Feb 182010

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Dock worker dies in ramp collapse at Delta, BC cargo terminal

The Canadian Press

A release from Seaspan Coastal Intermodal says one of its employees was making adjustments for an arriving vessel when the ramp at berth four collapsed,

Lifeboat footage of sinking Jersey fishermen rescue

BBC News

The pair were taken to hospital – one of them with possible spinal injuries. The rescue was filmed by the lifeboat crew.

Argentina imposes shipping rules in Falklands oil row

Argentina has imposed new controls on shipping to the Falkland Islands in a growing oil dispute with Britain.

The government has ordered all ships heading to the Falklands via Argentine waters to apply for permission first.

Sentencing on deck for Cosco Busan management

San Francisco Examiner

Fleet Management Ltd. of Hong Kong was the operator of the Cosco Busan, responsible for hiring and training the crew, at the time the container ship struck

Greenland ship arrives in port day after federal ban

Cape Breton Post

out of Nuuk, Greenland, said the ship was on contract to North Sydney’s MV Osprey, whose shrimp trawler the Northern Eagle caught fire

Pleasure boat captain cleared of Thames drowning death

BBC News

The ship’s mate, 24-year-old Ryan Sandall, of Victoria Dock, east London, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter through gross negligence and will be sentenced

Royal Commission into sinking of Tonga’s Princess Ashika resumes

Radio New Zealand International

The Royal Commission into the sinking of Tonga’s rust-riddled ferry, Princess Ashika, resumes today after being disrupted by Cyclone Rene which swept across


Striking ship operators want deferment of maritime policies


additional penalties for the passenger-carrying ships in excess of authorized capacity involved in a maritime accident/incident; re-Accreditation of

HMS; Chatham; Somalia; piracy; – Neptune Maritime Security

HMS Chatham has rescued a seriously-ill sailor in the latest incident since its deployment to anti-piracy patrols near Somalia.

Salvors remove navigational hazards in Haiti

A TITAN Salvage team is working in Haiti to remove navigational hazards following the devastating earthquake, including the collapsed Washington gantry crane, in Port-au-Prince for the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), in an effort to increase the cargo throughput in the heavily damaged port.

New system helps US Coast Guard pinpoint distress calls

Contra Costa Times

Despite its remoteness, the area generates some 480 search and rescue cases and 500 vessel boardings each year, and the group services 55 aids to navigation

Algoport sinking photos online

Welland Tribune

The vessel’s aft end was to be refurbished and fitted to a new forebody currently under construction at the Chinese shipyard. To see the photos click on the

Should Florida change its system of harbor pilots?


or (3) something bad didn’t happen, as with a pilot who grounded his vessel a couple of years ago to prevent a much worse accident.



Somali pirates on board St James Park open fire on navy vessel
Sofia Echo
Reportedly more than 70 "large" calibre rounds were fired at the navy vessel before it finally altered course. The navy vessel did not engage and no fire

Russian Court to Maintain Custody of Pirates of the Arctic Sea

Moscow’s Basmanny Court said it will continue custody of the people involved with the seizure of the Arctic Sea seizure until at least May 18, 2010.

Anti-Piracy Efforts
US Department of State
While piracy remains a serious challenge to maritime safety, the delivery of humanitarian aid, and global commerce, the Contact Group’s concerted effort has

Piracy | Journal of Commerce
CMA CGM will increase its piracy risk surcharge for transporting containers through the Gulf of Aden next month, the French carrier said Tuesday.

Hired guns secure ships, stir controversy (Stars and Stripes)
By protectasia
Commerce International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre. The numbers have steadily increased over the past several years, from 239 incidents in 2006 to 263 incidents in 2007 and 293 incidents in 2008, the organization reported.

BIMCO Calls for Law Enforcement Officers as Part of Anti-Piracy Efforts

Leading shipowner grouping, BIMCO, demands law enforcement officers should join anti-piracy campaigns on warships to deviate Interpol’s ban on information sharing.


Off The Radar

Colombian navy destroys submarine meant for carrying drugs
By romeo
Bogota, Feb 18 (IANS/EFE) The Colombian navy found and destroyed a semi-submersible vessel with the capacity to carry between eight and 10 tons of cocaine in the province of Narino, but no arrests were made, a senior official said

Have a Brew for the Crew and rescue your senses with the new Lifeboat Tea range
Tea lovers can make a brew to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) volunteer crew with the new Lifeboat Tea range.

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