Jul 102008

Somali pirates free German cargo ship
Xinhua – China
Piracy is rife off the coast of the Horn of Africa nation. Cargo ships and luxury yachts have been targeted by heavily-armed pirates, who then hold the crew .

Russia fights fuel oil spill in Far East Amur river
Reuters UK – UK
“We initially thought the fuel came from a ship of some sort but that was not confirmed and we are still searching for the source,” Yuri Ivanov,

Multicat catches fire near Oban
Fish Update – Edinburgh,UK
FOUR emergency services attended a fire on board the marine engineering barge Multicat as an explosion and a large plume of smoke erupted from the vessel.

MV Rezzak fell short of seafaring safety standards: Report
Zee News – Noida,Uttar Pradesh,India
Mumbai, June 09: There were several “deficiencies” relating to seafaring safety on ‘MV Rezzak‘, the cargo ship that disappeared off the Turkish coast with

Harbor Ferry closed for water damage
Corpus Christi Caller Times – Corpus Christi,TX,USA
After about three days of service in late May, the ferry was involved in a minor collision involving the vessel and another boat in the marina.

Cameroonian Navy Rescues Over 50 Migrants From a Shipwreck
By admin
Corroborating eyewitnesses, particularly among the migrants and police officers, explain that the boat they were traveling in was an “overloaded rickety vessel” which was torn apart by the waves, causing the accident. .

US Coast Guard checks Cruise West ships after most recent grounding
Seattle Times – United States
However, the ship does have some structural damage which must be repaired before it can again carry passengers. The cause of the grounding remains under

Congress approves MARPOL Annex VI implementation

The House of Representatives voted to approve the Senate version of the Maritime Pollution Prevention Act of 2008 (H.R. 802). The measure will shortly be on its way to the White House for Presidential consideration.

Seafarers‘ wages crippled by falling dollar
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
SEAFARERS believe that they are being badly hit by a falling dollar with wages not keeping pace with costs ashore, a survey into salaries and employment


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