If Only Kudos Went Further Than Money – LL/NI Awards

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Apr 032008
 

Your car’s parked in the lot outside a roadside diner, well off the road, when a another vehicle pulling a trailer passes. As it passes the trailer breaks free and ploughs into your car, rupturing the petrol tank and spilling fuel. So the police arrest you because you should have assumed that the trailer would break free of the vehicle and parked somewhere else. That’s the sort of utter daftness today’s seafarers face daily and which 53 year old Captain JS Chawla of the Hebei Spirit faces today, so it’s a pleasure to report that while he waits under the threat of a $75,000 fine or up to a year in prison, he was announced one of two runners-up in the Lloyds List/Nautical Institute Shipmaster of the Year Award announced today, 2nd April.

Chawla deserves much kudos for the defence of his vessel, which you can read about here. An airline pilot in a comparable situation would have walked away with a medal in his hand, not convict’s stripes. It is to be hoped that the award might do something to publicise not only his plight, but those of other seafarers.

Says the Nautical Institute: “In a year when the trend to criminalise masters for unfortunate accidents has continued, it is not surprising that this case has become extremely contentious.”

The Shipmaster Of The Year award intends to: “…pay fitting tribute to a Master who has shown leadership, courage and vision while in command…”. Each of the 11 nominees had certainly earned their stripes and of the choice of the final three the Nautical Instiutute release says: “In judging, the panel recognised the special qualities the nominees brought to the wellbeing of crew and the commercial interests of the company, numerous initiatives to improve safety and operational performance, and cases of outstanding seamanship and leadership.”

Finally, the award went to Captain Alistair McFadyen of the 37,500 tonnes P&O ferry Pride Of Bilbao. This vessel, too, found lawyers on its gangplank in the past: The vessel’s second officer, Michael Hubble, found himself on three charges of manslaughter last year after the disappearance of the yacht Ouzo south of the Isle of Wight in 2006, which were dismissed.

Captain McFadyen’s award was for his command of the vessel “…during severe weather in the Bay of Biscay in March 2007. Over a period of 4 days, the P&O Ferry, Pride of Bilbao, encountered winds of Force 9 increasing to Storm Force 12, with waves and swell to match. The ship was hove to for many hours and skilfully manoeuvred to minimise risk of injury or damage.

“Throughout the ordeal Captain McFadyen kept the passengers and crew advised and ensured that the company was kept fully informed. The result was the safe completion of the voyage, satisfied customers, and a tired but professionally proud crew. The company were also commended for delaying the next scheduled sailing while the crew got some much-needed rest.”

The ubiquitous Youtube carries videos of the storm, and comments by some of the passengers here.

Scoring a “highly recommended” alongside Captain Chawla was Captain Chernobrovkin, master of the 47,326 DWT chemical product tanker MT Butterfly, who performed a tough mid-Atlantic rescue of a lone yachtsman in a winter gale.

Sadly, the kudos these men earned will inevitably pale against the current enthusiasm to prosecute seafarers so attorneys can bulk up their pension plans.

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Maritime Safety News Today – 5th March 2008

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Mar 052008
 

Felixstowe cranes collapse in high winds

Two ship-to-shore gantry cranes at Felixstowe’s Landguard Terminal ended up in a mangled heap on the quayside at the weekend after a ship delivering three new ship-to-shore cranes to the port broke loose from its moorings in high winds and crashed into them.

Bangladesh ferry toll reaches 45, police say
AFP –
DHAKA (AFP) — Rescuers in Bangladesh found six more bodies Sunday as the death toll from a ferry accident last week near Dhaka reached 45 with several still

Fishing crew airlifted to safety
Newstalk ZB – New Zealand
winds are hampering the efforts of an oil spill response team heading to the site of a grounding of a commercial fishing vessel in the Far North.

