Bogus Bomb Detectors – Important Arrest In Iraq

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Feb 172011

Arrested: Jihad-Al-Jabr knew more about bombs than anyone else in the world, he claimed.

At last a victory for the good guys. Now we need to make sure they\’re taken out of ports in south and south east Asia.

Iraq police official charged in bomb device scandal
Reuters Africa
The government began investigations after reports the ADE651 bomb detection devices purchased from a British-based company were practically useless. “Major General Jihad al-Jabiri, the commander of the bomb squad, was arrested five days ago,” a senior

KMA Puts The Bomb In Momb?

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Dec 292010

Mombasa's Security Zone, with explosives dump site

With pirates prowling and preying along the Africa coast Kenya’s Maritime Authority has set up a maritime security zone for vessels waiting to enter the port of Mombasa.

You can read the notice to mariners here, courtesy of the Swedish Club.

You might be a little careful where you drop your hook, though. There is a now-disused explosives dump right in the middle of the zone and another immediately outside the zone to the north as you can see in this hand-annotated chartlet by the KPA.

Elsewhere, dumped munitions are considered a problem even though some of them were discarded as a long ago as post-world war 1 around the European coast. As recently as 2005, three fishermen were killed in the southern North Sea when a Second World War bomb exploded on their fishing vessel after having been caught in their nets.

For those who like to worry, check out the OSPAR assessment on dumped munitions here.

EU: Ireland May Endanger Maritime Safety

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Jun 042010

imageEire’s failure to comply with the EU directive on port state control “may endanger maritime safety with the risks this implies for the environment” says the European Transport Commission.

In a strongly-worded statement the EU says: “The European Commission has sent today a reasoned opinion to the Irish authorities for failing to properly implement the EU directive on port state control. This directive is a core instrument in the field of maritime safety, aimed at fighting substandard shipping in the European Union. The Republic of Ireland is required to comply with the request within two months, failing which the case may go before the European Court of Justice”.

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 1 February 2010

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Feb 012010

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7 dead, 27 missing after Indonesian sea accident
A Chinese passenger was rescued by fishermen shortly after the accident, first reported by authorities Sunday. The boat’s captain reportedly ignored a stor

Two men die during a work-related accident at an Alcoa plant in Quebec
The Canadian Press
Quebec provincial police constable Marc Butz said a 30-year-old man died Saturday after a one ton weight fell on a him as he was helping load a ship at the

Eight missing after boat sinks in Bataan: Coast Guard
by a passing vessel, said PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo. It was unclear why the fishing boat’s owner only reported the sinking days later,

Bridge closed two hours after barge strike
Henderson Gleaner
In April 2008, the motor vessel George King with a tow of 15 barges struck a northbound pier. At that time, the Coast Guard said the pilot indicated strong

Russian border guards fire at two Japanese vessels, crews not hurt
After warning shooting, fire was opened to make the vessel stop, sources of the Russian Security Service’s Sakhalin coast guard department said on Saturday.

Sternwheeler Willamette Queen runs aground near Oregon City, Ore
By cgnews
The Coast Guard responded to the grounding of the the stern-wheeler Willamette Queen near Oregon City,Ore., Sunday. The 87-foot riverboat was being escorted by two Coast Guard Auxiliary vessels when it ran aground with 80 passengers

Carnival Cruise Ship Strikes Pier in St. Kitts
Lawfuel (press release)
The accident resulted in a 15 foot gash along the hull of the Miracle close to the waterline of the ship, according to reports. According to Carnival Cruise

Ship moved from Red Sea reef
Assessors for the Hong Kong-flagged vessel decided that the ship, which remained stuck fast at the bow, was salvageable. It was lightened forward

Research vessel comes a cropper
Otago Daily Times
One student was on board with the crew at the time of the accident, but no-one was injured. Alternative arrangements had been made to allow some students to

Seaman rescued asylum seekers after igoring orders
The Age
the explosion he had told one of the asylum seekers, who could speak English, to ask the others to remain calm because an Australian ship was coming to

Napoli clear-up continues in Dorset
Dorset Echo
By James Tourgout » They are still seeing debris washed ashore from the stricken cargo ship following its grounding in Lyme Bay in January 2007.

Ghost Fleet tanker finally freed from James River muck
Daily Press
Initial efforts to remove the ship began on the first high tide following its grounding. Four high-powered tugs dispatched to the ship tried unsuccessfully


Somalia pirates release Greek cargo ship

Pirates in Somalia have released the Greek-owned cargo ship Filitsa and its crew of 22 after a ransom was paid, Greek officials said.

Pirates sailing Asian Glory, with ten Ukrainians on board, into Indian Ocean
Kyiv Post
As earlier reported, on January 2, 2010, Somali pirates hijacked the Asian Glory, a British-flagged car carrier, owned by London-based Zodiac Maritime

Captain and crew are desperate and pleaded for international assistance,” Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarer’s Assistance Programme confirmed by

Turkish frigate sets sail for anti-piracy mission
People’s Daily Online
Turkish frigates have participated in international missions under NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 to hunt Somali pirates in the area.

Nigeria: Stakeholders Canvass Ways of Combating Piracy
Lagos — “What became clear in 2008 and 2009, and continued into 2010, is that Somali maritime piracy is big business,” stated a policy paper published last

Off The Radar

HMS Victory to be passed over to new museum
Portsmouth News
At the same time, Peter Goodship of Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust has led the purchase of Explosion! museum at Priddy’s Hard in Gosport and is due to

Charcoal Smuggling Ship Burns Out In Mogadishu
A cargo ship smuggling illegal charcoal from Kisimayo to Oman has caught fire, burned out and went partly under. Reports say that ship had taken illegally

Mary Woods No. 2 sinks at Jacksonport State Park
He said they will further investigate the ship’s sinking. “I don’t know what happened and we don’t know what happened,” said Ballard.

