Maritime Safety & Security News 5 August 2010

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12 missing after ship collision in Indonesia
Twelve people were missing after two cargo ships collided in the waters off eastern Indonesia early Wednesday, an official said. The ships collided in the

Five fishermen missing after boat collision in southern China
The unknown vessel it had collided with fled following the accident, and the five fishermen remain missing. A search is underway for both the missing men as

Coast Guard: Engine fire caused close call with sea wall
Port Huron Times Herald
The fire started about 11:30 am and, while those on board were fighting the blaze, the ship’s master and pilot decided to steer it out of the shipping

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 2 August 2010

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Gangplank collapses as 100 wait to board cruise
San Jose Mercury News
AP SAN DIEGO—A gangplank in San Diego collapsed as about 100 people waited to board a Mississippi-style cruise ship, dropping many into the shallow water.

Crew leaps to safety as boat burns in Indian River | VIDEO Florida Today "From my understanding, the owner (who was not aboard) just bought the shrimp boat in North Carolina," said Lori Matson, spokeswoman for the Rockledge Fire

Majority of Lifejackets Fail Lifeboat Test Afloat Over 90% of lifejackets tested at Ireland’s two biggest sailing centres failed simple checks carried out by the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI)

A 60-YEAR-OLD fisherman was minutes from death when he became
South Wales Evening Post
He said: "We could have been looking at a fatality. Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) crew members were on their way to a charity fundraiser

US divers examine damaged tanker
The specialist divers were dispatched to Fujairah to investigate the cause of the damage to the vessel, which is anchored about 13 nautical miles off the

Gulf of Mexico Has Long Been a Dump Site New York Times Much more than that has been spilled from pipelines, vessel traffic and wells in state waters — including hundreds of spills in Louisiana alone

Spanish Supreme Court clarifies rules on “both-to-blame” collisions Lexology (registration) By Beverley Wood The Spanish Supreme Court (the “Court”) has clarified the concepts of “ship” and “collision” in terms of collision liability. .

RNLI action stations
Cowes Online
Last year, 141 people were rescued at sea thanks to the volunteers of the Isle of Wight’s three RNLI lifeboat stations; Bembridge, Cowes, and Yarmouth.

Oil Firms to Set Up Fund for Spills
The rig has quarters capacity of 150 persons. It was also learnt that a similar accident occurred in Ghana in one of the Transocean’s rigs, Rig 702.


bill introduced to provide whistleblower protection Representative Miller (D-CA) introduced the Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2010 (H.R. 5851) to provide whistleblower protections to certain workers in the offshore oil and gas industry. (7/26/10).

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NL boat sank rapidly, fisherman says, as search continues for
The Canadian Press
Stephen Brothers, a 31-year-old fisherman who heard a distress call from the sinking vessel, said it was clear the incident Saturday morning occurred

On The Waterfront: Death of Lakewood dockworker raises safety issue
Contra Costa Times
Rivera was helping supervise a ship offloading when he was fatally hit by a forklift driver. Meanwhile, internet message boards frequented by longshoremen

Violent seas caused trawler to sink
The Press Association
Investigators said either a wave or waves caused sections of the ship’s hull to buckle and catastrophically fail, ultimately causing the ship to sink.

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Sep 042009

We’ve been asked to re-publish our three-part series on the resignation of Bulgaria’s chief maritime investigator and the enquiries into the losses of MV Vanessa and MV Tolstoy. What Papukchiev has to say is disturbing. He identifies significant shortfall in communications between port state controls, the IMO and flag states, and highlights the challenges faced by maritime investigators in those jurisdictions in which independent investigations are difficult to achieve.

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Captain Hristo Papukchiev

Just one day after being tasked to lead a re-opening of the investigation into the January 2008 sinking of the general cargo ship Vanessa Captain Hristo Papukchiev resigned as chairman of the Commission of Investigation. It was a frustrating end to a mission to enhance safety for seafarers on Bulgarian ships and in Bulgarian waters.

Papukchiev’s story raises issues regarding the country’s commitment to maritime safety, safety investigation, and search and rescue. The issues are not unique to Bulgaria,they are common in those countries where shipping interests wield tremendous political power, power enough to make or break presidents. What makes his story unique is that such tales are usually kept behind well-closed doors but Papukchiev has gone public.

It is probably fair to say that Papukchiev’s frustration, and anger is not aimed at the Bulgarian authorities alone but also at the failure of the international maritime community to give him the support he desperately needed to make change. it was, in particular, a test of the IMO’s commitment to transparency, a test which it failed.


Tolstoy - Fits the template for Black Sea sinkings

For the first time in Bulgaria’s history, on Papukchiev’s watch, Bulgaria filed an accident report with the IMO, in this case the tragedy of the M/V Tolstoy. He expected a response, he expected action, there was none.

The Tolstoy investigation was the first one completed with Papukchiev as the lead investigator. It identified serious regulatory failings, inadequate vessel monitoring and a serious shortfall in Bulgaria’s SAR capability and in VTS operations. It should have led to a serious enquiry aimed at improving the situation, it did not.

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Accident Report – More and Moor Severe Injuries

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Germany’s Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty investigation has released its report in to a mooring line incident that resulted in two seafarers suffering severe leg injuries after a stern line and fore and aft spring lines snapped during the mooring of the containership Ruiloba in Bremerhaven.

