Mar 302012

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Five hurt in cruise ship fire
At least five people were reported injured, with one of them in unstable condition, following a fire that hit a cruise ship off Tubbataha Reef in Palawan Saturday. “Five crew members were injured, one is unstable due to prolonged heat and smoke

Tugboat fire victim dies Wednesday morning
The victim, the tugboat’s chief engineer, was flown Tuesday morning to Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, after suffering burns from a fire that started in the boat’s engine room. The Coast Guard is not releasing his name, nor the names of the

Forklift Accident at Georgia Ports’ Ocean Terminal Kills ILA Worker
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the fatal workplace accident. All work has since been halted at the ship where the accident occurred while investigations are ongoing.

North Sea Elgin platform gas leak: ‘No evidence of human error’
Human error does not appear to be the cause of the North Sea gas leak, according to oil company Total. The leak at the Elgin platform, 150 miles off Aberdeen, has been ongoing since Sunday, when workers were evacuated. The oil firm said problems with the well were first noticed a month earlier, on 25 February.

Collision in Dover Strait
The Gas Arctic, LPG tanker currently in ballast, registered in Malta was on passage from Tees to Portland, with 14 crew aboard. The Spring Bok, cargo ship, registered in the Netherlands was on passage from Amsterdam to Oranjestad, Aruba, with 22 crew aboard. The vessels collided this morning when visibility was less than half a mile.

Vessel goes down in Brimley Bay Sault Ste Marie MI Sault Ste Marie
Cleanup efforts are underway on Brimley Bay just off of Bay Mills Point after a fishing vessel sank Wednesday evening spilling a yettobe determined quantity

Deputy director fired over Russian oil rig sinking
Fifty-three people died in the accident, reportedly the largest such tragedy ever in the Russian oil and gas sector. There were 67 aboard the rig when it toppled in rough seas and stormy weather. Vasetsky’s firing comes after prosecutors found that

Services cease on northern Jutland railway after bridge accident
SERVICES have ceased on the line to northern Jutland in Denmark after a 75m-long Finnish freight ship collided with a bridge in Aalborg on Wednesday night just minutes before an inter-city train was due to cross it. Banedanmark estimates that it will

Nato ‘failed to aid’ Libyan migrant boat – Council of Europe report
A report into the deaths of 63 Libyan refugees on a small boat last May said a “catalogue of errors” by coastguards and Nato meant they were never rescued. The Council of Europe inquiry says two Nato ships close by failed to respond to distress calls, and no country launched a search and rescue mission. Only nine people survived the 15-day Mediterranean voyage after the boat ran out of fuel and drifted back to Libya.

Russian Master Prosecuted For Grounding
The master had grounded his vessel on Flodday Mor on the 19 March 2012 and failed a routine breath test two days later. The Flinterspirit was on a voyage from Pori, Finland to Belfast when the vessel grounded on Flodday Mor, North Uist at 10:50pm GMT

3 crew members of sunk ship move HC seeking quashing of FIR
The petition further said the accident investigation report conducted by Directorate General of Shipping clearly showed that the vessel had structural weaknesses either inherent or developing with age. The jurisdiction of Yellowgate police station

Madras high court orders ship’s arrest after accident
CHENNAI: The Madras high court on Friday ordered the arrest of MV Gati Pride, a Panama flag ship, on a petition from the wife of the vessel’s third officer who fell to his death aboard the vessel on March 24. Justice KBK Vasuki granted the interim


Would Be Pirates Captured By European Naval Forces
EU Counter Piracy Naval Forces (EUNAVFOR) have tracked down and stopped a group of suspected pirates who were believed to have tried to attack a Hong-Kong flagged tanker approximately 400 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia. EU Naval Force warship FS Aconit was called to investigate after the tanker came under..
‘Italian vessel can’t sail till Monday’
Kochi, March 30 (IANS) A division bench of the Kerala High Court Friday stayed an order by a single bench permitting the Italian cargo ship Enrica Lexie, from which two marines had opened fire killing two Indian fishermen, to sail after its owners

Ship Casualty Management Guidelines Book Published
The Chapters have been authored by experts in these fields, who have casualty experience to share. In a Foreword to the book, Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization, said Casualty Management Guidelines “should

PACE committee finds a ‘catalogue of failures’ that led to deaths of 63 people fleeing Libyan conflict by sea
A failure to react to distress calls and a “vacuum of responsibility” for search and rescue are among a “catalogue of failures” which led to the deaths of 63 people fleeing the conflict in Libya by sea during a tragic 15-day voyage in March 2011, according to a PACE committee. A report by Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC), adopted this morning in Brussels by PACE’s Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, says Italian search and rescue authorities, NATO, the flag states of naval vessels in the area, the Libyan authorities and reckless smugglers are among those who share responsibility.

Bahamas Joins in Signing Declaration Condemning Acts of Violence Against Seafarers
The event took place during the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) at the Connecticut Maritime Association on March 19. Officiated by Oceans Beyond Piracy and Marshall Islands representative, William H. Watson, the signing

West Africa Waters Receive “High Piracy Risk” Designation
In response to the escalating number of pirate attacks off the coast of West Africa, the International Bargaining Forum (IBF) – the body involving the International Transport Workers’ Federation and maritime employers – has formally designated

NIMASA: $3bn Lost to Piracy Annually
By John Iwori Not less than $3 billion is being lost to piracy and sea robbery every year globally, from which robbers’ activities on Nigerian waters were major contributors. This disclosure was made by the Director General, Nigerian Maritime

Off The Radar

Titanic’s unsinkable stoker
Titanic was celebrated as the biggest, safest, most advanced ship of its age, but it was a lowly stoker in its boiler room who truly deserved the name ‘unsinkable’. The grounding of the cruise liner Costa Concordia in January 2012, in which 32 people

9 fishermen who died helping Cheonan crew rescue honored
Nine crewmen of the fishing boat Geumyang who died in a collision after finishing a search for missing seamen of the South Korean naval corvette Cheonan two years ago have been designated national heroes who died for just cause.

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