Beware These Bunkum Bomb Detectors

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Jan 272010
ADE651 bomb sniffer fraud, exports banned by UK

Given the extraordinary claims made by the unethical makers and sellers of fraudulent bomb detection equipment it would not be surprising to find one aboard ship somewhere. You may see them being used by security personnel at ports and airports to detect bombs, or in Africa to ˜detect” ivory poachers, there are different brands with one common element : they don’t work.

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 16 January 2010

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Jan 152010

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2 seamen survive ship boiler blast
Philippine Star
11 when a spark from the furnace triggered the explosion. Both of them were a meter away from the boiler at the time. “We were not treated at a hospital.

Skipper of trawler which got into difficulty lost boat 10 years ago
Press and Journal
Fraserburgh lifeboat was launched and took a fifth pump but that was not needed. The lifeboat escorted the trawler safely into port.

Skipper of trawler which got into difficulty lost boat 10 years ago
Press and Journal
Fraserburgh lifeboat was launched and took a fifth pump but that was not needed. The lifeboat escorted the trawler safely into port.

‘Gross negligence’ led to Baleno 9, Catalyn B sinking—Gordon «
By The Mindoro Post
Another survivor, Jonathan Umali, whose two relatives are missing, also told the Senate inquiry that he saw the ship’s captain, Jimmy Andal, eating and drinking with women on the bridge of the vessel. Six died in the MV Baleno 9 sinking

Pirates take new territory: West African Gulf of Guinea
Christian Science Monitor
Already home to an insurgency in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta – where attacks on oil facilities routinely cause world prices to spike

F/B Anatalia made emergency calls 40 minutes after collision –PCG
F/B Anatalia made emergency calls 40 minutes after collision –PCG. January 15, 2010 10:50 pm. MANILA, Jan. 15 –A duty officer of the Vessel Traffic Monitoring System (VTMS) said on Friday that he suspected the emergency call flashed by

Round 3 heralds major offshore wind farm expansion

The future of offshore wind energy development in the UK is set to take a significant step forward following the announcement this week by The Crown Estate of the successful bidders for the nine exclusive Zone Development Agreements to develop wind farms under the Round 3 licensing arrangements.

NorthLink cancels Friday night sailings to and from Shetland
Shetland Times Online
Meanwhile the Lerwick lifeboat finally made it back to town at 2.50am on Friday morning, almost a day after being called out to go to the aid of a Danish


Spain to push for port surveillance to fight Somalia piracy
She was referring in particular to the EU carrying out maritime interdiction operations that allow it to board, record and seize boats, embarkations and

Off The Radar

Freak jellyfish stings fairly frequent
ABC Online
A 45-year-old man was stung on the face by an irukandji jellyfish on a commercial ship in north Queensland on Sunday. Rescuers say he was 25 metres above

Maritime Safety & Security News – 21 October 2009

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Oct 202009

Small Norwegian Coaster Drifting of Mull of Kintyre

A small Norwegian coaster is drifting in the Mull of Kintyre after losing engine power earlier this evening. read more..

Sailor killed in boat fire
Honolulu Advertiser
was a small propane stove in the crew’s living quarters behind the wheelhouse of the 75-foot commercial fishing vessel Manaloa, Honolulu fire Capt.

Master died during voyage
MRCC Odessa reported death of the master of m/v Surgut, vessel with cargo grain enroute Azov – Mersin (Turkey). Master Sergey Kozlov aged 57 died of a natural reason. Vessel ordered by shipowner to call to Sevastopol for a new master and body transfer.
m/v Surgut – general cargo, IMO 9119361, built 1994, flag Russia, owner Temryuk Trans Marine Co., LTD, Temryuk. Continue reading »

Yes, Bosun, You May Go To The Ball. Or Not.

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Aug 202009

road-highway-blue-generator Dennis Bryant reports that the US Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston has issued a bulletin reminding owners and operators of waterfront facilities of the obligation to provide reasonable access to ships berthed at the facilities for such functions as shore leave, crew change, vessel visitors, and delivery of stores. Facility security plans without such ship access provisions will not be approved or renewed. Port Security Information Bulletin 04-09 (8/17/09).

Says Dennis: “I understand that this is an important issue for ships and a sensitive issue for waterfront facilities. I also understand that the majority of waterfront facilities currently provide reasonable access to ships. There remain, though, a minority of facilities that need this kind of encouragement to do the right thing.”

Arctic Sea Update – Eight Detained

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Aug 182009

image Eight people have reportedly been arrested for the hijacking of the Arctic Sea. It is alleged that the group of four Estonians, two Latvians and two Russians, approached Arctic Sea in a dinghy requesting help to repair a vessel then took over the ship at gunpoint on 24 July.

Arctic Sea’s crew of 15 are safe and are being debriefed by Russian naval personnel. The vessel, missing for two weeks after disappearing in the English Channel was found by the Russian Navy off Cape Verde Islands two days after denials were issued that she had been seen there.

Stil unexplained is why a Russian naval vessel transmitted an AIS signal from the Bay of Biscay on Saturday.

According to Malta’s Maritime Authority, Arctic Sea is flagged in Malta, Finnish, Swedish and Maltese authorities are conducting investigations in close cooperation into the alleged offences relating to the cargo vessel Arctic Sea.

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