Nov 172010

Whaling protest vessel Ady Gil and the Japanese vessel Shonan Maru No. 2. Photo: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Masters commanding Japanese whaler Shonan Maru No. 2 and the whaling protest boat Ady Gil departed from  International Collision Regulations and engaged in conduct that resulted in the collision says a report released by Maritime New Zealand. The report highlights the need for all masters to exercise restraint and ensure safety remains their highest priority, says Maritime New Zealand, MNZ.

Among the report’s conclusions:

Shonan Maru No. 2 was an overtaking vessel within the meaning of the International Collision Regulations and, as such, the master of Shonan Maru No. 2 had an obligation to keep clear of Ady Gil;It was considered likely that Shonan Maru No. 2 was aware of Ady Gil and its location; Shonan Maru No. 2 had ample opportunity to avoid creating the close quarters situation that developed and the subsequent collision; Shonan Maru No. 2 failed to keep well clear of Ady Gil.
The master of Shonan Maru No. 2 was almost certainly aware of Ady Gil’s unpredictability, and that its master could not be relied on to act as a ‘normal’ seafarer might. Commentary from the Shonan Maru No. 2 video suggests the Shonan Maru No. 2 master was anticipating an attempt to foul Shonan Maru No. 2’s propeller. This added an element of uncertainty to the close quarters situation. Continue reading »

Kiwis Head For Gulf Spill

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Jun 042010

image Two technical experts from Maritime New Zealand, MNZ, have flown to the United States at the invitation of one of the oil spill response companies assisting with the clean-up of the Gulf of Mexico spill.

An oil spill equipment technician and a response planning officer from MNZ’s Marine Pollution Response Service, MPRS, have been seconded to support the Deepwater Horizon spill response.

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SOS – Ships Of Shame: What the Zeus?

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Oct 162009

imageThis ship of shame, the Panama-flagged bulker Zeus 1, owned by Falcon Shipping Inc, can hardly be described as a rust bucket, her keel was laid as recently as 2007, but she was, and perhaps still is, a death trap for the seafarers working on her.

She was detained for 15 days by Maritime New Zealand due to a long list of frightening shortfalls that would have doomed those aboard her in an emergency.

What sort of emergency? With significant contamination in the galley exhaust trunking creating a risk of fire, perhaps assisted by a busted fuel oil quick closing valve, let’s look at that first. The official record says ‘Demonstrated fire drills not to the required standard”. Hardly surprising since manufacturer’s stickers were still on the facemasks, suggesting that fire drills were few and far between.

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MNZ Issues ECDIS, ENC Guidance

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Aug 202009

Maritime New Zealand has issued a guidance note, June 2008, Issue 8:  Use of electronic charts, ECDIS and ENCs in New Zealand, targetted at New Zealand shipping companies, International SOLAS, vessels visiting New Zealand, Classification societies in New Zealand, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) safety inspectors, auditors and accident investigators.

The notice details the technical requirements relating to Maritime Rule Part 25, the different types of chart display systems and the need to maintain and use paper charts. The notice was first issued in June 2008, and the information on the availability of ENCs (electronic navigation charts) from land Information New Zealand has been updated.

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