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Following the release of UK Maib Safety Digest, it is described a near miss accident onboard a ro-ro passenger ferry, during loading vehicles operation.

The incident

A ro-ro passenger ferry was loading vehicles in preparation for departure. A maximum capacity of vehicles was due to be loaded, so the hoistable car decks (known as the mezzanine decks), were planned to be in use.

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Three crew members have died and several remain missing after a cargo ship ran aground in waters off Surigao del Norte amid a typhoon, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

The LCT Cebu Great Ocean, loaded with nickel ore, ran aground along the shoreline of Barangay Cantapoy, Malimono, Surigao del Norte at around 03:38 p.m. on 19 April, said the Coast Guard which responded to the incident.

First reports after the incident suggested that all of the 20 crew members onboard were missing. However, latest updates as of 21 April reveal that seven crew members have been rescued at different vicinity waters of Surigao del Norte, with help from Coast Guard, PNP-MARIG, and several concerned citizens. There are also three confirmed deceased crew members, while ten remain unaccounted for.

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Indonesian rescuers searching for a submarine that went missing with 53 people on board found an oil spill on Wednesday near where the vessel dived, authorities said.

The 44-year-old submarine, KRI Nanggala-402, was conducting a torpedo drill in waters north of the island of Bali but failed to relay the results as expected, a navy spokesman said.

An aerial search found an oil spill near the submarine’s dive location and two navy vessels with sonar capability have been deployed to assist in the search, the Defense Ministry said.

A ministry statement said requests for assistance had been sent and Australia, Singapore and India had responded.

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A total of 19 crew members onboard the Tanzanian-flagged bulk carrier MV AIZDIHAR are abandoned for over 14 months off Bander Abbas, Iran, according to Human Rights at Sea.

British charitable NGO, Human Rights at Sea, has been contacted by the crew, who informed that they have been abandoned since 28 February 2020, but only reported eight months later (on 20 October 2020) to the ILO database.