Jul 012010
 

image Wightlink ro-ro ferry St. Faith landed heavily on fendering at Portsmouth after attempts to correct a higher than normal speed of approach to the berth left insufficient ahead power being available, says the MAIB’s preliminary report.

At 1412 BST on 28 March 2010, the ro-ro passenger ferry, St Faith, landed heavily against fendering while attempting to berth at the Camber Basin linkspan in Portsmouth. Two persons suffered minor injuries and the vessel’s stern ramp was damaged.

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USCG Gets Line On Maine Ferry

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Jun 042010
 

image US Coast Guard investigators are working with the Maine State Ferry Service to determine why the ferry Everett Liberty ran aground with 30 people on board shortly after leaving the terminal in Vinalhaven, Maine, US, on the way to Rockland, Maine, Thursday, 3 June, 2010.

None of the 26 passengers or four crew members were injured during the accident and there are no reports of pollution.

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Unhappy Christmas For Philippines Ferries

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Dec 282009
 

Three Philippine ferries came to grief in as many days starting on Christmas Eve. Dozens of lives lost in incidents that do not speak well of the nation that provides around 25 per cent of the world’s maritime manpower. With national elections scheduled for 2010 it is certain that the country’s politicians will leverage as much coverage as possible – personality and name recall win elections, not national issues and maritime safety, or lack of it, will not affect voters’ choices.

Hearings are being conducted in the legislature but it is unlikely that any new measures will make it through both the Senate and Congress before both go to the hustings. A far greater issue is the enforcement of existing laws and the need for a change of mindset.

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 11 August 2009

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Aug 112009
 

Texas barge collision halts oil traffic: USCG
Reuters
There were no injuries but five crew members aboard the Caroline were rescued by a nearby vessel after the Caroline began taking on water, the Coast Guard

50-Foot Vessel Runs Aground in Newport, Oregon
Salem-News.Com
Coast Guard crews have responded to the grounding of the 50-foot fishing vessel Lori Ann, formerly the Little Linda, on Nye Beach near Newport, Oregon,

Vessel sailing under Georgian flag detained by Kamchatka Coast Guard
Daily Georgian Times
Only after a warning fire, the coast guard was able to detain the vessel. Reportedly, the vessel is registered in Batumi Port in 2006.

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Maritime Safety News – 29 May 2009

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May 302009
 

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Two dead, one rescued in gas poisoning accident on Chinese ship
Xinhua – China
The navy ship was alerted for help because local maritime rescue ships could not approach Zheyuyu 1616 on the rough sea. Six hours later the navy reached .

2 hospitalized in La. after explosion on vessel
The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two crew members have been flown to a hospital after an explosion aboard a supply vessel off the Louisiana coast.

Fire breaks out on Italian ferry, all safe
The Associated Press
The cause of the fire was still being investigated. The ship, which belongs to the Italian ferry company Tirrenia di Navigazione SpA, was being towed

Ship runs aground in Bosporus strait
eTaiwan News – Taiwan
AP A maritime official says a St.-Vincent and Grenadines-flagged ship has run aground in Istanbul’s Bosporus. Salih Orakci, head of Turkey’s coast security,

Australian officials consider quarantine to keep cruise ship
USA Today – USA
The Brisbane Times reports only passengers who live in Brisbane or the surrounding state of Queensland will be allowed to leave the ship

Dead skipper’s family to sue trawler owners
New Ross Standard – Wexford,Ireland
However, a stability investigation to understand the stability profile of the vessel prior to the sinking was carried out by the MCIB

Harbour crash inquest witness admits to lie
ABC Online – Australia
In the statement she said she did not see or hear the HarbourCat, the Pam Burridge, prior to the collision.

Refrigerated cargo, indeed

A RUSSIAN ship captain has been charged with illegally transporting 56 passengers for four days, with a prosecutor alleging that they were essentially trapped in the refrigerated hold.

