Top Ten Maritime Stories of 2013

The fire aboard the Carnival Triumph sparked design and safety changes aboard cruise ships The fire aboard the Carnival Triumph sparked design and safety changes aboard cruise ships

JANUARY 20, 2014—What were the top maritime stories of 2013? As ranked by the activity of Marine Log viewers, the Top Ten stories of last year were tales of Triumph, tragedy and technology. We've provided a selection of links to earlier stories for handy reference, but feel free to search our news archive for additional background.

1. The tale of the Carnival Triumph

In February, a fire in the engine room of the Carnival Triumph, left the ship disabled and adrift in the Gulf of Mexico.  The fire led to a review of changes in vessel design and the introduction of new cruise ship passenger legislation.

Engine room fire disables Carnival Triumph

Senator introduces cruise ship passenger protection bill

parbuckling

Carnival earnings and bookings take a hit

2. Salvage of the Costa Concordia

Now more than two years after the tragic grounding of the Costa Concordia claimed 32 lives, theincredible parbuckling operation to right the giant cruise ship was completed last September, setting the stage for it to be towed away this coming June.

Costa Concordia casualty investigation report

Guilty pleas in Costa Concordia trial

Costa Concordia wreck is upright

3. Anything and everything LNG

The story of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a clean-burning marine fuel has caught the imagination of operators worldwide, but no more intensely than in the U.S., where $3 billion worth of new vessels designed to burn or be easily converted to burn LNG are on order.

WSF partners with DNV to explore LNG fueling

NASSCO wins order for four LNG-ready Jones Act tankers

LNG-fueled ferry now world’s fastest ship

4. MOL Comfort casualty

The five-year-old MOL containership broke apart in the Indian Ocean, launching an investigation to determine the cause of the casualty and to insure the safety of the MOL Comfort’s sister ships.

Five-year-old box ship breaks apart in Indian Ocean

abdon j callais5. Fast track for Harvey Gulf International Marine

The rapid rise of New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine from a family-owned towing and marine transport company to a major deepwater player in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico has been fueled by major acquisitions and orders for next generation boats.

Harvey Gulf closes Abdon Callais asset purchase

6. Sequestration

Sequestration—the fancy term for automatic spending cuts to government programs—resulted in reductions across the board, including defense programs.

Ship repairers brace for Navy contracts cancellations

7. Seastreak Wall Street

Dozens of passengers were injured when a ferry carrying commuters allided with a pier at the foot of Wall Street in early January.

Seastreak ferry had undergone major conversion

8. Arctic drilling

When the Kulluk ran aground near Kodiak, Alaska, on New Year’s Eve, it essentially pressed thekulluk grounding pause button on Arctic drilling off of Alaska.

Coast Guard lands salvage crew on grounded rig

9. Fincantieri acquires STX OSV

Fincantieri acquired STX OSV—now Vard—to become the fifth largest shipbuilding group in the world.

Fincantieri completes its acquisition of STX OSV

10. Tanker collides with on-trials car carrier

Ending the year with a bang, the collision involved the chemical tanker Maritime Maisie and the car carrier Gravity Highway.

Tanker collides with on-trials car carrier