Alaska Settles Seabulk Pride Spill, Grounding

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Jul 022010

imageJuneau, Alaska — The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Law today announced a settlement with Seabulk Tankers, Inc. and Tesoro Alaska Co. concerning the oil spill and grounding of the tanker Seabulk Pride on February 2, 2006.
Seabulk Tankers and Tesoro have signed an agreement with the State of Alaska to address civil oil spill claims and alleged violations of the Cook Inlet winter ice rules. The settlement resolves an enforcement action brought by the DEC. Under its terms, Seabulk and Tesoro have paid the state $429,870. In settling the matter, the companies do not admit to any violations.

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USCG searches for MOB 775 miles southwest of Kodiak

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Jun 102010


KODIAK, Alaska – The US Coast Guard is searching the North Pacific for a crewmember from a 751-foot bulk carrier, Yasa Fortune, reported to have fallen overboard approximately 775 miles southwest of Kodiak on Tuesday.

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Alaska Ranger – Conservation Laws May Endanger Seafarers

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Nov 182009

Alaska Ranger

Loss of a rudder post from the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger lead to progressive flooding exacerbated by poor watertight integrity and a unexpected sternwards movement led to the loss of five of her 47 crew, and would probably have taken more if not for the rescue efforts of the US Coast Guard and the crew of a nearby ship, the Alaska Warrior, and the vessel itself. Most of those on board were asleep at the time of the accident.

The US NTSB has issued its final report on the sinking and in part is critical of conservation laws that prohibit shipowners from replacing unsafe vessels working in some of the harshest working conditions in the world.

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 13 July 2009

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Jul 132009

Phuket Phi Phi Ferry Sinks in Raging Storm
Phuketwan – Phuket,Thailand
escape when the almost new vessel overturned and sank in a sudden squall off Patong. Investigations into the cause of that sinking are continuing.

Fisherman dies of injuries in crab vessel accident
Daily Astorian – OR, USA
The US Coast Guard evacuated the injured captain of the vessel Swell Rider Friday afternoon after an accident onboard his fishing boat.

Man injured in dockyard crane collapse
Independent – London,England,UK
By Lesley Richardson, Press Association An investigation was under way today after a man was seriously injured when a crane collapsed in a ship dockyard.

Serious oil spill in Geiranger Fjord
Norway Post – Bærum,Norway
Geiranger Fjord fire fighters and clean-up crews have been trying to gain control of a major oil spill from the Bahamas registered cruise ship “Spirit .

NSRI evacuate chief engineer – fire on ship in Suez Canal
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) helicopter rescue team at Port Elizabeth was scrambled last week to respond to an emergency on board the handysize Odfjell products tanker BOW EAGLE, sailing from Indonesia to Brazil, which reported that the 60-year old chief engineer had suffered a suspected fractured hip in a fall.

Superferry 5 rams Pier Uno
Negros Chronicle – Dumaguete City,Negros Oriental,Philippines
Good thing that the bow thruster of the ship located at its side did not malfunction and maneuvered the ship to recover from the collision.

Ship With Toxic Load Holed
St.Petersburg – St. Petersburg,Russia
According to the preliminary investigation into the incident, the vessels share responsibility for causing the collision. Rashid Alimov, head of the St.

Coast Guard responds to grounded vessel in Wrangell Harbor
SitNews – Ketchikan,AK,USA
Wrangell, Alaska – The Coast Guard responded to the 58-foot fishing vessel Siren which grounded with 1000 gallons of diesel fuel on board in Wrangell Harbor

Focus in barge grounding turns to investigation – Portland,OR,USA
He also said it’s too early to tell what the consequences would be if it’s determined the vessel was grounded outside the channel.

SF Bay Oil Spill Pilot To Learn Sentence This Week
CBS 5 – San Francisco,CA,USA
adequately with the ship’s captain and crew. Defense attorneys have asked for the minimum two-month term, saying that Cota “deeply regrets” the accident

Rescue workers lend help in 43 land and sea incidents
GulfNews – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
The maritime accidents included boat collision and boat capsizing, which resulted in the death of three individuals and three injuries within the first half


Somali pirates end monsoon lull with hijacks, attack
Reuters India – Mumbai,India
and used one to attack an oil tanker in a flurry of activity in the Gulf of Aden ending a monsoon season lull, maritime officials said on Monday.

New Third Mate Grounded Empress, Master's Decision 'Poor'

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Jul 242008


Washington, DC – The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the probable cause of the grounding of the Empress of the North was the failure of the officer of the watch and the helmsman to navigate the turn at Rocky Island, which resulted from the master’s decision to assign an inexperienced, newly licensed junior third mate to the bridge watch from midnight to 4:00 a.m. The third mate was not familiar with the route, the vessel’s handling characteristics, or the equipment on the vessel’s bridge.

“The flawed decision making in this accident created the potential for a catastrophic disaster,” said NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker. “Those in leadership positions need to make sure they consider every option possible when making critical decisions that could put lives at risk.”

On May 14, 2007, the 300-foot passenger vessel Empress of the North, operated by Majestic America Line, grounded on a charted rock at the intersection of Lynn Canal and Icy Strait in southeastern Alaska, about 20 miles southwest of Juneau. The vessel was negotiating a turn west out of Lynn Canal into Icy Strait on its way to Glacier Bay, the next stop on a 7-day cruise, carrying 206 passengers and 75 crewmembers. The vessel struck the rock, known as Rocky Island, which was illuminated by a flashing green navigation light.

Passengers and crewmembers were evacuated safely without injuries. The vessel sustained damage to its starboard underside and propulsion system.

In the report adopted yesterday, the Board noted that because of the senior third mate’s illness, the master replaced him with the new junior third mate for the midnight-to-4:00 a.m. watch. The third mate held an unlimited, any-ocean third officer’s license but had never before stood watch on the vessel or traveled the waters of Lynn Canal.

The master had ample time to consider the watchkeeping assignment, the Board stated. However, the Safety Board investigators found no evidence that the master considered other options and did little to prepare the junior third mate for his first underway watch.

The third mate lacked any knowledge of the route and should not have been left to make this critical maneuver on his own, the Board said. The Safety Board concluded that the master jeopardized the vessel’s safety by allowing the third mate to stand a bridge watch before he was familiar with the route and the bridge equipment.

As a result of its investigation of this accident, the Safety Board recommended that state and U. S. maritime academies use the circumstances of the accident to teach students about their responsibilities as newly licensed officers. The Safety Board also recommended that the Passenger Vessel Association inform its members about the circumstances of the accident.

A synopsis of the Board’s report, including the probable cause and recommendations, is available on the NTSB’s website,, under “Board Meetings.” The Board’s full report will be available on the website in several weeks.