MCA publishes ‘Our Plans for 2009-10’

Maritime Journal – Fareham,UK
As part of its work towards tackling seafarer fatigue, MCA surveyors will be taking a critical look at the hours of work/rest records during surveys

Newcastle harbour chain secrets revealed
Newcastle Herald – Newcastle,Australia
Safety Bureau’s investigation into the Pasha Bulker grounding on Nobbys Beach for refit and another ship will take over the rest of the operation.

Eyes on the ocean
Times-Standard – Eureka,CA,USA
The system can be used to track oil spills — it helped during the massive spill from the Cosco Busan in San Francisco Bay — and to determine the direction

NOAA Says Changes in Vessel Operations May Reduce Risk of Endangered Whale Shipstrikes

Years of study and effort by NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard will pay off this summer when two changes to shipping lanes into Boston

NTSB: Expanded Release of Accident Investigations to Begin Next Week

Washington, DC (May 28th 2009): The National Transportation Safety Board today announced that it will begin to release all accident investigation public .

Piracy

Kadhafi wants Somali exclusion zone to fight piracy
AFP
such as Frontex — the EU agency specialised in border security — to protect “our maritime wealth” and warned against the spread of piracy.

G8 discuss cooperation on organised crime and piracy
Reuters UK – UK
closer cooperation in fighting organised crime and greater aid to African states to tackle drug trafficking cartels and rising maritime piracy.

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Princess Of The Stars Update: Poor training, questionable communications, stability and God

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Jul 052008
 

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Poor training, questionable communications, stability and God have come into the firing line in the search for someone to blame for the capsize of the Sulpicio Lines ro-ro passenger ship Princess Of The Stars, which came to grief during Typhoon Fengshen with the loss of more than 700 lives.

Currently the 24,000 tonne vessel is resting inverted on a reef, straddling a small trench off the coast of Sibuyan island with her hull intact. Many, if not the majority of the 700 or so bodies of crew and passengers apparently remain inside her. Efforts to recover the bodies were suspended when it was discovered that 10 tonnes of highly toxic endosulfan is inside a container on the car deck.

Philippine Vice President Noli De Castro, a former television presenter, among others has speculated in the media that the ship’s master, Captain Florencio Marimon, is alive and in hiding, possibly in a safehouse operated by Sulpicio Lines. There appears to be little to justify the claim and a body matching his description has been recovered but its identity has not been confirmed..

As yet, there is no information on what, if any, hard evidence is being sought from vessel concerning the integrity of the stern ro-ro door. The Princess of the Stars was built before the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster and it is unclear to what extent safety measures based to that incident have been incorporated into Princess of the Stars. Of particular interest is the integrity of the ferry’s stern ro-ro door, a possible source of water ingress that may have lead to the listing that finally capsized her – once water is on the car deck a vessel such as this is as good as lost.

Questions have, however,been raised about the adequacy of cargo lashing, which lead to the listing and deliberate beaching of another Philippine ferry in 2007.

A project to photograph the faces of the victims in situ for later identification by relatives has been abandoned, the National Bureau of Investigation has barred public viewings of victims remains and an identification team from Interpol is now in Manila to use DNA to identity the dead.

It is understood that Titan Salvage may be contracted to refloat the ship. Titan recently refloated the grounded ferry Arcangel in Cancum, Mexico.

Earlier, Philippine news media cited an unnamed government maritime official claiming that the ship’s owner, Sulpicio Lines, did not want the ship refloated in order to declare a total loss. Plans to put holes in the hull to recover bodies and toxic cargo had been abandoned with the decision to refloat her.

While the refloating may bring more evidence to light regarding the cause of the catastrophe the process will take up to three months. The Philippine Coastguard, however, has undertaken to deliver a final report to Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo within 15 days and the seven-strong Board of Marine Inquiry, BMI, established under a law issued in the 1970s, will probably deliver its decision on who is liable for the incident within 30 days or so.

