Maritime Safety & Security News – 29 October 2010

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Oct 292010
 

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Seafarers missing after bulker capsizes
by Lloyds List — last modified Oct 29, 2010 12:00 PM One seafarer is confirmed dead and 12 remain missing after a bulk carrier with 25 Chinese nationals on

1 fatality, 7 survivors in Cagayan boat disaster identified
One of the two fatalities and the seven survivors in a sea disaster that occurred when a which prompted the crew to decide to return to Aparri town.

Fryderyk Chopin in distress

A Polish registered Sail Training Vessel Fryderyk Chopin is awaiting assistance after losing one of its two masts 99 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly. The master of the vessel has requested immediate assistance at 8:03am, stating they were in danger of losing their second mast and was currently experiencing severe weather conditions of Severe Gale Force 9.

Tourist ships collide in Luxor, no casulaties
The accident occured close to the village of Sheikh Ahwad in the centre of Esna, as the first ship was moving towards Aswan, and the second on its way from

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Injured Seafarer Medivaced In Alaska

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Oct 282010
 
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Injured 1st Assistant Enigeer is winch up to a Jayhawk helicopter

A US Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew from Air Station Sitka safely medevaced a 53-year-old 1st assistant engineer reportedly suffering multiple leg injuries aboard the 831-foot tanker Sierra 284 miles southwest of Sitka Tuesday at approximately 7 p.m.

John E Harmon,was medevaced after the 17th Coast Guard District command center in Juneau received a call from the master aboard the Sierra requesting a medevac for Harmon who suffered injuries when a deck plate landed on his legs.

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 28 October 2010

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Oct 282010
 

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Bulk carrier sank in South China sea

One sailor died and 12 others are missing after the “Jian Fu Star” with a 25 Chinese crew capsized off Taiwan on Oct 27.

Explosion on board of Turkish freighter
On October 27 there was an explosion on board of Turkish general cargo Dila S. in Mediterranean off Sicily, some crew injured, vessel changed course and proceeded to Pantelleria. Dila S.

Russian tanker-aframax collides with French trawler, English Channel

Russian tanker-aframax Krasnodar collided with French trawler Cap Frehel in English Channel between Gernsey and Plimouth on October 28. Tanker undamaged and continued voyage, trawler trying to get to St Malo, one crew injured.

Explosion and fire at Fisherman’s Cove
Witnesses report hearing an explosion. The only person on the vessel was able to escape, suffering from smoke inhalation and minor abrasions.

General cargo runs aground, river Volga

At 1600 October 26 general cargo Gulf Trader due to navigational error ran aground on 2925.5 kilometer mark, river Volga

Sabine-Neches Waterway in Texas reopened 10 hours after tugboat accident, fuel
The Coast Guard says the motor vessel King Yukon apparently hit the fishing vessel Capt. Scott at about 1:30 am near Mesquite Point on the Sabine River.

Fire crew ready for stricken ship
The container ship which rescued the crew of a factory fishing ship following a fire has arrived in the Cornish port of Falmouth. The Athena caught fire

Freighter strikes bridge in S-Petersburg downtown

At 0439 October 28 general cargo Glory struck Volodarskiy bridge on Neva river 1368.5 kilometer mark, S-Petersburg downtown

Crew members suspended over Channel death collision

THE company which operates a cargo ship that collided with a Teignmouth-owned trawler, killing a local fisherman, has revealed that two members of its staff had been suspended in the wake of the tragedy.

Malaysian Bulk Carriers said it was still co-operating with the Singaporean Maritime Port Authority over an investigation into the 90,000-tonne Alam Pintar’s collision with a smaller crabbing vessel 15 miles of the French coast.

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Citadels Continue To Baffle Pirates

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Oct 282010
 
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British force board Beluga Fortune. Photo: Flight 203, HMS Montrose

Properly prepared and implemented citadel systems continue to be the most effective anti-piracy measure. Within the past week attempted piracy against two vessels have, again, proven the worth of a well-prepared and appropriate response.

In the early hours of 24 October, the Captain of the cargo ship Beluga Fortune reported his ship was under attack by pirates 750 nautical miles off the Somali coast. The Captain then reported the pirates were on board and that he was with his crew locked in the ships ‘citadel’, disabling the ship’s propulsion.

