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58 accounted for in PNG boat accident
Sydney Morning Herald
Ikuma said the vessel was roughly 30km off Singor village on the Rai Coast when it capsized due to overloading and technical problems. ..

VT Halter Marine Offers to Partner With OSHA to Improve Shipyard Safety
PR Newswire (press release)
“We deeply regret this tragic accident,” said Bill Skinner, CEO of VTHM. “The safety of our people is the core value our entire company is built upon,”

Managing costs, making efficiencies « The Future of Navigation
The impact of regulation this year and maritime piracy all but tied for third place. Session 2, with details about the features of eNavigator should provide some of the answers… This entry was posted on May 20, 2010 at 10:16 am and is

GLAs complete five year AtoN review

The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the United Kingdom and Ireland are Trinity House, the Northern Lighthouse Board and the Commissioners of Irish Lights. Together, they have the statutory responsibility for the provision of marine aids to navigation (AtoNs) around the British Isles.

Deepwater Horizon

BP Moves Closer to ‘Top Kill’ Solution to Close Off Oil Well
The shares have dropped 20 percent since the explosion. Piping more oil aboard ship may not reduce the extent of oil on the surface, Suttles said.

Oil leak measurements skewed by natural gas in the mix, BP says
“For instance, while the original riser was 19.5 inches in diameter prior to the Deepwater Horizon accident, damage sustained during the accident distorted

Oil Rig Explosion Survivors Were Held Captive for 40 Hours & Denied Contact
Cleveland Leader
Davis says that he and other workers were taken to a support ship where they were then held for 40 hours. During this time, they were not allowed any

BP Untrustworthy Says Officials as New Video Released of Gulf Oil Spill (VIDEO
AP The amount of oil already spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after an offshore oil rig exploded in April could fill over 102 full size school gyms, .

Other Casualty News

Waltons & Morse

date : 2010 January
vessel : NORDSTAR
type : Main Engine Breakdown
location : Takoradi, Ghana

Vessel Tracker

The owner of the “North Spirit” on May 21 at 1:30 p.m. succeeded in contacting the abducted crewmembers of the vessel once again, the 2nd time since May 19. The captain confirmed that his senior mechanic and also the captain of the Lithuanian reefer “Argo” were abducted, and are currently in Nigeria together.

The “Ines Bolten allided with the middle head of the Northern lock of the Kiel Canal at Brunsbuettel in the early morning of May 21, 2010, at 3.30 a.m. While the ship suffered only slight scratches, the concrete of the lock wall suffered damage. The ship was allowed to proceed after the incident was investigated and is acutally heading towards the Dutch coast.

The Chinese cargo m/v “Shun Anxing” sank last May 14 off the coast of the northern port city of Hai Phong, leaving an oil slick over 1km-long on the surface of the sea nearby. The vessel was carrying about 4,000 tonnes of hewn stone and heading for Hai Phong when it strong wind and high seas it suffered a cargo shift and went down three nautical miles from Hon Dau Island.

The Coast Guard monitored the efforts of the tugboat “Miki Hana” as it successfully regained control of a barge that was lost in tow on May 19, 2010. Station Cape Disappointment received a call at approximately 6:50 p.m. from the tug stating the cable being used to tow a 330-foot barge had snapped in 20-foot seas 10 miles west of Astoria during a storm.

The “Dubai Moon” got in trouble in Gulf of Arabia between Socotra and the Somali coast after the deck cargo shifted on May 20, 2010. HMS “Chatham” was steaming to assist.

“Fusa” allided with a quay in Fjelberg in Sunnhoraland on May 19, 2010, at 10 a.m. The 44-m-ship suffered water ingress and was precautiously grounded to avoid its sinking. The rescue boat “Peter Henry von Koss” was called from Fjelbergsund and its crew first patched the leak which had a length of 30-40 centimetres, and then escorted the ship as it proceeded to a yard at Bergen with own power. A replacement ferry, the “Fjellvind”, was brought into the service between Fjelberg, Syndes, Utbjoa and Skjersholmane at 2.30 p.m. the same day.

On Apr 30 at 1.48 a.m. the “Pictor J” was hit by a vessel of Caribsbrooke Shipping in the Kiel Canal. The ship was dented in the stern region.

The “Atlantic Hero” with a cargo of coal ran aground at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal after colliding with some rocks surrounding one of the Bridge of the Americas’ pillars on May 18, 2010, at 6 p.m. The ship was temporarily stranded but the accident did not damage the bridge’s steel structure, and vehicles were circulating normally. PCA tugboats were used to tow the ship free at 8:15 a.m. on May 19. Traffic on the Canal was not affected by the incident. The cause of the accident was still unknown.




New international campaign calls for action against piracy on
A broad coalition of organisations have joined forces in a new international anti-piracy campaign. They demand concrete action to end the Somalia-based

Kenyan Government Investigates Possible Pirate Ties to Real Estate Boom
Voice of America
Piracy has increased dramatically over the last four years ago. Some estimates say pirates collected more than $100 million in ransoms in the last two years

Somalia: Pirates or Protectors?
Mr Waldo, who keeps a close watch of his country, traces the origin of sea piracy and pirate fishing in Somalia back to 1991 when the Siad Barre regime fell ..



Off The Radar

A foggy shout for Appledore lifeboat
Devon 24
THICK fog tested the skills of the Appledore RNLI lifeboat crew as they spent a demanding night rescuing a broken down fishing trawler off Lundy.

Lifeboat rescues grumpy badger
CBBC Newsround
A lifeboat was needed to rescue a grumpy badger who got stranded on rocks at a beach in Cornwall. The animal became trapped after wandering onto a rocky


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