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At 9 pm the oil tanker Formosaproduct Brick, carrying naptha, and the bulk carrier Ostende Max collided about 20 nautical miles off the Malaysian resort city of Port Dickson on passage to Singapore. Nine seafarers died in the subsequent fire aboard Formosaproduct Brick.

What happens next?

Several investigations will currently be underway into the collision and fire that lead to the Formosaproduct Brick tragedy. Most important of these will be the flag-state and coastal state investigations which look for ways to prevent this sort of incident from occurring rather than finding out who to blame or who should pay for the damage. Continue reading »

Maritime Safety & Security News – 24 August 2009

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rig to keep spilling crude oil
The Australian
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said PTTEP would pay the clean-up costs. About 500m away, more than 60 members of the Australian Manufacturing

Manx registered vessel in sea collision
Isle of Man Today
INVESTIGATORS from the Isle of Man are on their way to Malaysia after a Manx registered vessel was involved in a major collision.

Burnt remains of all Taiwan tanker crew found: police
The accident happened off Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan state, south of Kuala Lumpur. "We only found bones as the fire was so hot that most of the bodies

No evidence of other migrants on board – AFM commander
Times of Malta
Responding to the migrants’ claims that 73 people on board the vessel had died, Brig. Vassallo said there was no evidence to suggest this or that the dinghy

‘We need better maritime regulations’
Trinidad & Tobago Express
stated that such accidents would continue as long as the maritime regulations remain unchanged. "Any vessel, with any engine, at anytime,


Yemen reviews efforts in combating piracy
Yemen News Agency
Somali pirates carried out 150 maritime piracy operations and attempted a further 69 last year in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden and the

Egyptian fishermen return after escaping pirates
Another of the fishermen told journalists how pirates had used diminishing drinking water to bathe and constantly threatened to set fire to the boats with

US commander says Somali piracy reduced but still a threat
The Gulf of Aden is safer for shipping than it was a year ago but piracy is likely to increase as the weather improves, a US naval commander said on Sunday. "The maritime environment is much more peaceful because of the international

Anadolu Ajans
Turkish Maritime Undersecretariat set up an information system against piracy in Gulf of Aden and off Somalia which are both frequently used by Turkish .

Maritime Security, Anti Piracy Vessel Protection, Gulf of Aden
By seamarshal
ISSG Holdings, Ltd. and Evolutionary Security Management, Inc. have developed an unparalleled anti-piracy vessel survey program for the maritime industry. This survey is conducted in two parts. First we send a trained security surveyor

Maritime Safety & Security News – 23 August 2009

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9 dead Chinese sailors found after tanker fire

Jakarta Post

from Indonesia’s Sumatra island, are rare even though some 70000 vessels use the waterway annually. Traffic was not affected by the collision and fire.

Idaho man injured in explosion aboard fishing vessel at Scappoose

Columbia River Fire and Rescue firefighters Lt. Rich Leanna, Eric Wonderly, Ron Cordell and Captian Michael Gorsuch wheel a patient to a waiting LIfeFlight

Passengers saved from burning cruise ship

United Press International

The shipping company confirmed sailors on the Bulgarian vessel Nayden Kirov helped evacuate passengers from the river cruise ship that caught fire Friday

West Atlas oil rig faces fire danger

Brisbane Times

At least one ship has been given approval to use a spray to minimise the fire risk while a Hercules aircraft, hired by the Australian Maritime Safety

NIMASA, NPA rescue distressed Sao Tome flagged vessel


By AKOMA CHINWEOKE INTER-AGENCY collaboration between the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA and the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA,

Families of sinking victims try to fund recovery


Retrieving the vessel could cost up to $25 million and the Tongan government is expected to rule any salvage operation out.

Mishaps at Alang: probe holds ‘negligence’ guilty, workers demand

Indian Express

The preliminary report of the Gujarat Maritime Board on the earlier incident stated the accident could have been avoided if proper guidance was given.

New Maritime Rules Target Oil Spills in Antarctica

Inter Press Service

Light fuel evaporates more easily, so the risks of environmental damage are reduced in the case of an accident or oil spill. In the Antarctic, this can


40K Pinoy seafarers to benefit from Japan’s anti-piracy law


The DOLE said this new law dovetails with the wider efforts of the United Nations (UN) to ensure safe passage in maritime trading areas.


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Almario Balana, Morris Apura and Generoso Batula were sleeping on the top deck, finding no space anywhere in the overcrowded vessel.