Dec 072009
 

Four tugs help stricken vessel
Gladstone Observer
there’s no crisis – it’s not sinking, it’s not aground and at this time it’s not interfering with any ship movements.” Before going to print, the vessel

Tougher rules for towboats ahead, conference warns
NOLA.com
DRD Towing, the Harvey company that operated the vessel involved in the accident, also failed AWO’s safety exams. But the company’s membership was not

Less air pollution from ships than expected
There are less emissions of sulphur, nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particles from ships than expected. This is the conclusion in a new investigation, which is the result from the Partnership for Cleaner Shipping between the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and The Danish Shipowner’s Association.

Cruise ship was not attacked by pirates, says Costa Cruises
Indian shipping authorities denied reports at the weekend that the Italian cruise ship COSTA ROMANTICA, which is schedule to begin a cruise season operating out of Port Louis, Mauritius later this month, had been attacked by pirates off the Oman coast. The story which appears to have been a form of hoax came from an Goan seafarer on board who phoned his brother to say the ship was at anchor and surrounded by pirates

Trials demonstrate safety benefits of the modern sea anchor
A trials programme conducted off the far-North of Norway has demonstrated how a modern sea anchor could be an important safety- aid for high-risk ships. Oslo-based Miko Marine AS has designed a sea anchor that uses modern high-strength materials and is capable of being used by the largest vessels.

Piracy

Indian Navy foils pirate attack in Somalia waters
Monsters and Critics.com
Nambiar said the Indian Navy, which has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since October 2007, has so far foiled seven attacks and .

Maersk Alabama crew trained to defend itself, but not permitted to
Examiner.com
The only problem is that, according to someone who might really be in a position to know about maritime security, it’s not going to work.

Off The Radar

The hard disk that survived six months in the sea
PC Pro
The hard disk was fitted in the navigation system of a ship that was involved in an accident at sea. "An investigation ensued and the ship’s drive,

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