May 202010


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Chinese Engineer dies following accident on Cargo Ship

On Monday Afternoon at the Sriracha Silo Port, located 30kms outside of Pattaya, local rescue services were called to receive the body of a Chinese Engineer working on a cargo ship moored off the coast of Sriracha. According to the Captain of the vessel, Mr. Wan aged 25 was working on the roof of the main bridge when a mechanical device used to move containers, hit him and caused him to fall onto the main deck of the ship.

Action needed on fishermen deaths

BBC News

Urgent action is needed to help cut the number of fishermen killed in accidents at sea, a report has said. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) .

Three drown, six missing in ship accident


Ciamis, W Java (ANTARA News) – Three passengers had drowned and six others still gone missing following the sinking of their ship in the Citanduy river of

Coast Guard rescues 4 from sinking boat

Anchorage Daily News

The Coast Guard got a mayday call from the crew of the fishing vessel Cape Spencer about 9:45 am reporting that the vessel was going down.

Police boat sinks in Strait

Tasmania Mercury

Police today confirmed that the Police Vessel Karri from George Town, hit rocks off Waterhouse Island about 7.45pm, injuring three crew.

Cargo ship hits reef in Torres Strait

ABC Online

Jiggins says water is being pumped out of the ship’s damaged front cargo hold, but no fuel has been spilt and the ship is not in danger of sinking.

Crew plucked from sinking ship

Victoria Times Colonist

Five fishermen were rescued off the coast of Newfoundland yesterday morning when their vessel began to sink, forcing the crew into a life raft.

85 skeletal remains from ‘Princess’ recovered


The agency hopes to finish its operation to recover all the remains in time for the second anniversary of the ship’s sinking. The PAO intends to formally

US Navy rescues Iranian sailors, military says


The USS Mesa Verde picked up a faint mayday call in the Gulf in the early hours of May 14, then spotted a signal fire on a dhow, or small sailing ship

Barge company involved in similar fatal accident

ABC Local

An inquest into a boating accident which killed four people off the Gascoyne coast has heard more evidence that the barge the vessel slammed into was not

Paris MOU – New Inspection Regime (NIR) adopted

Transport Ireland issued a press release stating that the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control held its 43rd Committee Meeting in Dublin on 10-14 May. The meeting adopted the New Inspection Regime (NIR), which will enter into force on 1 January 2011. The NIR is a risk-based targeting mechanism, intended to reward quality shipping with a smaller inspection burden and concentrate on high-risk ships. (From Dennis Bryant)

Deepwater Horizon

Scenarios: Tighter regulations to follow Gulf oil spill


BP is already facing legislation that would make the company pay more for the economic damages resulting from the rig accident. Meanwhile, the White House

Deepwater Horizon disaster site is a vortex of activity, with focus far below

It’s the largest coordinated effort ever from the Marine Spill Response Corp., a nonprofit created after the Exxon-Valdez tanker grounding off of Alaska to

Suit accuses Transocean of inflating stock


A lawsuit claims that the owner of sunken oil rig in the Gulf of Mexcio inflated its stock by telling shareholders that safety issues with blowout


Other Casualty News

The “Zhong Xing” while being underway with a cargo of timber from Papua New Guinea to China hit a reef in Papua New Guinea waters in the night of May 18, 2010, shortly after leaving the port of Daru with a cargo of timber. It was attempting to continue its voyage home to China via the Torres Strait when the Australian Maritime Safety Authority ordered it to drop anchor near Cape York Island to prevent a possible pollution and thus to check it was not leaking fuel.

On May 16, 2010, the “Skymar” suffered an engine breakdown near Anamur on the way from Tartus to Kavala and anchored at Anamur road for repairs.

The “Nourallah” grounded off Kos island on May 16, 2010 on the way from Tartous Aki to Novorossiysk. After the ship was refloated, it entered Kos port for surveys.

The “Winner II” encountered engine trouble in front of Kanarya Point on 18th May 2010 at 10:35 a.m., while proceeding throught the Dardanelles. The ship had to drop anchor in front of Gelibolu for repairs to the engine.

