PiraT Newsletter Out

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Apr 082011

German anti-piracy project PiraT has released the latest edition if its newsletter. This edition covers key issues including armed security guards and calls for participation in a maritime security survey.

The goal of the project PiraT is to develop “a comprehensive concept for maritime security in which political risk analyses and technological security solutions are linked with legal and economic approaches. The overall goal is to develop inter-agency governmental options for action that will enable the implementation of non-military measures to strengthen maritime trade security”.

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Covadonga Mooring Fatality

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Oct 012010

Damaged shoe hints at victim's injuries

Germany’s Bundesstel le für Seeunfalluntersuchung, Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation, has released its report into the fatality of a worker at the Brunsbuttel Lock due to head injuries as a result of a parting mooring line. On the 28th October, 2008, interaction between the moored TMS Covadonga, awaiting entry into the lock, and TMS Lister, which was emerging from the lock caused movement of the former which led to the forespring snapping and hitting a worker on the dock.

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Skania/Gitta Collision – “Ferry Ran On Rails”

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Apr 172010

Top: FV Gitaa damage, bottow, the 'ferry on rails'

Germany’s Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation says that it cannot give precise conclusions regarding the collision between the ro-ro ferry Skania and the fishing vessel Gitte in part because of the refusal by Skania’s owner, Unity Line Co. Ltd of Szczecin, to release the vessel’s Voyage Data Recorder and markedly different accounts of the circumstances. BSU does use the incident to highlight the value of AIS aboard smaller vessels.

In its summary investigation report BSU says: “At about 0141 on 17 February 20091, the Ro/Ro ferry Skania, sailing under the flag of the Bahamas, collided with the fishing vessel Gitte, registered in the Federal Republic of Germany, while en route from Swinoujscie, Poland, to Ystad, Sweden. At the time, the fishing vessel anchored approx. 13 nm east of Rügen because of engine failure. For unknown reasons, the watchkeepers on the bridge of the ferry failed to notice the fishing vessel, which anchored on the ferry’s course line, collided with the starboard forecastle and then dragged the fishing vessel with her anchor line until it broke shortly afterwards.

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