Japan warship collides with freighter in Vietnam
Reuters – USA
The reason for the collision in Vietnam, which scratched paint off the Cambodian ship and bent a flag pole on the Japanese vessel, was not yet clear,

Oil spilled by freighter forces closing of Boca Chica beach
Dominican Today – Santo Domingo,Dominican Republic
The Dominican Navy and Environmental Police agents retained the ship after the accident, said Environment minister Omar Ramirez, after meeting with the

Ship insurer pays $2M over San Francisco oil spill
Business Insurance – Chicago,IL,USA
By Judy Greenwald SAN FRANCISCO—The insurer of a ship that spilled fuel oil into San Francisco Bay following a November accident has made an initial payment

Desal workers strike over safety fears
ABC Online – Australia
Maritime Union of Australia secretary Warren Smith says basic safety standards are not being met on the site. “These are basic issues, such as no recovery

Salvage Team Assessing Boat Grounded on Reef
Scoop.co.nzNew Zealand
with the grounding has now improved significantly. An Auckland-based salvage team appointed by the Seawyf’s owner had headed out to the grounded vessel

Workboats Fiji to remove vessel
Fiji Times – Suva,Fiji
Crew discovered that the vessel listed on the starboard side, that the Ground Deck was full of water, the cargo hold half full of sand, there were further

Turkey hints at maritime fraud behind missing Rezzak
Daily News & Analysis – Mumbai,India
Surprisingly, other sophisticated gadgets like the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon had also

One dead in boat collision off Bamfield
BCLocalNews – Victoria,BC,Canada
A 30-year-old female passenger was thrown from the vessel entering the inlet. She was recovered from the water and both CPR and first aid were administered.

Storm sinks “pirates” ship in Bahamas
Sebastian Sun (subscription) – Sebastian,FL,USA
The 104-foot dive boat SV Juliet, which was departing Turks and Caicos at the time, heard the USCG call and diverted 45 miles to the sinking boat’s location

Companies swap accusations over SKorea’s worst oil spill
AFP –
They have said it was impossible for the ship to have weighed anchor in time to avoid a collision, which took place nine minutes after the towlines snapped.

Commandant demands USCG treat mariners with “professionalism and
Marine Log – New York,NY,USA
The Coast Guard has been making a major effort to get the maritime safety mission back on track since a House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Navigation

Times Colonist – Victoria,British Columbia,Canada
was a very substantial period of time between the sinking of the vessel and the RCMP to have access to any of the individuals on the ship,” she said.

Singapore – safety of towed ships and other floating objects The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding owners, operators, and masters to observe relevant portions of the IMO Guidelines on the Safety of Towed Ships and Other Floating Objects.  Shipping Circular No. 7 of 2008 (2/27/08).

TSB to release report on ferry sinking next week in Vancouver
The Canadian Press – VICTORIA
Two people were killed, while 101 others were rescued before the 37-year-old ship sank about an hour after the collision. Three crew members lost their jobs

 

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BIMCO encourages fair treatment of seafarers in Hebei Spirit accident

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Feb 042008
 

Bimco president Philip Embiricos has appealed for fair treatment of seafarers following the Hebei Spirit incident in a letter to Lloyd’s List:

BIMCO encourages fair treatment of seafarers in Hebei Spirit accident

It is difficult to judge an accident even with all the details on the table. The same goes for the unfortunate Hebei Spirit accident. What we do know is that seafarers have been detained and later charged for violation of anti pollution laws. It seems that the two barge captain have been in a difficult situation, while the crew of the tanker appear not to have had real possibilities to prevent the accident.

My role is not to judge the case, but to stress the complexity in these matters and to encourage the authorities to give fair treatment to the seafarers involved in this and other incidents. Luckily, no seafarers were injured in this accident, but the environmental impact is very unfortunate in itself. The IMO/ILO guidelines on the Fair Treatment of Seafarers from June 2006 should be followed by authorities all over the world. In this connection, BIMCO feels it necessary to highlight the fact that the guidelines state that coastal states should take steps to conduct the case in a fair and expeditious manner and the coastal state should minimize the physical presence of the seafarers. While we have no reason to suspect that this is not the case already, it should, nevertheless, be stressed here that more than 50 days since the incident took place, the three Masters are still detained in South Korea.

As we are know, most people around the world are not aware of the fact that ships carry 90% of all goods, and that shipping is a prerequisite for global trade and indeed the way we live today. Ships are run by people.  It is the key to the shipping industry that seafarers are given fair treatment. This is not only to improve recruitment – which reflects a complex challenge with many elements involved – but first and foremost to give our current seafarers proper working conditions and treatment even in difficult times such as when they are involved in an accident. We owe that to one of our industries’ most precious assets – the seafarers.

