Jul 222010


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50 missing as ferry capsizes
Daily Nation
Police suspect the cause of the accident to be overloading. Beach Management Unit officials, however, put the number of occupants in the boat at 37.

Chinese Firefighter Drowns Near Leak
The high-powered water-pumping vessel, imported from France, had been vital to efforts to contain the fire because it could send sea water up to 5

Ships evacuated from Gulf as tropical storm advances

Dozens of ships in the Gulf of Mexico have been ordered to leave the site of the BP oil spill by the US government as Tropical Storm Bonnie gathers pace.

Small fire leads to evacuation of staging vessel
Authorities say 130 people were evacuated from a vessel that housed oil spill response workers when an electrical outlet caught fire Tuesday, but there were .

Burnt ship sinks in PD during towing
Malaysia Star
The ship had earlier been towed to the port to prevent it from becoming a hazard to other ships passing through the straits. The 60m vessel caught fire


Other Casualty Reports

4 men charged with manslaughter in deadly Tonga ferry sinking disaster appear
Winnipeg Free Press
5, 2009, sinking of the Princess Ashika on a decision to send an unseaworthy vessel to sea packed with passengers. There were 128 people on board when the

Survivors of BC ferry sinking reluctantly settle class-action lawsuit
Toronto Star
into the sinking in 2008, concluding that two crew members on the bridge failed to make a crucial course correction, allowing the ship to run aground.

Gulf shrimp fishery claims 55 lives in a decade
Daily Comet
But without the data, a fatality rate that takes that into consideration could not overboard rather than losing a whole ship and its crew, Lincoln said.

4 Oil Firms Commit $1 Billion for Gulf Rapid-Response Plan
New York Times
The moratorium was imposed after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded on April 20 and spewed millions of gallons of oil into the gulf.

Transocean Employees Become Focus of BP Investigators
Transocean, the largest offshore oil driller, may be held liable because under maritime law the vessel owner has ultimate responsibility for the safety of

Lake Victoria’s deadly ferries
Times LIVE (blog)
But, as Andrew Purvis of the TIME magazine wrote in a moving story on the sinking, the fact remains that there were serious safety concerns over the vessel.

‘It has major implications for both seafarers and ship owners,’ warns John
Isle of Man Today
The Convention, conceived by the International Labour Organisation, provides comprehensive rights and protection at work for more than 1.2 million seafarers

Other Casualty Reports

Vessel Tracker

The "Likoni" on July 20, 2010, at 5 a.m. developed mechanical problems just as it was about to dock at Mombasa and drifted against two motor tankers belonging to Southern Engineering Company (Seco) which were damaged. Strong waves had caused the vessel to drift past the Kilindini dock towars the Seco jetty. The ferry was also damaged.

The "Icelandica Hav" was detained in Aberdeen Harbour for four days after a Russian crewman was found dead. It was inspected by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency after being directed to Aberdeen following the Russian’s death. The vessel was then held from June 4 to June 12 after several defincies were found, including difficulties monitoring the atmosphere in the ship’s hold. The Russian sailor died after breathing in dangerous fumes while in the hold.

The “Hellenic Sea”, whilst navigating through an Amazon river passage, assisted by local river pilots, was required to undertake manoeuvres in order to avoid a potential collision with an oncoming vessel and sustained hull damage after coming in contact with an unknown underwater object on July 18, 2010. A water ingress could be limited to some of the forward compartments of the ship. The vessel remains in the vicinity of the incident and a specialist salvors’ team has been appointed to assess the extent and nature of the damage sustained and the necessary repairs. No injuries, nor pollution to the local environment have been reported.

On July 19, 2010, at 4.20 p.m. the "Riroil 4" while avoiding an incoming vessel in the Don Sea Channel near the buoys 43-41 area, ran aground on the channel’s border due to strong wind gust, the draft loss was 0,3 metres, no spill. The tug "Pal-4" was dispatched to assist, attempts to refloat the vessel during night time failed, the vessel is still aground.

Maritime Bulletin

Bulk carrier attacked in Singapore Strait
Pirates attacked bulk carrier Cape Cosmos in Singapore Strait on July 22, but alarm sound scared them off. Cape Cosmos – IMO 7926021, built 1981, dwt 138102, flag Cyprus.
Bulk carrier aground, S America
Bulk carrier Majestic ran aground on Parana river on July 19, two tugs assisting, no other information. Majestic – IMO 8307399, dwt 42838, built 1985, flag Panama.
Freighter sank yacht and ran aground
General cargo Sandshorn struck yacht and ran aground in Wittdun. Yacht sank, Sandshorn refloated and berthed. Sandshorn – IMO 5149760, dwt 372, built 1962, flag Germany.
Boxship struck berth, damaged, Turkey
Boxship AS Scotia on July 17 struck berth in Marmara port, damaging hull above waterline. Vessel went to Tuzla for repairs. AS Scotia – IMO 9208356, dwt 25414, built 2000, flag Germany.

Tanker aground in Don Sea Channel
On July 19 at 1620 LT m/t Riroil 4 while avoiding oncoming vessel in Don Sea Channel in buoys 43-41 area grounded on channel’s border due to strong wind gust, draft loss 0/3 meter, no spill. Tug Pal-4 dispatched to assist, attempts to refloat vessel during night time failed, vessel still aground. Tanker Riroil 4 – IMO 9175212, dwt 6623, built 2002, flag Russia, owner Palmali Shipping.
Bulk carrier changed course to meet helicopter to evacuate one crew, North Pacific
On July 20 at 0757 LT MRCC Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy got alert message from bulk carrier Federal Schelde enroute China – Vancouver, in pos 50.57N 162.53E, 175 nm south-east off Petropavlovsk. Crew member with wounded hand require medical assistance. Doctor consulted vessel by phone, at 1314 master required crew member evacuation. Vessel instructed to proceed to 52.50N 158.44E ETA July 21 morning, to meet helicopter. Vessel’s agent Transfes Petropavlovsk ordered helicopter Mi-8, aired at 0600 July 21. Federal Schelde – IMO 9118147, dwt 34372, built 1997, flag Barbados.

Waltons and Morse

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date : 2010 June
type : Grounding
location : NE of port of Tuxpan, Mexico


date : 2010 June
vessel : KOTA KADO
type : Deliberate beaching
location : Off Hong Kong




NATO fears Somali pirates moving to south Red Sea
The Associated Press
Pirate attacks in the area have dropped by nearly two thirds since the start of the year, according to the International Maritime Bureau’s piracy reporting

Monsoons, naval forces chase pirates away
Khaleej Times
but are expected to pick up in August when the rains subside, according to the International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB).



Off The Radar

A new series of BBC Coast comes from the Isle of Man
BBC News
at the heart of the British Isles – Ellan Vannin. Neil Oliver explores how the Island became the birth place of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Whale Crash Lands onto Yacht
It thrashed about the vessel before rolling back into the water. [Photo: CFP] A South African couple have had the fright of their lives when a Southern

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