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Sundstraum/Kapitan Lus Collision: Inadequate LOS Training and Unsafe Manning

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Oct 282010
 
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Sundstraum

Lack of training and drills in loss-of-steering response and insufficient bridge manning in a high-traffic zone contributed to the 3 July, 2009, collision between the Norwegian-flagged chemical tanker Sundstraum and the Malta-flagged dry cargo vessel Kapitan Lus says a joint investigation report into the incident. Why the vessel lost steering has not been determined but were probably due to the fact that attempts were made to regain control of the situation by repeated changes in the set heading on the autopilot say investigators.

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 27 October 2010

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Oct 272010
 

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2 dead, 4 missing in boat sinking | The Philippine Star >> News
Two persons were confirmed dead and four were reported missing when the motorized banca they were riding with eight others capsized off northern Cagayan

All 111 crew safe after ship catches fire
LONDON — The 111 crew of a factory fishing ship were safe after the vessel caught fire off southwest England on Wednesday, its owners said.

Coast Guard vessels conduct oil clean-up drill off Chennai coast

Coast Guard ship Vishwast, along with Coast Guard vessels Sarang and Jijabai, took part in the drill, which simulated the collision of two ships

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It’s second time unlucky for four seafarers

Four of the hostages being held by Somali pirates are reliving the ordeal, having been victims of another hijack two years ago.

And it’s second time unlucky for their families too, who are worried for their safety, with the pirates yet to demand ransom.

Antony asks Navy to Increase Contact With Indian Ocean Region Countries
continued deployment of ships and aircraft for enhanced surveillance off the coast of Maldives and Seychelles to ensure maritime security from piracy.

East London fishing boat and crew arrested

A small East London-based commercial fishing boat has been detained along with the crew of 13 this week after being found in possession of protected fish species, reports the Dispatch.

Yemen losses reach US$ 150 mln due to piracy in 2009
The international naval task force was established in January 2009 by the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) to counter piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

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Off The Radar

Golfer potted for targeting tourist ship
“Sometimes at golf courses you’ll find people driving past get hit by accident but I’ve never heard of anybody doing this on purpose.

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Moller-Maersk Fined For Sleepy Seafarers

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Oct 272010
 

image At a hearing in Newcastle Magistrates Court, AP Moller-Maersk, owner of the UK-registered container ship Maersk Patras pleaded guilty to eight charges of failing to provide adequate hours of rest for the crew and one charge of failing to improve the situation.

In September 2009, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, MCA, conducted an audit on board the Maersk Patras at Bremerhaven. It was noticed that the captain, officers and other crew members had not been having the required periods of rest as laid down by international agreements.

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Factory Trawler On Fire

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Oct 272010
 
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Fire is said to be under control

Factory trawler Athena is reported to be on fire 370 kilometres south-west of the isle of Scilly, according to reports from the BBC. An air and sea rescue effort is underway co-ordinated by Falmouth coast.

It is understood that 80 of Athena’s 11 crew have evacuated to lifeboats while the remainder are attempting to fight the fire, now reportedly under control. A cargo vessel is currently alongside and a Sea King helicopter from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall is in readiness.

The 105 metre Athena is one of eight fishing vessels operated by Thor Offshore & Fisheries, which also operates 15 offshore vessels from the Faroe Islands.

Says an MCA statement: “At just after 6.00 am this morning Falmouth Coastguard were alerted to a major fire on board the 89 metre Faroese registered fish factory ship ‘Athena’ which is 230 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly and 270 nautical miles  west of the Pointe Du Penmarche at Brittany. The vessel has 111 people on board. Continue reading »

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 26 October 2010

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 23 October 2010

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Mayport fishing industry shaken by death of shrimper in boat sinking off
While the Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continued their investigation into the accident Tuesday, workers in the historic

FISHERMAN FOUND DEAD
The officers of that vessel were also expected to submit reports on the incident. However, in the interim, no one has been placed on suspension or been

Dock workers hospitalized from chemical spill

PORT OF LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Three dock workers at the Port of Los Angeles have been hospitalized following a chemical spill on board a cargo ship October 23 2010. The chemical is called xylenol and is sometimes used in pesticides. The leak was reported around 4 p.m. aboard the APL Sweden at Berth 303.

Body of Woman Missing From Ship Found

Lia Hawkins, 33, was reported missing on Thursday by her brother and other crew onboard the M/V Sahara. Divers discovered her body Friday morning under a pier in the shipyard where the boat was docked. Hawkins was a manager onboard the 303-foot former NOAA ship that was being converted into a luxury yacht. Continue reading »

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