May 252008

Three Filipino seafarers die in Shanghai due to gas poisoning
ABS CBN News – Philippines

The fatalities were identified by a Philippine official as Heracleof Casas, 44, Ferdinand Armendares, 40, and Rex Villaruz, 37.

Somali pirates release aid ship

A ship carrying food aid to Somalia which was seized a week ago by pirates has been released.

The Jordanian-registered Victoria, carrying a cargo of 4,000 tonnes sugar donated by Denmark, was hijacked as it approached the capital, Mogadishu.

North Sea oil workers evacuated

More than 200 workers have been evacuated from a North Sea oil platform after an oil leak raised fears of an explosion.

Rescue helicopters flew to the Statfjord A platform in Norwegian waters to assist with the evacuation.

Posted 05/23/08 at 09:39 AM

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of a fire that occurred during the transfer of fuel on board a barge at the Citgo Bulk Storage and Distribution Facility in Tampa. A49-year-old man from Daly City, Calif

Salvage Work Begins on Spirit of the Rivers Paddleboat After Sinking
RedOrbit – Dallas,TX,USA
For the last three years, the vessel was docked behind Lake Brazos Steakhouse and used for dinner cruises up and down the lake.

Oil Spill in St. Johns
WOKV – Jacksonville,FL,USA
A dredging barge breaks in an oil line, spilling thousands of gallons of oil

EMSA to Launch Tender for Stand-by Oil Spill Recovery Vessels

Friday, May 23, 2008

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has launched, in addition to the earlier announced tender for the Black and North Sea areas, a second procurement procedure to conclude contracts for stand-by oil spill recovery vessels along the Atlantic European coastal area (from Porto, Portugal to and including Brest, France).

Coastguard Officers receive prestigious award for Napoli efforts
7thSpace Interactive (press release) – New York,NY,USA
The rescue and salvage operation carried out by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency following the loss of the MSC Napoli was complex, lengthy and challenging


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