New Podcast: The Case of theToppling Tug Part 2 & Acidic Assassin

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Nov 152009

Part 2 of The Case of the Toppling Tug – the Bourbon Dolphin incident is now available in the library for premium subscribers.

The Case Of The Acidic Assassin is now available on the free podcasts page

The Case of the Bosun’s Crush is now in the library for premium subscribers

May 052009

The Case Of The Silent Assassin

In September 2007, after broadcasting several audio podcasts and blog posts on the subject we realised that confined space/enclose space casualties were disturbingly common and seemed to be a major issue that wasn’t going away. We wanted to do something, however modest, to help address the situation. We discussed the issue with IDESS Interactive Technologies, which shared our concerns, and we agreed to collaborate in the production of three animated versions of MAC podcasts of which the first was to The Case Of The Silent Assassin, based on the Sapphire incident investigated by Ron Strathdee of the Isle Of Man registry.

If you would like a copy please contact IDESS Interactive Technologies

Oct 192008

Pirates are not the only ones to seize seafarers and hold them for ransom. Egypt is holding a ship’s master as a hostage, threatening up to three years imprisonment unless a rather imaginative assessment of damages caused when the his vessel struck an Egyptian navy ship. BIMCO has released the following details and request::

“A BIMCO member has reported a recent incident and has asked that we make other members aware of the potential risks of the detention of seafarers and inflated claims in certain parts of the world.

Following a collision with an Egyptian navy vessel, a vessel belonging to the above member has been arrested and the Master imprisoned in Port Said.  A claim, which appears to be excessive given the age of the navy vessel in question and which is based on a joint survey in which only the member’s P&I Club representative was allowed to participate, has been presented by the Egyptian navy.  It appears that no charges have been proffered against the Master, but he remains under arrest with no imminent prospect of release.  Reports so far suggest that he may be imprisoned for up to 3 years or more unless the claim is settled.

The unreasonable or unlawful detention of seafarers is an ongoing problem which the shipping industry is striving to address.  BIMCO is currently updating its 2006 Study of recent cases on Criminal Sanctions towards Seafarers to establish how widespread the problem is and to explore the extent of incidents that are not as widely reported in the media as, for instance, the Coral Sea and the Hebei Spirit have been.  If members have any incidents to report, please contact  All responses will be dealt with in confidence if so requested.”

Dec 102007

Maritime podcasts are as rare as glimpses of Britney Spears’s knickers so we’re happy to tell you about a new one from our good friend John Konrad of gCaptain.

You’ll find the first 40 minute episode of Messing About In Ships here in which John and friend Peter Mello of Seafever Consulting cover current events like the Cosco Busan allision, the death of Laura Gainey, the sinking of the Explorer.

Go check it out. It’s easier to find and more fun than you-know-who’s unmentionables.

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