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Coast Guard: 5 people hurt in boiler explosion on Taiwan vessel off Manila
The vessel was reportedly 100 miles from Manila when the accident happened on Monday, the PCG said. A separate report by radio dzBB’s Carlo Mateo quoted PCG spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo as saying the five injured crew members suffered burns on

Search for crew from sunk Pesca Chile vessel suspended
According to the commander of the Third Naval Zone, Rafael Gonzalez, six bags were found among other smaller items from the ship. The search was centered near the Gulf of Trinidad, in the exact position where the ship sank and at least 10 miles from

Ship Detours Due to Injured Crew Member
Last week the Swiss Registered Cargo Vessel SCL Bern [pictured] detoured to Bermuda to obtain medical care for a crew member who sustained a broken arm due to an accident with a metallic door. The patient was transferred to the

Fishing boat spills diesel fuel into city’s harbor
By Curt Brown NEW BEDFORD — An undetermined amount of diesel fuel from the fishing vessel Destiny spilled into the city’s harbor today, according to Fire Department and Coast Guard officials. Coast Guard Petty Officer Zack Zubricki said Destiny,

Coast Guard Assists Disabled Freighter
Officials said the fire was extinguished and no injuries were reported, but the

and has no ship to shore communications. The crew was using a hand-held radio to communicate. “The ship is seaworthy and the .


Coast Guard safety crackdown reduces fatalities at sea
Asbury Park Press
The investigation into the Lady Mary sinking found that boat’s EPIRB was not properly registered because of a transcription error by a government contractor. The mistake led to a delay of hours before a Coast Guard helicopter could be directed to the


UK. IMarEST announces 2nd Marine Failure Conference & Ship-ice interaction
BYM News (press release)
Following a welcome by Conference Chairman, Prof John Carlton, IMarEST Marine Failure 2011 features a keynote address ‘Learning and applying the lessons’ by Capt Stephen Clinch, Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents, Marine Accident Investigation Branch.


Stakeholders fault shipping policy
The Nation Newspaper
He said the Federal Government needs to do more to reduce piracy and armed robbery on the waterways. Olanipekun said foreign shipping companies are still dominating the nation’s maritime industry to the detriment of local ship owners.


Ship-to-ship oil transfer debate intensifies
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
There are fears the restrictions would lead to an increase in the number of ships and therefore a higher risk of an oil spill or
accident. Mr Penning, seeking to reassure the public that safety would not be at risk, said: “This has been going on off


Portland Coastguard closure warning
Dorset Echo
The former coastguard said: “In reality the auto-locate system is unreliable because of local geography such as cliffs or buildings in the way so the mapping system points to the wrong place, and can influence the tasking of the wrong lifeboat,


Over 100 Tanzanians benefit from maritime safety course
He added that they are deterring piracy which is already a problem in the Horn of Africa and a growing threat in other areas of the continent. “If maritime law is not enforced now, it could lead to an environment conducive to piracy and other illegal


Ilinden ship trials begins in Macedonia
Focus News
The trial on the sinking of Ilinden ship has started in Macedonia with a interrogation of the captain of the vessel Sotir Fileski, Macedonian Inp


RF, S Korea to discuss aid to families of deceased Alexandra crew
When six Russian sailors from the AM Vella hopper dredger were killed as a result of a collision of two vessels near Taiwan in March 2002, the proceedings lasted several years before the families of the accident victims began to receive compensation.

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Danish children seized by pirates

Three Danish children and their parents have been snatched by pirates who hijacked their sailing boat in the Indian Ocean, Danish officials say.

Donna Hopkins, US coordinator of counter piracy and maritime security, said: “We all hate the current ‘catch and release’ policy but the legal issue is a complicated one. “It is true that human rights standards in many European countries mean they


Seagoing labor urges improved standards for self-defense against piracy
GCaptain (press release)
Addressing the responsibility of governments, the unions stated: “It has consistently been the position of the maritime unions that the suppression

Cameroon: Navy Urged To Fight Piracy, Terrorism
Cameroon’s Navy is being mobilised to heighten the fight against
maritime piracy, terrorism in the sea, all forms of trafficking and the looting of the country’s maritime resources. The Navy Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral N’gouah-N’Gally Guiillaume while

Off The Radar

Stranded porpoise rescued by lifeboat crews
BBC News
A porpoise had to be rescued by
lifeboat crews in Dorset after it became stranded on a sandbank. RNLI crews were called to help the creature which was spotted in Poole Harbour on Saturday. The marooned animal is believed to have been stuck on the sand

Fire ants have gained a painful foothold in South
Orlando Sentinel
Ubiquitous as
fire ants are in our lawns, fields, driveways and sidewalks, they were not always a part of the Florida landscape. In the early 1900s, these South American natives made their way into the southern United States by way of cargo ship.


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