Jul 182010
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Star of India volunteer critically injured in fall
San Diego Union Tribune
He was critically injured when he fell more than 30 feet from the ship’s rigging into San Diego Bay Sunday morning. A Star of India crew member removes

Tankers collided in Northern Sea Route, Russian Arctic

Two tankers of Murmansk Shipping Co left Murmansk to transit Northern Sea Route West-East direction and deliver some 27,000 mt diesel oil to Chukotka ports Pevek and Provideniya, in ice convoy with two nuclear icebreakers, Rossia and Taymyr. On July 16 or 17 m/t Varzuga contacted with m/t Indiga in heavy ice, with restricted visibility. Indiga damaged in aft area, but underway. Spill not reported.

Mystery death of female cadet – accusations of sexual abuse and rape

Questions remain unanswered about the tragic death of a Transnet cadet serving on board the container ship SAFMARINE KARIBA who died mysteriously after going overboard into the sea near the coast of Croatia. At first it was assumed that she had committed suicide but now a disturbing story of sexual abuse including rape has emerged


Fishermen rescued from sinking boat off Hornsea
Humber Coastguard was alerted by a fishing vessel who spotted the men in trouble at 1.30pm yesterday. The men, who were from Doncaster and Barnsley

China oil pipelines burn for 15 hours after explosion
BBC News
Around 2000 firefighters extinguished the blaze, which began after a ship carrying 300000 tonnes of oil unloaded its cargo on Friday.

No oil spill in Bataan despite accidents, PCG says
GMA news.tv
There was no oil spill in Bataan despite the sinking of a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier in Limay town and the two vessels that ran aground in

Migrants rescued off sinking boat
Was R458.95 Now R426.82 Valletta – A total of 28 illegal immigrants landed in Malta on Sunday after being rescued from a sinking boat –

Shipping companies fight $6 million fine for damaging reef off Lauderdale
The Spar Orion, a 623-foot cargo ship carrying powdered cement, ran aground north of Port Everglades early on the morning of May 17, 2006, smashing part a

Victim’s sunken boat retrieved
Times of Malta
It will be examined by a court expert to try to establish whether the fishing boat was moving or stationary at the time of the collision that occurred

Agency overtaxed when investigating offshore accidents

The accident on the rig, leased by Louisiana Land Oil and Gas (LLOG), was one of the 12,087 oil-related incidents in the Gulf reported over the past five years to the federal Minerals Management Service — the now-revamped agency investigating the BP oil spill. The number of accidents, spills and deaths regularly occurring in the region has far surpassed the agency’s ability to investigate them.

Other Casualty Reports

Maritime Bulletin

Iranian merchant vessel develops flooding problem 
New Delhi, July 18, IRNA — A Iranian Merchant vessel, on its way to Khorramshaher from Indonesia, developed "flooding problem" and has been anchored off Kochi, port city of Kerala state. 
The Kochi port authorites informed the Coast Guard, which provided water and food to the six Indonesia crew and an Iranian master.
Coast Guard and its ship ‘Samar’ rendered timely assistance to the vessel ‘M V Andrian III’, Deputy Inspector General B K Loshali, Commander of District Headquarters and Samar’s Commanding officer DIG T K S Chandran told reporters in Kochi Saturday, PTI reported.
The flooding was caused due to cracks in the internal tanks of the Panama-flagged vessel, they said.
The ship had left Djakarta on July 2 for the Iranian port. It developed serious shortage of provisions, fuel and water, Loshali said.
Andrian 3 – IMO 7436105, dwt 540, built 1964, flag Indonesia, owner  Adhiguna Karunia Lines P.T.
Five dead, one missing after explosion at shipyard in East China    
An explosion at a shipyard in east China’s Jiangxi Province early Saturday has left five workers dead and one missing. The accident happened at 2:10 a.m. at the Tongfang Jiangxin Shipbuilding Co. shipyard in Hukou County, local safety authorities said. The cause of the accident is not yet known.
The accident’s victims were workers from Jingcheng Industrial Co., a subcontractor that paints and decorates ships. Founded in 1966, the shipyard used to be a state-owned firm under China State Shipbuilding Corporation. Beijing-based Tsinghua Tongfang became the shipyard’s owner after a reform in 2006. The shipyard has three production lines and it produces 5,000 and 20,000 tonne ships.
Source: Xinhua

m/v Rasul Gamzatov at 1420 LT July 14 struck buoy 65 while heaving anchor in Volgo-Caspian Channel. Buoy sank, vessel undamaged, resumed voyage to Enzeli, Iran. General cargo Rasul Gamzatov

Vessel Tracker

On its passage from Hull via Emden to Karlshamn the "Birthe Theresa" allided with the gate 1 of the Kiel Canal gates at Brunsbuettel on July 17, 2010, at 6 p.m. The gate suffered some dents and minor damages to instgallations, the tank m/v scratches at the bow. After the end of investigations and surveys the ship was allowed to continue its voyage at 7.35 p.m. and reached Kiel Holtenau in the early morning of July 18.

"Fjord Cat" had to be repaired in Denmark on July 17, 2010, after a weld opened after encountering rough seas underway from Hirtshals to Kristiansand in the evening of July 16. The damage forced the ship to cancel its sailings.

The US government on July 16, 2010, rejected the "A Whale" for clean-up work in the Gulf of Mexico, saying it had recovered a ‘negligible’ amount of BP oil during testing. Marine experts and the Coast Guard said in a report that during a 24-hour testing period, the liquid skimmed up by A Whale contained ‘limited oil beyond a sheen.’

The "Ebba Brahe" (IMO: 8816900) with 102 passengers and 17 cars on board allided with a pier at Gränna in the evening of July 17, 2010, at 8.05 p.m. The ship was evacuated after the accident with the help of other vessels and via land, but had to be towed away to unload the vehicles. Some of the cars were damaged. The captain made a technical failure responsible for the allision. No one was hurt. The ferry had to be taken out of the service Visingsö – Gränna for investigations.

On July 10, 2010, the "Hidalga", while proceeding to its berth in Palermo, was in collision with the berthed "Ulisse", both vessels suffered dents and were in need of repairs, though both under way and permitted to sail.

On July 15, 2010, the "Nordic Diana" underway from Kotka in Finland with a cargo of timber, struck the West jetty of Newport on its approach to the lock, slight damage reported.




IMO, industry review issues of the ‘Year of the Seafarer’
eTaiwan News
The agenda of the meeting included the consideration of plans to adopt the 2011 IMO World Maritime Day theme of "Piracy: orchestrating the response" and

Kenyan firms make killing from piracy
Daily Nation
diplomats, lawyers, military officers and maritime partners working on an initiative to combat piracy, claims that Kenya is among countries whose firms



Off The Radar

Halifax explosion survivor ‘Ashpan’ Annie dead at 95
Welsh was not yet two years old when a French munitions ship loaded with explosives collided with another vessel in Halifax Harbour.

Huge shipwreck from 1898 found
Seattle Times
Divers found the ship upright and intact, settled into the clay at the lake bottom. The cargo of corn was still in the hold. While details of the sinking

Balangay’ goes int’l, to sail in Southeast Asia
Manila Bulletin
threatened by unpredictable weather, harsh waters, maritime traffic, and threats of piracy as they sail beyond Philippine territory starting this month.

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