Maritime Safety, including Container-Ships

Les grands voiliers transportaient de la soie, du camphre, de la cannelle. Aujourd’hui, les géants des mers transportent du nucléaire en bonbonnes, du chimique en citernes, du gaz en cuves. Ils sont des sites Seveso transocéaniques. Gigantisme, cargaisons dangereuses, pavillons sous-normes, car-ferries poubelles, équipages novices au bout du rouleau ou de la routine : le transport maritime est un cruel pourvoyeur de pertes humaines, le vecteur caché des risques industriels et une source quotidienne de pertes de marchandises en mer.

The Grande America in the spotlight

15 Mar 2019

Grande America, press release n°3

List and summary description of all the Grande America’s deficiencies as identified by the Port State inspectors since 2010 (pdf). In particular, recurring deficiencies concerning the fire-fighting plans or equipments and non-compliances with the MARPOL Convention for the prevention of pollution at sea should be noted.

The Grande America, practically garbage herself, was carrying waste and was known to empty her garbage cans into the sea.

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The sinking of Grande America

12 Mar 2019

The sinking of Grande America

Grande America, press release n°2

Following the sinking of the Grande America, Robin des Bois hopes that the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture will be provided by the ship-owner Grimaldi with the complete list of cargoes and hazardous material loaded on board the ship. In order to assess the level of danger that is to arise as waste gradually escapes from the wreck, it is important to have accurate information. It is likely that, within a few days, oil and floating waste will disperse at sea and arrive on the French coastline, particularly in southern Brittany, the Pays de la Loire, and Aquitaine. Therefore, it would be reasonable to pre-position pollution response means (Polmar).

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South of Brittany: Grande America ablaze

11 Mar 2019

The container ship and car carrier had left Hamburg and was heading for Casablanca, then Dakar (Senegal), Conakry (Guinea), and Freetown (Sierra Leone). Afterwards, the ship was to carry on towards Brazil. The Grande America is 214 meters long and she flies the Italian flag. Logically, the ship is filled with used cars and a variety of second-hand vehicles, trailers, public work machinery, waste to be recycled, trailers loaded with tires, and containers with dangerous material to be used by West African major development projects or mines.

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(Français) 2008-2018, transport maritime et fluvial de passagers : plus de 12.000 morts

4 Feb 2019

(Français) 2008-2018, transport maritime et fluvial de passagers : plus de 12.000 morts

Only in French.

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(Français) Un nouveau porte-conteneurs indésirable

24 Jan 2019

(Français) Un nouveau porte-conteneurs indésirable

Only in French.

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(Français) MSC Zoe, une déroute de la Soie

3 Jan 2019

Only in French.

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(Français) Depuis la Corse jusqu’à Alang

31 Dec 2018

(Français) Depuis la Corse jusqu’à Alang

Only in French.

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(Français) Une cascade de boulettes made in Med

3 Dec 2018

(Français) Une cascade de boulettes made in Med

Only in French.

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(Français) Sète, le port qui ne pense pas bête

26 Nov 2018

(Français) Sète, le port qui ne pense pas bête

Only in French.

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(Français) Le CSL Virginia est devenu le Virgin Star

31 Oct 2018

(Français) Le CSL Virginia est devenu le Virgin Star

Only in French.

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