Best regards,
BIMCO

Philip Embiricos
President

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Maritime Safety News Today – February 1 2008

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Feb 022008
 

10 fishermen feared dead in South Korean shipwreck
Times of India – India
All the 10 fishermen are feared dead,” a spokesman for Jeju Maritime Police said. The 136-tonne ship named the 102 Soyang went down 65 kilometres (40 miles)

Stricken ferry runs aground
Melbourne Herald Sun – Australia
Royal National Lifeboat Institution spokesman John Matthews said the ferry crew, some of them Polish, seemed calm and confident. A spokesman for Seatruck

15 Injured, oil spilled as Peruvian navy tanker explodes
Trading Markets (press release) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
of Zorritos told Efe the accident took place in Pacific waters near the Corvina oil platform, which lies close to Peru’s maritime boundary with Ecuador.

RESCUE AT SEA
Tempo – Manila,Philippines
weight while the vessel already started to submerge. Fishermen saw the sinking ship, rescued the crew members and took them to a nearby islet in Tandag.

Chinese Search for Missing Russian Ship


Chinese maritime search and rescue forces are aiding the search for a Russian ship that went missing east of Shanghai last Thursday.
Hebei Spirit case will be long as Samsung denies responsibility
Seatradeasia-online (subscription) – London,UK
In a statement submitted to a Daejeon court, the company claimed the Hong Kong-based Hebei Spirit oil tanker was responsible for the collision with a

USCG – shipboard inspection and testing of immersion suits

The US Coast Guard issued guidelines for periodic inspection and testing of immersion suits by ships’ crews.  These guidelines are based on standards developed by IMO.  NVIC 01-08 (1/28/08).

UN Maritime Drill Conducted off Lebanese Coast

UN Maritime Drill Conducted off Lebanese Coast

The Maritime Task Force of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFL) conducted a three-day drill intended to “improve cooperation and establish coordination mechanisms between the different naval and land forces involved.”

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Maritime Safety News – 28 January 2008

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Jan 292008
 
Fatal ferry organizer on the run
Shanghai Daily – Shanghai,China
By Dong Zhen 2008-1-25 A MAN who arranged an illegal ferry ride on January 11 that left 10 dead and one still missing after a collision at sea, 
Report on ’07 sinking urges stricter boat regulations
Boston Globe – United States
A fishing boat with four crewmembers probably sank in Nantucket Sound last year because a build-up of ice added so much weight that it caused the ship to 
Total Appeals Verdict in Oil Spill Trial
Forbes – NY,USA
It had an impact across Europe: a year after the sinking, the European Union agreed on tighter controls on maritime safety, notably the phasing out of 
Posted 01/28/08 at 10:35 AM

The Philippines will ban single-hull oil tankers from its waters from April, two years earlier than planned, after the worst oil spill in the country’s history and a separate leak in South Korea. Vessels carrying “black” petroleum products such as crude oil and bunker fuel won’t be allowed to dock at ports from April 1 without a double hull, said.

Posted 01/25/08 at 10:39 AM

According to reports, the owner and operators of the tanker involved in South Korea’s worst oil spill denied any wrongdoing, but offered sympathy to locals affected by the environmental fallout and their insurer agreed to accept claims for compensation.

HEBEI SPIRIT TRIAL BEGINS
Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
THE trial in South Korea of five men accused of negligence and violating anti-pollution laws in connection with the Hebei Spirit collision and spill in 

$550000 fine levied for sunken tour boat
Maui News – Wailuku,HI,USA
“But some of their actions after the sinking reflected poor judgment and bad decision-making. There was damage to a protected conservation area.

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Maritime Safety News Today – 26 January 2008

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Jan 272008
 

Titas pipeline on blaze after hit by trawler
The Daily Star – Dhaka,Bangladesh
“Soon after the propeller of the vessel hit the pipeline with a bang, a huge swirl was created in the river and we thought our boat was sinking,” said 

Crippled ship is rescued
Melbourne Herald Sun – Australia
“She was en-route from New Zealand to India to be scrapped when she broke down and Maritime Safety Authorities asked us to take her in tow,” Capt .

