Stavanger On The Way Home

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Aug 052009

Hansa Stavanger

Having been held hostage for four months, Hansa Stavanger is now underway to a safe port accompanied by two EU NAVFOR frigates of the German Navy operating in the area in support of the EU-lead Anti Piracy Operation ATALANTA. Shortly after being released by the pirates, a German Navy security team went onboard Hansa Stavanger.

The German owned container  Hansa Stavanger has been held hostage by Somali pirates since April 4th this year. Following a successful handover of ransom yesterday afternoon, Hansa Stavanger was released a few hours later.

Shortly after the pirates had left, German crew EU NAVFOR ship Rheinland Pfalz were embarked on the container vessel by helicopter to assess the situation, provide medical aid and logistical assistance and protection.

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 25 June 2009

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Jun 252009

Seven S Korean cargo crew missing after ship collision | Article
Seven S. Korean cargo crew missing after ship collision. … find YON – Yonhap News Agency of Korea articles. INCHEON, March 10 (Yonhap)

Autopilot Malfunctions While Skipper Sleeps – Stamford,CT,USA
Whidbey Island interrupted the much-needed sleep of four occupants of a 45 Tollycraft when it got in the way of the vessel traveling at 12 knots on

Princess: Damage assessment in wake of cruise ship fire will take
USA Today – USA
The ship had just left the port Thursday when the fire erupted and has since been anchored about five miles offshore, "The assessment process includes

Hong Kong – submarine cable works

The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice stating that, for approximately the next eight weeks, a vessel near the eastern boundary of Hong Kong waters will be installing protection works for a submarine cable and gas pipeline. Vessels transiting the vicinity are urged to navigate at slow speed and give a wide berth. Notice No. 82 of 2009

Slow boat to justice
Manila Standard Today – Philippines
One of them was the captain of the vessel, Florencio Marimon, who was reported missing after the sinking—even if persistent, Elvis-like accounts of

Sea Launch Co. files for Chapter 11 reorganization
The Associated Press
One of its major failures was a 2007 explosion just seconds after ignition that blew a 300-ton gas deflector off the self-propelled Odyssey launch platform.

Transas announces release of NTPRO 5000 navigational simulator
BYM News (press release) – Gibraltar,Spain
in new wave and interaction modelling along with new features of grounding, Graphic presentation of ship motion parameters enable advanced research


Pirates destroy Seychelles ship
Independent Online – Cape Town,Western Cape,South Africa
The seven crew members were released without the ship and they returned home on Tuesday. "We set fire to it three nights ago," said Abdullahi Qaaray,

Bid to Grant Immunity to Seafarers Who Kill Pirates
By Steve Gordon
Piracy has come into the US spotlight after the attacks in April on the Maersk Alabama and the Liberty Sun . Philip Shapiro, chief executive of Liberty Sun operator Liberty Maritime, has fuelled the debate over firearms, by calling on

Seacom Blames Piracy for Delay to Start-Up of Fiber-Optic Link
Bloomberg – USA
compared with 19 such assaults in the whole of 2008, according to a May 12 statement from the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre.

BIMCO Gives A Digit To Pirates

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Jun 232009

BIMCO is bringing digital and internet technology to piracy threat assessments with a so-called ‘risk engine’ known as AVRA, scheduled for commercial release in Autumn 2009.

AVRA is a web-based threat-assessment system with a risk engine, provided to BIMCO by Aegis Defence Services Ltd., that generates individual threat assessments for an individual vessel making an individual voyage. The product and its development costs have been authorised and budgeted for up to and including Phase III as below.

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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.

Will Sam Jackson Rescue You From Pirates?

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May 092009

When you’re being held at gunpoint by pirates off Somalia you might be lucky to get a glimpse of Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson.

According to the UK’s Guardian newspaper:

“He has battled the enemies of the republic with a purple lightsabre in the Star Wars prequels, exacted furious vengeance as hitman Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction and fought off a deadly nest of Snakes on a Plane. Now Samuel L Jackson could be taking on his toughest role yet: as a professional negotiator between hostile Somali pirates and the owners of hijacked ships.

The Oscar-nominated actor looks set to play Andrew Mwangura, who heads the Seafarer’s Assistance Programme (SAP), a non-profit piracy monitoring group that works to release imperiled crews and vessels off the coast of Africa. Variety reports that Jackson’s Uppity Films and Andras Hamori’s H20 Motion Pictures have secured the life rights to the story of Mwangura, 47, a maritime consultant who receives no remuneration for his SAP work.”

MAC’s own experience of working with Hollywood makes him wonder what the outcome will be like. All the same, Anthony Mwangura, is doing a great job for seafarers in trouble, more strength to his arm.

Maritime Safety News – 4 May 2009

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May 052009

ABC Regional Online – Australia
Flinders Ports says the ship is owned by
Adelaide Brighton Cement. SafeWork SA has been called in to investigate the accident.

