Feb 062010

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Alaska Adventurer Grounding
Light rainbow sheen was reported around the vessel on January 23, 2010. Cause, The Alaska Adventurer grounded while preparing to anchor for the night.

Hartlepool ‘ghost shipfire sparks toxic warning
BBC News
A fire on a so-called “ghost ship” on Teesside should serve as a warning of a potential toxic incident, environmental campaigners have said.

Sheen lingers 2 weeks after Port Arthur oil spill
Houston Chronicle
But three workers who say they were hurt while on a docked vessel allegedly struck by the tanker Eagle Otome have filed a lawsuit against the ship’s owner.

Eleven towing captains honored for heroism in 2009
Shane Thompson of Vessel Assist San Diego, CA, witnessed a boy on an inflatable tube collide with a jet ski. Just as the boy was slipping below the surface, Thompson pulled him aboard and stabilized him until lifeguards arrived.

Three Investigations Now Probing Fatal Crash
The Log Newspaper
20 nighttime collision between a 33-foot Coast Guard boat and a 24-foot recreational boat that claimed the life of an 8-year-old boy remains under

RI demands compensation over Aussie oil leak
Jakarta Post
Indonesia will file a demand to Australia asking for compensation after the latter’s oil rig leaked in Indonesian territory in Timor Sea,



Nato troops free ship off Somalia after pirate attack
BBC News
Danish special forces serving as part of Nato’s counter-piracy operation have freed the crew of a cargo ship boarded by pirates off Somalia.

Somaliland’s recognition will help fight piracy
DefenceWeb (press release)
A group consisting of twenty-five scholars, diplomats, lawyers, military officers, shipping industry officials, and other experts on maritime piracy and

Somali pirates: the unlikely heroes of Kenya’s fishermen
“There is no link between piracy and our artisanal fishermen,” said Mwaka Said Barabara, the chief fisheries officer of Kenya’s marine and coastal fisheries

Maritime Security, Anti Piracy Vessel Protection, Gulf of Aden
By seamarshal
While the threat associated with piracy is reasonably clear, there are some side issues that ship owners and operators should be aware of.


Off The Radar

How scary is it when……… – gCaptain Forum
By rjbpilot
How scary is it when you wake up in the morning just prior to sunrise, while the vessel is on DP alongside a big ole semisubmersible, you come to the bridge to have a cup of coffee with the mate on watch to talk over the events of the night , and as the sun is peeking Turkish authorities on vhf asking why we’ve left the channel. a few tense minutes pass and no imminent risk of collision. electrician on bridge. 1 hour later enroute Istanbul again but on hand steering.


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