Category Archives: Nautical

Good news for Counter-piracy

Piracy is trending down, due to a combination of more effective international counter piracy efforts, widespread use of anti-piracy measures by shipping firms and due to changing conditions on the ground in Somalia. All of these are good things. Add … Continue reading

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Navy Gets It Right

I’ve previously blogged a bit about the Navy’s recent hit-or-miss record at choosing names for new ships. With all of that aside, the Navy hit this one out of the park: The Navy will name a research ship the Neil … Continue reading

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Princess Cruises: Captain Wasn’t Notified of Distressed Boat

Last week I blogged about the two fisherman that perished at sea after a passing Princess Cruise liner failed to render assistance. Princess Cruises has come out with a statement: The Princess Cruise’s captain being accused of turning his back … Continue reading

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Cruise Ignores Stricken Vessel; 2 perish

Interesting maritime news piece: On the 10th of March, the cruise ship Star Princess, owned by Princess Cruises, sailed by a fishing vessel which had been stranded at sea for two weeks.  Noting the crew of the fishing vessel was clearly … Continue reading

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Maersk Alabama Crewmembers Sue

In an interesting development from the world of piracy: Nine crewmembers who were onboard the Maersk Alabama when the vessel was hijacked in 2009 off the coast of Somalia have sued Maersk Line and Waterman Steamship Corp. claiming the companies … Continue reading

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Somali Piracy Update

Two pieces of interest from the world of Somali piracy1 1) A man who claims to be negotiating on behalf of the pirates holding the MV Leila wants Somaliland to release some of their “colleagues” being held in prison there. This … Continue reading

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Human Costs of Piracy

A reminder today about the human costs of piracy: The Danish navy has intercepted a cargo vessel that Somali pirates had hijacked in the Indian Ocean, freeing 16 of its crew members but two others died during the operation, an … Continue reading

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