The Philippines has no permanent or independent maritime casualty investigation agency. Maritime casualty investigation reports are not made publicly available and the Philippines has not lodge an investigation report with the International Maritime Organisation since it became a member in the 1960s.

Meanwhile, Sulpicio Lines has blamed God, or, rather an act of God, for the tragedy and in the absence of a local address for the Almighty is suing the country’s weather bureau, PAGASA, instead.

While Sulpicio maintains that PAGASA gave inaccurate data on the path of the typhoon, the weather bureau says that it fell within the standard deviation of 180 kilometres.

Sulpicio Line’s owner and first vice president told the BMI that company didn’t know the current Coast Guard regulations which prohibit vessels of any size from travel when public storm signal 3 and 4 are raised within the point of origin, route and destination. Under rules set out in 1998, which Sulpicio was following, the Philippine Coast Guard had the responsibility of plotting routes of storms and disseminate the information to subordinates and ship owners. The regulations were changed last year.

One of the crew members who survived the tragedy, apprentice engineer Phel Gilig, told the BMI that in the four months he had been aboard he had not participated in any abandon ship droill because he was ‘always on duty’, didn’t know the layout of the vessel or his role in an emergency and didn’t take notice of the ship’s station bills.

One other seafarer had testified that orders to prepare to abandon ship were given at 11.30am and the order to abandon given ten minutes later.

With the end of the enquiry scheduled for next week, the BMI has yet to get testimony for other seafarers who survived and may move the enquiry to Cebu

The Princess of the Stars sailed allegedly with two of its four ballast tanks empty. One member of the BMI, Amado Romillo, has speculated publicly that this would have resulted in poor stability, a claim disputed by others on the grounds that the extra ballast was not necessary because of the cargo.

He also claims that the ship had only one single side-band radio for communication with the ports and the ship could not receive a 10pm weather report on the day it left, and radio communications were unattended at certain time. Sulpicio officials, however, say that they were in touch by cellphone.

Reportedly, the government is considering taking over Sulpicio Lines. Such a move would require the approval of the country’s legislature and is unlikely to get approved given the close ties between a number of members of congress and the senate and ferry-owning families and operators.

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Jun 232008
 

Death came early this year. The typhoon season has only just started and already, brightly coloured flop-flop rubber sandals are arriving on the coastlines of Sibuyan in the central Philippines. They are very small slippers because many children were among the 800 or so aboard the 1984-built 23,824 tonnes Sulpicio Lines Princess Of The Stars that capsized on morning of June 21 in a typhoon known internationally as Fengshen and in the Philippines as Frank.

One can only say ‘or so’ because it is unlikely anyone will ever know exactly how many people were aboard. Passenger manifests are unreliable in a country where regulations are rarely enforced, even if they are supposedly adequate in the first place. In a grounding incident in 2007 a ferry had a manifest of a little more than two dozen people, the Philippine Coast Guard rescued more than a hundred. The true human cost of the Dona Paz disaster in 1987 remains unknown, except that it possibly exceeded 4,000.

Current known figures for the Princess Of The Stars are around 626 passengers, an unknown number of minors, and 212 crew. At the time of writing there are four confirmed dead and 34 known survivors.

Sulpicio Lines has a poor safety record. In addition to the Princess Of The Stars and the Dona Paz, other casualties include the Dona Marilyn in 1988 and the Princess of the Orient in 1998. The Philippine government has ordered it to stop operations and inspections of the company’s other vessels is underway. Volunteers against Crime and Corruption, VACC, has said it will file a class suit against Sulpicio Lines management.

The domestic ferry industry has a traditional safety problem: In 1994 the William Lines Cebu City collided with a Singaporean vessel, Kota Suria, and sank with the loss of 140 lives; Kimelody Cristy of Moreta Shipping caught fire and sank in 1995; in 1996: An overcrowded wooden ferry, ML Gretchen, capsizes close to shore of central Negros island, killing 54, including 31 children, and leaving 12 missing; Trans-Asia Shipping’s Asian South Korea, another ferry, sank in 1999;Maria Carmela, a ro-ro ferry owned by Montenegro Shipping, caught fire in 2002 with 2390 people on board of which 23 were confirmed dead and 27 missing;the wooden ferry Catalyn-D caught fire and sank in 2007 losing five lives out of 250 people on board.

