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Empty oil tanker and Chinese ship collide, 6 missing
Reuters Africa
Chinese vessel but no oil spill was reported because the tanker, the Flandre, was not carrying oil when the accident occurred at 11:10 am (0310 GMT),

Supply vessel, barge collide off Mumbai coast
Deccan Herald
Close on the heels of a collision between two cargo ships that lead to an oil spill from one of the vessels, another supply vessel collided with a barge at

Australian dies in PNG plane crash
Sydney Morning Herald
A Sydney ship pilot and three other people are believed to have died in a plane crash in Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province.

Canada’s rescue ability under fire after ship grounds in Arctic
Calgary Herald is your online source of news on Calgary, Alberta, Canada and around the world. Find the latest breaking news in business, sports,

Weather delays hit final plugging of BP’s well
Washington Post
from the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. III vessel, which is the vehicle for drilling the primary relief well.

New Schat-Harding Hooks

Schat-Harding has introduced a new range of on load release hooks for lifeboats, backed by a training package.  It claims “The SeaCure hooks are the safest on load release hooks available and are fully compliant with pending revisions to SOLAS”.


Other Casualty Reports

Vessel Tracker

Passengers trapped aboard the cruise ship "Clipper Adventurer" which went aground Aug 27, 2010, in evening while making its way from Port Epworth to Kugluktuk, Nunavut, were evacuated by the "Amundsen" on Aug 29. None of the 128 passengers was injured, but they were forced to stay on the ship until the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker arrived to ferry them to Kugluktuk. They were shuttled aboard with a Zodiac of the "Amundsen" in groups of 10. They finally arrived at the Edmonton International Airport on Aug 31 afternoon.

A combination of naval forces involving NATO, the EU and Japanese military cooperated on Aug 29 to save two merchant ships from pirates. First the pirates launched an attack on the "Hoegh Oslo" but aborted their attempt after the arrival of a military aircraft. Later they closed in on the "Caribbean Carrier 1", but the Danish warship "Esbern Snare" launched its helicopter to intercept the skiff. On sighting the helicopter the suspected pirates threw their weapons overboard and made signs of surrender. The Danish helicopter was joined by another chopper from an Italian ship also under NATO command. Subsequently a US warship, USS "Kauffman" which is also operating under NATO command sent personnel to board the skiff where they found a ladder similar to those used by pirates to board ships as well as other materials including spent and unspent ammunition. The pirates were disarmed and later released.

The "Paula" berthed at the Norder Yard in Hamburg in the morning of Aug 29, where permanent repairs of the damage suffered in the collision with the British flagged "Wec Van Ruysdael" (IMO: 9242560) will be carried out.

The hurricane Danielle has chased the Titanic expedition back to shore. The captain of the research vessel "Jean Charcot" was uncomfortable with Hurricane Danielle’s track. And his decision to return to port was right as the seas are expected to become 40-foot swells when the storm hits. The return to port does provide the teams opportunity to re-group. The main power supply onboard the ship failed in the final hours of work, and the ship’s onboard power system is not well integrated. The team also is using the time to consider where to look next. The mapping equipment already returned some stunning results.

Maritime Bulletin

Greece general cargo St.Efrem disabled early in August shortly after leaving Santos Brazil for W Africa, LOF signed, vessel taken on tow, ETA Abijan late September.

Boxship MSC Maureen contacted lock wall in Berendrechtsluis on August 30, denting hull on some dozen meters length. MSC Maureen

m/v Volgo-Don 225 refloated with the help of tug Pronskiy at 2020 August 30




81 RP seamen still held by Somali pirates
Sorreta told a meeting of the 15-member UN Security Council "to fight piracy, we believe that broader cooperation is key." "Piracy is a grave threat to

SADC tackles regional piracy
SADC tackles regional piracy. Aug 27 06:22 PM US/Eastern Development Community began meeting Wednesday in Maputo to discuss combating maritime piracy .


Off The Radar

Animals point to ancient seaway in Antarctica

Scientists have found evidence for an ancient sea passage linking currently isolated areas of Antarctica.

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