Italy May Have Found Doomed Migrant Ship

Italy’s navy said on Thursday it believed it had found the wreck of a boat that sank last month killing up to 900 migrants off the coast of Libya, the Mediterranean’s most deadly migrant tragedy in living memory.

Only 24 bodies have been recovered since the April 18 disaster and the discovery of the wreck 375 metres (1,235 feet) underwater some 135 km (85 miles) north of Libya would notably increase the chances of finding more remains.

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IOMMP President Addresses Merchant Marine Veterans

By MarEx 2015-05-07 13:18:13 This week the American Merchant Marine Veterans, a fraternal organization of merchant mariners, is hosting their annual National Convention to coincide with the 70-year anniversary of the end of WWII. Don Marcus, President of the International Order of Master Mates and Pilots (MM&P), was among the keynote speakers Wednesday evening at…

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Hong Kong Officials Face Ferry Disaster Trial

Two Hong Kong officials will be the latest facing trial over a 2012 ferry collision that killed 39 people, including eight children. The maritime officers were charged in March of this year, and will go to trial on May 26.

The collision of the high speed ferry Sea Smooth and the pleasure boat Lamma IV was the deadliest Hong Kong maritime accident in forty years. The incident occurred October 12, 2012, while Hong Kong waters were filled by vessels celebrating China’s National Day. In addition to the 39 deaths in the incident, and additional 92 injuries were also reported.

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Two killed in Pemex offshore accident

Mexican government-owned oil company Pemex has confirmed that two offshore oil platform workers were killed after a jack-up rig collapsed in the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico.
It said that the accident on 5 May occurred when one of the legs of the jack-up rig Troll Solution, operated by
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Seized Maersk Vessel, Crew Safely Released

Maersk Line announced today that Iran has released the M/V Maersk Tigris and its crew, which were seized last month in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world’s major oil shipping lanes.

The vessel was diverted on April 28 by Iranian patrol boats while en route from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates. Iranian officials allowed the release of the Maersk vessel on the condition the company follow through with a judicial decision to pay a $3.6 million settlement to Pars Oil Products. The Iranian company was previously awarded damages over a 2003 case of uncollected cargo.

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