Most Easterly Somali Pirate Attack Reported – Possible Mothership

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Oct 292010

image In what is believed to to be the most easterly attack of its kind alleged Somali pirates attempted to seize the Hong Kong-registered  crude oil tanker, Star Light Venture while underway at about 340 nm west of Mangalore, India (13°16′ N, 068° 59’E) on 28 October at or about 0030 hrs.

two small craft with an unknown number of pirates onboard approached the vessel from the starboard quarter. Armed with guns, the pirates fired at the vessel which resulted in about 50 bullet holes found on the accommodation doors and broken foremast light fixtures. The ship took evasive action and increased speed to 16 knots, and finally managed to shake off the pirates.

The crew was not injured.

The Indian Coast Guard which is also the ReCAAP Focal Point (India) has despatched an aircraft to the area to locate the pirates’ crafts.

This is the furthest incident east of Somalia suspected to be carried out by east African pirates.

Says ReCAAP: “Considering the involvement of two small crafts in the reported incident and the distance between the incident and the east African coast, the presence of a mother ship is not ruled out. Vessels are advised to exercise extreme caution when navigating within 100 nautical miles of the position given in this report and maintain maximum CPA with any ship acting suspiciously.

ReCAAP ISC advises mariners transiting the area to exercise vigilance at all times and adopt adequate boarding protection measures as described in the BMPs.

Ship masters are also advised to report all actual and attempted incidents in this
vicinity to the MRCC Mumbai immediately at the following contact numbers:

MRCC (Mumbai)
Coast Guard Region (West)
Mumbai – India
Telephone :
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Safety Alert: Indian Iron Sinking Ships

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Sep 112009

Asian Forest - Not made for liquid cargo

Warnings about the hazards of liquefaction of iron ore cargos loaded in India have been repeated by P&I clubs after incidents involving several vessels including Hodasco 15, Vinalines Mighty , the Tonghai, earlier involved in the rescue of seafarers from the Genius Star, and the Black Rose in which a chief engineer perished trying to save his ship. Similar warnings were issued by the North of England P&I Club following the loss of the Asian Forest.

Iron ore is often stored in the open, collecting moisture during the rainy season. This cargo can become a ‘muddy slush’, a process called liquefaction, in a matter of minutes in the holds of bulk carriers. Bulkers are not designed to carry liquids and the loss of the vessel too often results.

Documentation indicating moisture content may be more a matter of wishful thinking than accurate analysis. Threats of violence have made in Mindanao, Philippines,  when the ship’s personnel wanted to question and probe the veracity of information provided and test the cargo to be loaded.

The problem is excarebated during and following the rainy season.

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Maritime Safety News Today, 8 September 2007

 Den Den, EPIRB, India, Liberia, Mangalore, Sinking  Comments Off on Maritime Safety News Today, 8 September 2007
Sep 082007

Liberia: Delta Impex Begins Removing Sinking Vessel – Washington,USA
The firm identified as Delta Impex Incorporated has begun inserting plastic materials on parts of the vessel; with rubber pipes attached in order to use

Ship in trouble after leaving Mangalore port
Hindu – Chennai,India
News spread around 3 pm that another ship was sinking off Tannirbhavi, where mv Den Den, an Eritrean ship, sank, killing three members of the crew on June

Ship’s automatic beacon didn’t send distress call
Seattle Post Intelligencer – USA
The problem with the emergency beacon is just one question still to be answered, and the sinking itself remains under investigation.

Ferries could share fate of runaway vessel: report
Vancouver Sun – British Columbia, Canada
The collision sank or damaged 28 pleasure crafts tied up in the marina but no one was injured either on the ferry or in the marina.

GL Holds Ship Stability Workshop

Posted 09/07/07 at 10:34 AM

More than 70 experts from the international maritime industry met at Germanischer Lloyd headquarters to discuss the current status of the development and research in ship stability. The two day workshop dealt with the probabilistic assessment of intact stability, showed trends in progressive flooding prediction, presented new cognitions of investigations.


Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
Shortage of over 10000 seafarers were predicted in 2005 BIMCO/ISF manpower study. He said: “The warnings fell on deaf ears in most cases.

Sailors protest against extra training
Manila Standard Today – Philippines
The Professional Regulation Commission has come under fire from the Senate for requiring seafarers to take an additional academic course if they wish to get

HELCOM fleet stages live disaster exercise off Estonia
Newsdesk – Stockholm,Sweden
Poland, Sweden – and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), supported by helicopters, took part in this annual operational exercise designed to 

India thanks China for rescuing Indian sailor
Hindu – Chennai,India
Interestingly, an Indian ship had saved 11 Chinese crew members from a sinking cargo vessel on March 21 this year, about 90 miles west of Luzon, Philippines