OJ Freighter Hits Ship in NJ
The Associated Press –
The vessel was later stabilized and in no danger of sinking, though the extent of the damage was not immediately clear. The Orange Sun was on its way to a

Coast Guard assists sinking tugboat’s crew
Peninsula Daily – Port Angeles,WA,USA
The crew put on survival suits and got into the water as the vessel was sinking. A fishing vessel, the Kilchis, picked up the crew, and took them to a 

3 men rescued from sinking fishing boat
KING5.com – Seattle,WA,USA
AP SEATTLE – The Coast Guard says it has rescued three men from a fishing vessel that was taking on water after hitting a jetty at the exit to Grays Harbor

Dragger sinks near Trenton
Ellsworth American – Ellsworth,ME,USA
The Department of Marine Resources Marine Patrol and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) responded to the sinking. The vessel reportedly was attached to .

Trial opens over SKorea’s worst oil spill
AFP –
The accident happened after a line connecting one of two tugboats to the barge snapped, leaving the barge drifting uncontrollably towards the Hebei Spirit .

Hong Kong Tanker Owners Protest South Korean Indictment of Crew in
Voice of America – USA
Last December, the Hebei Spirit, a Hong Kong-registered tanker, was at anchor off the west coast of South Korea. A drifting South Korean crane barge, 

KIRIBATI MAN DETAINED IN CHINA
Niu FM – Auckland,New Zealand
Auckland 8am: A maritime recruitment agancy says very little is known about a Kiribati seafarer being detained in China for drug smuggling – so the

Lawyers Plan to Meet Today Over Cosco Busan Oil Spill
KCBS – CA,USA
Friday, lawyers are supposed to discuss whether the process is on course for an April 28 hearing into the Cosco Busan’s collision with the Bay Bridge, 

Unions discuss FOC shipping with Irish ministers
Shipping Times – UK
They explained how crucial this was in light of the number of seafarers who disappear without a trace – some 1500 annually. Requests for assistance were 

53 ships docked without safety norms, SC told
Times of India – India
Since the September order, the nodal Gujarat Maritime Board has not given permission for ship-breaking because no shipbreaker has provided the requisite

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Maritime Safety News Today – January 10th 2007

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Jan 102008
 

Body recovered after boat capsizes near Gabriola Island
Vancouver Sun – British Columbia, Canada
A body was recovered this morning after a herring vessel capsized near Nanaimo late Monday night. Five fishermen made it to shore on Gabriola Island, .

Runaway trawler caught by Norwegian coast guard
Barents Observer – Archangel,Russia
The ship was then drifting without engine power. In addition, one of the crew members was serious injured after a burning accident, NRK reports.

Fire Tragedy
Korea Times – South Korea
The collision might have been avoided if the two vessels and the local maritime office took appropriate steps in advance. Negligence of safety measures is 

High on the fog – and more to come
Shanghai Daily – Shanghai,China
The Wusong Maritime Safety Administration issued a go-slow go-ahead for vessels yesterday afternoon as water visibility improved. 

USCG – crew of disabled cargo vessel rescued

The US Coast Guard issued a press release stating that it rescued the seven crew members of a cargo vessel that experienced engine failure and was taking on water off the coast of the Dominican Republic.  The cargo vessel is being towed into port by a commercial tug. (1/7/08).

Jetboat investigation to continue all week
Radio New Zealand – Wellington,New Zealand
A Maritime New Zealand expert has finished examining the scene of a jetboat accident on the Waiau River. However, the organisation expects investigations
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Crane falls off SF pier into bay
San Francisco Chronicle – CA, USA
Neff said officials from National Response Corp., a private company contracted by the government to help clean maritime spills, will be on scene later today

Sea Hauler Victims Press On With Demands
The Bahama Journal – Nassau,Bahamas
He was referring to the Wreck Commission that examined the circumstances surrounding the accident. Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) and Port Department were 

Posted 01/08/08 at 12:10 PM

According to pacificnewscenter.com, The United States Coast Guard filed three notice of violations (NOV) and imposed penalties amounting to $8,000 against the owner of a barge that ran aground in Agana last month.. South Korea to ban single-hull tankers by 2011
Oil & Gas Journal – Houston,TX,USA
The Hebei Spirit was fitted with one hull, according to Lloyd’s Register-Fairplay, which assigns ship-registration numbers. An international ban on such

Hong Kong steps up war on pirates with extradition law
By Keith Wallis
SECURITY officials in Hong Kong are planning to introduce legal changes that would allow maritime piracy and robbery suspects to be extradited to or from other Asian countries, including Japan and Laos, that do not have extradition 

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Maritime Safety News Today – 4th January 2008

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Jan 042008
 

1 Confirmed Rescued after Bulgarian Cargo Ship Sinking
Sofia News Agency – Bulgaria
Bulgaria: The Bulgarian mechanic Nikolay Dimitrov has been rescued after the cargo ship Vanessa sank Thursday morning near the Kerch Strait, Maritime

Master Missing After Tug Sinks

Posted 01/03/08 at 07:53 AM

The Coast Guard is searching for the captain of the 52-foot towing vessel, Gate-Way, that sunk with two people onboard near Norco, La., on the Mississippi River. At approximately 12:30 a.m on January 2, 2008, Sector New Orleans received a call from the towing vessel Secretariat as well as from the dispatch operartor of the Saint Rose Fleet.

