promas LiteThe Rolls-Royce Promas Lite integrated rudder propeller system is to be fitted to five ships of the Grimaldi Group, of Italy.

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Union Calls for Action Over Deaths in Enclosed Spaces

Nautilus LogoThe maritime union Nautilus International has called for the UK to lead a “new and concerted drive to end the appalling litany” of seafarer fatalities in enclosed spaces. The union wrote to the then Shipping Minister John Hayes following an incident in March in which two seafarers died in a cargo hold of the Isle of Man-flagged cargo ship Sally Ann C, of the Carisbrooke Shipping.

The union said: “Investigations into the incident which took place off the coast of west Africa are continuing, but it is known that the Chief Officer and Chief Engineer died after entering a hold where timber was stowed and the Second Officer had to be rescued after losing consciousness when he went to the aid of his colleagues.” In his letter to the minister, Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson said: “There is evidence to show that more seafarers die or are injured in enclosed spaces than through any other onboard work activity.

“Changes in ship design and operation, the nature of cargoes, the increasing amounts of chemicals being carried, along with reduced manning levels and radical changes in crewing practices are all factors which have driven the increase in such incidents.”

“We believe that requirements for oxygen meters to be positioned at the entrance to enclosed spaces would reinforce to seafarers the potential risks that they face, as well as providing ready access to information about the state of such spaces.”

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Tons of Silver Coins Recovered From WWII Wreck

City of Cairo treasureTens of tons of silver coins have been recovered from 5,150m of water from an Ellerman Lines cargo ship that was sunk during the Second World War.

The operation was carried out by Deep Ocean Search (DOS) under a contract with the Ministry of Transport, London.

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West Africa Gulf - "A Dangerous Piracy Area"

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PiracyThe Gulf of Guinea is one of the most dangerous piracy areas for mariners, according to maritime intelligence agency Dryad’s maritime crime figures for the first quarter of this year.

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