Two Dead, Three Missing in Fire Aboard VLCC off Sharjah

The fire on board the VLCC Zoha 1on Wednesday evening claimed the lives of two seafarers and injured eight others, according to Indian officials. 

The Zoha 1caught fire about 20 miles off the coast of Sharjah, UAE on Wednesday, sending up a plume of smoke visible from the city's waterfront. Indian consular officials told Gulf News that the blaze killed two Indian nationals. Eight other people, including two Indian seafarers, were injured in the accident, and three remain missing. 

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NGO Shipbreaking: Clemenceau’s Sister Ship Heading For Scrapyard At Alang

asbestos-laden aircraft carrier Clemenceau

The French Courts stopped the scrapping of the asbestos-laden aircraft carrier Clemenceau on the beach of Alang, India. Fifteen years later, France is faced with a second toxic headache.

The Clemenceau’s sister ship São Paulo (ex Foch) will soon be dismantled and the French government must approve of the dismantling destination.

The vessel was sold by the French Navy to Brazil in 2000, where it became the new flagship of the Brazilian Navy. After countless serviceability issues, which impeded the...

https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/ngo-shipbreaking-clemenceaus-sister-ship-heading-for-scrapyard-at-alang/

U.S. Lifts Sanctions on COSCO’s VLCCs

The U.S. Treasury has lifted sanctions on Chinese crude tanker operator COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) Co. Ltd., a division of state-owned China COSCO. The tanker unit was blacklisted in September 2019 for allegedly violating American sanctions on Iran. 

The delisting comes just days before temporary waivers allowing business with COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) were set to expire. It also follows shortly after the successful negotiation of a "phase one" trade deal between Beijing and Washington,...

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/u-s-lifts-sanctions-on-cosco-s-vlccs

Man Dives Into Swamp Infested With Dangerous Alligators (VIDEO)

Via Youtube The daring subject went swimming with these huge reptiles, without imagining what his unusual reaction would be when he noticed their presence.

Through Youtube, a video has been published that has gone viral and has impacted thousands of users, because it reveals the precise moment in which a daredevil man throws himself into a swamp full of fierce alligators, who pounce on him when they see him in their space. The incredible clip did not take long to become a trend in various social...

https://www.maritimeherald.com/2020/01-31-viral-youtube-video-man-dives-into-swamp-infested-with-dangerous-alligators-video-trending-viral-video-louisiana-usa/