Maritime Safety, including Container-Ships

Les grands voiliers transportaient de la soie, du camphre, de la cannelle. Aujourd’hui, les géants des mers transportent du nucléaire en bonbonnes, du chimique en citernes, du gaz en cuves. Ils sont des sites Seveso transocéaniques. Gigantisme, cargaisons dangereuses, pavillons sous-normes, car-ferries poubelles, équipages novices au bout du rouleau ou de la routine : le transport maritime est un cruel pourvoyeur de pertes humaines, le vecteur caché des risques industriels et une source quotidienne de pertes de marchandises en mer.

Notices of oil spills on the world ocean

10 Sep 2020

Notices of oil spills on the world ocean

While the French Navy is sealing up cracks on the forepart of the Tanio wreck (1980) off Brittany, oil spills or oil spill risks are multiplying. The Covid-19 pandemic is involved in this resurgence. The crews are no longer relieved. Confined to their workplaces, they are overworked, cut off from the world and depressed. The Indian captain of the Wakashio, which ran aground on Mauritius, had been on board for a year and other crew members for 9 months. The minimal maintenance of merchant ships is also delayed. Political circumstances are other aggravating factors, as in the example of FSO (Floating Storage and Offloading) units which in peacetime “feed” tankers that have come empty from all over the world.

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(Français) Charlie Hebdo et Robin des Bois

9 Sep 2020

(Français) Charlie Hebdo et Robin des Bois

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(Français) 42 marins et 5867 vaches périssent en mer

4 Sep 2020

(Français) 42 marins et 5867 vaches périssent en mer

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Nauseas

24 Jun 2020

Nauseas

Trash ships
With one hand, the European Union bans them from its ports because they are dangers publics, with the other one it allows them to be in the trade over and over again in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea, the Maghreb or faraway seas. Among the facilitators of this tragic double game for crews and damaging to the environment are 7 classification societies based in Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom (1).

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(Français) Les liaisons dangereuses de CMA CGM

22 Apr 2020

(Français) Les liaisons dangereuses de CMA CGM

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(Français) Sans complexe, l’ESL America

4 Mar 2020

(Français) Sans complexe, l’ESL America

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(Français) Un port refuge pour le nitrate d’ammonium

12 Dec 2019

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(Français) Midia, Roumanie. Noyade de plus de 14.000 moutons

29 Nov 2019

(Français) Midia, Roumanie. Noyade de plus de 14.000 moutons

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2008-2018, maritime and waterway passenger transport: more than 12,000 dead

27 Nov 2019

2008-2018, maritime and waterway passenger transport: more than 12,000 dead

– 272 collisions, shipwrecks and fatal fires

  • Asia : 6610 fatalities
  • Africa : 5014
  • Oceania : 355
  • America : 314
  • Europe : 188

Minimal toll. In most cases, the passenger manifest has disappeared or does not match the reality.

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Old ferries exported in the Tropics at the end of their lives continue to routinely kill dozens of passengers

2 Sep 2019

Old ferries exported in the Tropics at the end of their lives continue to routinely kill dozens of passengers. Cameroon and the Philippines have just been hit by deadly accidents.

August 25, 2019.
The Cameroon-flagged Austrheim left Calabar (Cross River State, Nigeria) bound for Tiko (South West Province, Cameroon). Depending on the sources, between 132 and 200 passengers and crew members were on board. Caught in strong winds during the night of August 25, the ferry struck a sandbank and capsized off the Bukassi peninsula. 111 people were rescued by the Cameroonian Navy and Nigerian fishermen. 17 bodies have been recovered so far.

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