Maritime Safety News Today – 28 February 2008

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Feb 282008
Search resumes for crew of missing ship
Mumbai Newsline – Mumbai,India
The International Maritime Bureau, Kuala Lumpur already has ruled out the possibility of marine piracy. The families of the missing sailors, meanwhile, 
Sinking ship feeds flames in new Gib row
Olive Press – Orgiva,Granada,Spain
Spain summoned British ambassador Denise Holt to explain why a vessel that had a collision six months ago is still polluting nearby shores. 

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed to lean toward reducing punitive damages of $2.5 billion awarded to victims of the worst U.S. oil spill

Posted 02/27/08 at 10:17 AM

Norilsk, the world’s biggest producer of nickel, is building its own shipping fleet to capitalize on the melting of the polar ice caps, Bloomberg reported. The company ordered five reinforced cargo vessels that can plow through the waters north of Siberia as new sea routes open…

Maritime Safety News Today – 12th February 2008

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Feb 132008

3 Chinese sailors missing in ship collision
China Internet Information Center| – China
The accident occurred when the fishing boat owned by a South Korean fishing company collided with the “Iceia” vessel, a Greek oil tanker registered in 

Nine people missing after ship sinks in eastern Indonesian sea
Monsters and – USA
Eight survivors were rescued in the accident, local media reports said Thursday. The Ratna Utama vessel, with 17 people on board, reportedly sank Wednesday 

Hundreds of workers evacuated from North Sea oil rig
Sky News television said the elite Special Boat Service, which is trained in dealing with maritime incidents, including the possibility of oil rig hijacks, .

FACTBOX: Details of the “Safe Scandinavia” rig
Reuters UK – UK
The Safe Scandinavia was built in 1984 at the Norwegian oil services company Aker Maritime’s Aker Verdal construction yard.

Job accident kills crane operator in east Harris County
Houston Chronicle – United States
The unidentified man was guiding a load into a cargo hold of a ship in the 14000 block of Industrial Road. The front of the crane broke and the load fell,

Ship carrying 27000 tons of scrap sinks off Spanish port (Pressemitteilung) – Wien,Austria
AP MADRID, Spain (AP) – A ship damaged in a collision in the Strait of Gibraltar sank Sunday off the southern port city of Algeciras after being partly

Oil removed from stricken ferry
BBC News – UK
A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the operation was proving “extremely difficult and dangerous” because of the vessel’s list.

US Navy fires at Somali hijackers of Russian ship
Reuters South Africa – Johannesburg,South Africa
“We have a full range of options available to deal with piracy and we will utilise them as the situation dictates,” she said late on Monday. 

Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
IMEC represents over 100 companies that operate over 5500 ships open register ships and employ over 145000 seafarers of all nationalities.

StatoilHydro accepts responsibility for oil spill
By Dave Shirlaw(Dave Shirlaw)
Submitting the company’s own investigation report on the oil spill to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, Tore Torvund, executive vice president, Exploration & Production Norway stated:. – The oil spill at Statfjord is very serious.

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1 dead, 5 missing after boat sinks off SKorea’s east coast
International Herald Tribune – France
Meanwhile, rescuers were searching off the nation’s southern coast for 14 sailors feared dead in a separate accident involving their ship that was carrying

Norwegian cruise ship hits iceberg in Antarctic; no injuries reported
International Herald Tribune – France
“It bent the railing and a lifeboat was completely crushed,” he told The Associated Press by telephone. Norum said the engine started up again and the liner .

Cargo Vessel Sinks After Collision In Siak River
Bernama – Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
Eka Jaya loaded to capacity with building materials and staple food sailing to Bengkalis from Pekanbaru, sank in Siak river following a collision with MV.

Salvage operations continue – Gibraltar
The operations were relaunched prior to Christmas after severe weather conditions led to the stern side of the vessel sinking, and the ship breaking up in .

News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated
WAVY-TV – Portsmouth,VA,USA
(AP) – The Coast Guard is searching off Virginia for a missing crewman from a merchant vessel. A Coast Guard C-130 crew from Elizabeth City, NC,

Contaminated fuel disables containership
Marine Log – New York,NY,USA
“Because the Agaman is presently in no danger of sinking, the Amver vessels‘ assistance allows us to keep our cutters focused on protecting the homeland,

Shipyard explosion blamed on gas buildup
San Diego Union Tribune – United States
BAE and an adjacent shipyard, General Dynamics NASSCO, share a maintenance contract for the ship. The accident occurred after highly flammable oxygen built

Oil spill’s effects now ‘mostly out of sight’
San Jose Mercury News – CA, USA
State authorities suspended the license of the pilot of the vessel, Capt. John Cota of Petaluma, who may have it revoked completely

Chaebol Blamed for Silence in Oil Spill
Korea Times – South Korea
people when the engineers and sailors of the Samsung’s ship reportedly doctored the logbook to cover their mistakes that lead to the accident.