The “RMS Wedau” suffered engine trouble on its way from Riga to Wisbech, ETA May 17, 2010, 5 p.m. with a cargo of timber. The ship berthed at the North Pier of the Scheer Harbour in Kiel on May 15 to carry out repairs. The ship actually remains there.

The “Sluisgracht” ran aground on the Carolus bank, 5 miles northwest of Cadzand, in the morning of May 18, 2010, at 8.45. The ship was carrying a cargo of 18600 tons clay from China and was underway to Antwerp when it suffered machine damage in the Westerscheldt approach. In the midday hours a salvage attempt was to be started. A tug was underway as well as a rescue boat from Cadzand and the Coast Guard vessel “Barend Biesheuvel”.

The spill of almost one ton heavy fuel oil by the “Geopotes 14“ in the Kiel Canal between the passing point Dückerswisch and Brunsbüttel in the morning of May 17, 2010, at 4 a.m., was caused by a steering vent which was faulty mounted at the shipyard in Gdynia where the ship was coming from at the time of the incident. After repairs were carried out in the canal port of Brunsbuettel the ship was allowed to proceed to Rotterdam in the afternoon of May 17 and is actually approaching the Dutch coast. Fire brigades of Rendsburg and Brunsbuettel meanwhile concentrated on the oil recovery at Dückerswisch as the remainder of the oil trace up to Brunsbuettel proved to be unrecoverable.




Royal Navy sinks two Somali pirate boats off African coast

Daily Mail

Maritime officials in East Africa hailed the operation as a clear warning to pirates, who are currently holding 20 foreign ships with almost 400 sailors in

Russian ship attacked in Cameroon


The attackers left the rest of the crew, a mix of Russians and Ukrainians, on the boat, Ivanov said, adding the Seafarer’s Union was in direct contact with

Yemen jails Somali pirates for 10 years


The verdict came a day after Yemen ruled on the death penalty for the first time in a piracy case. The ministry’s website said the convictions .

Pirates attack crew near Apapa Port

Nigerian Compass

Ban said “piracy can not be solved only at sea,” and said the problem needs to be addressed on land. He said: “Stability on land would, undoubtedly,

Sailors ask for armed escort to fight piracy

Daily Nation

said this would help curb piracy off the coast of Somalia. Calling for a review of maritime laws to allow armed escort, Mr Aleksandr said: “If the

Kenya Agrees to Resume Prosecution of Somali Pirates


Piracy and armed robbery at sea reached a six-year peak worldwide in 2009, with Somalia accounting for more than half of the 406 attacks, according to the .

Cameroon attacks show pirates are heading south


Cameroon last month blamed piracy for part of a 13 percent slide in oil production in 2009. The country’s output averaged 73000 barrels per day last year,

Ship industry, unions urge end to Somali piracy

Reuters India

The maritime coalition has launched an online petition which it said aimed to “persuade all governments to commit the resources necessary” to end

Yemen renews commitment to encounter piracy

Yemen News Agency

LONDON, May 19 (Saba) – Yemen reiterated on Wednesday its incessant commitment and cooperation with other countries to encounter the maritime piracy



Off The Radar

Suspect is held after dramatic rescue at sea off Mumbles

South Wales Evening Post

An RNLI lifeboat crew found six men on board, five Vietnamese and one American. They were subsequently interviewed by police and the UK Border Agency.

In the bayou, fish and oil have mixed for decades

Washington Post

“My mama had an oil rig fall on her house,” trawler Robert Guidry said as he left an emergency claims office set up by BP in Galliano, about 45 minutes by

Dolphins, Sea Lions Repel Terrorists In Simulated Wharf Attack

KTVU San Francisco

In Redwood City, the Golden Guardian will feature a ship explosion. There will also be a simulated chemical release and fire. A second explosion is set to

Barbecue mistaken for major incident

Isle of Wight County Press

Rescue services, including the Solent Coastguard helicopter, Bembridge off-shore lifeboat, Portsmouth lifeboat, MoD police launch boat and Portsmouth fire

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