Maritime Safety & Security News – 20 September 2010

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Sep 202010
 
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Lucky escape from blast

A MAN was lucky not to be harmed after a ‘signal horn’, carried on commercial fishing vessels for safety turned into a dangerous weapon.

Fishing boat returns after fire
It was the second fishing boat fire in the area in two days. On Friday, a major rescue operation was launched off Shetland after a Norwegian vessel went on

Fire aboard fishing trawler at Northlake Way
Firefighters confined the fire to the deck level, and put it out in little more than an hour. There was a fire aboard the 125-foot commercial fishing vessel

Japan extends detention of Chinese captain arrested over ship
Japan extends detention of Chinese captain arrested over ship collision near disputed islands News – Japan extends detention of Chinese captain arrested

Agencies investigate whale dragged into port
The last report of a collision between a ship and a whale in San Francisco Bay was in 2008, and before that in 2006, Cordaro said. Continue reading »

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Sep 162010
 

image Inspectors from the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, MAIB, boarded the Singapore-registered bulker Alam Pintar in Hamburg they discovered a crime: The master had tampered with ship’s documents and the voyage data recorder to conceal evidence that not only had the vessel collided with, and sunk, the fishing vessel Etoile des Ondes with the loss of a life, but had ignored obligations to those in distress. Crewmember testimony of events ‘conflicted’ with AIS and radar recordings from other sources.

Any decision to prosecute will be up to Singapore, the Alam Pintar’s flag state.

The newly-released MAIB report raises a number of issues of frustration and concern.

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Maritime Safety & Security News 9 September 2010

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Sep 082010
 

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Two missing after China oil rig accident
AFP
BEIJING — Two oil workers were missing but more than 30 others were rescued from a listing Sinopec rig off China’s northeast coast, the government said .

New warship HMS Daring damaged in collision with tug
BBC News
An inquiry is under way after the Royal Navy ship HMS Daring, said to be the most advanced warship in the world, was damaged in a collision.

US Coast Guards rescues 9 from sinking ship near Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey
Channel 6 News Online
MANASQUAN INLET, NEW JERSEY (BNO NEWS) — The US Coast Guard on early Tuesday evening rescued nine people from a sinking ship near Manasquan Inlet,

Harvey marine company, co-owner plead guilty in Mississippi River collision
NOLA.com
pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges in connection with the July 23, 2008, collision on the Mississippi River between a tow boat and a tanker ship.

Coast Guard Crew On Trial In San Diego Manslaughter Case
SanDiego.com
lawyers for Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Ramos, the pilot of the 33-foot patrol vessel at the time of the fatal accident, argued that their client

Sakhalin transport prosecutor to probe into Anabar vessel accident
ITAR-TASS
VLADIVOSTOK, September 8 (Itar-Tass) — The Sakhalin Transport Prosecutor’s Office will probe into the accident with the Russian Anabar dredging vessel that Continue reading »

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 22 July 2010

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Jul 222010
 

 

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50 missing as ferry capsizes
Daily Nation
Police suspect the cause of the accident to be overloading. Beach Management Unit officials, however, put the number of occupants in the boat at 37.

Chinese Firefighter Drowns Near Leak
Firehouse.com
The high-powered water-pumping vessel, imported from France, had been vital to efforts to contain the fire because it could send sea water up to 5

Ships evacuated from Gulf as tropical storm advances

Dozens of ships in the Gulf of Mexico have been ordered to leave the site of the BP oil spill by the US government as Tropical Storm Bonnie gathers pace.

Small fire leads to evacuation of staging vessel
MiamiHerald.com
Authorities say 130 people were evacuated from a vessel that housed oil spill response workers when an electrical outlet caught fire Tuesday, but there were .

Burnt ship sinks in PD during towing
Malaysia Star
The ship had earlier been towed to the port to prevent it from becoming a hazard to other ships passing through the straits. The 60m vessel caught fire

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Nordic Express Island Strike – Two Minutes Alone Is All It Took To Make A Meal Of An Entrée

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In the midst of a critical turn on 16 August 2007 to take the vessel into a channel between Entrée Island and Schooner Island the OOW of the Canadian ferry Nordic Express sent the helmsman from the bridge to call the docking crew to stations. The OOW took over the helm, a position from which he could not see the radar or the Electronic Chart Display, ECS.

Over the next two minutes the OOW had problems controlling the turn. By the time the helmsman returned to the bridge the vessel was on the desired heading but on a parallel track offset to the north east and heading for Entrée Island full-ahead.

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Deepwater Horizon – Saviours Beware

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Apr 292010
 

Vessels responding to situations like that of Deepwater Horizon may encounter unexpected hazards with which they are unfamiliar and which are not immediately apparent.

A respondent on the gCaptain forum, Nomad, warns: “For any mariners responding to distress calls in circumstances such as this, it’s a good idea to stop – look – listen – before approaching too close. In this specific case, the venting hydrocarbons were ablaze, but in some cases there is no fire, just an uncontrolled flow. The presence of high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide gas is always a consideration, even with oil blowouts as there is often a gas component to the reservoir fluid.”

Hydrogen Sulphide, H2S, dangers are well known to offshore workers and vessels servicing them are usually equipped with H2S meters and alarms but others, such as fishing vessels will not. H2S is characterised by a ‘rotten eggs’ smell but the gas itself can disable the sense of smell in higher concentrations.

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NL boat sank rapidly, fisherman says, as search continues for
The Canadian Press
Stephen Brothers, a 31-year-old fisherman who heard a distress call from the sinking vessel, said it was clear the incident Saturday morning occurred

On The Waterfront: Death of Lakewood dockworker raises safety issue
Contra Costa Times
Rivera was helping supervise a ship offloading when he was fatally hit by a forklift driver. Meanwhile, internet message boards frequented by longshoremen

Violent seas caused trawler to sink
The Press Association
Investigators said either a wave or waves caused sections of the ship’s hull to buckle and catastrophically fail, ultimately causing the ship to sink.

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Maritime Safety News Today – 21st February 2008

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Feb 212008
 

Video shows man’s plunge from cruise ship

After calling off its search for a missing cruise ship crew member Tuesday night, the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday has begun looking again.

The reason: A video has surfaced of the 28-year-old Chinese national falling overboard from the Celebrity Constellation.

Coast Guard officials said the staff of the cruise ship informed them of the video early Wednesday. Its time stamp shows the man going overboard at 3:25 a.m. Monday, the Coast Guard said.

JCG divers examine bow of Atago / Destroyer checked below
The Daily Yomiuri – Osaka,Japan
the submerged parts of the Maritime Self-Defense Force Aegis destroyer that collided with a fishing boat, looking for abrasions caused by the accident.
Posted 02/20/08 at 10:24 AM

The Greek navy and coast guard were last night trying to tow to safety a Russian navy ship that sent out a distress signal in choppy seas off the eastern Aegean island of Icaria. Tugboats, helicopters and a navy frigate were dispatched to the area at 11

Remembering those lost on the Lady Luck
Gloucester Daily Times – MA, USA
Last week, the Coast Guard said it would change its report about the vessel’s sinking after the Cone family disputed several aspects, including the accuracy 

Satellite debris warning to ships
The Press Association –
New Zealand’s maritime safety authority has warned ships in the South Pacific to be on the lookout for falling satellite debris as the US attempts to shoot 

Stranded ship strayed too close
Safety at Sea – London,England,UK
insufficient engine power (main engine 12357 kW) and heavy winds – 7 to 8 Beaufort – may have combined to cause the grounding

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