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Divers to search for missing sailors in sunken ship in Laptev Sea
RIA Novosti
Three crewmembers were saved after a tanker rushed to the sinking tugboat, and five dead bodies were recovered. The president of Russia’s Sakha (Yakutia)

Cruise ship hits rock in Arctic
A system of partitions and secure hatches on the ship would have prevented it from sinking and the crew pumped out the water that did leak in.

Fishing boat saves 3 from sinking vessel
Anchorage Daily News
AP WRANGELL NARROWS — Three people on board a sinking 60-foot fishing boat have been rescued near Wrangell Narrows in Southeast Alaska.

Portsmouth ferry suspended over buoy collision
BBC News
The vessel docked and the passengers were taken off safely on Sunday. LD Lines said its normal ferry service continues and those with bookings would also be

Historic Argosy tour boat catches fire at Kirkland’s Marina Park
Seattle Post Intelligencer
No one was injured during the fire but officials said that early estimates put the damage to the vessel at $60000. The Kirkland Fire Department received the

Other Casualty Reports

Vessel Tracker

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.

On Aug 26, 2010, around 6 p.m. the “Volgo-Don 225” ran aground on the Volga river at km mark 2591 near buoy 358 outside the shipping lane. No damages or spill reported. Two tugs were sent to assist the vessel, a refloating attempt will take place on August 30.

On 30 Aug 10 at or about 0254 hrs, a Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier, Ideal Bulker was underway at position 2° 59.7′ N, 105° 12.2′ E (approximately 24.3nm southwest of Pulau Mangkai) when six pirates in a small craft boarded the vessel from the stern. The pirates, who were armed with long knives, took control of the bridge; and tied up the bridge duty crew and anti-piracy watch with ropes.

Tasman Commander (Cargo Ship) AMSA have inspected this vessel at Webb Dock in Melbourne Australia. They have locked out Cranes 1, 2 & 3 due to numerous faults, including the cranes slewing, and creeping as neutral can’t be found.

The “Hellenic Sea”, which had, laden with bauxite panamax, touched the river bed of the Amazonas and suffered bottom damages resulting in the flooding of various tanks and one of her cargo holds, was refloated on Aug 23, 2010. Under LOF, Five Oceans Salvage had mobilized a 20 men strong salvage team and successfully completed the 35 days long operation.

Maritime Bulletin

MV Sea Ford 2 ran aground at vicinity Iloilo River; MV Super Shuttle Ferry 23 also ran aground at vicinity of Iloilo River entrance

Yarmouth Coastguard have been warning leisure boaters and regular marine traffic to a significant amount of lost cargo from the 79 metre Norwegian registered vessel Sally

The tug Braveheart towed the Lena into the port of Flushing on Aug 28, 2010.

The Krasnodon with four barge ran aground on the Danube, near Göd (Hungary), north of Budapest.

Thai bulk carrier Siam Sapphire had to anchor at Intepe while passing Canakkale Strait due to navigational equipment failure on

Finnoybulk suffered engine failure south of Vatlestraumen at Kobbeleia on Aug 22 at 4 p.m. and had to be towed into the port of Bergen by

In the port of Willemstad (Curacao) Wednesday evening August 25 2345 LT yacht La Masquerade was hit whilst moored alongside by the tanker Platinum




Warship releases retained pirates
The Copenhagen Post
According to Nato’s maritime command, the warship was summoned by a ship sailing under the Panama flag on Saturday, after it reported attacks by pirates.

Piracy attack in South China sea, fifth in a row – Accidents
Maritime Bulletin Mikhail Voytenko mob.+66 895 010574 | and tied up the bridge duty crew and anti-piracy watch with ropes.

Africa: India Restates Role in Piracy War
“We share equal concern for maritime security, which includes illegal fishing, poaching and above all, piracy,” said Mr Pattanaik when addressing


Off The Radar

‘When the boss visits
Each executive received a card assigning him to a lifeboat in the unlikely event of an emergency evacuation. The BP well-site leader, or “company man,”

lifeboat funds hit by recession
BBC News
The lifeboat service at Weston-super-Mare has said it has been badly hit by the recession. The service does not receive any government funding and relies on

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