Maritime Safety News – 29 May 2009

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May 302009

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Two dead, one rescued in gas poisoning accident on Chinese ship
Xinhua – China
The navy ship was alerted for help because local maritime rescue ships could not approach Zheyuyu 1616 on the rough sea. Six hours later the navy reached .

2 hospitalized in La. after explosion on vessel
The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two crew members have been flown to a hospital after an explosion aboard a supply vessel off the Louisiana coast.

Fire breaks out on Italian ferry, all safe
The Associated Press
The cause of the fire was still being investigated. The ship, which belongs to the Italian ferry company Tirrenia di Navigazione SpA, was being towed

Ship runs aground in Bosporus strait
eTaiwan News – Taiwan
AP A maritime official says a St.-Vincent and Grenadines-flagged ship has run aground in Istanbul’s Bosporus. Salih Orakci, head of Turkey’s coast security,

Australian officials consider quarantine to keep cruise ship
USA Today – USA
The Brisbane Times reports only passengers who live in Brisbane or the surrounding state of Queensland will be allowed to leave the ship

Dead skipper’s family to sue trawler owners
New Ross Standard – Wexford,Ireland
However, a stability investigation to understand the stability profile of the vessel prior to the sinking was carried out by the MCIB

Harbour crash inquest witness admits to lie
ABC Online – Australia
In the statement she said she did not see or hear the HarbourCat, the Pam Burridge, prior to the collision.

Refrigerated cargo, indeed

A RUSSIAN ship captain has been charged with illegally transporting 56 passengers for four days, with a prosecutor alleging that they were essentially trapped in the refrigerated hold.

MCA publishes ‘Our Plans for 2009-10’

Maritime Journal – Fareham,UK
As part of its work towards tackling seafarer fatigue, MCA surveyors will be taking a critical look at the hours of work/rest records during surveys

Newcastle harbour chain secrets revealed
Newcastle Herald – Newcastle,Australia
Safety Bureau’s investigation into the Pasha Bulker grounding on Nobbys Beach for refit and another ship will take over the rest of the operation.

Eyes on the ocean
Times-Standard – Eureka,CA,USA
The system can be used to track oil spills — it helped during the massive spill from the Cosco Busan in San Francisco Bay — and to determine the direction

NOAA Says Changes in Vessel Operations May Reduce Risk of Endangered Whale Shipstrikes

Years of study and effort by NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard will pay off this summer when two changes to shipping lanes into Boston

NTSB: Expanded Release of Accident Investigations to Begin Next Week

Washington, DC (May 28th 2009): The National Transportation Safety Board today announced that it will begin to release all accident investigation public .


Kadhafi wants Somali exclusion zone to fight piracy
such as Frontex — the EU agency specialised in border security — to protect “our maritime wealth” and warned against the spread of piracy.

G8 discuss cooperation on organised crime and piracy
Reuters UK – UK
closer cooperation in fighting organised crime and greater aid to African states to tackle drug trafficking cartels and rising maritime piracy.

Raise A Stubbie To The Pasha Bulker

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Jun 082008

Since it’s a year, almost to the day, since the Pasha Bulker ran aground on Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle, Australia, you might be wondering why I didn’t launch the associated postcast, The Case Of The Unlucky Hooker, to coincide with the anniversary. It was tampting but I didn’t want to rain on anyone’s parade and spoil it for Newcastle, a city with three things going for it, coal, coal and coal, until now.

True, the event gave politicians a chance to squeal at each other like a bunch of pubescent schoolgirls, but it seems that the site of that ship hopelessly stranded clicked a link in the Australian pysche, certainly their respond was somewhat more measured than the lawyer-induced yammering of the Cosco Busan incident.

Pasha Bulker became a sort of local hero. It was almost impossible to park near Nobby’s Beach thanks to a spurt of tourists, it earned itself a streaker, one inspired Youtube video fantasy had her being rescued by Thunderbirds , another turned her into a Transformer.

Recently, Phillip Vernon, in a comment on our WordPress site said: “If or when it returns to newcastle I imagine there will be a fuss made over her with lots of people to welcome her back.” He’s probably right.

After all, the local government has kicked in A$20,000 to commission commemorative artwork of the event, including a pieceof the rudder. Newcastle’s Lord Mayor, John Tate, is quoted as saying: “Visitors still come here and look at the beach in that regard … so not only will it be a piece of art, it will also be something that will be able to be identified as another tourism attraction,” he said.

“In fact, what happened, the experience with the Pasha Bulker brought a lot of people to Newcastle and I know that there will be people in the future that want to visit that location again.”

look at the beach in that regard … so not only will it be a piece of art, it will also be something that will be able to be identified as another tourism attraction,” he said.

“In fact, what happened, the experience with the Pasha Bulker brought a lot of people to Newcastle and I know that there will be people in the future that want to visit that location again.”

There is, however, no truth to the rumour that they’re erecting a large sign on the shore reading “Newcastle welcomes careless captains”

The Master of the Cosco Busan must be weeping.

In the building next to mine sits a rather large Australian former-submariner, Tony, whose creed in response to a crisis is “she’ll be right”. Indeed, for Newcastle, she did come right. Now it’s a city with four things going for it: coal, coal, coal and Pasha Bulker.

So come lunchtime, it’s off to the pub to down a few frosty stubbies to the Pasha Bulker. G’day, mate.

Maritime Safety News Today – 5th June 2008

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Jun 052008

Oil spills as merchant ships collide off Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Merchant ships from Greece and Malta collided off the coast of Uruguay, dumping fuel oil from one of the vessels, Uruguay’s Navy said on Wednesday in a statement.

A government environmental official said the wind was blowing the “medium-sized” spill across the vast Rio de la Plata estuary towards Buenos Aires in Argentina. The estuary separates Uruguay and Argentina.

The accident occurred late on Tuesday between the Greek ship Syros and a Maltese vessel named Sea Bird, the latter of which had been anchored about 12 miles off the coast of Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital.

Norden ship has Bulgarian owner
Focus News – Sofia,Bulgaria
On Tuesday a Bulgarian sailor, Dimitar Mihaylov (41), fell off the vessel, Dimitar Pekov with the marine accident investigation unit, told Focus News Agency

Cruise ship scrapes ocean floor, halts trip
Anchorage Daily News (subscription) – Anchorage,AK,USA
The ship’s staff called the Coast Guard to report the accident at about 8 am, Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read said. The ship is not grounded;

Uruguay worried about fuel leak after ship collision
Earthtimes (press release) – London,UK
activists in Uruguay were on Wednesday trying to bring under control a fuel oil leak on its Atlantic coast brought about by the collision of two ships.

Wild Newcastle weather forces ships to deeper water
Bad weather in Newcastle has prompted several coal ships to head to deeper water to ride out the storm.

Four ships have voluntarily moved out to sea, while 23 vessels remain at anchor.

Heavy rain, strong wind gusts and big seas are expected tonight and ship captains are keen to avoid a repeat of last year’s Pasha Bulker vessel grounding.

Newcastle Port Corporation chief executive Gary Webb says all of the ship’s captains have been told the weather is likely to worsen and it is up to them if they head to sea.

“We have been advising vessels of weather warnings… of the conditions, but it is the master’s responsibility for the safety of the vessel and what happens on board,” he said.

Ocean search unsuccessful after mysterious Mayday calls
Eagle Tribune – North Andover,MA,USA
There was no report of the ship taking on water or a fire, but the calls said one engine was disabled, he said. Heise said the boat — roughly twice the size

Marine Board of Investigation hears testimony in Boston
By Dave Shirlaw(Dave Shirlaw)
This is the fourth convening of the board, whose purpose is to determine the cause of the sinking of the Alaska Ranger, and to make recommendations for preventing future maritime disasters. Two witnesses testified at the hearing,

Mitropoulos hails fall in casualty numbers
By David Osler
GOVERNMENT enforcement and shipping industry compliance of International Maritime Organization measures has resulted in casualties halving over the last quarter of a century.

Frigate intervenes in pirate attack
A frigate based at CFB Esquimalt, now patrolling near Somalia off the Horn of Africa, saved a commercial vessel from a pirate attack yesterday.

Crew on HMCS Calgary received a distress call yesterday morning from a vessel that had fallen under small arms fire. As the warship changed its direction and sped toward the attackers, the ship’s Sea King helicopter was redirected toward the pirates to gather information, the Department of Defence said in a release.

USCG Investigates Sinking Vessel
WAUKEGAN, Ill. – The US Coast Guard is continuing its investigation to determine why the charter fishing vessel “Fin Seeker” sank in severe weather two miles off the coast of Waukegan, Ill. in Lake Michigan on May 30.

GAP Adventures acquires replacement ship
TravelMole – London,England,UK
GAP Adventures, which lost the ship MS Explorer when it sank in the Antarctic last year, has acquired a replacement vessel.

Harbour safety prompts fines up to $100000
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
New maritime safety laws including fines of up to $110000 for dangerous or negligent navigation will be introduced by the NSW Government in the wake of a

Wild Newcastle weather forces ships to deeper water
ABC Online – Australia
Heavy rain, strong wind gusts and big seas are expected tonight and ship captains are keen to avoid a repeat of last year’s Pasha Bulker vessel grounding.

No investigation by coastguards
Falmouth Penryn Packet – Falmouth,UK
Allegations had been made by divers operating off the diving vessel Cousin Jack that HMS Enterprise had gone too close while they were diving in Falmouth

City ferry captain sinks prosecution
Manawatu Standard – Palmerston North,New Zealand
He was cleared of two charges, but found guilty of failing to notify maritime safety officials of the incident. Mr Birchall appealed to the Wellington High

Coast Guard: Vessel’s captain was asleep in Feb. accident
Daily Press – Newport News,VA,USA
66-foot-long steel corps vessel Mobjack was not damaged, but the 74-foot-long fiberglass yacht Marquessa sustained significant damage in the accident.

Chamber of Shipping: Launch of two new information leaflets for – London,UK
The National Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Committee (NMOHSC) – comprising the Chamber of Shipping and the maritime unions Nautilus UK and RMT

HELCOM measures keep illicit oil spills in the Baltic near record lows
Newsdesk (pressmeddelande) – Stockholm,Sweden
of pollution control was substantially strengthened thanks to the CleanSeaNet (CSN) satellite service launched by the European Maritime Safety Agency.