Maritime Safety News Today – 16th March 2008

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Mar 162008
Tanker, Vessel Collide In NY Harbor
WNBC – New York,NY,USA
The Coast Guard Sector New York Vessel Traffic Service received notification from both vessels after the collision. A 33-foot Coast Guard Station New York

Dozen barges run aground on Ohio River in western Ky.
Fort Mills Times – Fort Mill,SC,USA
The grounding is under investigation. The Coast Guard said no pollution has been reported and river traffic remains unaffected.
Probe into maritime accident
Athens News Agency – Athens,Greece
The accident, where the tourist vessel ran aground on Platia, an islet north of the island of Poros in the Saronic Gulf, occurred on Thursday in excellent

Investigators say Suncruz casino boat may have damaged sea grass – St. Petersburg,FL,USA
by some other vessel. The sea grass beds serve as a vital nursery and feeding ground for a variety of species, including manatees, lobster and redfish.
Posted 03/14/08 at 09:57 AM
A P&O cruise liner damaged in stormy weather on its way from Southampton to the Caribbean has left port after being fully repaired, BBC reported.  Artemis, carrying 1,188 passengers, made an unscheduled call at Falmouth, Cornwall, for the work…
RCMP to take new look at BC ferry sinking
Toronto Star – Ontario, Canada
The RCMP has been investigating whether a crime was committed in the sinking of the vessel two years ago that killed passengers Shirley Rosette and Gerald 

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.

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.

We counted 'em out, and we counted some of them back

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Jan 232008

 While carrying out research for a client we came across some interesting statistics for the Philippines domestic passenger trade.

In the first quarter of 2007 some 4,724,539 people embarked on ships such as ferries at the countries ports and 4,608,495 got off.

In nthe second quarter, the last figures available, some 7,297,246 people got on ships, some 7,093,496 got off.

The 2006 figure are:

Passenger Traffic (in millions) ———————— 42.56
Disembarked ———————— 21.25
Embarked —————————- 21.30

So, 50,000 people didn’t get off the ships in 2006,  and 319,794 didn’t get off the ships in the first half of 2007.

Were they air-lifted off mid-ocean? abducted by aliens? Dropped to the bottom in concrete boots? Or are we seeing the resurgence of a whole sea-based culture that never sets foot on land, like the Badjao or Tau-Laut?

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Maritime Safety News Today – 17th January 2008

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Jan 172008

Cargo Ship Sinks Off Philippines

Rescuers were searching for 10 Filipino crewmen missing after a Taiwanese-owned cargo ship sank off the northern Philippines on Wednesday, coast guard officials said.

The Panama-registered MV Ho Feng sank off the northern Batanes island group with 20 crew on board, said coast guard spokesman Lt. Armand Balilo. He said it was unclear what caused it to sink.

“Six of the crewmen have been rescued by passing ships, four are still being rescued while 10 remain missing,” he said.

Ship carrying Chinese crew sank off Taiwan
Radio Taiwan InternationalTaipei,Taiwan
The ship set out from Hong Kong with a crew from China. It sank 20 nautical miles off Taiwan early Monday. The coast guard said that winds west of Taiwan

USCG – master charged in bridge allision

The US Coast Guard issued a press release stating that the master of the tug that was towing a crane barge when it struck a bridge near Beaufort, South Carolina on April 26, 2007 has been charged in the agency’s administrative process with negligence and misconduct.  As part of a settlement agreement, the mariner has agreed to a six-month suspension of his license and will attend a bridge resource management class (how ironic).  A civil penalty process has been initiated regarding actions of the company operating the tug. (1/14/08).

Total gets guilty verdict in France’s worst oil spill (Pressemitteilung) – Wien,Austria
A year after the sinking, the European Union agreed on tighter controls on maritime safety, notably the phasing out of single hull tankers like Erika.

South Devon Herald Express – Torquay,England,UK
Pollution and collision fears now surround the sunken timber vessel Ice Prince, whose crew are still recovering in Brixham after being rescued by the Torbay

MEND takes responsibility for latest Nigeria oil town attack
Etomi had appeared on a local television channel saying that a fire Friday on a tanker ship berthed in Port Harcourt was caused by a “marine accident

Nov 082007

Golden Nori Updates

South Korean sailor released by Somali pirates; 22 other Asian
International Herald Tribune – France
The sailor — one of two South Koreans aboard the Golden Nori — returned home with South Korean officials this week, an official at the Foreign Ministry said

Pirates: US Navy Offers To Help Philippine Seamen Held Hostage In
Pacific News Center – USA
Meanwhile, the Japanese company Dorval Kaiun KK, the owner of the hijacked chemical tanker MV Golden Nori told reporters in a press statement in Tokyo,

Philippine official says crew members of Japanese ship hijacked
International Herald Tribune – France
The Golden Nori was seized by pirates Sunday. “Because of a lack of central control, we have no (Somali) government to talk to to ask for information.

Filipino captain in hijacked ship contacts family–DFA – Philippines
By Veronica Uy MANILA, Philippines — The Filipino captain of the hijacked chemical tanker Golden Nori has contacted members of his family and told themOther News

Other News 

Barge carrying coal hits reef in La Union
GMA – Quezon City,Metro Manila,Philippines
QTV reported Wednesday that the vessel hit the seabed of San Fernando Bay amid rough waters. Typhoon “Kabayan” (international code name: Peipah) had

‘Erroneous’ nautical mapping blamed for cruise ship accident
TravelMole – London,England,UK
Incorrect mapping information has been blamed by Louis Hellenic Cruises for the sinking of the cruise ship Sea Diamond off Santorini in April.

Arroyo orders probe into illegal hiring of 9 Pinoy sailors
GMA – Quezon City,Metro Manila,Philippines
The Filipino seafarers reportedly seized control of a fishing vessel UAICSIXA, and took hostage of their captain after complaining of maltreatment and

Comprehensive cooperation in maritime safety and environment issues constitutes an important part of the agreed future agenda of the Forum.

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