May 182008

Death toll from sinking of Bangladeshi ferry rises to 46
Monsters and – USA
A probe team has blamed the ferry disaster on alleged faulty design of the vessel, which used the hull of an old fishing trawler.

11 dead in Haitian boat accident – Jamaica
Officials in Haiti report that at least 11 people, including five children, have died after an overcrowded passenger ship sank off the southern coast.

Military: Gunmen in Nigeria oil region hijack boat
The Associated Press –
Piracy, which is broadly defined as any waterborne crime, is also rampant, and Nigeria’s maritime areas are now the most pirate-infested on the globe.

Coast Guard Rescues Crew of Sinking Vessel (AUDIO)
Salem-News.Com – OR,USA
Six men were rescued and one died after one vessel capsized and one began taking on water 25 miles northwest of La Push, Washington, today.

Emergency device didn’t signal lobster boat’s sinking
The Union Leader – Manchester,NH,USA
By CLARE KITTREDGE NEW CASTLE – An emergency safety device that should have signaled the Coast Guard that a lobster boat was sinking off the Isles of Shoals

Fuel spills into Suisun Bay after tug hits pipeline
Contra Costa Times – Walnut Creek,CA,USA
The collision was east of the new Benicia-Martinez Bridge. The incident was reported to the Coast Guard at 1:10 am “The pipes are used to transfer fuel to

Irish dockers get food, pay for crew
United Press International – USA
RINGASKIDDY, Ireland, May 10 (UPI) — Irish longshoremen refused to unload a Liberian-registered tanker loaded with molasses until the Filipino crew was

Tugboat crash at Tesoro Martinez wharf causes small fuel spill – Charlotte,NC,USA
“In the wake of the Cosco Busan you can understand their interest,” he said, referring to the container ship that crashed into the San Francisco Bay Bridge

Cruise liner sets sail after mishap – Malta
The Malta Maritime Authority said it was carrying out an investigation into the incident in coordination with the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch

Ferries cancels four sailings from Port Hardy
Queen Charlotte Islands Observer – Queen Charlotte,British Columbia,Canada
the latest in a series of problems for the Northern Adventure, the second-hand ship BC Ferries bought in 2006 to replace the sunken Queen of the North.

MCA Consult Public on ship-ship Hazardous Transfers

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) today launched a 12 week public consultation on proposal for new legislation to regulate ship-to-ship transfer operations in UK waters.

The legislation regulates transfers of hazardous substances, including oil, between ships in UK territorial seas so that:

-such transfers can only take place in harbour authority waters; and
– the environmental impact of the transfers will be assessed.

The consultation closes on 7 July. Full details of the consultation can be found on the MCA website here.

Navy tanker modified to meet international marine standards
TV3 News – Auckland,New Zealand
The tanker did not comply with International Maritime Organisation requirements because it had only a single hull. The navy said the IMO was accelerating

Lawsuit seeks ruling on bay spill pilot’s legal bills
KESQ – Palm Desert,CA,USA
AP – May 12, 2008 8:34 PM ET SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – An insurance company that paid some of the legal bills for the pilot of a ship that caused a massive oil

Tracking the Queen of the North Sea Disaster: What Went Wrong
Popular Mechanics – New York,NY,USA
>From a life raft bobbing in choppy seas, passenger Graham Clarke photographed the car and passenger ferry Queen of the North shortly before it sank off the

Oil spill prevention bill amended and approved by committee

Senator Boxer (D-CA) issued a news release stating that the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation amended and approved the Oil Spill Prevention Act (S. 2699), which she sponsored.  Among other things, the bill would, according to the press release, clarify the authority of the Coast Guard to direct the movement of vessel traffic in order to prevent collisions or incidents which could result in a spill and require at least one trained and experienced oil pollution investigator to be on duty or on-call at all times at each Sector Command, where practical.  Note: Navigating ships and overseeing such activities is difficult enough without the unsolicited intervention of the legislative branch.

Posted 05/16/08 at 08:18 AM
The U.S. Coast Guard and Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) signed a memorandum of agreement on Monday, May 12, 2008. The agreement delineates the specific responsibilities of each agency when responding to maritime incidents in Orange County, Calif…

Shipping Coordinating Committee – meetings

The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the US Department of State, will conduct several meetings in Washington, DC.  On May 22, the Subcommittee on Flag State Implementation will meet to prepare for the upcoming session of its counterpart group at the IMO.  Topics on the agenda will include port state control guidelines on seafarers’ working hours and marine casualty investigations.

AIDS now a global concern – DOLE
Philippine Information Agency – Philippines
Of the 55 cases, 49 are overseas workers and out of this number, 14 are seafarers. “The fact that the disease is affecting adults of working age poses a

Mother wants to know how daughter fell overboard – Philadelphia,PA,USA
Those parting words now haunt her as she waits for answers concerning how her daughter fell overboard from the ship to her apparent death.

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