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Three fishermen missing in West Virginia river
Two men aboard the vessel survived by swimming to shore. Authorities searched for the three other men until operations were suspended late at night. The recovery of the missing fishermen was scheduled to begin on Monday. .

 

Humber Rescue crew clear shipping lanes after boat sinks
The vessel later sank as it was being towed by the Humber Rescue boat. Two men and a dog had already been taken off the cruiser before it started sinking near Whitton Sands off Broomfleet. One of the men was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary for

 

Dutch freighter aground, Med

On April 3 2011 m/v Eems Transporter ran aground 0.5 nm N off Diafani Karpathos port, Karpasos island, Med. Vessel with 2563 mt steel cargo on board was enroute from Turkey to France. No pollution reported. No other news on the vessel’s situation, but judging AIS data, vessel is still aground as of morning Apr 5. General cargo Eems Transporter IMO 9340300, dwt 2900, built 2006, flag Netherlands, manager

 

Lifeboat crew retrieves mystery object from sea amid safety fears
Burnham-On-Sea
Burnham-On-Sea’s lifeboat crew performed one of their more unusual rescues on Monday (April 4th) when they were called out to retrieve this floating metallic object from the sea. Three crewmembers in wetsuits waded into the water off Burnham beach

Bulk carrier disabled in Dardanelles

Saturday, April 02, 2011 More articles in Accidents

On April 1 at about 2145 LT bulk carrier Ioanna-G suffered engine failure in Dardanelles Straits off Karanlik and started to drift. Judging from Turkish media reports, master of the vessel tried to reject assistance before he could get an approval from shipowner,

Court upholds firing of captain of sunken ferry
CBC.ca
“Rather, it was the worker’s failure to address himself to the focus of the [investigation] and as requested by the [investigators to] turn his mind to providing them with helpful information about the sinking of the ship.” Henthrone, who had worked

All safe aboard boat that caught fire

 

Transocean’s Safety Claim Is Criticized
New York Times
By REUTERS MEXICO CITY — Ken Salazar, the interior secretary, on Monday sharply criticized Transocean, a company that operated the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year, for awarding executive bonuses for what it called the “best year

 

Ship with controversial Kenya military arms docks in Mombasa
According to Angolan media and CNN the ship was carrying bullets, anti-aircraft guns and rockets. The ship’s crew failed to declare the weapons when the ship docked at Lobito to offload relief food, and it was only by accident that the Angolan port

 

New study looks at environmental impacts of port
Research and Markets has released a study on the role ports have on the environment. The study focuses on the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Vancouver, Rotterdam, and Busan, and looks into detail at the impacts that originate from near-port shipping activities such as air pollution and emissions of greenhouse gases, water pollution, noise, and the spread of invasive species.

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Piracy/Crime

Two Somali pirates killed in Dutch military action to free fishing boat
Two Somali pirates have been shot dead and 16 arrested in Dutch military action to rescue an Iranian fishing
ship, the defence ministry said on Sunday. The action was carried out by the frigate HMS Tromp, which is part of the Nato fleet patrolling the

 

Iranian ship rescued from pirate attack
The pirates had earlier opened fire on Dutch marines as they came to the assistance of the Iranian ship seized by armed people. On Monday, Iranian Navy warships foiled a pirate attack on 300000-ton Najm oil tanker, which was en route from Iran’s

 

Somalia’s top pirate catchers need boats
But many countries are wary of Somali anti-piracy efforts, fearing donated materials could end up in pirate hands or that supporting one Somali region could offend the other two. Puntland, a semiautonomous region in northern Somalia, is home to many

Pirates off Lakshadweep, Navy keeps eagle eye
Times of India
Sources in the maritime forces said, “We have been alerted about the presence of two more groups of pirates by the merchant navy.” Since January, around 120 pirates have been arrested in four anti-piracy operations by the maritime forces

 

Piracy Likely to Kill Cruise Tourism
AllAfrica.com
KPA boss Gichiri Ndua and World Trade Organization director general Pascal Lamy said at the weekend piracy is greatly impacting on international maritime trade. Ndua said passenger cruise ships have reduced on the back of increases on piracy activities

Off The Radar

Historic Gallipoli lifeboat to star at Shrine
Herald Sun
It is the only existing lifeboat used to row the first wave of Anzacs ashore to land on Turkey just before dawn on April 25, 1915. The boat will be the centrepiece of an ambitious $35 million plan to open up a huge 2000sq m of unused space beneath the

 

Five fishermen from S’wak survive 13-day ordeal at sea
The men, aged between 18 and 43, were saved in the nick of time as their boat was on the verge of sinking. They had survived the 13 days by consuming their catch and obtained drinking water by melting dry ice they brought with them meant to preserve

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