Despite the regularity of maritime incidents in Philippine waters there is no full-time independent maritime investigation agency in the Philippines. Marina, the country’s maritime regulatory body delegates its enforcement functions to the Philippine Coastguard, which allowed the vessel to leave Manila as the typhoon was approaching. Both agencies will conduct the investigation.

Philippine President Gloria Magapagal Arroyo has, as is usual in high-visibility incidents, ordered a board of inquiry to be convened but there is no legal requirement for any of its members to be qualified maritime casualty investigators and consists of Coast Guard officers, Marina officials and members or graduates of the government-own Philippine Merchant Marine Academy. A lawyer is required to be one of the members but he, or she, is not required to have expertise in maritime law.

The aim of the Board is to establish liability, safety issues are secondary. Despite that, not a single ferry company or ship owner has been brought to book in any incident in the Philippines.

Casualty investigation reports are not made accessible to the public.

International maritime investigators would like to bring the Philippines within the fold and help it develop a more realistic and effective investigative capability but the political will is lacking, which may not be unconnected with the high level connections between ferry companies, shipowners and the country’s legislators.

It is unlikely that the Philippines will respond to the new IMO code of conduct for maritime casualty investigation any time soon. Despite becoming a member in the mid-1960s the Philippines has yet to lodge a single maritime casualty investigation report with the IMO, as it is mandated to do for serious casualties under the terms of its membership, despite the recent election of a Filipino, Neil Ferrer, as IMO deputy secretary general.

Currently, fingers are being pointed in all directions. The vessel left Manila at about 8pm on Friday, 20th June as Typhoon Fengshen approached the islands. Storm Signal Number One, the lowest level warning, had been issued by the Pagasa, the country’s under-funded and under-equipped weather bureau.

Although the typhoon was not predicted to present a threat on the vessel’s route, typhoons are notoriously erratic. Although not expected to hit the main island of Luzon, by 11.30 the highest level warning was issued, Number Three, but by then the Princess Of The Seas was in the Visayas region still heading for Cebu.

The vessel was allowed to leave Manila because it was believed that she would only enter the periphery of typhoon, but the typhoon suddenly changed direction, putting the vessel directly in its path. It reached Sibuyan Island at around 7am

According to reports, at about non on Saturday, 21st June, the ship’s main engine failed, but some survivors say the ship only slowed down as it encountered large waves. With winds of 73 miles an hour gusting up to 94 miles and hour the ship listed off the coast of Sibuyan Island in Romblon province and took on water. The master, Captain Florencio Marimon, who is still missing, ordered all passengers to abandon the ferry, which capsized 15 minutes later.

Reportedly, few passengers were able to board the 14 liferafts, a number of which flipped over in the large swells and high winds, and about half were able to don lifejackets before jumping off the ship.

Later, police in the town of San Fernando in Romblon province reported that the vessel was two or three kilometres offshore, upside down off the coast of the town, her bow-thrusters visible.

History suggests that the Princess Of The Stars tragedy will have little effect on the safety of Philippine ferry passengers or their crew. The Philippines will continue to ignore its obligations to the IMO and to the security of its travelling public because there isn’t the political will to do otherwise no matter how many children’s rubber slippers wash up on its beaches.

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Philippine Ferry Sinking

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Jun 222008
 

We have reports of a ferry capsize involving the deaths of more than 800, four survivors. We’ll give more when it has been confirrned. The vessel was the Princess Of The Stars, operated by Sulpicio Lines.

It is probable that a board of inquiry will be convened. The Philippines has no independent casualty investigation agency and members of the board are not required to have any knowledge of casualty investigation.

