Aug 082008

Trawler holed in encounter with whale
Independent Online – Cape Town,South Africa
“Whales sometimes rest just below the surface and people on the vessels don’t see them and they get bumped. It’s an accident. It’s not just with trawlers

San Juan Islands – response to disabled ferry

The US Coast Guard issued a press release stating that it is responding to a passenger ferry that became disabled and adrift off Blakely Island. The ferry, which had over 200 passengers on board, is being escorted to port. The incident is under investigation.

VESSEL COLLISION (FOR RELEASE). PORT ARTHUR, Texas (April 28, 2005)–A Coast Guard crew passes the capsized 101-foot crew boat Rene I after it collided with

Initial findings on sunken vessel: ‘Error of judgment’
GMA – Quezon City,Metro Manila,Philippines
to cargoes containing toxic chemicals that went down with the ship, and changes to the vessel’s specifications that may have affected its seaworthiness.

New Orleans – workers complete pumping oil from barge

The Unified Command issued a press release stating that salvage crews completed pumping oil from the barge involved in the July 23 collision. The barge will now be cut into manageable pieces prior to lifting from the river. The safety zone, between mile markers 20 and 97 on the Lower Mississippi River, remains in effect.

Indonesian ‘ghost ship‘ up in flames
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Fire has all but destroyed a ‘ghost ship‘ abandoned at one of Bali’s most famous surf breaks, triggering fears of more environmental damage. .

2 SLI vessels can sail again – Philippines
It depends on the board if they will direct us to lift the grounding order,” he said. Deficiencies varied from vessel to vessel. The audit covered only the

Salvors Rescue Grounded Panamanian Vehicle Carrier in Scheldt

INTERNATIONAL towage and salvage specialist Multraship and Belgian salvage operator URS Salvage & Maritime Contracting has refloated vehicle carrier Grand Dubai.

New Flame removal from Europa Point – Gibraltar
Part of the stricken vessel New Flame was yesterday salvaged and removed from the site where it sank almost a year ago following a collision with tanker

Shipping company sues for 2006 oil-spill cleanup costs
Globe and Mail – Canada
The ship hit metal dolphin pilings on the south dock of the terminal as it was under tow on Aug. 4, 2006, puncturing a starboard fuel tank and releasing the

CBP – container seals on maritime cargo

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice stating that, effective October 15, 2008, all maritime containers in transit to the United States are required to be sealed with a seal meeting the International Organization for Standardization Publicly Available Specification (ISO/PAS) 17712 standard.

Changes in law for better safety at sea – Malta
by Valerie Fenech – The Malta Maritime Authority revised its regulations and introduced hefty fines for offenders, who can face fines

HELCOM fleet to drill response to an oil platform accident off
Newsdesk (pressmeddelande) – Stockholm,Sweden
Russia, to test the Baltic Sea countries’ readiness to respond to a major oil accident at sea. This operational exercise, the largest maritime emergency Offers New Explosion Proof Lights To Protect Paint
PR Web (press release) – Ferndale,WA,USA
Magnalight is also working towards the release of an explosion proof LED light, containing high powered emitters that will effectively illuminate a vessel

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