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Freighter refloated in Lake St. Clair

Federal Rideau, a 656-foot freighter that had been hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St. Clair since early Sunday morning, was refloated early Tuesday morning and is now safely anchored in the Detroit River at the Belle Island Anchorage.

Coast Guard assists stranded charter vessel

During a whale watching cruise, the 83-foot passenger Cetacea notified Coast Guard Sector Boston that they were disabled with 163 people aboard after their propeller became entangled.

Overloading and inclement weather contributed to 2013 fatal tug accident off Burgeo, Newfoundland and Labrador

Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its investigation report (M13N0014) into the capsizing of tow, and accidental death aboard the tug Western Tugger as it towed the barge Arctic Lift I, 33 nautical miles southwest of Burgeo, Newfoundland and Labrador.

NTSB Investigation Course Scheduled

Marine Accident Investigation (Sept. 22-26) details how to investigate major marine accidents, including the processes of gathering, examining and analyzing a wide range of information relevant to a comprehensive investigation. Learn more at http://go.usa.gov/5PeY. Marine Accident Investigation (Sept. 22-26) details how to investigate major marine accidents, including the processes of gathering, examining and analyzing a wide range of information relevant to a comprehensive investigation. Learn more at http://go.usa.gov/5PeY.

Mining industry rejects claims ship-to-ship coal is unsafe

UNESCO has raised questions about the trans-shipping proposal, saying more ships in the region increases the chance of a collision an

Somali Pirates and Iranian Navy Fight

Somali pirates and Iranian Navy fought after the pirates attacked Iranian merchant ships. According to FARS, an Iranian news agency, the Iranian navy

Pirates, ample port space drive US gasoline exports to Togo

“A big reason to do a ship-to-ship transfer in Lome is because of safety reasons due to piracy,” the broker said. “You either have to perform the …
Jul 302014
 

westerntuggerTug tows generate such immense forces that when something goes wrong it goes very wrong and often tragically.In the case of Western Tugger a deckhand suffered fatal injuries while trying to release a tow wire attached to a capsized barge in a report from TSB Canada.

This was the third time that Western Tugger had towed the barge Arctic Lift I. This time the welded steel barge was loaded with rebar and bundled wood and the voyage went without problems for the next six days.

On 10 May at 0400, the mate on watch verified visually that the barge was towing normally.Footnote 10 Shortly after that, heavy fog rolled in, and the mate was unable to see the barge again during the watch. The master arrived on the bridge at about 0545, but was unable to see the barge. The mate left the bridge shortly after the master took over the watch. Continue reading »

Jul 302014
 

anglegrinderMore than 4,000 Matabo brand angle grinders are being recalled because the power switch gets stuck in the ‘On’ position, presenting  a laceration hazard. This recall involves Metabo W14-150 Ergo series 6-inch medium angle grinders.

. The grinders measure about 16 inches long by 4 inches wide by 5 inches deep, have a 6-inch wheel capacity and weigh about eight pounds. Metabo is printed on the handle and Metabo 14-150 Ergo is printed on the side of the grinder. The grinders are used for grinding and cutting metal.  Model numbers include 06251421 and 06251441 and serial numbers include 3010000001 through 4020031488 for both models. The model and serial numbers are located on the rating plate on the right side of the tool. Continue reading »

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Coast Guard, Pasadena Fire & Rescue respond to anhydrous ammonia leak on Houston Ship 

The us Coast Guard and Pasadena Fire and Rescue crews responded to an anhydrous ammonia leak on the Houston Ship Channel west of the
Jul 292014
 

moufatigueSeafarer hours of rest come under the microscope from from 1 September 2014 and ending  on 30 November 2014, says a joint statement by the Tokyo and Paris MOUs. A Joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign, CIC, will examine hours of rest records on some 10,000 vessels to see if they bide by STCW 78 as amended including the Manila amendments.

Deck and engine room watchkeepers’ hours of rest will be verified in more detail for compliance with the mentioned scope of the CIC during a regular Port State Control inspection conducted under the regional ship selection criteria within the Paris and Tokyo MoU regions. Continue reading »

Jul 292014
 

The real world of DP2Much is being published abut the potential threats of cyber attacks on shipboard and onshore computer systems. Imaginary or overblown threats are nothing new to marketing. In 1931 beverage company Horlicks used an imaginary condition called ‘Night Starvation’ in a highly successful promotion that ran for decades. Is the threat to ships real or just a Horlicks?

Steve Jones of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry,SAMI, and respected author of several books on maritime security  looks at the issue for Maritime Accident Casebook and says…

 

Cleaning Up your Cyber Hygiene

As the global focal point for maritime security matters, the Security Association for the Maritime Industry constantly monitors the next shipping threats over the horizon. As part of this remit, the Association has turned its attention to the potential cyber threats hidden within the industry.

SAMI recently held a seminar on cyber security, and played host to leading experts, as this most modern of shipping threats came into the spotlight. Given the nature of the threat the true extent of shipping’s cyber vulnerabilities remains uncertain, but the industry is slowly waking to the implications of cyber-attacks. It is increasingly recognising that poorly defended systems pose huge risks, as concerns rise that criminals, pirates and terrorists may target shipping.

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lifejacketgasAn autoinflating lifejacket that doesn’t auto-inflate when needed can ruin your whole day. It might be a good idea to check that the gas cylindre on yours is properly screwed in, says MarineSafe Australia Forum

On 7 June, 2014 a worker fell about four metres from the lower landing of an
offshore platform into the sea. He was retrieved from the water without delay by
the crew on a support transfer vessel and transferred to the site clinic for medical treatment.

The  Type 1 Inflatable Personal Flotation Device, PFD. the worker was wearing did not automatically inflate on contact with water despite being equipped with this capability. Inspection of the PFD after the incident identified that the gas canister was not fully screwed into the inflation tube fitting. Continue reading »

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Morning Midas. Photo: Eukor Car Carriers Inc.

Overboard is not the place for discarded mooring lines as  Lombard Corporate Finance Ltd., owner of the Eukor car carrier Morning Midas, discovered in an Australian courtroom. As Australia’s Maritime Safety Authority, AMSA. points out wandering mooring lines are a hazard to other vessels, which is how this case came to light.

The errant 30 to 25 metre line was discovered the hard way by the pilot

launch Wyuna III in the early hours ofAugust 1, 2012 near the pilot boarding station outside Port Phillip Heads when it became entangled in the propellers of the launch and stalled its engines.
An AMSA investigation found charts linking two GPS locations from the Morning Midas deck log book and the site of the collision of the Wyuna III with the mooring line. Morning Midas  failed to report a danger to navigation posed by the mooring line.

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