Lifeboat aids hurt tanker crewman
BBC News – UK
The Holyhead all-weather lifeboat was called out by coastguards in poor weather to take the man, who is in his mid-20s, to Holyhead marina.

Owwa assures support for killed seafarer’s family (12:42 pm)
Sun.Star – Philippines
Cruz, “an electrician of the fire-gutted tanker vessel M/T Keno, was the lone fatality when militants attacked Port Harcourt last December 19,” he added. 

Transport Canada probes collision in harbour in St. John’s, NL
The Canadian Press –
JOHN’S, NL – Transport Canada is investigating a New Year’s Day collision in the harbour in St. John’s, NL The freighter Cabot broke free of its moorings,

Tug boats refloat grounded ship
The Press Association –
A 90000-tonne sea tanker that ran aground in the Dover Strait has been refloated and tugged away, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has said.

South Korea indicts vessel owners in oil spill
Oil & Gas Journal – Houston,TX,USA
The collision occurred Dec. 7 in the Yellow Sea near Taean, South Chungcheong, causing South Korea’s worst-ever oil spill. SHI also owned the two tugboats

NY judge dismisses Spain’s claims over oil spill
Reuters – USA
single-hulled vessel as fit to carry fuel cargoes six months before the disaster. The bureau disputed Spain’s allegations, saying the sinking of the

Setusamudram channel, an ecological disaster
By kalyan97
Assessment for the Proposed Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project” http://tinyurl.com/38hjqs ) The researchers conclude that going purely by the amount of traffic in the channel, and with the global accident rates prevailing world-wide,

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Maritime Safety News Today 3rd January 2008

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Jan 032008
 

Container Vessel Runs Aground Off South Coast of UK (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
2 (Bloomberg) — A container ship ran aground in the Dover Strait, the world’s busiest shipping lane, the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard agency said.

Bering Sea – disabled freighter The US Coast Guard issued a press release stating that it is responding to a distress call from a disabled freighter in the Bering Sea 180 nautical miles northeast of Attu, Alaska.  The ship has a cargo of 28,000 tons of copper concentrate.  It carries a crew of 24 and has 760 metric tons of fuel. (1/1/08). (Update) Freighter adrift near Attu regains power Anchorage Daily News (subscription) – Anchorage,AK,USA Initial reports by e-mail from the crew indicated the ship was probably not in danger of sinking but the Coast Guard wanted to get a look first hand,

Lifeboat tows trawler to shore
RTE.ie – Ireland
Four crewmen on board the vessel dealt with the blaze and stayed on board as it was towed back by the Dún Laoghaire lifeboat.

Three crew saved from sinking yacht near Corregidor
ABS CBN News – Philippines
A rescue ship was immediately dispatched after the yacht’s crewmen sent distress signals to PCG. PCG search and rescue vessel BRP Pampanga was reported to

ID system to become mandatory for all boats on Turkish seas
Today’s Zaman – Istanbul,Turkey
Officials from the Undersecretariat for Maritime Affairs, under which the Search and Rescue Coordination Center operates, said the Automatic Identification

REHABILITATION PROSPECTS AFTER WORST KOREAN OIL SPILL ARE GOOD, UN
Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit and EC Monitoring and Information Centre, comprising experts from OCHA, UNEP, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, the EC Environmental Directorate-General and the European Maritime Safety Agency.

Washington issues long-awaited proposed rule requiring importers and carriers to provide cargo data not found on a ship’s manifest.

Ship emissions below estimate
Air pollution emissions from ships in the Mediterranean Sea might be 30%-40% lower than the estimates made in 2000, calling into question the need to designate the region as a sulphur emission control area, according to data collected by oil industry body Concawe which analysed ship movements and fuel use in the Mediterranean.
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