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To the melancholy list of lives and ships lost and damaged by burning and exploding containers we can now add the 56,642 gross tonnes of Grimaldi’s Grande America, now settling into the mud of the deepest part of the Bay of Biscay.

Kim Wan-joong, ceo of Polaris Shipping, and four others are facing arrest warrants over the tragic sinking of VLOC Stellar Daisy 22 months ago.

A Taiwanese cargo ship that sank off the coast of China’s Zhejiang province has left one dead and 10 missing, reports said.

A Chinese general cargo vessel sank in the waters south of Hong Kong after it collided with a 9,415-teu CMA CGM boxship in the early hours of Monday, news reports said.

At a cocktail party full of designers of coastal abodes and art types, I met a decorator from Jacksonville, Florida, when I explained that I was in the maritime business, she immediately asked me, “What do you think about that ship - the one that sank in a hurricane? It had sailed from Jacksonville, you know.” The vessel, of course, was the El Faro, the 1975- built steam-powered ro-ro/ container carrier which met its tragic end in October 2015, resulting in the deaths of all 33 men and women aboard. 

In the latest cyber security warning for shipping Pen Test Partners have highlighted that hackers could sink a bulk carrier by deliberately imbalancing its cargo.

A traditional Indian cargo ship reportedly ferrying 69 vehicles from Sharjah to war-torn Yemen has sunk off Oman, local media report.

Venezuela-flagged general cargo ship Alita sank off Colon, Panama, while awaiting scrapping at anchorage off Colon, Panama, after colliding with another vessel.

Panama-flagged Russian general cargo vessel City ran aground on a breakwater approaching Sakata port in Japan’s Yamagata Prefecture over the weekend.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released an accident docket on sunken ro-ro vessel El Faro, operated by TOTE Services.

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