Jun 122008

Major search and rescue operation launched on cruise ship
Southern Daily Echo – Southampton,England,UK
Two crew members of the cruise ship Saga Rose are reportedly “missing” in the ballast area of the ship’s hull. Teams from St Mary’s fire station as well as

Pirates attack Aussie-bound cattle ship
NEWS.com.au – Australia
By Warwick Stanley A CATTLE transport ship bound for Western Australia came under two hours of heavy fire from pirates just hours after sailing from

Again, Gunmen Attack Addax Vessel
This Day (subscription) – Apapa,Lagos,Nigeria
Immediately the hoodlums sighted the vessel, they allegedly allowed it to sail within their weapons range before opening fire on it. The vessel was under

Blaze leaves man fighting for his life
this is hampshire.net – Winchester,England,UK
By Chris Yandell A MAN was fighting for his life in hospital last night after he was burned in a fire aboard a former sail training vessel.

Comoran ship catches fire
Afrik.com – Paris,France
A Comoran ship, Bushralher, caught fire at the port of Moroni on Monday, but firemen promptly brought it under control, the gendarmerie brigade at the port

NGA – special warning re operations off Nicaragua

The US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) issued a Special Warning that Nicaragua is strictly enforcing its waters on both the Pacific and Caribbean sides.  Small vessels, such as yachts and fishing vessels, are particularly subject to being stopped and inspected.  Vessels suspected of operations inconsistent with Nicaraguan law are subject to detention.

Posted 06/11/08 at 10:29 AM

Lloyd’s Register has developed a voluntary assessment program, designed to support the practical implementation of the forthcoming ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) on new and existing ships.Not yet mandatory, the MLC, a significant development in international shipping described as a ‘bill of rights’ for maritime labor,

Accurate reporting
By Richard Meade
Addressing precisely this issue last week, IMO secretary-general Efthimios Mitropoulos issued a not so subtle reminder to member governments on the importance of their casualty investigation duties.

Valero agrees to pay penalty for 2006 oil spill
NewsWest9.com – Midland,TX,USA
of the Clean Water Act. The June 1, 2006 accident involved about 3400 barrels – or nearly 143000 gallons – of oil that leaked into the ship channel.

WCO – impact of US 100% container scanning requirement

The World Customs Organization (WCO) issued a press release stating that a study of the global impact of the US 100% maritime container scanning legislation indicates that global trade, shipping, port, and Customs administrations would have to undergo pivotal and costly changes to accommodate such a requirement.  WCO members are largely of the opinion that container scanning is only one element of a more comprehensive intelligence process based on risk management and the sharing of information.


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