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Vessel runs aground
Fiji Times
A REGIONAL vessel loaded with containers ran aground during a towing operation in Apia, Samoa on Saturday. The Forum Samoa II, which was carrying container

Crews finish defueling of sunken MV Monarch
Kenai Peninsula Online
“It’s the difference of pouring motor oil on the ground and gasoline on the ground,” Butler said. All the persistent oil was removed from the vessel.

Mass burial for 74 lost after Ashika sinking
Fiji Times
74 people lost as a result of the Ashikas sinking. The memorial coffin was dropped at four orange buoys which marked the last position of the vessel.

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Trapped crane driver returns home
BBC Berkshire
Driver Jay Squibb’s legs were crushed when the crane fell on to a ship at Southampton Docks container port, in Western Avenue, on 13 July.

Ukrainian crewmembers of MSC Nikita ship not injured in collision
The Ukrainian Embassy in the Netherlands has reported that 25 citizens of Ukraine, crewmembers of the MSC Nikita ship, have not been injured in a collision

Danes turn to technology to assess crew fatigue
As the shipping industry debates the level of fatigue among seafarers, the Danish Maritime Authority has commissioned Force Technology, a Danish research group based in Copenhagen, to develop a management tool to compare a vessel’s workload with the available skilled staff on a vessel.


Philippines offers training for Somali coast guard
The Associated Press
She said the building of strong institutions was one way to help Somalia fight piracy. Piracy has increased in the Gulf of Aden — a crucial shipping route

European Union commits to helping the Seychelles to fight piracy
British High Commissioner Matthew Forbes said: “The risk of further piracy attacks close to the Seychelles is real and the use of maritime patrol aircraft

Off The Radar

Fossil hunt group cut off by tide
BBC News
Coastguard rescue teams, the Atlantic College lifeboat and RAF Chivenor’s rescue helicopter were launched. The group were sheltering on rocks about four

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