Sep 162008

Pirates fire rockets at French boat far off Somalia
Reuters South Africa – Johannesburg,South Africa
PARIS, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Pirates fired rockets at a French tuna fishing boat in international waters in the Indian Ocean, 400 nautical miles (740 km) off .

Oil tanker escapes pirate attack
Independent Online – Cape Town,South Africa
Nairobi – A large Panama-flagged oil tanker operated by a Japanese company had narrowly escaped an attack by Somali pirates, a Kenyan maritime body said on

Fire damaged banana boat
Royal Gazette – Hamilton,Bermuda
By Tauria Raynor A Bahamian cargo ship carrying bananas to Belgium caught fire at sea and sailed to Bermuda for repair. There was a call to Harbour Radio

Posted 09/15/08 at 10:26 AM

The disabled freighter that was stranded 100 miles off the coast of Galveston during Hurricane Ike is now operating under its own power.The 484-ft. Antalina was was forced to ride out the storm after it broke down in the Gulf of Mexico, and its 22 crewmembers made it safely through the hurricane.

Gulf of Mexico – two drilling rigs adrift

The Minerals Management Service (MMS) issued a news release stating that two drilling rigs are adrift in waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.  The MMS, the industry, and the Coast Guard are monitoring the paths of the rigs.  Tugs are expected to be on location as soon as weather permits.  MMS also provided an update on the status of production platforms and rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Quicker action could have reduced Hebei Spirit spill costs
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
where ship-to-ship transfer was not allowed so the offloading of its 209000 tonnes cargo did not start for 60 – 80 hours after the accident took place.

EU mulling military action to tackle Somalia pirates
BRUSSELS (AFP) — European foreign ministers on Monday agreed to set up a “coordination unit” to help tackle the growing problem of piracy off the coast of

Little left of Blackpool’s Riverdance ferry
Blackpool Gazette – Blackpool,England,UK
Mr Quinn explained they had to overcome a number of obstacles to remove the Seatrucks vessel. He said: “Touch wood, we’ve not had one reportable accident,

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