May 282008

Two bodies found in ship’s hold

The bodies of two men have been found in the hold of a ship docked at Ayr harbour, police have said. Officers were alerted to the discovery on the 90m-long cargo ship, The Pascal, at about 1440 BST. It is believed the ship’s crew are Russian and the dead men may have been on board without their knowledge.

Cargo vessel officer dies in fire

CHENNAI: A Second Officer (Electrical) of a private cargo vessel, T. Babu Thomas (41), died due to suffocation caused by a fire in the ship a couple of days ago.

The body, handed over to relatives on Monday, was taken to Kozhikode.

Police said the vessel, Iswarya, started its journey from Colombo and was on its way to Chennai. While on sea, a fire broke out in the air-conditioner unit in the room of the 2nd Officer, Babu Thomas, on Saturday night. After the fire was put out, other members of the ship found Babu Thomas dead in the room.

Dutch Cargo Ship Hijacked Off Somali Coast
(RTTNews) – A Dutch cargo ship has been hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia, said reports on Tuesday. The ship, owned by Reider Shipping BV of Netherlands, is said to have been hijacked after leaving the Kenyan port of Mombasa with a

Family demands investigation into deckhand’s death
Trinidad News – Port of Spain,Trinidad and Tobago
RELATIVES of Julius La Rode, who died on Friday while cleaning a molasses tank on an out- of-commission ship anchored in the Gulf of Paria,

Electrical short contributed to fatal bridge accident
The Times-Picayune – – New Orleans,LA,USA
A bridge tender, who works in a control tower above the movable span of the bridge, is supposed to go through a sequence when a ship signals that it needs

Long Range Identification and Tracking

The IMO Maritime Safety Committee made a number of decisions to ensure the timely implementation of the Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system. SOLAS regulation V/19-1 on LRIT entered into force on 1 January 2008 and will apply to ships constructed on or after 31 December 2008 with a phased implementation schedule for ships constructed before 31 December 2008. The lrit system is intended to be operational with respect to the transmission of LRIT information by ships from 30 December 2008.

Port Security Plan Faulted
WASHINGTON — A Department of Homeland Security program to strengthen port security has gaps that terrorists could exploit to smuggle weapons of mass destruction in cargo containers, congressional investigators have found.

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