Sep 292010
Lifeboat Safety Survey – Investigators Only, This Time

MAC is carrying out a series of surveys among various industry stakeholders with regard to lifeboat safety. The objective is to take a snapshot of a number of slices of the industry, from seafarers to shipowners and LSA manufacturers and providers.

The first questionnaire is aimed at maritime and offshore casualty investigators and those with an investigation remit. If you are not a casualty investigator or a person with an investigation remit please do not respond to this survey – your turn will come!

You can complete the survey here: Lifeboat Safety Survey – Investigators

We welcome your participation, thank you for taking the trouble and time to help us and we apologise in advance for the ugliness of some of the question matrices.


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Rescue for sick man on tanker in Weymouth Bay
By Catherine Bolado » A man had to be evacuated from a tanker by the lifeboat after complaining of chest pains. Portland Bill coastguards received a call

Thirteen People Die During US Navy Rescue In Arabian Sea
About 75 Ethiopians and 10 Somalis were aboard the vessel, which was adrift due to an engine problem. Crew members of the USS Winston Churchill,

RNLI lifeboat rescues stricken French trawler off Lowestoft
An RNLI lifeboat crew completed a dramatic rescue off Lowestoft with the aid of a link-call through to the French coastguard to help overcome a language

Three missing in Calabar fire incident
By MODEY PETERS The fire which gutted a ship at the Calabar jetty last weekend, is causing worries for families of the affected crew members as three of

USCG Responds to Charter Vessel Accident
CG Responds to Charter Vessel Accident. September 27, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard. ASTORIA, Ore. –- The 127-foot double masted charter sailing vessel Zodiac was

Gas leak aboard docked ship
nobody was affected by the gas, a Metropolitan Fire Service spokeswoman said. The cyclinder was part of a shipment inside a container aboard the ship.

Japan May Release Video Of Ship Collision
TOKYO (Nikkei)–The government is leaning toward releasing video footage of the collision earlier this month between a Chinese fishing trawler and Japan

Thames rescue bid to prevent another ‘Marchioness’ tragedy
The exercise is aimed at preventing another Marchioness disaster when 51 people were drowned in a Thames collision in 1989. A broken down commercial vessel

Turkish patrol boats fire warning shots at Cypriot ship
NICOSIA, Cyprus — The foreign ministry announced on Monday (September 27th) that Turkish patrol boats have fired warning shots at a Greek Cypriot fishing

Kazakhstan considers Caspian traffic control system
That prompted Konstantinov and other government officials to worry about a collision between ships or between a ship and a stationary object such as an oil

Greece Searches Ship for North Korean Weapons

Officials say Greek authorities searched a cargo ship Tuesday, suspected of carrying weapons from North Korea to Syria.
The Associated Press reports that officials are opening containers looking for materials that could have “dual use,”

Sea scalloping flourishes but not without risk
More than half the deaths occurred during a vessel disaster, meaning the boat sunk, capsized or caught fire causing the crew to abandon it.

Companies fined £243k following workplace accident
Mr Murray was struck by a partly-completed part of the structure as it was lowered into place by a vessel and subsequently had to have his limb amputated.

Maine State Pier needs repair after cruise ship visit to Portland
"It happens," she said of the accident. "This isn’t the first time." Explorer of the Seas carries more than 3000 passengers – the most out of any cruise

US Coast Guard Prevention Blog: Lessons Learned—A Great Lakes
By USCG Proceedings of the MSSC
Lack of visibility from both the ITB and the Linda E most likely contributed to the collision. The window arrangement of the downed vessel, with widely spaced portholes, was not conducive to a wide view of surrounding waters.

Nuclear shipments will have economic, ecological fallout: Critics
Vancouver Sun
beginning Tuesday, at a two-day public hearing to argue against Bruce Power’s plans to ship 1600 tonnes of radioactive waste through Canadian waterways.

