Leviathan II whale-watching tragedy caused by breaking wave

Article by BBC.com

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The crew of a whale-watching boat tried and failed to avoid a large breaking wave that sank the vessel, killing six off the Canadian coast.


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Five Britons were among those who died when the the Leviathan II capsized near Tofino, British Columbia, in 2015.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has released a report with guidance on how to prevent such accidents.

They include having tour boat operators do more to manage hazards like the breaking wave that led to the tragedy.

Clinton Rebeiro, who headed the investigation, said the vessel’s crew checked weather conditions before departing in October 2015 and found them “acceptable”.

Passengers were also given a safety briefing.

Once on the south-east side of the Plover Reefs, Leviathan II was operating in an area where the conditions were favourable for the formation of breaking waves.

At about 15:00 local time (19:00 GMT) “the master and the deckhand heard a noise. The master reached for the throttles to turn the vessel and minimise the impact but the wave struck Leviathan II’s starboard quarter before his actions could be effective”, Mr Rebeiro said.

“It rose up, pivoting uncontrollably on the wave, leaving it beam on, or sideways, to the wave and thus vulnerable to capsizing.”

Capsizing took only an instant. Most of the passengers were thrown into the frigid sea water, skidding down the deck and striking objects along the way. Some became trapped underneath the vessel. No one was wearing life-jackets.

“There’s no doubt in this case that had the passengers been wearing life jackets or some sort of personal floatation device, it would definitely have helped many who struggled to stay afloat in the water and it might have prevented some of the fatalities,” said TSB chair Kathy Fox.



Panama-based cargo ship collides with fishing boat near Kochi port, 2 dead – 1 missing

Tragedy struck off the Kochi coast early on Sunday morning when an Indian fishing boat, Carmal Maths, was hit by a cargo vessel called Amber. The fishing boat had 14 people onboard, and while 11 of them swam to safety or were rescued, two others were killed in the accident. One of the fishermen has been declared missing.

Amber L

Around 2.30am on Sunday, Amber L – a Panama-registered bulk carrier cargo ship – collided with the Indian fishing boat which was anchored around 20 nautical miles from the Kochi coast.

According to reports, Naval ship Kalpeni and a helicopter have been carrying rescue operations following the incident.

The Marine Enforcement Wing Rescue Boat has recovered the bodies of two people: Thambidurai, a native of Kualchil in Tamil Nadu, and a worker from Assam whose name has not been revealed yet.

A third, unnamed person is reported missing.

At least two others who were on the boat have been admitted to the Fort Kochi hospital for injuries.

Note: This is a developing story.

Car carrier Neptune Thelisis collided with crane in Port of Luka Koper

By Svilen Petrov – Maritime Herald

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The car carrier Neptune Thelisis collided with quay and crane in Port of Luka Koper, Slovenia. The ship was moored at the port, but strong winds with gusts reaching 110 km/h and the severe storm hit the port, causing breaking of bow mooring lines. The vessel drifted with her bow and turned around the key under the strong pressure of the gusts. car carrier Neptune Thelisis struck against the quay and a gantry crane of the coal terminal collapsed. The accident was immediately reported to local authorities and at the scene were sent tugs which assisted with fixing and securing the cargo ship.

Neptune crane accident

Photo Credit: Mateja Dominko

There were no injuries among the dockworkers and crew, but the damages caused by the storm were sufficient, as according to Port of Luka Koper administration the cost were 10-15 million EUR. The local authorities initiated investigation for the responsibilities and the root cause of the accident.

The car carrier Neptune Thelisis suffered only minor damages and dents during the allission. There is no report about water pollution as well. The vessel will be inspected before return in service.

The car carrier Neptune Thelisis (IMO: 9306718) has overall length of 165.00 m, moulded beam of 26.23 m and maximum draft of 5.80 m. The deadweight of the ship is 6,200 DWT and the gross tonnage is 27,788 GRT. The car carrier was built in 2006 by Fincantieri Palermo shipyard and operated by Neptune Lines.