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April 2013 Archives

American Seafoods Factory Trawler Allides with Canadian Naval Frigate in Victoria, B.C.

On April 23, F/V AMERICAN DYNASTY, a Seattle-based, 272-foot catcher-processor owned by American Seafoods Company, ran hard into the moored 440-foot HMCS WINNIPEG, a Canadian naval frigate which had just completed a refit and upgrade and was due to resume service within weeks. According to reports, workers inside WINNIPEG were thrown about, having had no warning. Of the 65 civilian workers aboard WINNIPEG, six were taken to the hospital to treat non-life threatening injuries and then released. The nine crewmembers aboard AMERICAN DYNASTY were reported as uninjured.

Jury Finds Ship Owner Employer Negligent in Lia Hawkins' Death - $3.45 Million Award

On October 21, 2010, 33-year-old Lia Hawkins was working as part of a small renovation crew on board M/V SAHARA, which was moored in Ballard, Washington. SAHARA is over 300 feet long and was first commissioned in 1966 as a U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey vessel. After her service there, SAHARA spent time moored as a breakwater in Kirkland. In 2009, Italian racecar driver and hotel owner Emanuele Garosci, through his company G Shipping Ltd., purchased SAHARA, reportedly for over $6.5 million, with the intent to renovate her into a luxury yacht hotel.

Crewman Severs Finger While Working On Board F/V SEA SMOKE

On April 10, at around 12:45 in the afternoon, the crew of 52-foot, Montauk-based F/V SEA SMOKE alerted the Coast Guard that one of their crewmates had severed a finger when he had been working with some fishing gear. This happened about 39 miles southeast of Montauk Point, New York. The Coast Guard air lifted the 23-year-old man for medical care in Greenport, New York, where he was reported to be in stable condition. The man's name and the details of the incident have not been released.

CARNIVAL TRIUMPH Breaks Loose from Shipyard Docks in Heavy Winds

CARNIVAL TRIUMPH continues to have more than her share of woes. You may recall how, back on February 10, as CARNIVAL TRIUMPH was sailing about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula, an engine room fire took out her electrical power. Fortunately, the fire itself was put out fairly quickly, but CARNIVAL TRIUMPH was first adrift and then under tow for days before being towed to Mobile, Alabama, all the while with 3,800 passengers and crew on board. During that time, the emergency power generator proved inadequate to the needs of all those people, resulting in significant hygiene and general health issues.

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