Sep 152009

NL boat sank rapidly, fisherman says, as search continues for
The Canadian Press
Stephen Brothers, a 31-year-old fisherman who heard a distress call from the sinking vessel, said it was clear the incident Saturday morning occurred

On The Waterfront: Death of Lakewood dockworker raises safety issue
Contra Costa Times
Rivera was helping supervise a ship offloading when he was fatally hit by a forklift driver. Meanwhile, internet message boards frequented by longshoremen

Violent seas caused trawler to sink
The Press Association
Investigators said either a wave or waves caused sections of the ship’s hull to buckle and catastrophically fail, ultimately causing the ship to sink.

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Sep 112009

Weather hampers search after S.Leone ferry tragedy
TOMBO, Sierra Leone — High seas and strong winds on Friday hampered the search for victims of a Sierra Leone ferry sinking blamed on overloading and the

Fuel pumped from grounded ship
The Times
It was also impossible to refloat the vessel as it was structurally damaged during the accident. Although the vessel’s fuel tanks remained intact,

Vessel grounded
Fiji Daily Post
He also denied claims by passengers on the vessel that Bawaqa was sinking after it ran aground yesterday morning. Cokomata revealed that the captain

Coast Guard Exercise Sends Shockwaves Through D.C. – Washington
for this particular station this is the kind of trining they conduct, for others it could benumerous things such as putting out a ship fire, rescue swimmers doing simulations, it just depends on the station’s

TITAN Salvage Team commended and nominated for the International
The Journal of Commerce Online
The vessel sustained substantial damage during the grounding and broke in two at the bulkhead of the five and six cargo holds, as the carrier crashed onto


Fourth Plenary Meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the
US Department of State
Declaration along with International Maritime Organization efforts and encouraged other nations to adopt and implement piracy counter-measure guidance.

New anti-piracy training centre launched
Lloyd’s List
The Merchant Maritime Warfare Centre provides the classroom element in the package in Poole in Dorset, while the on water and simulator ele


Jessica Watson survives collision, still wants to sail around the
Los Angeles Times
However, her vessel, Ella’s Pink Lady, suffered damage to its rigging and hull and a broken mast. That is likely to delay her planned late-September

Off The Radar

New York’s Newest Fire Boat, "343", Sets Sail Out of Panama City
FDNY will spend three to four months training with the vessel before it’s put into service in April. Eastern shipbuilding has already begun work on the

Tankers divide Lowestoft and Southwold

THE fleet of tankers moored off the Suffolk coast has led to a split in the communities of Lowestoft and Southwold.
Residents in both towns are divided as to whether the tankers are a threat to the local environment or an economic benefit.

Cocklers’ gangmaster prosecuted
BBC News
Four of the men were later rescued by the Morecambe lifeboat in rising tides. The act was introduced after 23 Chinese cockle pickers died at Morecambe bay

Sep 042009

We’ve been asked to re-publish our three-part series on the resignation of Bulgaria’s chief maritime investigator and the enquiries into the losses of MV Vanessa and MV Tolstoy. What Papukchiev has to say is disturbing. He identifies significant shortfall in communications between port state controls, the IMO and flag states, and highlights the challenges faced by maritime investigators in those jurisdictions in which independent investigations are difficult to achieve.

Captain Hristo Papukchiev0001

Captain Hristo Papukchiev

Just one day after being tasked to lead a re-opening of the investigation into the January 2008 sinking of the general cargo ship Vanessa Captain Hristo Papukchiev resigned as chairman of the Commission of Investigation. It was a frustrating end to a mission to enhance safety for seafarers on Bulgarian ships and in Bulgarian waters.

Papukchiev’s story raises issues regarding the country’s commitment to maritime safety, safety investigation, and search and rescue. The issues are not unique to Bulgaria,they are common in those countries where shipping interests wield tremendous political power, power enough to make or break presidents. What makes his story unique is that such tales are usually kept behind well-closed doors but Papukchiev has gone public.

It is probably fair to say that Papukchiev’s frustration, and anger is not aimed at the Bulgarian authorities alone but also at the failure of the international maritime community to give him the support he desperately needed to make change. it was, in particular, a test of the IMO’s commitment to transparency, a test which it failed.


Tolstoy - Fits the template for Black Sea sinkings

For the first time in Bulgaria’s history, on Papukchiev’s watch, Bulgaria filed an accident report with the IMO, in this case the tragedy of the M/V Tolstoy. He expected a response, he expected action, there was none.

The Tolstoy investigation was the first one completed with Papukchiev as the lead investigator. It identified serious regulatory failings, inadequate vessel monitoring and a serious shortfall in Bulgaria’s SAR capability and in VTS operations. It should have led to a serious enquiry aimed at improving the situation, it did not.