IMO Earmarks $2.5 Million for Maritime Institutions in Africa
He urged journalists to seek both sides of a story before reporting on an accident involving a ship. The Minister of Transport, Alhaji Yusuf Suleiman

Other Casualty Reports

Maritime Bulletin

29 September at 0058 UTC in 07 09 S 40 59 E (120 nm east off Dar es Salam Tanzaina) Somali pirates highjacked asphalt tanker Asphalt Venture, enroute Mombasa – Durban

Third pirate attack in Tanzania waters

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 More articles in Accidents

On the afternoon of 28 September, MV Mississippi Star, en route to Dar Es Salaam was attacked by a pirate skiff. The pirates, firing automatic rifles and RPGs, attacked the vessel 45 nautical miles north east of Dar es Salaam in 06-28S 039-48E at 280747Z Sep. Mississippi Star took evasive action and escaped the attack. EU NAVFOR French Maritime Patrol Aircraft provided observation and the EU NAVFOR Italian warship Libeccio, which was in the vicinity, proceeded to the scene and is monitoring the situation. The Tanzanian Navy in Dar Es Salaam were alerted to the incident. The vessel had been proceeding from Mombasa when attacked; no injuries have been reported. Mississippi Star IMO 9527623, dwt 13100, built 2010, flag Malta, manager Rigel Schiffahrts GmbH, crew 1 German, 15 Filipino, 2 Polish.
This is the third pirate attack in Tanzania waters in a period from September 26.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 More articles in Accidents

Syrian general cargo Perla-Adib ran aground on Chios island in strait between Chios and Turkey

September 27 – general cargo Omskiy 4 on 260 kilometer mark Uglichskiy Basin ran aground stranding off channel

A probe has been launched into the fall of a car from the Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Ferry. A ferry operating between Istanbul and the northwestern city of Yalova had its mooring rope torn off while approaching the Yalova Pier on Monday, resulting in three injuries and one submerged vehicle.
The Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Ferry left Istanbul from the Yenikapı ferry docks at 8:30 a.m. with 46 vehicles and 194 passengers and reached Yalova around 10 a.m. The ferry’s mooring rope snapped while the passengers and vehicles were disembarking.
One car fell into the sea when the ferry separated from the pier. Another car nearly followed suit but became ensnared on the exit ramp. Tayfun Çoban and Kağan İdili, both 29, and Zehra Melike Yazgan, 23, who were inside the submerged car, were rescued by the ferry crew and security personnel on the pier and taken to Yalova State Hospital.

Two passengers aboard the Moby Otta died on Sep 26, 2010, when their car plunged into the harbour basin in Genova.

Fully loaded VLCC Eli Maersk disabled off Cape Town on September 27 due to mechanical failure


On Sep 29, 2010, at 6.40 the ferry ramp at Vikholmen serving the "Tomma" collapsed while the ship was approaching on its first day run. The ramp plunged into the sea after a cylinder cracked. No injuries reported. The "Tomma" had to be taken out of service as long as repairs lasted as it was intended to use it as a repair platform. Ferry service to Handnessøya and Tomma thus was interrupted too for the time being. Workers were called from Fauske for this purpose, welders and divers were already on scene at Vikholmen. It was hoped to have the repair finished in the run of the day.




Status Of Seized Vessels And Crews In Somalia, Gulf Of Aden And Indian Ocean
"Piracy is not born at sea. It’s born on land. And if you are able to patrol and protect your coastline, it’s unlikely that pirates will find a way to the

Tanzanian army intercepts Somali pirate ship
2010 TANZANIA (eTN) – Tanzanian soldiers intercepted a Somali pirate boat along the Indian Ocean and captured one pirate after a heavy exchange of fire.

Somalian Envoy Suggests Coordinated Strategy Against Maritime Piracy
The United Nations envoy for Somalia today called for a coordinated political, military and development strategy to combat the scourge of piracy off the

Same teams, new tricks as piracy season kicks-off
Nick Davis, a piracy expert with the United Kingdom-based Merchant Maritime Warfare Centre, explained that such panic rooms were cheap and effective.

Private navy to combat piracy
Maritime insurance companies have paid out $300m in ransoms over the past two years. Graeme Gibbon Brooks is the managing director of Dryad Maritime


Off The Radar

Lifeboat in memory of North Shields crash boy
A lifeboat has been renamed in memory of a nine-year-old North Shields boy who was knocked down and killed. Jordan Summerson died when he was hit by a

280 years ago, Baroda had its own Navy
Colonel Walker obtained bonds from the chiefs of Okha-mandal and from the maritime states of Kathiawad renouncing piracy. In 1813, the Baroda government

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