Maritime Safety News – 13th February 2009

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Six missing after cargo capsizes off south China’s Guangdong
Xinhua – China
The cause of the accident is under investigation, but the weather was fine at the time. Rescue boats and helicopters were sent to search for the missing and

Search for Maggie Ann man overboard stood down
Western Telegraph – Haverfordwest,Pembrokeshire,UK
He had seen the crewman fall overboard while the vessel was hauling dredges. The skipper turned the vessel and threw a life ring to the crewman who was then .

Tampa Bay oil spill disrupts shipping traffic
Bradenton Herald – FL, United States
By CARL MARIO NUDI – MANATEE – A collision of two boats in Tampa Bay caused a small oil spill, disrupting shipping to and from Port

Worker dies after being crushed by ship’s anchor
Northern Echo – Darlington,England,UK
The accident happened just after 11am this morning. Sarah Booth, spokeswoman for GNAA, said: “We were called to an incident at 11.13am to a report that a

Three hurt in fire on state research ship in Kobe
The Japan Times – Japan
KOBE (Kyodo) A small fire Thursday morning aboard a government marine research ship harbored at Kobe port slightly injured three crew members,

Six Cebu fishermen remain missing after sea collision
Cebu Online News – Cebu City,Philippines
The collision destroyed the starboard of the fishing boat, causing it to sink. The incident also left a small hole on the cargo vessel.

Four ships collide Magdalla port bridge in Gujarat
Gujarat – Ahmedabad,Gujarat,India
Bridge has been closed for the traffic and detailed inspection and investigation of the site is undergoing. The collision ripped off more than 100 meters of

Three are rescued as boat sinks in icy Clyde
The Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
The skipper of a fishing boat last night told how he and his crew rescued three fishermen from another vessel after it capsized in the icy waters of the

Islamists fire at ship off Mogadishu, kill 4
Reuters South Africa – Johannesburg,South Africa
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist militants fired mortar bombs at a UN-chartered ship unloading military equipment for African peacekeepers in Mogadishu on .

Odessa stink ship ‘could explode’
Fairplay (subscription) – UK
OFFICIALS in the Ukrainian port of Odessa have held urgent talks to end the pollution threat posed by a ship carrying 3000 tonnes of rotting bananas,

Investigations into tanker crash begin
The National – Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates
However, the ship‘s operator, the Italian firm Martinoli Consulting, said the damaged part of the tanker had been empty at the time of the accident

INTERTANKO Provides Model Piracy Clauses

The frequency and seriousness of the piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia need no introduction. Whilst the marine and technical teams at INTERTANKO have responded

Robert Jarvis, a maritime law professor at Nova Southeastern University Law Center, who used to represent ship owners, said three months was on the “outer .

Ferry drama could have been over in minutes
Galloway Today – Wigtownshire,UK
Plastic slides similar to those used on aeroplanes are onboard the vessel in case of fire or sinking but once used, can cost several hundred thousand pounds

Freed Ukrainian cargo crew back on land
“We’re happy to be here and to be free, with the crew, the vessel and the cargo,” said second mate Vladimir Nikolsky. An AFP reporter who witnessed the .

Spanish warship foils pirate attack off Somalia: government
EUbusiness (press release) – Richmond,England,UK
… which has 210 military personnel on board, to the waters off Somalia as part of the EU’s Operation Atalanta against maritime piracy.

Piracy surcharge for UASC
The Journal of Commerce Online – Newark,NJ,USA
22 for the trade not requiring tariff-filing with the Federal Maritime Commission, and March 10 for all FMC-regulated shipments.

Antarctic tourism Waiting for another Titanic
Economist – UK
In 2007 more than 150 people were evacuated when their ship, the Explorer, sank after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands.

Global crewing crunch worrying, warns Drewry
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
If they do, the manning problem is likely to return to bite them…particularly given the length of time it takes to bring a seafarer to officer class”.

Malu Sara disaster avoidable: coroner
The Australian – Sydney,Australia
… official be disciplined over the sinking of an immigration department patrol boat in the Torres Strait, killing all five people aboard. The 6.5m vessel,

Westerhaven Needs to Post $6.5 million Bail
Channel 7 Daily News – Belize City,Belize
the vessel, its crew and cargo could go their way as early as next Tuesday. The captain in charge of the ship at the time of the accident,