Jun 172009
 

Three missing after Vietnam oil ship explodes: Official
Times of India – India
“We have to wait until we can bring up the vessel, to understand why the explosion occurred,” Phi said. State-linked VNExpress news website said the ship,

French court scraps Senegal minister warrants over Joola disaster
Africasia – London,UK
In Senegal, several ministers and high-ranking military officers were fired after the accident and compensation offered to the victims’ families

Probe launched into sinking of tug
Aberdeen Press and Journal – Aberdeen,Scotland,UK
By Jamie Buchan SEA accident investigators have begun an inquiry into the sinking of a tug boat near a north-east harbour. The Dutch-registered Ysselstroom

Lady Mary divers float collision theory
In two dives on the vessel, which lies 210 feet down, they have taken several pictures and video showing damage they argue must have come from a collision.

Owner of ill-fated vessel sells another ship
Inquirer.net – Philippines
By Jhunnex Napallacan CEBU CITY, Philippines—Almost a year after the Princess of the Stars sinking, Sulpicio Lines Inc. (SLI) sold another of its ships,

12 overboard incidents on cruises in 2009
United Press International – USA
Yet Cruise industry officials, as well as industry critics, insist most overboard incidents typically do not involve a simple accident,

Shipping firms pay price for US visa restrictions
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
A TIME limit on seafarer stays mandated by their visas is causing operational difficulties to chemical carrier and lightering companies operating in the US

PIRACY

Seized ship with Lankans heads to Somalian coast
Australia.TO – Sydney,NSW,Australia
According to the state news agency Saba, at least four Yemeni fishermen have been killed this year when they have come under fire from international

Interpol compiling Somali piracy suspect database
The Associated Press
“Small skiffs will find it difficult to operate in these conditions,” said Pottengal Mukundan, director of the London-based International Maritime Bureau.

V.Ships’ Sea Owl aims to detect piracy threats – Lloydslist.com
By John McLaughlin
SHIPMANAGEMENT giant V.Ships has developed maritime threat-detection technology that it hopes to see deployed soon in the Gulf of Aden as a non-lethal response to pirates, writes John McLaughlin . Sea Owl was developed over two years

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Sailor lost as tug capsizes
The National – Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates
All five crew on the tug were thrown into the water as it quickly overturned with the force of the collision. The four survivors, a Bahrani and three .

Crewman on vessel killed in fuel-leaked fire
Thanh Nien Daily – Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam
A Ho Chi Minh City vessel caught fire off the central province of Quang Ngai on Wednesday after a fuel pipe broke, killing a crewmember.

Man drowns after falling into waters at Port Khaled

According to police, the victim was on a cargo vessel at the port when he then fell off the boat and drowned. An investigation has been launched as to how he fell over the vessel.

Main gearbox failure eyed in North Sea Super Puma crash
Aviation International News – Midland Park,NJ,USA
An eyewitness, working on a supply vessel approximately two nautical miles from the accident site, heard the helicopter and saw it descend rapidly before it

Biden manages to anger everyone over bad flu advice
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
The Japanese government severely restricted maritime travel to and from the home islands when the pandemic struck.

Gigantic risks
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
The loss of the MSC Napoli and its cargo, a relative minnow compared to the new generation of boxships, is now the second most costly insurance incident .

Coast Guard Releases Tour Boat Death Report
KHON2 – Honolulu,HI,USA
“When you have a vessel that’s been cleared numerous times to operate despite having numerous problems with it, you’re talking about gross neglect,” said

Efforts on to trace sailor: VS
Kerala Online – Kerala,India
He boarded the vessel on April 10 as it set sail with its cargo for Singapore. Capt. Vinay Singh, director of the shipping company, wrote to Mr. James that

Leader of infamous ship hijacking released yesterday from Italian
WorldNetDaily – Washington,DC,USA
Cossiga singles out Palestinian groups as responsible for a 1980 explosion at an Italian train station that killed 85 people and wounded 200 more.

Coast Guard verifies position of fishing vessel Lady Mary | Coast
By cgnews
The Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation, the group in charge of looking into the facts and circumstances surrounding the sinking of the vessel, solicited the help of the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Willow, a 225-foot buoy

Piracy

Ship Captain: Arming Crews Will Not Stop Piracy – Detroit Local
Clancey noted that many governments will not let a ship with armed crew dock in their ports. And the notion of crew members, armed and out to sea for weeks or months, could be a recipe for deadly and costly accidents. “There have been incidents where innocent bystanders have been killed,” Clancey said. “There is exposure.”

Pirate attack foiled by navy
Straits Times – Singapore
On April 24, Nato decided to extend its anti-piracy work off the coast of Somalia. Four vessels from Nato’s Standing Naval Maritime Group One have been

Did MSC Passengers Fight Off Melody’s Pirates?
Cruise Critic – Pennington,NJ,USA
writes, “The only casualty was American John Wright, cut by glass splinters as a MSC Cruises had taken advice from the Maritime Security Center.