Grounding Hazard: Barranquilla, Colombia

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Nov 302010
 
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Barranquilla, Colombia

A&A Multiprime has recently warned of a possible grounding risk at Barranquilla, Colombia. In the last month three vessels have grounded in the Magdalena River while entering the port of Barranquilla.

This is the result of an excessive amount of sediment being carried into the channel by the river and without sufficient dredging operations to deal with the problem.

Masters should ensure that pilots are using the most recent local bathymetric charts and that echo sounders are used while passing through the channel. Furthermore, it is very important that ship’s officers on the bridge work closely with pilots at all times.

Source: Steamship Mutual

Maritime Safety & Security News – 30 November 2010

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SAR In Bulgarian Black Sea, Six Missing

A Bulgarian Air Force helicopter joined the search for five sailors in the Bulgarian sector of the Black Sea after their ship sank on Monday evening, Maritime Administration Executive Director Sergei Tsurnakliiski told BTA on Tuesday. The sailors are part of the ten-member crew of the Sierra Leone-flagged ship Karam 1 which sank off Cape Emine after colliding with the Dutch-flagged tanker ship Alessandro DP. The Karam 1 crew included nine Syrians and an Egyptian. Five of them were rescued. The ship was carrying 2,600 tonnes of scrap metal from Varna, Bulgaria to Istanbul, Turkey.

Two ships collide in sea off China
The maritime bureau in Weihai, a port city in Shandong, received a report at 2.25 a.m. saying a Panamanian ship had collided with a Maltese vessel and both were seriously damaged, China Daily reported. The cause of the collision was not

Eight fishermen rescued after boat hit by cargo vessel
Eight fishermen were rescued after their boat was hit by an cargo-boat which run away after the accident offshore the central province of Thua Thien Hue on

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Polar Gangs Up On The Guru

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Nov 292010
 

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On 25 Nov 10 at or about 1640 hrs, an Indian-registered crude oil tanker, Guru Gobind Singh was underway at approximately 336 nm west of Mormugao, Goa,
India (14° 52′ N, 068° 00’E) when one small skiff with about seven
pirates approached the vessel from stern. Realising the threat, the master immediately raised general alarm and took action in accordance with the industry’s BMP including increasing speed and carrying out zigzag manoeuvres. Armed with guns, the pirates approached the vessel from starboard quarter and fired at the
vessel causing some bullet scars on the hull. The ship master immediately
manoeuvred to take the pirate skiff on the windward side thus making it roll
vigorously, compelling the pirates to reduce speed and finally move away from the
tanker towards the mother vessel which was seen on the starboard beam at a speed
of 8.9 knots. The crew was not injured.

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Pirates Moonlight With Albedo

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Nov 292010
 
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MV Albedo

In the early hours of 26 November, the MV Albedo was pirated approximately 900 nautical miles East of Mogadishu, capital of Somalia.

The MV Albedo is Malaysian flagged and owned, with a crew of 23 (Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and Iranian). The vessel was carrying containers and was bound for Mombasa from Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Including the MV Albedo, pirates are currently holding 22 vessels with 521 hostages.

Something Else To Learn From Aviation

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Nov 282010
 
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Stewardesses go a little Gaga

No-one can deny that the maritime industry has much to learn from aviation. Here’s one airline’s answer to the problem of setting passengers to pay attention to the pre-flight safety briefing.

You can see it at http://bbc.in/9ngihi.

How would you spice up your JSA/safety briefing/toolbox talk?

Maritime Safety & Security News – 29 November 2010

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Freighter aground and refloated, Volga river

General cargo Samur 5 loaded with 2572 mt steel ran aground on river Volga, enroute Astrakhan – Noushehr, on Nov 24. Refloated later that day with tug assistacne, no spill or damage reported.

Stranded ship poses offloading problem
by it after Tuesday’s collision with another cargo vessel moving from the opposite direction and have suggested that containers be removed from it.

Two tankers collided in North sea off Ijmuiden

Around 0200 LT Nov 28 2010 in 52 26 N 003 54 W some 23 nm W off Ijmuiden collided two tankers, LPG Trout and chemical Kardeniz, both vessels proceeding roughly in one direction, Trout 194 deg speed 9.6 knots, Kardeniz 184 deg speed 13.6, Kardeniz struck Trout in engine room area

Sailor’s death – Satawu wants answers
attention to the unresolved death of Akhona Geveza, a 19-year-old trainee seafarer from East London, who was found dead in Croatian waters on June 24.

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Stena Ferry On Fire

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Nov 272010
 
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Stena Pioner

Two lifeboats proceeded to the Stena Pioneer on Saturday afternoon after crew on the ferry issued a mayday call reporting a fire in the engine room while on passage to Fleetwood. A helicopter was also placed on standby.

Liverpool Coastguard received the mayday at 3.36 pm and made contact with crew on board the vessel, who reported that they still had full power and steering but that there was a fire in the engine room that they were fighting with their on board fire fighting equipment.

Liverpool Coastguard sent lifeboats from Fleetwood and Barrow to the scene. The fire was reported as out at 4.30 pm and the ferry is now docked at Fleetwood.

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PSA Releases Big Orange Audit

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Nov 262010
 
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Big Orange XVIII Took it on the nose

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate have released an audit of ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS’ management of technical, organisational and administrative issues as regards hired vessels and vessel operations on the Ekofisk field.

The audit follows and investigation into an incident on 8 June 2009, the vessel Big Orange XVIII collided with the water injection facility Ekofisk 2/4-W. The collision caused extensive material damage to both the facility and the vessel.

The audit also included Schlumberger as the supplier of well stimulation services using vessels.

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