The Philippines does not normally lodge casualty investigation reports with the International Maritime Organisation nor make reports publicly available.

 

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Maritime Safety News – 17th-20th June 2008

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Jun 202008
 

2 workers killed, 5 hurt in shipyard mishap
Straits Times – Singapore
Fourteen others were hurt in the explosion on the Rainbow Star. No explosion took place on Wednesday on board the ship that was being converted into a

Posted 06/18/08 at 08:42 AM

A 52-year-old Surrey man died after being crushed between two barges at a log sorting operation near Crofton, Canada.com reported. The accident occurred just before midnight while the men were working on barges towed by tugboats in the Shoal Island area, near the Catalyst mill in Crofton

Labrador freighter runs aground
Western Star – Corner Brook,Newfoundland and Labrador,Canada
The Canadian Coast Guard received a distress call at around 1:30 am The ship’s 13 crew members abandoned the vessel in a life boat.

New Jersey – passengers ferried ashore after cruise vessel becomes disabled

The US Coast Guard issued a press release stating that the passengers and crew of a 62-foot long harbor cruise vessel were transported ashore after the vessel’s propellers became entangled.

Edinburgh ship blaze could take week to bring under control, warn
Glasgow Daily Record – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
A BLAZE severely damaging a ship could take until the end of the week to extinguish, fire chiefs said yesterday. Ten firefighters are tackling the blaze on

UK. Torbay RNLI Lifeboat aids sinking fishing vessel; tows to Brixham
BYM News (press release) – Gibraltar,Spain
A nearby fishing vessel, the Marina, responded to the Pan Pan and proceeded to the sinking vessel. The Marina was requested to stand by the vessel until the .

Regulator failed to check vessel’s safety: coroner
Queensland’s maritime safety regulator failed to inspect an unseaworthy Torres Strait-based vessel in the years before a deckhand fell to his death, the state’s coroner has found.

Queensland coroner Michael Barnes found Maritime Safety Queensland had not inspected the vessel, The Alert, operated by company Torres Pilots for years prior to the 2004 death of 55-year-old Phillemon Mosby, despite receiving complaints that it was unsafe.

German-Based Operator of Ship and Chief Engineer Plead Guilty to
Biloxi Sun Herald – MS, USA
“The company and chief engineer used the ocean as a dumping ground for waste oil and tried to cover that up,” said David M. Dillon, Special Agent-in-Charge,

Boats, words collide in dispute between marina and shipper
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Milwaukee,WI,USA
By TOM DAYKIN A long-simmering dispute between two Milwaukee businesses has boiled over after a cargo ship operated by St. Marys Cement Inc. collided Monday

9 Non-British Ships Under Detention in the Uk During May

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that 9 foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during May 2008 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. read more.

Liquefied Natural Gas Tankers Remain Giant Terror Targets
The Cutting Edge – Washington,DC,USA
Foreign seafarers are not. US mariners will be subject to terrorism background checks through the TSA. Foreign Seafarers are not.

Somalia, French firm sign pact to tackle piracy.
By David Barouski(David Barouski)
Mombasa-based Seafarers Assistance Programme (SAP) says the move is laudable as it could enhance security of vessels and crew noting that many seagoing vessels and maritime insurers have been avoiding Somali coast because of piracy

Oil dealers raise alarm over danger of big spill at port
Business Daily Africa – Nairobi,Kenya
Marketers raise fears that KPA and the Kenya Maritime Authority may not have capacity to manage a spill of more than 1000 metric tonnes.

Singapore – IMO unique owner and registered owner ID number scheme

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding owners and operators that, effective 1 January 2009, the IMO unique company and registered owner identification (ID) number must be reflected in a number of ship’s documents.  This includes the Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR), the Document of Compliance, the Safety Management Certificate (SMC), and the International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC), among others. Shipping Circular No. 11 of 2008 (6/16/08).

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