Oct 192008

Today – Two cargo ships collide off East China Sea, 8 dead
By hebeizhaoxian
The collision occurred around 11 pm Saturday on the sea near the Langgang islands, northeast of Zhoushan Island, Zhejiang Province, when a cargo ship belonging to a transport company in Shenzhen crashed with .

Polish dredger capsizes in the Baltic
Warsaw Business Journal – Poland
He told TVN24 that there were five people on board the 50-meter ship and rescue services recovered two bodies and are searching for the other three sailors.

Captain of ship wrecked on Gibraltar cliffs arrested
MercoPress – Montevideo,Uruguay
The authority’s investigation will examine all the technical aspects of the casualty without seeking to apportion blame. Its aim is to draw lessons from the

Seattle – update on ship fire

The US Coast Guard issued a press release stating that the smoldering containers have been removed from the ship after it moored in the Port of Seattle. The containers (not the ship) were then doused with water. The incident is under investigation.

Speed Restrictions to Reduce Threat of Ship Collisions With North Atlantic Right Whales to Take Effect

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce, issue final rule.

SUMMARY: NMFS establishes regulations to implement speed restrictions of no more than 10 knots applying to all vessels 65 ft (19.8 m) or greater in overall length in certain locations and at …

Pirates hijack fishing vessels with 96 crew in Nigeria: report
Africasia – London,UK
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has identified Africa as a piracy hotspot following a surge in attacks in the second quarter of 2008,

IMEC warns of spiralling piracy problems
By elabor8
The International Maritime Employer’s Committee (IMEC) has spoken out against the lack of authoritative action to combat the increasing number of piracy attacks in Somalian waters. Addressing a recent conference, IMEC Secretary General,

Despite Increased International Pressure, Pirate Attacks Continue in the Gulf of Aden

NATO, British, U.S. and Russian Warships not slowing down coordinated attacks.

According to officials, a Philippine-operated bulk carrier with 21 crew members was hijacked this morning by armed pirates off the coast of Somalia in the Gulf of Aden. Noel Choong of the Malaysia-based International Maritime Bureau …

Ruby Princess launch cancelled after fatality on board
By Dave Shirlaw(Dave Shirlaw)
FINCANTIERI has cancelled a launch ceremony for the Ruby Princess at its Monfalcone yard after a worker died in an accident on board the vessel on Wednesday evening, writes John McLaughlin. Safety agencies were yesterday still

Captain may have been distracted before helicopter crash
stv.tv – UK
Fife man John Shaw was among those who died when the oil rig-bound aircraft crashed into the Irish Sea nearly two years ago.

Search for missing toxic cargo halted
Inquirer.net – Philippines
By Nestor P. Burgos Jr. ILOILO CITY – The Coast Guard has called off the search for the missing toxic cargo of a vessel that sank off Antique last June

PHMSA – meetings

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will conduct a meeting in Washington, DC on November 17 to prepare for the upcoming session of the United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. The agency will hold a separate meeting in Arlington, Virginia on November 18 to prepare for the upcoming session of the United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.

Singapore – preventing pollution during bunkering operations

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular forwarding guidelines for preventing pollution during bunkering operations in the Port of Singapore. (10/14/08).

2008 Asian Marine Insurance & Surveying Forum

It is with regret that the organisers of the 2008 Marine Insurance and Surveying Forum have, due to the current financial crisis, decided to postpone the event until mid-April 2009. The event will be held at the same venue, dates to be confirmed in due course.

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