Jul 152009

Coast Guard responds to grounded fishing vessel
KTUU – Anchorage,AK,USA
The Coast Guard says a Siren crew member reported the grounding by radio, then safely disembarked from the ship in a small motor boat and reached the shore.

Fishing boat runs ground off Newport
EastBayRI.com – Bristol,RI,USA
The grounding caused environmental concerns when a sheen of oil was spotted around the stricken ship later Tuesday morning. But it later evaporated,

Ship Captain and Chief Officer Plead Guilty to Pollution Crimes
A Greek citizen, Panagiotis Lekkas, the captain of the bulk cargo ship the M/V Theotokos, pleaded guilty today to four felony counts in federal court in New Orleans for violating anti-pollution laws, ship safety laws and obstructing a U.S. Coast Guard investigation. (Read More)

Southampton accident sparks call for crane checks
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
In particular, she singles out Morris ship-to-shore cranes built in the early 1990s, and which have since undergone modification. These criteria are known

Divers find silver on sunken ship, easing doubts
The Associated Press
Both the Argentine Navy and a federal court were investigating the sinking of the Chilean-flag vessel. Court officials contacted Wednesday refused to

Pioneer Drilling pays $16m in lawsuit

San Antonio-based driller Pioneer Drilling has agreed to pay $16 million to settle a wrongful death suit stemming from an accident that killed a woman last year.


Somali pirates leave dhow, 14 Indian crew-EU force
Reuters India – Mumbai,India
It added that the ship was left 15 nautical miles off the northeast Somali coast in an area naval forces call the piracy “hot zone”.

Somalia: Mwangura – Hijacked Ship’s Crew Ailing
AllAfrica.com – Washington,USA
Nairobi — Crew members of a vessel hijacked by Somali pirates three months ago are “ailing” and short of supplies according to a regional seafarers’

22 Somalis charged with piracy by Yemen court
Gulf Times – Doha,Qatar
Twenty-two Somali men appeared before a court in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden yesterday to face charges of piracy and attempted piracy in the Gulf

Pirate Attacks Doubled in First Half of 2009 | Journal of Commerce
Piracy attacks around the world more than doubled to 240 from 114 during the first six months of 2009, compared with the same period in 2008, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting

Navy patrols cause fall in ship attacks
Business Daily Africa – Nairobi,Kenya
fruits with piracy incidents in the region falling sharply in the first half of this year. A report released on Wednesday by the International Maritime

2nd Contingent of Anti-Piracy Unit to Leave for Somalia
Korea Times – South Korea
The International Maritime Organization counted 111 attacks in 2008 in waters near Somalia, the most notorious location for such activity.

Nigeria oil militants call 60-day cease-fire in response to
Gaea Times – Kolkata,West Bengal,India
May 14th, 2009 Nigerian rebels hijack oil ship, hold 15 sailorsLAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian militants hijacked an oil industry ship and were holding 15

Gulf of Aden piracy costs Yemen $350M
United Press International – USA
Government reports cited Wednesday by Saba, Yemen’s official news agency, showed that direct government losses from maritime piracy amounted to $150 million

Piracy and Offshore Security Conference highlights
BYM News (press release) – Gibraltar,Spain
He will be followed by Cyrus Mody, Manager, International Maritime Bureau (IMB) who will consider ‘Global piracy‘ including areas of high risk;

Under The Radar

Tax reprieve gives Mwangura movie on piracy a lifeline
Business Daily Africa – Nairobi,Kenya
Mr Mwangura, who runs the Seafarers Assistance Programme that has been offering humanitarian aid to seafarers shot to national and international limelight

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