Jun 052008

Oil spills as merchant ships collide off Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Merchant ships from Greece and Malta collided off the coast of Uruguay, dumping fuel oil from one of the vessels, Uruguay’s Navy said on Wednesday in a statement.

A government environmental official said the wind was blowing the “medium-sized” spill across the vast Rio de la Plata estuary towards Buenos Aires in Argentina. The estuary separates Uruguay and Argentina.

The accident occurred late on Tuesday between the Greek ship Syros and a Maltese vessel named Sea Bird, the latter of which had been anchored about 12 miles off the coast of Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital.

Norden ship has Bulgarian owner
Focus News – Sofia,Bulgaria
On Tuesday a Bulgarian sailor, Dimitar Mihaylov (41), fell off the vessel, Dimitar Pekov with the marine accident investigation unit, told Focus News Agency

Cruise ship scrapes ocean floor, halts trip
Anchorage Daily News (subscription) – Anchorage,AK,USA
The ship’s staff called the Coast Guard to report the accident at about 8 am, Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read said. The ship is not grounded;

Uruguay worried about fuel leak after ship collision
Earthtimes (press release) – London,UK
activists in Uruguay were on Wednesday trying to bring under control a fuel oil leak on its Atlantic coast brought about by the collision of two ships.

Wild Newcastle weather forces ships to deeper water
Bad weather in Newcastle has prompted several coal ships to head to deeper water to ride out the storm.

Four ships have voluntarily moved out to sea, while 23 vessels remain at anchor.

Heavy rain, strong wind gusts and big seas are expected tonight and ship captains are keen to avoid a repeat of last year’s Pasha Bulker vessel grounding.

Newcastle Port Corporation chief executive Gary Webb says all of the ship’s captains have been told the weather is likely to worsen and it is up to them if they head to sea.

“We have been advising vessels of weather warnings… of the conditions, but it is the master’s responsibility for the safety of the vessel and what happens on board,” he said.

Ocean search unsuccessful after mysterious Mayday calls
Eagle Tribune – North Andover,MA,USA
There was no report of the ship taking on water or a fire, but the calls said one engine was disabled, he said. Heise said the boat — roughly twice the size

Marine Board of Investigation hears testimony in Boston
By Dave Shirlaw(Dave Shirlaw)
This is the fourth convening of the board, whose purpose is to determine the cause of the sinking of the Alaska Ranger, and to make recommendations for preventing future maritime disasters. Two witnesses testified at the hearing,

Mitropoulos hails fall in casualty numbers
By David Osler
GOVERNMENT enforcement and shipping industry compliance of International Maritime Organization measures has resulted in casualties halving over the last quarter of a century.

Frigate intervenes in pirate attack
A frigate based at CFB Esquimalt, now patrolling near Somalia off the Horn of Africa, saved a commercial vessel from a pirate attack yesterday.

Crew on HMCS Calgary received a distress call yesterday morning from a vessel that had fallen under small arms fire. As the warship changed its direction and sped toward the attackers, the ship’s Sea King helicopter was redirected toward the pirates to gather information, the Department of Defence said in a release.

USCG Investigates Sinking Vessel
WAUKEGAN, Ill. – The US Coast Guard is continuing its investigation to determine why the charter fishing vessel “Fin Seeker” sank in severe weather two miles off the coast of Waukegan, Ill. in Lake Michigan on May 30.

GAP Adventures acquires replacement ship
TravelMole – London,England,UK
GAP Adventures, which lost the ship MS Explorer when it sank in the Antarctic last year, has acquired a replacement vessel.

Harbour safety prompts fines up to $100000
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
New maritime safety laws including fines of up to $110000 for dangerous or negligent navigation will be introduced by the NSW Government in the wake of a

Wild Newcastle weather forces ships to deeper water
ABC Online – Australia
Heavy rain, strong wind gusts and big seas are expected tonight and ship captains are keen to avoid a repeat of last year’s Pasha Bulker vessel grounding.

No investigation by coastguards
Falmouth Penryn Packet – Falmouth,UK
Allegations had been made by divers operating off the diving vessel Cousin Jack that HMS Enterprise had gone too close while they were diving in Falmouth

City ferry captain sinks prosecution
Manawatu Standard – Palmerston North,New Zealand
He was cleared of two charges, but found guilty of failing to notify maritime safety officials of the incident. Mr Birchall appealed to the Wellington High

Coast Guard: Vessel’s captain was asleep in Feb. accident
Daily Press – Newport News,VA,USA
66-foot-long steel corps vessel Mobjack was not damaged, but the 74-foot-long fiberglass yacht Marquessa sustained significant damage in the accident.

Chamber of Shipping: Launch of two new information leaflets for
Politics.co.uk – London,UK
The National Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Committee (NMOHSC) – comprising the Chamber of Shipping and the maritime unions Nautilus UK and RMT

HELCOM measures keep illicit oil spills in the Baltic near record lows
Newsdesk (pressmeddelande) – Stockholm,Sweden
of pollution control was substantially strengthened thanks to the CleanSeaNet (CSN) satellite service launched by the European Maritime Safety Agency.


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