Antarctic expedition ship stuck in ice
December 27, 2013—A former Soviet research ship today remained stuck in ice some 1,500 miles south of Hobart, Tasmania. The Russian-flag ship, MV Akademik Shokalski, has been chartered for the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013-2014, which is sponsored by the University of New South Wales and led by the university’s professor of climate change, Professor Chris Turney—an authority on all things antarctic and a prolific tweeter and blogger. There are 74 people on board the ship–reportedly, 22 of those on board are crew, the remainder are scientists, researchers and some adventurous souls who have paid from $8,050 upwards to go along for what has turned out to be a very real adventure cruise.
NTSB reports on tanker allision with bridge
The accident occurred on January 7, 2013 when the ship allided with the fendering system of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge’s Echo tower.
Seaman Guard Ohio 35 granted bail
The Times of India reports that a court in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadhu, granted bail to the 25 guards and 10 crew members of Seaman Guard Ohio who have been held in prison by Indian authorities since October.
Keppel FELS breaks rig delivery record
Singapore’s Keppel FELS shipyard is claiming the record for the largest number of rig deliveries in a year with a total of 21 newbuild offshore rigs delivered in 2013.
EU takes chair of antipiracy group
Beginning January 1, 2014 the European Union will take over the chairmanship of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) for one year, continuing the work carried out in 2013 under the chairmanship of the United States.