MAC Radio Arrives

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Sep 172010

image Sharp-eyed? Then you’ll have seen the new addition to our side bar: MAC Radio, our experiment with streaming MAC podcasts as radio programmes.

It won’t be playing 24/7 until the test period is over.

At the moment we’re trialling it and we want to know what you think, useful or not? Problems? Suggested improvements? Let us know at

Magellan Star Released By Marines “Without A Shot”

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Sep 092010

U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque (LPD 8), center, deploys U.S. Marine Corps Cobra attack helicopters Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 during a board and seizure operation. (US Navy photo by Cryptologic Technician 2nd Class William Farmerie/Released)

US Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs has issued the following release:

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) — At approximately 5 am local time, Sept. 9, 24 US Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force (MRF) aboard USS Dubuque (LPD eight) operating under Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), boarded and seized control of Antigua-Barbuda-flagged, German–owned vessel M/V Magellan Star from pirates who attacked and boarded the vessel early Sept 8.

This successful mission by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) secured the safety of the ship’s crew and returned control of the ship to the civilian mariners. Nine pirates are currently under control of CTF 151, pending further disposition. This ship’s crew has not reported any injuries or casualties. There were no reported injuries from the U.S. Maritime Raid Force. Continue reading »

Maritime Safety & Security News – 19 July 2010

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Jul 182010
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Star of India volunteer critically injured in fall
San Diego Union Tribune
He was critically injured when he fell more than 30 feet from the ship’s rigging into San Diego Bay Sunday morning. A Star of India crew member removes

Tankers collided in Northern Sea Route, Russian Arctic

Two tankers of Murmansk Shipping Co left Murmansk to transit Northern Sea Route West-East direction and deliver some 27,000 mt diesel oil to Chukotka ports Pevek and Provideniya, in ice convoy with two nuclear icebreakers, Rossia and Taymyr. On July 16 or 17 m/t Varzuga contacted with m/t Indiga in heavy ice, with restricted visibility. Indiga damaged in aft area, but underway. Spill not reported.

Mystery death of female cadet – accusations of sexual abuse and rape

Questions remain unanswered about the tragic death of a Transnet cadet serving on board the container ship SAFMARINE KARIBA who died mysteriously after going overboard into the sea near the coast of Croatia. At first it was assumed that she had committed suicide but now a disturbing story of sexual abuse including rape has emerged

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Jul 022009

Maritime Executive Magazine has released further information on the lifeboat incident we posted earlier. We re-present the incident here:

Note: We now understand that the video is not the AD22 incident (see comments below). It does, however, reprent a fairly typical event of that class.

On June 09, 2009 at around 1400 hrs in calm sea state, AD22 launched its Starboard lifeboat with a crew compliment of 7 persons for a periodic sea trial test. The lifeboat was successfully launched and sailed for 20 minutes. At the conclusion of the test, the lifeboat was re-connected to the davit pendant lines for recovery and stowing. After doing a short load test out of the water, the boat was winched / hoisted by the crew. When the lifeboat was approximately 2 feet from stowing position, the aft pendant hook inadvertently released causing the lifeboat to swing on the foreword pendant, which also released causing the lifeboat to fall in the sea from a height of 65 feet.

The investigation to determine the cause of the accidental release in progress. One person been declared dead upon arrival to the hospital, one in critical condition, and five with various injuries.