Maritime Safety News Today -14th February 2008

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Feb 152008


At 17.50 this evening Clyde Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) received a call from Estuary Control reporting that a cargo vessel the Minerva 2 had lost engine power in the River Clyde.

Monterey Bay science vessel runs into rocks in Mexico
Monterey County Herald – Monterey,CA,USA
Damage to the ship is still being evaluated, but McNutt said the accident caused the loss of “probably a half year of science.” “It’s too bad — all the work 

Chesapeake Bay – tank barge grounds

The US Coast Guard issued a press release stating that a tank barge grounded while transiting the Nanticoke River in Maryland.  There were no injuries and no pollution has been reported from the double-hull tank barge.  A salvage plan is being developed.  The incident is under investigation.

New Orleans – drifting freight ship results in difficulties

The US Coast Guard issued a press release stating that a freight ship broke from its moorings at a wharf just downriver from New Orleans.  Before being brought under control, the ship allided with several other vessels and barges.  The incident is under investigation.

Posted 02/13/08 at 12:10 PM

Military Sealift Command large, medium-speed, RoRo ship USNS Seay conducted an at-sea rescue operation February 9 in the Straits of Gibraltar. At 12:50 a.m. the 950-ft. military cargo ship was notified by the Tarifa Rescue Coordination Center in Tarifa, Spain, that a small craft in their vicinity had issued a distress signal and needed assistance..

Bad weather delays trawler probe
BBC News – UK
A contract to remove the Spinningdale is in the process of being signed, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said. Fish, bait, fuel and oil on the boat 

Tornado damages Bahamas box hub A severe thunderstorm spawned a tornado that severely damaged the container terminal at the Freeport Container Port, Bahamas.

Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
PROMPTED by the prosecution of the Hebei Spirit’s master and mate, shipmanagers’ trade association InterManager,has thrown its weight behind the call for 

NS MP: Allow access to seafarers – Halifax,Nova Scotia,Canada
By TOM PETERS Business Reporter A Nova Scotia MP wants Ottawa to ensure unfettered access by a seafarer’s advocate to vessels flying flags of convenience to

Press Information Bureau (press release) – New Delhi,India
It enables the maritime forces to seize ships or aircraft involved in piracy and armed robbery besides information sharing, capacity building and

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