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Maritime Safety News – 14 June 2009

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Fisherman killed in boat accident

Cape Cod Times – Hyannis,MA,USA

A Coast Guard spokesman says the 40-foot vessel was about 10 miles off the coast of Plymouth on Thursday when at about 3 pm a line snapped

Mystery grows over ship sunk in pipeline dispute

Irish Independent – Dublin,Ireland

Mr O’Donnell and crewman Martin mcdonnell were assaulted and held down by some of the men, while others went below deck

Freed Indian sailors narrate woes of Korean prision – New Delhi,India

December 7, 2007 was a turning point for both sailors shell shocked by the events after the collision while their vessel was anchored in the Daesan port in

CG report shows broad failure in Patriot case

Gloucester Daily Times – MA, USA

By Richard Gaines The Coast Guard’s delayed response to the initial notification of a fire alarm radio signal from the doomed fishing vessel Patriot

Maritime Academy students simulate disaster to learn how to avoid it

Contra Costa Times – Walnut Creek,CA,USA

The ultimate aim is to prevent maritime disasters such as the Cosco Busan oil spill that occurred in November 2007.

White House: US may confront ships near NKorea

The Associated Press

If they refuse, she said, the United States will try to work with the ship’s home nation “and others to direct that vessel to an appropriate port for the

Israeli Security Academy Offers Maritime Protection Training

NTDTV – Atlanta,GA,USA

An Israeli security academy is teaching counter-piracy and maritime protection to an international class of students. The International Security Academy

FACTBOX-Ships held by Somali pirates

Reuters – USA

Here are details of some ships believed to be under pirate control and some facts about the increase in piracy:

Maritime Safety News – 12th June 2009

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Oil and chemical tanker strikes bottom of the Piscataqua River

The Union Leader – Manchester,NH,USA

"We will work with the tanker’s crew to ensure the vessel is structurally sound before it leaves port." I applaud the Coast Guard and Tug Captains

Two fishermen rescued from sea off Mayo

Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland

Two fisherman have been rescued from the sea off the coast of Co Mayo following the sinking of their vessel in the early hours of this morning.

Ship prevented from sinking in Strait

KONP.COM 1450 – Port Angeles,WA,USA

(Seattle) — Coast Guard crews prevented a fishing vessel from sinking in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A Coast Guard helicopter and cutter from Port Angeles

Fire destroys $2.3m Pearl Sea vessel

WA Business News (subscription) – Northbridge,Western Australia,Australia

The research vessel had been in port in Broome undergoing repairs when a fire was reported just before midnight on Wednesday.

Shipping to fight on for freed Hebei Two

Lloyd’s List – London,UK

Indian seafarer unions, which launched a boycott of South Korea products in support of the two officers, are planning a welcoming party at Mumbai airport.

Shell denies involvement in trawler sinking

Ireland Online – Dublin,Ireland

After the alleged captors made their escape, Mr O’Donnell said he went down to the engine room, discovered the vessel was sinking and sent a mayday call.

Coast Guard admits response delay in Gloucester fishing boat sinking

Boston Globe – United States

his agency was slow in responding to a fishing boat sinking off the coast of Gloucester in January, but said that the vessel went down quickly

This Just In: Recent civil suits filed in Jefferson County

Southeast Texas Record – Beaumont,TX,USA

Seabulk International negligently failed to provide a safe work place, failed to provide prompt medical attention and operated an unseaworthy vessel,

10 Steps to ECDIS Mandation

The UKHO has produced a short guide to clarify the process that leads to adoption of ECDIS by shipping companies, in step with SOLAS Regulations. Download the guide here

Changes of traffic separation system “At Hatter Barn” in Samsø Belt on 1 July 2009

From next month, it will be possible for small ships to engage in coastal trade without sharing the traffic separation system with large and fast-going ships Read more


Somali pirates terrorised Nigerian crew – AfricaTimesNews

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When the word to leave finally came, Egbegi and his dazed crew started up their engines and called the International Maritime Bureau’s piracy centre for help.

Complacency a concern as piracy incidents increase

Seatradeasia-online – London,UK

Copenhagen: Shipowner complacency is adding to the piracy problem in the Gulf of Aden, according to a maritime security expert.

Maritime Safety News – 11 June 2009

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Vietnam sinking reported

A SHIP carrying 500 tonnes of cement reportedly sunk today in the Hau River in Vietnam.

Wilhelmsen inspects damage to vessel after platform crash
By Martyn Wingrove
WILHELMSEN Ship Management has moved the offshore support vessel Big Orange XVIII to a yard in Denmark to inspect damage incurred during a collision with a platform on the Ekofisk oil field in Norway.

70 immigrants on boat saved
Straits Times – Singapore
The rickety vessel had left from an illegal jetty in central Selangor state when it was spotted by authorities, a Malaysian maritime official told AFP.

Thames death shows need for passenger vessel checks –
By Sandra Speares
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch report into an incident on the Class V passengership Hurlingham in August 2008 recommended that the MCA check vessels&… Thames death shows need for passenger vessel checks


Windy weapons against pirates

MONSOONS constitute a secret weapon against pirates, according to a military advisory.

Captain of Italian ship held by pirates off Somalia’s coast pleads
SomalilandPress – Hargeisa, Somaliland
They too (the jailers – Corriere della Sera editor’s note) are nervous and they open fire every now and then. It happened again today. .

Pirates attack Libyan tanker

A LIBYAN oil tanker has evaded pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden, a spokesman for operation Atalanta told Fairplay today.

Tug safe after escaping pirates

A DUTCH warship is today escorting a tug freed in a daring escape from pirates in Nigeria, the Dutch defense ministry said.