A mass poisoning occurred on the cargo ship APRIL on February 19, 2021. At the time of the fire, the ship was en route from Taganrog, Russia to Samsun, Turkey. Reports indicate that five crew members were poisoned, with one crew member dying as a result of the poisoning. It is unclear what caused the incident. The vessel is operated by Eksen Ship Chartering & Transportation Ltd Co. and the registered owner is April Shipping Co.
There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels. On January 17, 2021, the Ukrainian cargo ship Arvin sank with 13 crew members on board. The container ship Tanto Bersinar collided with the Tug Mitra Jaya XIX on January 23, 2021. A worker on board a barge owned by Zito Fleeting fell overboard on January 26, 2021, when the vessel was in the Lower Mississippi River near Jefferson Heights in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. The bulk carrier GIULIA I was struck by rough weather on January 26, 2021, resulting in one fatality and multiple injured crew men. A small recreational boat capsized on January 29, 2021 in Avoyelles Parish, LA, killing one. A recreational boat capsized on February 2, 2021 in San Augustine County, Texas. A recreational boat struck a channel marker on February 2, 2021 in Rankin County, Pennsylvania, resulting in one death. A fire broke out in the engine room of the container ship VERA RAMBOW on February 8, 2021. A crew member on the Russian cargo ship ATLANTIC PROJECT II tragically lost his life on February 9, 2021, during cargo operations. A tug boat capsized off the northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada on February 11, 2021. A recreational boat capsized off the coast of Oregon on February 11, 2021, killing two passengers. A vessel capsized off the coast of Florida on February 10, 2021. A fire broke out on the ro-ro cargo ship GALLIPOLI SEAWAYS on February 11, 2021. A fire broke out on the bulk carrier ship PRINCE 4 on February 12, 2021, while the ship was in the Black Sea off the Ukrainian coast. A fire broke out on the offshore supply vessel GREATSHIP ROHINI on February 13, 2021, killing three crew members. A fire broke out on the fish processing vessel Aleutian Falcon on February 17, 2021.
Safe maritime companies must perform regular maintenance and inspections in order to ensure the safety of their crew members. When ship operators fail to conduct regular maintenance and inspection of the equipment on their vessels, dangerous incidents can result. This not only puts the lives of hardworking seaman at risk, but can also endanger members of the public.
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