Sep 112009

Weather hampers search after S.Leone ferry tragedy
TOMBO, Sierra Leone — High seas and strong winds on Friday hampered the search for victims of a Sierra Leone ferry sinking blamed on overloading and the

Fuel pumped from grounded ship
The Times
It was also impossible to refloat the vessel as it was structurally damaged during the accident. Although the vessel’s fuel tanks remained intact,

Vessel grounded
Fiji Daily Post
He also denied claims by passengers on the vessel that Bawaqa was sinking after it ran aground yesterday morning. Cokomata revealed that the captain

Coast Guard Exercise Sends Shockwaves Through D.C. – Washington
for this particular station this is the kind of trining they conduct, for others it could benumerous things such as putting out a ship fire, rescue swimmers doing simulations, it just depends on the station’s

TITAN Salvage Team commended and nominated for the International
The Journal of Commerce Online
The vessel sustained substantial damage during the grounding and broke in two at the bulkhead of the five and six cargo holds, as the carrier crashed onto


Fourth Plenary Meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the
US Department of State
Declaration along with International Maritime Organization efforts and encouraged other nations to adopt and implement piracy counter-measure guidance.

New anti-piracy training centre launched
Lloyd’s List
The Merchant Maritime Warfare Centre provides the classroom element in the package in Poole in Dorset, while the on water and simulator ele


Jessica Watson survives collision, still wants to sail around the
Los Angeles Times
However, her vessel, Ella’s Pink Lady, suffered damage to its rigging and hull and a broken mast. That is likely to delay her planned late-September

Off The Radar

New York’s Newest Fire Boat, "343", Sets Sail Out of Panama City
FDNY will spend three to four months training with the vessel before it’s put into service in April. Eastern shipbuilding has already begun work on the

Tankers divide Lowestoft and Southwold

THE fleet of tankers moored off the Suffolk coast has led to a split in the communities of Lowestoft and Southwold.
Residents in both towns are divided as to whether the tankers are a threat to the local environment or an economic benefit.

Cocklers’ gangmaster prosecuted
BBC News
Four of the men were later rescued by the Morecambe lifeboat in rising tides. The act was introduced after 23 Chinese cockle pickers died at Morecambe bay