9/11 – Merchant Mariners Were Heroes Too – Video

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Sep 082011

A day when seafarers were heroes, too

It was the greatest criminal act in history. A day that created heroes among them the US merchant marine who evacuated hundreds of thousands of people from Lower Manhattan after the 11 September, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Their story is told a new video released  by the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. Rescue at Water’s Edge includes interviews with vessel operators, emergency responders and passengers.

“The story of merchant mariners coming to the aid of those in need on September 11, 2001 is an inspiring one,” says US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “On that terrible day, our nation’s seafarers, with courage and selflessness, transported hundreds of thousands of people out of harm’s way to safety.”

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Sep 112009

Weather hampers search after S.Leone ferry tragedy
TOMBO, Sierra Leone — High seas and strong winds on Friday hampered the search for victims of a Sierra Leone ferry sinking blamed on overloading and the

Fuel pumped from grounded ship
The Times
It was also impossible to refloat the vessel as it was structurally damaged during the accident. Although the vessel’s fuel tanks remained intact,

Vessel grounded
Fiji Daily Post
He also denied claims by passengers on the vessel that Bawaqa was sinking after it ran aground yesterday morning. Cokomata revealed that the captain

Coast Guard Exercise Sends Shockwaves Through D.C. – Washington
for this particular station this is the kind of trining they conduct, for others it could benumerous things such as putting out a ship fire, rescue swimmers doing simulations, it just depends on the station’s

TITAN Salvage Team commended and nominated for the International
The Journal of Commerce Online
The vessel sustained substantial damage during the grounding and broke in two at the bulkhead of the five and six cargo holds, as the carrier crashed onto


Fourth Plenary Meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the
US Department of State
Declaration along with International Maritime Organization efforts and encouraged other nations to adopt and implement piracy counter-measure guidance.

New anti-piracy training centre launched
Lloyd’s List
The Merchant Maritime Warfare Centre provides the classroom element in the package in Poole in Dorset, while the on water and simulator ele


Jessica Watson survives collision, still wants to sail around the
Los Angeles Times
However, her vessel, Ella’s Pink Lady, suffered damage to its rigging and hull and a broken mast. That is likely to delay her planned late-September

Off The Radar

New York’s Newest Fire Boat, "343", Sets Sail Out of Panama City
FDNY will spend three to four months training with the vessel before it’s put into service in April. Eastern shipbuilding has already begun work on the

Tankers divide Lowestoft and Southwold

THE fleet of tankers moored off the Suffolk coast has led to a split in the communities of Lowestoft and Southwold.
Residents in both towns are divided as to whether the tankers are a threat to the local environment or an economic benefit.

Cocklers’ gangmaster prosecuted
BBC News
Four of the men were later rescued by the Morecambe lifeboat in rising tides. The act was introduced after 23 Chinese cockle pickers died at Morecambe bay

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
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, 

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
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