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3 dead, 8 missing, 1 saved in ship sinking
BEIJING, Oct. 1 (UPI) — At least three sailors died, eight were missing and one was rescued after their ship sank off China’s Fujian province,

Hong Kong cargo ship, Japanese fishing boat collide, no injury reports
TOKYO, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) — A Hong Kong cargo ship collided with a Japanese fishing boat in seas off Kaga city in southwestern Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture

Tanker skipper fined for marine accident
A Dubai court on Thursday ordered the captain of an oil tanker that collided with a container ship and caused a major fire on both vessels to pay Dh30,000

Hibernia reconfiguring lifeboats
The Hibernia consortium is looking for an exemption from regulations that require the production platform to have twice as many lifeboat seats as there are

 US closes response command for BP oil well
command center for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill more than five months after the accident that led to the worst-ever maritime environmental disaster.

Vancouver targeted as Tar Sands shipping port
between the ocean floor and a ship’s keel, and only at certain high tides. To avoid grounding, the tankers must remain in mid-channel

Oil companies looking for exemption from 200 per cent lifeboat rule

The Hibernia consortium is looking for an exemption from regulations that require the production platform to have twice as many lifeboat seats as there are offshore workers.

Unlicenced seafearers warned
The Citizen Daily
They also urged the revolutionary government of Zanzibar to establish a college for training seamen and putting in place a strategy to monitor piracy.

Other Casualty Reports

Maritime Bulletin

Another accident with ferry in Yalova Turkeu – at 2215 LT September 30 ferry Fatih Sultan Mehmet 1 struck berth with 137 passengers and 19 vehicles on board

Capesize bulk carrier China Steel Developer disabled and adrift in Biscay September 28, taken on tow by tug and towed to Ferrol Spain. On entering port September 30 towing rope broke or maybe when it went off killed one tug crew.

Passenger coastal tour boat Foton drifted ashore in heavy weather on October 1, vessel was anchored off one of Sochi beaches




Kenya ends co-operation in hosting Somali pirate trials
international protection of the international maritime transport routes ports like Mombasa or Dar es Salaam would be even further affected by piracy.

10-year plan for development of Yemen Coastguard Forces
of developing and enhancing its functions in order to protect regional and international water from smuggling and maritime piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

Raking it in from afar
The departure of the Prantalay 14, which, surveillance shows, carried enough equipment to run three piracy crews complete with lightweight skiffs and

Gwynne Dyer: Look to the past for the solution to 21st century piracy
It’s the maritime insurance companies that pay the ransoms, and they are deeply unimpressed with the performance of the warships from various NATO and other


Off The Radar

Tributes paid to lifeboat stalwart Gilly
HUNDREDS of people have paid tribute to a Scarborough barmaid who helped raise more than £300000 for the lifeboat. Gilly Swales, 54, died while on holiday

First class passenger’s account of Titanic disaster finally published
The party initially refused to go into a lifeboat as Sir Cosmo was not allowed on as only women and children were permitted but they were then offered

Frozen ship melts and sinks at sea
Sinking feeling: The frozen ship melted (Pic: Solent). The project for BBC science show Bang Goes The Theory was testing a war-time concept that ships could be made from frozen water. The five-and-a-half ton boat was made out of a

Wreck of Dunkirk ‘little ship‘ found in the North Sea off Sunderland
The damage could only have been done by a massive explosion." The divers have also found evidence that the Snaefell, named after the highest mountain on

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