The Guardian - A Japanese oil tanker has exploded off the country’s south-west coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the country’s coast guard has said. Four others were severely injured in the accident on Thursday. Fire gutted the middle of the Shoko Maru — the 998-tonne tanker, based in the western city of Hiroshima, was left leaning over in the water after the accident and was being doused by firefighting ships. Seven people were rescued, four having suffered severe burns, the public broadcaster NHK reported. A search was under way for the missing man, the tanker’s captain, it said.
Friday, May 30, 2014
 
MotherJonese - Usually, people living in the United States don’t pay much attention to hurricanes in the eastern Pacific, the other basin where megastorms that can affect North America are formed. Mostly, these storms wallop Mexico, or travel harmlessly out to sea. So, given the standard myopia of the media, we rarely hear much about them. But this year, perhaps, we ought to be paying more attention. The eastern Pacific hurricane season started on May 15, and already, with its first storm, it has set an ominous record.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
 
Insurance Journal - The upcoming Atlantic hurricane session will be one with a higher chance for tropical development close to the U.S. coast, according to the latest expert forecast. At the same time, there should be below normal tropical activity, particularly in the deep tropics.WeatherBELL Analytics in New York said it is making no changes from its early April forecast of 8-10 named storms, 3-5 hurricanes and 1-2 major hurricanes, with a seasonal ACE (Accumulated Cyclonic Energy) index 75-90 percent of normal.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
 
WPRI - The cleanup will continue Monday after a massive fire involving six boats at the Rhode Island Yacht Club in Cranston. While some were sleeping on their boats, the flames quickly spread late Saturday night, trapping two people. “Some people were woken up by other members, so hats off to them for saving lives,” Craig Forbes, Treasurer of the RI Yacht Club said. When fire crews arrived just after 11 p.m., they were greeted to “a wall of flames,” according to the Deputy Fire Chief.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
 
Florida Today - Melbourne Police Sgt. Brian Wical and James Roy Hartman, a former Melbourne police officer, face charges of burning a boat and fraudulently collecting more than $45,000 in insurance money. Wical, 38, and Hartman, 40, turned themselves in Tuesday at the Brevard County Jail Complex, where they were booked and released.Wical faces charges of arson, false and fraudulent insurance claim, burning to defraud the insurer and filing a false report to a law enforcement authority.
Monday, March 24, 2014
 
Reuters - A group of passengers suing Carnival cruise lines for damages after an engine fire left their ship adrift for days are asking the company to pay $5,000 a month for the rest of their lives for medical bills and mental anguish. A lawsuit brought by 33 passengers of the ill-fated 2013 voyage could change how cruise lines insulate themselves from legal actions, according to maritime legal experts.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
 
The Seattle Times - A massive fire destroyed seven boats and damaged at least eight more at Shelter Bay Marina near La Conner in Skagit County on Friday afternoon. The fire started at about 4 p.m. on one boat at the residential marina and quickly spread to adjacent boats, according to Shelter Bay community manager David Franklin. One dock was engulfed in flames, which allowed one burning boat to float to another dock and further spread the fire, he said. The fire caused an estimated $1 million in damage.
Monday, February 24, 2014
 
independent.co.uk - Claims from the Costa Concordia disaster are set to break through the $2bn (£1.2bn) barrier next year because of difficulties experts have faced salvaging the 114,500-ton liner, insurance experts warned today. The ship capsized off the Italian island of Giglio while carrying 4,229 passengers in January last year, killing 32. Engineers have started removing the wreck, although it is anticipated to take several more months.
Monday, December 30, 2013
 
ActionNewsJax.com - Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced a grand jury returned five indictments charging seven men with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. The men charged are 46-year-old John J. Kurant, Jr., of St. Augustine, 34-year-old Adam Horvit, of Parkland, and 35-year-old Christopher E. Labaire, 47-year-old Greg Wilson, 36-year-old Jerold Wolfe, 47-year-old John Grant, and 45-year-old Scott Coleman all from Jupiter. They each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison if convicted. The Department of Justice says the indictments of Kurant and Labaire cite that Boat U.S. paid out $853,758.33 in insurance proceeds based upon the sham and fraudulent marine insurance claims.
Friday, December 13, 2013
 
Insurance Journal - Some Bristol Bay, Alaska fishermen have sued over the sinking last June and subsequent salvage of the Lone Star, which they say leaked fuel into the water and brought salmon fishing to an early halt. The fishermen, in a lawsuit filed in state court in Dillingham, claim future fishing seasons are likely to be hurt as well. They also allege negligence in the salvage of the vessel, which they say resulted in salmon waste being spilled into the water and washed ashore, attracting bears that broke into and damaged cabins owned by the fishermen.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
 
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