Prison time for captain in fatal barge explosion

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VHF recordings leaked following cruise ship collision
June 29, 2015—Though one passenger reportedly said the experience was “like being on the Titanic,” video shows that a collision between the elderly cruise ship Celestyal Crystal and a 38,734 dwt Scorpio Tankers owned chemical products tanker was less serious than that.

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Prison for captain 10 years after fatal barge explosion
More than 10 years after a 2005 barge explosion in which a crew member died, the captain of the tugboat pushing the barge has been sentenced to six months in prison. The family company for which he worked was put on probation and ordered to pay $5.3 million.

Svitzer orders two more Damen ASD tugs
Towage and emergency response specialist Svitzer has ordered two more Damen ASD 3212 tugs with 80 tonnes bollard pull performance.

LNG infrastructure projects to be explored for Panama Canal
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency recently awarded a grant to the Panama Canal Authority to support the planning of an LNG import terminal. When the third set of locks are completed next year, the canal is expected to handle significant LNG carrier traffic.
Viking Ocean floats out its second ship at Fincantieri
Viking Ocean Cruises’ second ship—the 930-passenger Viking Sea—was “floated out” at traditional ceremony on June 25, at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard in Italy.

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