Miami Co. Charged With Vice On River

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May 302011
 

handcuffsCriminal charges have been filed against Americas Marine Management Services, Inc with pollution on the Miami River. If found guilty the firm could face $500,000 in fines and five years probation.

The formal announcement says: “Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Rear Admiral William D. Baumgartner, Commander, 7th Coast Guard District, and John Sall, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, announced the filing of a criminal Information charging defendant Americas Marine Management Services, Inc., d/b/a Antillean Marine, a Miami corporation, with one count of oil pollution, in violation of Title 33, United States Code, Section 1908(a); one count of failure to maintain an accurate Oil Record Book, in violation of Title 33, United States Code, Section 1908(a); and one count of failing to submit reports to the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse, in violation of Title 16, United States Code, Section 4711(g)(2). If convicted, the defendant corporation faces a fine of up to $500,000 per count and up to five years of probation.

According to the allegations in the Information, Americas Marine Management Services operated the TITAN EXPRESS from a terminal on the Miami River. On or about July 9, 2010, the crew of the TITAN EXPRESS discharged oily waste into U.S. water knowing that its pollution prevention equipment was not working. The crew of the TITAN EXPRESS further kept fictitious records about the management of the ship’s oily waste.

The Information also alleges that Americas Marine Management Services failed to submit a report to the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse in advance of the TITAN EXPRESS’ arrival at the Port of Miami. The National Ballast Information Clearinghouse is a joint program of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the United States Coast Guard. Its mandate is to understand and prevent the introduction of non-indigenous species to the fresh, brackish, and saltwater environments of the United States.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Services. This case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaime Raich.

An Information is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Venting Valve, Poor Training, Leaves three Dead

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May 012011
 

This tragic report comes from a concerned MAC subscriber and is a good case to use when discussing confined spaces with crew. Break it down into events and ask “what would you do in this situation”, the determined brother-in-law being a situation that you may havee to deal with.

M/V Melanie is a small inter island containership that is worked in the non-union section of the port of Miami FL USA using a gantry or shore crane. She is worked in the Caribbean using ship’s gear for the most part.

A 20′ ISO standard container of liquefied air-conditioning propellant came to the gate.  The tank was venting gas through an obviously altered relief valve.
The driver explained to the clerk at the gate, who had no HAZMAT training, that the venting was normal and harmless.  As the tank had the proper label and the documentation showed that it was a non-hazardous “green” gas in liquid form the clerk accepted the container into the terminal. Continue reading »

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Maritime Safety News Today – 9th July 2008

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Jul 092008
 

Fatal accident at Savannah ports
WTOC – Savannah,GA,USA
They say an International Longshoremen was working with the Stevedore Society of America near or on the vessel, The Saga Journey when the accident occurred.

The Spirit of Nantucket runs aground – again
The Virginian-Pilot – Norfolk,VA,USA
After about nine hours, the ship was refloated. Passengers were taken to an airport. A Coast Guard spokesman said it’s not clear whether the grounding was

Crew rescued from sinking ship
News24 – South Africa
Johannesburg – Thirty six crew members were rescued after a Spanish fishing vessel caught fire and sank off the east coast of southern Africa, the Cape Town


Crews still monitoring Miami cargo ship fire
Associated Press – July 8, 2008 10:24 AM ET MIAMI (AP) – Firefighters are still at the scene of a massive cargo ship fire that is smoldering on the Miami River.

14 boat migrants missing off Spain
International Herald Tribune – France
Maritime rescue official Miguel Zea said planes, boats and helicopters were searching the area, but there was very little chance of finding anyone alive,

Coast Guard OKs return of cruise ship to Juneau after grounding
International Herald Tribune – France
However, the ship does have structural damage which must be corrected before it can again carry passengers. Officials say the cause of the grounding remains

Ship Mona Lisa’s costly evacuation

RIGA- The freeing of the stranded ship Mona Lisa and evacuation of passengers cost Latvia 135,000 lats (EUR 192,000).

Ieva Aile, head of the governmental press service, told the Baltic News Service that Latvian lawyers are still negotiating with the insurer two financial positions that will decide whether value added tax is included in the total sum to be paid to Latvia.

2 BMI probers quit with guns blazing
Inquirer.net – Philippines
But veteran ship captains Rear Adm. Benjamin Mata and Commodore Amado Romillo went out with guns blazing against Sulpicio Lines Inc., owners of the

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Maritime Safety News – 7th July 2008

 capsize, containership, Ferry, fire, fire safety, Sinking, Uncategorized  Comments Off on Maritime Safety News – 7th July 2008
Jul 072008
 

100 firefighters extinguish massive fire on cargo ship
Associated Press – July 6, 2008 11:44 AM ET MIAMI (AP) – More than 100 firefighters have extinguished a massive fire on a cargo ship on the Miami River.

Agency finds safety problems in Langkawi ferry service
weaknesses have been detected in the Langkawi ferry service that can threaten the safety of passengers, the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency’s (MMEA) Northern Region Enforcement chief Laksamana Pertama Zammani Mod Amin said. One of the shortcomings

Shipment of uranium transiting through the Port of Montreal

07 July 2008 01:56
PM Attention News Editors MONTREAL, July 6 /CNW Telbec/ – The Port of Montreal confirms that a vessel carrying a shipment of uranium arrived Friday in the Port of Montreal from Bagdad. The Port of Montreal is equipped and its employees have been trained

Philippine House inquiry on Princess of the Stars starts
In a fact-finding inquiry Monday, the House committee on transportation will also verify reports on defects of the Sulpicio Lines Inc. vessel, including the ship design and the lack of communication equipment.

Death toll rises to three in China boat sinking
China Daily – China
The vessel sank on the way to Yijiangshan islands at about 5 pm Friday. On board were 12 people, who went angling, according to the captain who was later

Rig workers who whistleblow over safety issues are ‘routinely sacked’
Sunday Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
said the safety cutbacks combined with the pressures to extract oil, gas and other resources throughout the world will lead to another major accident.


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