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Freak accident
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Philippines – A freak accident at the ship building facility of Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp.-Philippines (HHIC-Phil) here claimed the life of a worker early Wednesday, a report from the Korean company indicated.

Six rescued from sinking boat
Six crew members were rescued from a sinking Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) vessel yesterday afternoon. A Bermuda Maritime Operations spokesman said the 28ft Reef Runner, began taking on water in choppy seas

Runaway barge grounds in Columbia River, prompting safety zone
The Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers are responding to stabilize a runaway barge on the Columbia River.

Towboat loses power, runs aground against New Orleans levee

A towboat pushing 14 barges ran aground against a Mississippi River levee, tThe towboat Limestone Lady lost power and went out of control in the high waters, and one barge struck a rocky flood water along the city’s French Quarter.

China slams Japan efforts to charge fisherman in ship collision
BEIJING, July 22 (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Ministry saidon Friday it rejected any efforts by Japanese courts to charge aChinese fisherman whose boat’s

Honored heroes recall inferno at sea
Kung Chi-for was among 38 firemen who received various commendations, 30 for their roles in the cargo-boat fire in Yau Ma Tei and eight for their service in Japan after the twin earthquake and tsunami disasters on March 11. Kung said that he arrived at

Two Bulgaria tragedy suspects charged
… General Director Svetlana Inyakina and senior expert of the Russian River Register’s Kama branch Yakov Ivashov as part of an investigation into the sinking of the Bulgaria cruise ship on July 10, committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax.

GLAs launch strategy ‘2025 and Beyond’

The General Lighthouse Authorities for the UK and Ireland unveiled the marine Aids to Navigation (AtoN) strategy, ‘2025 and Beyond’ in a presentation at Trinity House in London on Monday.

Piracy/Crime

Somali Pirates Threaten European Oil Security)
Piracy hit an all-time high in the first six months of 2011, with 266 attacks world-wide, up from 196 a year earlier, according to statistics from the International Maritime Bureau. Of the 266 attacks, a whopping 60% were carried out by Somali pirates.

Libya Conflict Diverts Navies From Piracy, IMO Says
July 21 (Bloomberg) — Fighting in Libya between rebels and national leader Muammar Qaddafi is diverting naval ships from anti-piracy patrols, according to the International Maritime Organization. “One has to be pragmatic and realistic and accept and

SAARC seeks urgent steps to protect maritime trade, security
Mr. Saeed said the 32nd session of the SAARC Council of Ministers held here in April 2010 had endorsed a proposal from the leader of the Maldivian delegation to include maritime security and piracy under the purview of Interior and Home Secretaries

Off The Radar

New lifeboat after £1.5m donation
RNLI volunteers in Angus will be the first crew to operate a new “cutting edge” lifeboat after the organisation was left £1.5m in a will. The legacy came from the estate of Ruth Grant Smith, who left the money to the RNLI after she died in December

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