Maritime Safety News Today – 19th July 2008

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Jul 192008

19 July

Mersey chemical spill contained
ABC Online – Australia
The Environment Department and the Fire Service were called early this afternoon, after a container on the ship, Searoad Mersey, spilled about 500 litres of

Seamec vessel damaged in accident
Equity Bulls – Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India
Mexico with effect from July 08, 2008, that The vessel while operating at offshore Carmen Mexico, subjected to an accident on July 16, 2008 coming into .

Captain of doomed ship convicted of five charges
Shawn Ralph, captain of the ill-fated Melina and Keith II, was convicted Friday of five of the eight charges he was facing in connection with the sinking. The 65-foot vessel
capsized and sank off Cape Bonavista, NL.

Nigeria: Accident – APM Terminal Gets Foreign Experts – Washington,USA
Mr. Michael Land Hansen said the accident occurred as the Boom of the one of the cranes missed its target while discharging cargo from a vessel.

Salvage tug to rescue stranded cargo ship
The West Australian – Perth,Western Australia,Australia
The Department for Planning and Infrastructure, the Albany Port Authority and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) are coordinating the salvage

Croatian master guilty of drug running
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
A  Croatian reefer master has been convicted by a Greek court of trafficking drugs, in a case that is sure to prompt fresh debate over how seafarers

Gov’t offers bonus to salvage firm if it gets toxic chemical out
ABS CBN News – Philippines
Bautista said retrieval operations should start immediately before the fuel and pesticides leak from the vessel and cause environmental havoc in the area.

Lack of response to Somalia piracy ‘threatens famine’ – London,UK
The Ministry of Defence added that Britain “has a longstanding commitment to maritime security in the region”, explaining: “The question of any UK naval .

Job Vacancy: Christian couple needed at Falkland Islands Seamen’s
Independent Catholic News – London,UK
Lighthouse Seamen’s Centre – a café/mission complex run for seafarers, fishermen and the local community of the Falkland Islands, in the South Atlantic. .

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Putting The Arm On Class

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Feb 072008

A correspondent on one of the fora MAC inhabits made this quite disturbing claim:

“Once more the EU is targeting the wrong problem as the classes are facing a much bigger threat that is menacing the fundamentals of their functioning.

While inspecting almost 30 ships a month I have on many opportunities to meet the class surveyors, and I complain now and then about the poor survey work carried out by their colleagues in some Far East shipyards.

What they answer is quite alarming.

Surveyors from different IACS classes told me that their inspectors in those shipyards are under severe pressure to provide a certificate even when it is not conform to the state of the ship.

Intimidation goes from trifle administrative harassment to more severe actions such as the destruction of their car and attempts to kill them in some accidents when they refuse to deliver the paper.

No wonder foreign surveyors are now reluctant to be sent there, and the local surveyors are even under more pressure to approve anything the shipyards want.”

If substantiated, this is a very worrying development. If anyone has information to share we’d certainly like to hear about it in confidence.