Maritime Safety News Today – 2nd January 2008

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Posted 12/31/07 at 09:49 AM
According to Xinhua, Eleven sailors are feared drowned after the timber-laden ship they were sailing on sank in Brunei Bay near Malaysia’s Labuan island. The Thailand-registered MV Emerald left Kota Kinabalu Port, Malaysian eastern Sabah state, on Dec.
Kota Kinabalu: Tired, cold and hungry from surviving on rainwater for five days, three crew members of MV Emerald which sank off Bintulu on Dec.26, could only muster a whistle as they clung to a piece of wood in the sea.

Ferry operator Speedferries was forced out of service over the weekend after its only vessel was involved in an accident.

On Friday its SpeedOne catamaran crashed into a pier at the harbour as it berthed for the night.

Posted 12/31/07 at 10:19 AM

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. reported that the semi-submersible drilling rig Ocean Whittington experienced an incident involving the ballast control system. The rig has been stabilized and corrective measures have returned the unit to even keel.. Rehab Prospects Good After Korea’s Worst Oil Spill
Environment News Service – USA
Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, the European Commission’s Environmental Directorate-General and the European Maritime Safety Agency. 

Posted 12/31/07 at 09:17 AM

The 600 ton capacity D/B BIG T, owned by T&T MARINE SALVAGE of Galveston, Texas, and the 700 ton capacity D/B CAPPY BISSO, owned by BISSO MARINE of Houston, Texas, were used to make a tandem lift of a 105-ft..

Pirate Mother Ship Hunt Off Somali Coast
Guardian Unlimited – UK
“The small boats which are used for piracy could not travel” from shore as far into the ocean as ships have been attacked, said Commodore Khan Hasham

Cabinet agrees on accession to 1979 Int’l marine search, rescue
Yemen News Agency – Yemen
01 (Saba)- In its weekly meeting, the cabinet agreed on accession of Yemen to the 1979 International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue. 

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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 Safety News Today – 27 December 2007

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S. Korea locates wreckage believed to be missing ship
USA Today – USA
The latest maritime accident came as South Korea battles to contain the nation’s worst-ever oil spill, after a wayward barge hit a supertanker Dec.

Ship runs aground near Helsingborg
The Local – Sweden
According to police, a breath-test taken shortly after the accident showed the man’s blood-alcohol level was too high. ‘He probably fell asleep at his post

Supertanker seized over SKorea’s worst oil spill: officials
A spokesman for the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said it was too early to estimate total damage to fish farms and other businesses. .

Maritime Safety News Today – 22 December

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Fears grow for missing tug crew
Metro – London,UK
Ian Plater, sector manager for Clyde Maritime & Coastguard Agency, said: “We commenced our search at first light this morning. Most of the assets and units

‘Series of problems in Dolphin disaster’
The Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
A series of problems and misunderstandings contributed to the Bourbon Dolphin disaster, which claimed eight lives when the oil-rig support tug capsized 75

Cosco Busan Captain’s Lawyer Asks For Hearing On Misconduct Charges – Reno,NV,USA
Meadows did object to the board’s accusation of misconduct “on the ground that it is so indefinite and uncertain that (the defendant, Cota) cannot identify 

Fast rescue boats
Amendments to part A of the STCW Code, also enter into force on 1 January 2008, add additional training requirements for the launching and recovery of fast rescue boats.
The amendments were adopted in response to reports of injuries to seafarers in numerous incidents involving the launching and recovery of fast rescue boats in adverse weather conditions.

SKorea to tighten rules against spill-prone oil tankers
“Following the accident, we plan to advance the timetable to phase out singled-hulled vessels,” Lee Ki-Sang, deputy director of the Ministry of Maritime