Oct 282008

Gunmen hijack oil ship in Nigerian oil region
Xinhua – China
A French embassy spokesman in Nigeria had confirmed the safety of French oil workers to local media, but gave no further details on the accident.

Search for missing crewmen called off
Anchorage Daily News (subscription) – Anchorage,AK,USA
But the cause of the sinking remains unclear, Coast Guard officers have said. The boat was part of what’s known as the head-and-gut fleet — fishing vessels

MV FAINA Negotiations: Hostage-freeing Process Approaching Culmination
American Chronicle – Beverly Hills,CA,USA
British Royal Navy sources said commanding officers had been given the power to destroy equipment and vessels used by pirates – including sinking their .

Bodies removed from Philippine ship

Aljazeera.net – Qatar
A report by the government’s Board of Marine Inquiry, which conducted an investigation into the Princess of the Stars sinking, blamed the ship’s captain and .

Ship Lady Mariam Returning to Albania
Javno.hr – Zagreb,Croatia
Five members of the crew, which were transferred to the ship “Dance”, were returned to the ship today. At the time of the accident there were a total of

New solution claimed to prevent ships from sinking
Zawya – United Arab Emirates
He says that theoretically it sounds the perfect solution to ship sinking, but a number of inventors had failed to implement it due to difficulties in .

Columbia River – safety zone update

The US Coast Guard has extended, though December 15, the safety zone around the LST-1166 located near the southeastern tip of Lord Island on the Columbia River near Rainier, Oregon.  The oil and hazardous materials clean-up operations on the vessel are taking longer than previously anticipated.

New accident board must watch its step
The Daily Yomiuri – Osaka,Japan
Their goal will be to investigate human factors that could cause aviation, maritime and terrestrial accidents. The analysts will then compile reports and

LNG remaining on board as “heel” is not cargo

In an unpublished opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that a small amount of liquefied natural gas (LNG) remaining on board a carrier after discharge of the regular LNG amount is not cargo for purposes of supporting a maritime tort allegation against a third party that inflicted damage on the ship.  In the instant case, and pre the charter party between the ship owner and plaintiff cargo owner, a small amount of LNG was left on board the ship following routine cargo discharge to serve as “heel”, meaning that it was used to insulate the ship’s LNG storage tanks and was also available as fuel for the vessel.

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