Jun 2019: A ship’s anchor has damaged the submarine cable of Guyana Power and Light Inc. that connects Georgetown with Vreed-en-hoop, West Bank Demerara substations. Customers were without electricity and the onshore transmission and distribution infrastructure was also damaged.
Jun 2019: Offshore supply tug Sjoborg collided with the Statfjord oil platform in the North Sea. All 276 people on the platform have been airlifted to nearby platforms by helicopter and production has been halted.
May 2019: The Asia-Pacific Getaway (APG) Submarine cable from Vietnam to some Asian countries broke affecting internet connections. The cause of damage as well as the estimated repair time is unknown. This is the fourth time the internet cable has been broken in 2019
Feb 2019: The world’s largest oil field reduced production of heavy oil after a ship’s anchor cut a main power cable. The incident sparked worries of shortage in global oil supply resulting in volatility of oil prices.
Jan 2019: Tonga was in virtual cyber darkness after an undersea cable connecting the archipelago to the wider world was severed by a ship’s anchor. The Pacific island kingdom was cut off from almost all cell phone and internet services.
Jun 2018: A large cargo ship Thorco Lineage ran aground on Raroia atoll, a French Polynesia reef. The vessel carrying 20,000 tonnes of zinc and 500 tonnes of fuel oil, could have caused significant damage to the marine environment in case of fuel leakage.
Apr 2018: Dredger Jonathon King Boyd hit a natural gas pipeline and caught fire. The crew of 10 escaped but a trail of burning gas and a closed Intracoastal waterway caused heavy environmental and financial losses.
Apr 2018: MV Ever Judger Cargo Ship dropped anchor, dragging a pipeline 120 meters. The resulting fire killed 5 fishermen and a 13000-hectare oil spill damaged mangroves and marine habitats for 60 km of coastline.