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UN Will Inspect Capsized Philippines Ferry Carrying Pesticides
Bloomberg – USA
carbofuran and methmamidophos in the vessel, in addition to an estimated 100000 liters of fuel. The June 21 accident, which occurred as Typhoon Fengshen

Spanish crew rescued from sinking trawler
Irish Times – Dublin,Ireland
Efforts by the Spanish crew to tackle the engine room blaze were futile and it was decided that the vessel should be abandoned as it began to list to one .

Fishing boat on fire and sinking off Clare
RTE.ie – Ireland
Efforts to get the fire under control failed and the crew of 10 were taken off the sinking vessel by another French boat, the Concerto, about an hour later.

IMO – piracy – March 2008

The IMO issued a circular summarizing reports that it received during March 2008 on acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships. The number of such acts reported during the month was 14, raising the total number to 4,566.

Russian ships at the mercy of pirates
ISN – Zurich,Switzerland
The navy believes participation in international war games is very useful, as the “line between piracy and maritime terrorism has become blurred,” according

Only 8 of 206 bodies identified weeks after ferry sinking
Inquirer.net – Philippines
“Only 20 have yet to be processed, but we expect more bodies once the ship is refloated,” Contado added. The NBI has also taken DNA samples of at least 686

Seaman files Jones Act suit after back injury on ship
By Dwayne Clark(Dwayne Clark)
A Las Vegas seaman serving aboard a vessel owned by the Overseas Shipping Group filed a Jones Act suit against his employer after hurting his back.Warren B. Barney Jr. claims he injured his back because the OSG Intrepid, the vessel he

DOJ – shipping company sentenced

The Department of Justice issued a news release stating that a shipping company has been sentenced to pay $1.5 million and serve three years probation in connection an improper discharge of oily waste and improper entries in the oil record book of one of its ships. During the period of probation, the company must implement a stringent environmental compliance program and hire a court-appointed monitor.

Greening A Small Fleet

Interport Towing & Transportation refits 33-year old tug with new Cummins Tier 2 engines. When completed, the refitted boat will be as green as any of the tugs that are coming out of the yards this year.

False alarm as faulty beacon sets off search
Thursday Magnet – Eden,New South Wales,Australia
a safety device for marine craft, had been activated somewhere in the local vicinity, prompting the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to dispatch the

Bill introduced re discharge standards for cruise vessels

Representative Farr (D-CA) introduced the Clean Cruise Ship Act of 2008 (H.R. 6434) to establish national standards for discharges from cruise vessels into the waters of the United States, and for other purposes.


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