Two Jan De Nul Crew Kidnapped In Second Hijack

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Sep 132010

Amerigo Vespucci

On Sunday evening, 12 September, the trailing suction hopper dredger Amerigo Vespucci of the Jan De Nul Group was attacked by an armed gang in the port of Douala , Cameroon. Despite actions of the captain, two crew members, a Filipino and a Croatian, were kidnapped by the attackers. It concerns . The origin of the armed men is unknown.

Says the Jan De Nul announcement: “The crisis team of Jan De Nul Group met around midnight and all departments, employers, authorities and families concerned, have been informed. The company does everything to assure the safety of the crew”.

On April 18 2009 another Jan De Nul vessel, Pompei, was hijacked off the Somali coast and held hostage, with its 10 man crew, for 71 days until released for a ransom reportedly 2.8m Euro.

Beware Around Cranes Says Hong Kong

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May 122010

image Hong Kong’s Marine Department has issued the following safety alert regarding safe working practices around cranes:

A serious accident occurred in January 2010 in which a coxswain onboard a dredger was seriously injured attempting to lubricate the crane turntable whilst the crane was operating. The investigation into the accident revealed that the coxswain climbed beneath the crane turntable without notifying the crane operator. He was caught between the mudguard and the turntable and severely injured by the motion of the machinery.

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Abigail Fell Over Between Two Stools

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Jul 132009


Grab hopper dredger Abigail H capsized and sank while alongside at the port of Heysham when her bilge flooded at night. No bilge alarm was fitted because the half-century old 34 metre long vessel fell between two sets of regulations that would have required one.

The requirement to fit bilge alarms in engine rooms exists where these compartments are periodically unattended. This is normal practice in small vessels, and the Maritime and Coast Guard’s workboat and fishing vessel codes of practice require bilge alarms to be fitted. In larger ships, unmanned machinery space, UMS, is common and modern control systems are built with this in mind; bilge alarms are required and engine room personnel must hold formal qualifications.

Says the UK’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch:”Abigail H is one of a large number of vessels that sit between these two groups. The effect is that these relatively small vessels require no bilge alarm and are manned with engine room personnel that have not received formal training.

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