Be Big and Bold To Avoid The Bang

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Sep 122008
 

Make sure people know what you’re up to, especially when the master’s had a few too many, is one of the lessons from the Danish Maritime Authority’s report on the collision between the Rudokop, a converted tug, and a single-crewed fishing vessel, Atlantic in May this year despite good visibility.

Rudokop was on passage from Seville to Gydnia, moving eastwards with a crew of five. The master had been drinking and was under the influence of alcohol. The Chief Officer, who wasn’t affected by alcohol, had the watch. Atlantic, and another vessel, were seen ahead and to starboard at a distance of 6 nautical miles retrieving their fishing gear.

Atlantic started steaming a northerly course towards Rønne, approaching Rudokop from starboard.

Rudokop did not give way to Altlantic and her collision avoidance manouevers were too small to be effective or to be seen by the skipper of Atlantic and no sound signals were given, so he wasn’t aware of Rudokop’s intentions. Atlantic’s skipper did not keep an adequate lookout to avoid collision, according to the report.

Evidently, in this situation, movements should be big and bold enough to be apparent to the other vessel together with sound signals even in clear weather because the other fellow might not be watching you.

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Maritime Safety News Today – 9th July 2008

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Jul 092008
 

Fatal accident at Savannah ports
WTOC – Savannah,GA,USA
They say an International Longshoremen was working with the Stevedore Society of America near or on the vessel, The Saga Journey when the accident occurred.

The Spirit of Nantucket runs aground – again
The Virginian-Pilot – Norfolk,VA,USA
After about nine hours, the ship was refloated. Passengers were taken to an airport. A Coast Guard spokesman said it’s not clear whether the grounding was

Crew rescued from sinking ship
News24 – South Africa
Johannesburg – Thirty six crew members were rescued after a Spanish fishing vessel caught fire and sank off the east coast of southern Africa, the Cape Town


Crews still monitoring Miami cargo ship fire
Associated Press – July 8, 2008 10:24 AM ET MIAMI (AP) – Firefighters are still at the scene of a massive cargo ship fire that is smoldering on the Miami River.

14 boat migrants missing off Spain
International Herald Tribune – France
Maritime rescue official Miguel Zea said planes, boats and helicopters were searching the area, but there was very little chance of finding anyone alive,

Coast Guard OKs return of cruise ship to Juneau after grounding
International Herald Tribune – France
However, the ship does have structural damage which must be corrected before it can again carry passengers. Officials say the cause of the grounding remains

Ship Mona Lisa’s costly evacuation

RIGA- The freeing of the stranded ship Mona Lisa and evacuation of passengers cost Latvia 135,000 lats (EUR 192,000).

Ieva Aile, head of the governmental press service, told the Baltic News Service that Latvian lawyers are still negotiating with the insurer two financial positions that will decide whether value added tax is included in the total sum to be paid to Latvia.

2 BMI probers quit with guns blazing
Inquirer.net – Philippines
But veteran ship captains Rear Adm. Benjamin Mata and Commodore Amado Romillo went out with guns blazing against Sulpicio Lines Inc., owners of the

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Maritime Safety News – 7th July 2008

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Jul 072008
 

100 firefighters extinguish massive fire on cargo ship
Associated Press – July 6, 2008 11:44 AM ET MIAMI (AP) – More than 100 firefighters have extinguished a massive fire on a cargo ship on the Miami River.

Agency finds safety problems in Langkawi ferry service
weaknesses have been detected in the Langkawi ferry service that can threaten the safety of passengers, the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency’s (MMEA) Northern Region Enforcement chief Laksamana Pertama Zammani Mod Amin said. One of the shortcomings

Shipment of uranium transiting through the Port of Montreal

07 July 2008 01:56
PM Attention News Editors MONTREAL, July 6 /CNW Telbec/ – The Port of Montreal confirms that a vessel carrying a shipment of uranium arrived Friday in the Port of Montreal from Bagdad. The Port of Montreal is equipped and its employees have been trained

Philippine House inquiry on Princess of the Stars starts
In a fact-finding inquiry Monday, the House committee on transportation will also verify reports on defects of the Sulpicio Lines Inc. vessel, including the ship design and the lack of communication equipment.

Death toll rises to three in China boat sinking
China Daily – China
The vessel sank on the way to Yijiangshan islands at about 5 pm Friday. On board were 12 people, who went angling, according to the captain who was later

Rig workers who whistleblow over safety issues are ‘routinely sacked’
Sunday Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
said the safety cutbacks combined with the pressures to extract oil, gas and other resources throughout the world will lead to another major accident.


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