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Sep 022009

Riverdance "I've fallen over"

Britain’s MAIB has issued a safety flyer to the cargo industry to coincide with the release of it’s report into the grounding of the Bahamas registered ro-ro cargo vessel, Riverdance, on a popular beach near Blackpool, Lancashire.

The report also gives some insight into the challenges facing maritime investigators: “In the days following the grounding of Riverdance, poor weather prevented access to the vessel for all except those directly involved in the salvage effort, under the oversight of the Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP). Since MAIB inspectors were prevented from boarding the vessel, and salvors’ personnel did not prioritise the recovery of perishable evidence, valuable information was lost regarding the vessel’s physical condition upon grounding, together with much of the ship’s documentation and her operational records.

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 2 September 2009

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Sep 012009

Vessel runs aground
Fiji Times
A REGIONAL vessel loaded with containers ran aground during a towing operation in Apia, Samoa on Saturday. The Forum Samoa II, which was carrying container

Crews finish defueling of sunken MV Monarch
Kenai Peninsula Online
“It’s the difference of pouring motor oil on the ground and gasoline on the ground,” Butler said. All the persistent oil was removed from the vessel.

Mass burial for 74 lost after Ashika sinking
Fiji Times
74 people lost as a result of the Ashikas sinking. The memorial coffin was dropped at four orange buoys which marked the last position of the vessel.

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Accident Report – More and Moor Severe Injuries

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Sep 012009

Germany’s Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty investigation has released its report in to a mooring line incident that resulted in two seafarers suffering severe leg injuries after a stern line and fore and aft spring lines snapped during the mooring of the containership Ruiloba in Bremerhaven.

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Aug 312009

NOAA worker falls overboard under Skyway, critically injured
Tampa Tribune
The incident occurred at 11:15 am as a crewman aboard a 28-foot NOAA vessel was doing maintenance work on equipment that was on top of a cluster of pilings

Ships collide near Haldia port
Times of India
Even as it was negotiating the shallow waters of Jellingham, it rammed into the 120-ft-long Dredge 16, a Dredging Corporation of India vessel.

Death toll reaches 21 in S. Kalimantan boat accident
Jakarta Post
The Search and Rescue Team has found two more bodies of passenger ship KM Sari Mulia, increasing its death toll to 21 as of Monday afternoon.

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Aug 192009

imageMalta’s Maritime Authority is investigating a fire onboard the Malta registered passenger ship Zenith on 18 August 2009 at the port of Firhamnen in Stockholm, while  alongside and when most passengers were on shore excursions. As a precautionary measure the master ordered the evacuation of all remaining passengers and non essential crew members.

Says the MMA: “The Malta Merchant Shipping Directorate has now been informed that the situation is under control. Two crew members have been treated for smoke inhalation at the local hospital.”

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Aug 172009

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22 Chinese seamen on Panama freighter missing for 9 days in
The company reported the shipwreck to the Qingdao City Administration, which immediately responded to the accident.

ABC Local Catamaran loses mast in cargo ship collision
Catamaran loses mast in cargo ship collision. Posted August 18 2009 093600. Map Port Botany 2036. The crew of a stricken catamaran had to be helped into

Freighter runs aground near Del. Memorial Bridge
The News Journal
where the ship can drop anchor, he said. The ship will have its steering system examined to see if it was damaged in the grounding, Lindberg said.

Governor of Svalbard wants ban on heavy fuel oil
Barents Observer
In a short period of time Norway has experienced two serious ship accidents in its waters. In May the Russian freezer ship “Petrozavodsk” ran aground by the

Inquiry launched into Corrib vessel accident
DUBLIN: The Department of Transport and Shell EP Ireland have initiated separate investigations into the grounding of a Corrib gas project support vessel

Tongan ferry formally identified
The vessel sitting on the Tongan seabed has been formally identified as the ferry Princess Ashika, which sank on August 6 with at least 149 people aboard.


Pirated‘ cargo ship found near Cape Verde islands
Maritime officials feared the vessel had fallen victim to the first case of piracy in European waters in living memory. But there were also claims that it

Piracy drop in the Straits
Malaysia Star
MALACCA: Heightened maritime security along the Straits of Malacca has seen a drop in piracy over the last two years. Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

Conference to tackle piracy threats
United Press International
“With maritime piracy costing the world an estimated $60-70 million in 2008 and a worrying rise in sea crimes across the Middle East and North Africa region

NATO launches new anti-piracy operation off Somalia
ability to combat piracy,” a statement said. The operation “will contribute to a lasting maritime security solution off the Horn of Africa,” NATO said.

Malaysia, Indonesia, The Phillipines To Enhance Maritime Cooperation
of cooperation in the maritime zone and the air space in the region with a more systematic and organised surveillance to curb smuggling and piracy.

Off The Radar

Syracuse University researcher to present ‘Shipwrecks as Fossils
EurekAlert (press release)
The database includes ship names; type and size of the vessels; dates of sinking; information about the cargoes, passengers, ship departure points and