Oil spills highlight need for Alaska shipping safety
Tundra Drums – Anchorage,AK,USA
of another cargo ship, the Salica Frigo, in Dutch Harbor in March of this year. Although this accident in Norway occurred many miles from Alaska,

Long-range identification and tracking of ships – SOLAS amendment enters into force on 1 January 2008 Long-range identification and tracking of ships - SOLAS amendment enters into force on 1 January 2008

International Maritime Organization (IMO) press briefing.

IMO – study completed re air emissions from ships The IMO issued a news release stating that the scientific study on air emissions from ships has been completed. The study reviews the impacts of applying any of the fuel options proposed to reduce SOx and particulate matter generated by shipping, as well as the consequential impact such fuel options could have on other emissions, including CO2 emissions from ships and refineries. The study will be presented to the upcoming sessions of the Sub-Committee on Bulk liquids and Gases (BLG) and the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) for their use in developing amendments to MARPOL Annex VI. (12/21/07).

Seaway Regulations and Rules: Periodic Update, Various Categories
Trading Markets (press release) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
In [Section] 401.34, “Vessels in tow,” the SLSDC is proposing to add a provision that would require every vessel in tow be inspected prior to every transit.

How slight shift in the wind can turn a wave into deadly leviathan
Times Online – UK
Mr Solli added: “For centuries, seafarers have told tales of giant waves that can appear without warning on the high seas. These mountainous waves were said

SAFETY ALERT HMRMS 04-07 — Navigation in Restricted Visibility

A USCG Safety Alert and Report developed by the Investigations Office, United States Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads.

Maritime Accident Safety News Today – 26 December 2007

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Dec 242007

Nitric Acid-Carrying Cargo Vessel Goes Missing

A cargo vessel carrying chemicals sank in seas off Yeosu yesterday. A sailor of the vessel was rescued but 14 of the crew are still missing. The ship, carrying 2,000 tons of nitric acid, may cause serious sea pollution in the area.The cargo vessel Eastern Bright sent a distress signal yesterday at around 4:19 in the morning 13km of east Yeosu before it sank.

12 Korean sailors, including captain Jeong Chun-yeong (54) and three Myanmarese sailors, were on board.

22 people die in boating accident near Thailand
Radio Australia – Australia
At least 22 people from Burma, including four boys and seven women, have died after a boat capsized off a small island near the maritime border with

Body of Clyde tug’s skipper is recovered from vessel
The Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
It emerged that the Greenock-based tug was involved in a collision on December 28, 2000, when it hit an Egyptian cargo vessel carrying 1000 tonnes of

Cosco Busan pilot surrenders license to Coast Guard
The pilot of the Cosco Busan voluntarily turned in his federal merchant marine officers license today, the US Coast Guard reported.

New Flame stern breaks up and begins to sink – Gibraltar
At present the vessel was settling at a depth of just 27 metres. A shift of some 50 metres laterally could, however, see it sink further sinking the whole

Barge that hit bridge has little room to maneuver
Boston Globe – United States
“It is up to the judgment of the master of the vessel,” said Lieutenant Junior Grade Christian Herold. The Coast Guard was not aware of any other collision

Sunken vessel to be raised next week – Shanghai,China
An operation to raise the vessel from the riverbed will then begin, the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration said yesterday.

Free electronic charts will boost jet boat safety in HK, Macao
Xinhua – China
24 (Xinhua) — Maritime authorities from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao jointly issued the latest-version of electronic charts for one-year’s free use for

Report says inexperienced navigator was on watch at time of Alaska
International Herald Tribune – France
The grounding forced the evacuation of 206 passengers, ripped several holes in the ship’s hull and damaged one of the propellers used in steering the ship.

SKorea to tighten rules against spill-prone oil tankers
A drifting barge smashed into the 147000-ton Hong Kong-registered supertanker Hebei Spirit on December 7 in the Yellow Sea, holing it in three places.

Captain of Celtic Star admits crew are owed $25000
Port cargo services in danger over crew safety – Ireland
Celtic Star is registered to Cypriot firm, Eptanisos Maritime and managed by Greek company Jay Management Corporation. It is understood that Department of

Cochin Port to have Vessel Traffic Management System soon – Bangkok,Bangkok,Thailand
The VTMS will also seek to prevent accidental collisions, grounding or damages to underwater structures with special reference to anchored vessels and those