Dec 222012
Mr Ruane’s Lifejacket – note lack of adjustment of waist strap.

Mr Ruane’s Lifejacket – note lack of adjustment of waist strap.

Eire’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board has released reports on two separate incidents of note: A fatal accident in which a fisherman became separated from his lifejacket after his small boat came to grief in Lough Corrib, County Galway and the sinking of MFV Jeanette Roberta off Glandore Harbour, County Cork.

In the first case  on 19th March 2012 two men, who were both wearing life jackets, went angling in an 18ft open boat on Lough Corrib. During the afternoon the boat was struck by a large wave and both men were thrown into the water and were separated from the boat. One man swam to an island and eventually raised the alarm. The other man became separated from his lifejacket.

Both men were airlifted to Galway University Hospital by helicopter, one man was pronounced dead at the hospital and the other was reported suffering from hypothermia. Continue reading »

Maritime Safety & Security News – 25 June 2009

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Jun 252009

Seven S Korean cargo crew missing after ship collision | Article
Seven S. Korean cargo crew missing after ship collision. … find YON – Yonhap News Agency of Korea articles. INCHEON, March 10 (Yonhap)

Autopilot Malfunctions While Skipper Sleeps – Stamford,CT,USA
Whidbey Island interrupted the much-needed sleep of four occupants of a 45 Tollycraft when it got in the way of the vessel traveling at 12 knots on

Princess: Damage assessment in wake of cruise ship fire will take
USA Today – USA
The ship had just left the port Thursday when the fire erupted and has since been anchored about five miles offshore, "The assessment process includes

Hong Kong – submarine cable works

The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice stating that, for approximately the next eight weeks, a vessel near the eastern boundary of Hong Kong waters will be installing protection works for a submarine cable and gas pipeline. Vessels transiting the vicinity are urged to navigate at slow speed and give a wide berth. Notice No. 82 of 2009

Slow boat to justice
Manila Standard Today – Philippines
One of them was the captain of the vessel, Florencio Marimon, who was reported missing after the sinking—even if persistent, Elvis-like accounts of

Sea Launch Co. files for Chapter 11 reorganization
The Associated Press
One of its major failures was a 2007 explosion just seconds after ignition that blew a 300-ton gas deflector off the self-propelled Odyssey launch platform.

Transas announces release of NTPRO 5000 navigational simulator
BYM News (press release) – Gibraltar,Spain
in new wave and interaction modelling along with new features of grounding, Graphic presentation of ship motion parameters enable advanced research


Pirates destroy Seychelles ship
Independent Online – Cape Town,Western Cape,South Africa
The seven crew members were released without the ship and they returned home on Tuesday. "We set fire to it three nights ago," said Abdullahi Qaaray,

Bid to Grant Immunity to Seafarers Who Kill Pirates
By Steve Gordon
Piracy has come into the US spotlight after the attacks in April on the Maersk Alabama and the Liberty Sun . Philip Shapiro, chief executive of Liberty Sun operator Liberty Maritime, has fuelled the debate over firearms, by calling on

Seacom Blames Piracy for Delay to Start-Up of Fiber-Optic Link
Bloomberg – USA
compared with 19 such assaults in the whole of 2008, according to a May 12 statement from the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre.