Important EPIRB ALert

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Sep 102007

Good friends John Konrad of gCaptain and Robin Stormer of the Robin Storm blog are investigating the failure of an EPIRB aboard the Papa George which with two fatalities.

“I want to bring this story to everyone’s attention. We are currently investigating the possible second malfunction of a EPIRB (Emergency position indicating radio beacon) within the last four months. This time it appears that there has been two deaths associated with this incident. We cannot stress the importance of getting to the bottom of these potential malfunctions.

Those of you with blogs we ask that you refer to our by-line at and for details on your next postings. This warning must go out maritime wide.

Rob Stormer…..

As of this writing we cannot stress enough that all mariners must ensure thattheir EPIRBs
are not just in operational condition, that the registration matches the face plate on their EPIRBs,
but also that the registration actually matches the hexadecimal code in the NOAA  database.
Fred Fry of Fred Fry International asks us to also remind all mariners that its important to check
your EPIRB ona monthly basis.

Maritime Safety News Today, 8 September 2007

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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

Maritime Safety News Today, September 5, 2007

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Sep 052007

Investigators eye water pump in deadly sinking
KOMO – Seattle,WA,USA
“That may have lead to the sinking of the vessel.” Investigators are still working to determine exactly what went wrong. The Papa George operated out of

Marine Pollution in the Wake of Haifa Boat Collision
Israel Ministry of the Environment – Jerusalem,Israel
The collision and subsequent sinking of the ship led to the spill of large quantities of diesel oil, which settled on the shores of Kiryat Haim and Kiryat

Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
Meanwhile, The Swedish Club continues to make a significant global contribution, through the Maritime Resource Management (MRM) training programme.

Coast Guard Issues New Oil Barge Regulations

Posted 08/31/07 at 02:15 PM

According to reports, the Coast Guard has issued new rules governing the transportation of oil through Buzzards Bay that require single-hulled tankers and oil barges to be escorted by a second tugboat…

APL-Developed Automatic Device Could Indicate Boats in Distress
Johns Hopkins Gazette – Baltimore,MD,USA
A former naval architect with the Coast Guard, Borlase has conducted many maritime accident investigations. His inspiration for AIDD came after

Calls to share cost of Malacca Straits safety IMO urges users and stakeholders to share the cost of funding projects aimed at boosting safety in the strait.

Six missing after collision off east China