Alaska Ranger: Poor Maintenance, Poor Regulation Cost Lives

 Accident, Accident report, Alaska, capsize, fishing, flooding, liferaft, seafarer fatalities, Sinking  Comments Off on Alaska Ranger: Poor Maintenance, Poor Regulation Cost Lives
Jan 132011

Alaska Ranger

Poor maintenance and inadequate regulatory oversight sank the 58 metre, 1,577 gross tonne, fish-processing vessel Alaska Ranger, cost five lives and led to the biggest rescue effort in US Coastguard history says the newly released US Coast Guard investigation board report. Some 37 recommendations have been made.

One reason for the loss is that there is no single accepted definition of a ‘fish processing vessel’, which enables avoidance by the fishing industry of meeting safety standards. Continue reading »

Is Your Slip Safe?

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Aug 042010

imageCheck the senhouse slips on your liferafts once a month says Marine Safety Forum following an incident in which a liferaft accidentally launched from a North Sea PSV while the vessel was under way.

The life-raft was subsequently inflated by the painter as it streamed down the side of the vessel and had to be recovered.

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Maritime Safety News Today – 13 October 2007

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Oct 132007

Boat skipper missing
The Northern Echo – Darlington,UK
The skipper of a fishing boat is missing after his vessel was in collision with a cargo ship today. An air and sea search has been launched off the east .

Instability, useless life-rafts contributed to fishing boat
The Canadian Press –
sinking of a fishing boat that resulted in four deaths says the tragedy was compounded by the crew’s inability to free life-rafts as the unstable vessel

Crew of five rescued from ‘sinking‘ ship
Think SpainSpain
They are now safely back on dry land after being picked up by the crew of the ‘Denébola’ coast guard patrol vessel while the ‘Faruk’, which, in the end,

International Maritime Prize Awarded Posthumously

Posted 10/12/07 at 10:27 AM

The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2006 has been awarded posthumously to Mr. Igor Ponomarev (Russian Federation), who was the serving chairman of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at the time of his sudden death in October 2006, age 41, and who had already given distinguished service to the shipping industry in a variety of senior

CJTF-HOA co-hosts Maritime Security Conference in Kenya
“The challenges we face with maritime security are the need for port security, the need to fight and if possible eradicate piracy, enforce compliance with international convention on maritime safety and security, and establish a Coast .