Enforce minimum mandatory experience standards now
Seatradeasia-online – London,UK
This can only be done, he said, by legislating for proper service time onboard before seafarers can climb the ranks.

Maritime transport security A European research project provides
Cordis News – Brussels,BelgiumShip crashes into SA wharf and more objective analysis of the causes of incidents and accidents in European waters and subsequently lead to the improvement of maritime safety.

Australia Intercepts New Refugee Boat – Officials
NASDAQ – New York,New York,USA
A political storm about refugee policy erupted after an
explosion on board one vessel on April 16 killed five Afghans and injured dozens more.

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Tanker Operator – London,UK
Vessels may deviate from the IRTC lanes without affecting the terms and conditions for the seafarers on board for collision avoidance purposes only,


SKorea saves NKorea ship from Somali pirates
“The pirates came close to the North Korean ship but retreated as our helicopter approached and threatened to fire,” he added.

Somali Pirates to Release Ship Taken Near Mogadishu
Bloomberg – USA
The 24 crew members were mostly from Ukraine and the ship, managed by London-based Seven Seas Maritime, was sailing from Brazil to the Middle East carrying

Turkey takes lead in battling piracy
The National – Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates
China, Russia, and India have sent their own ships to the region help protect their commercial
maritime vessels in the wake of the piracy threat.

French skipper held hostage by pirates ‘shot dead by special forces’ – United Kingdom
On Sunday, the French navy captured 11 suspected Somali pirates on board two skiffs and a mother
ship off the coast of Kenya. A day earlier, a Portuguese

23 RP seamen home
Manila Bulletin – Philippines
Under the instructions of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo created a
Task Force to secure the safety of the

Somali Pirates Hold At Least 17 Foreign Vessels, 297 Crew: Statistics
Mathaba.Net – London,UK
49 fully documented, factual sea-jacking cases (for Somalia, including presently held ones) and the mistaken sinking of one vessel by a naval force.

Maritime Safety News – 3 May 2009

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May 032009

Sabotage probe into sea blast
Central Coast Sun Weekly – Australia
on board before the explosion occurred. ”What I think is clear is the refugees spread petrol on their boat, the vessel they were on,” Mr Barnett said.

Death Toll in Migrant Ship Sinking Passes 230 –
More than 230 of the 257 Europe-bound migrants aboard an overcrowded ship that sank off Libya’s coast Monday are presumed dead, officials said.

Filipino Seafarers are modern-day heroes
Philippine Star – Manila,Philippines
Seafarer” by sculptor Julie Lluch, commissioned by Capt. Oca, is a life-size bronze statue located near the Manila Yacht Club on Roxas Blvd., Manila.


Somali Pirates Hijack Two Cargo Ships
Gant Daily – Clearfield,PA,USA
raising concerns of the rising piracy in the first quarter of 2009. The international maritime authorities said that the pirates have captured a

British ship hijacked by Somali pirates overnight, as attack on
Daily Mail – UK
The raid came just hours after an attack was thwarted on a Norwegian
vessel in the Gulf of Aden. Portuguese warship, the Corte Real, which was part of a .

NATO Thwarts Hijack Off Somalia, Seizes Dynamite – Phoenix News
“Portuguese special forces performed the boarding with no exchange of
fire.” They found four sticks of P4A dynamite — which can be used in demolition, blasting through walls or potentially breaching a the hull of a ship

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Sailor lost as tug capsizes
The National – Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates
All five crew on the tug were thrown into the water as it quickly overturned with the force of the collision. The four survivors, a Bahrani and three .

Crewman on vessel killed in fuel-leaked fire
Thanh Nien Daily – Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam
A Ho Chi Minh City vessel caught fire off the central province of Quang Ngai on Wednesday after a fuel pipe broke, killing a crewmember.

Man drowns after falling into waters at Port Khaled

According to police, the victim was on a cargo vessel at the port when he then fell off the boat and drowned. An investigation has been launched as to how he fell over the vessel.

Main gearbox failure eyed in North Sea Super Puma crash
Aviation International News – Midland Park,NJ,USA
An eyewitness, working on a supply vessel approximately two nautical miles from the accident site, heard the helicopter and saw it descend rapidly before it

Biden manages to anger everyone over bad flu advice
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
The Japanese government severely restricted maritime travel to and from the home islands when the pandemic struck.

Gigantic risks
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
The loss of the MSC Napoli and its cargo, a relative minnow compared to the new generation of boxships, is now the second most costly insurance incident .

Coast Guard Releases Tour Boat Death Report
KHON2 – Honolulu,HI,USA
“When you have a vessel that’s been cleared numerous times to operate despite having numerous problems with it, you’re talking about gross neglect,” said

Efforts on to trace sailor: VS
Kerala Online – Kerala,India
He boarded the vessel on April 10 as it set sail with its cargo for Singapore. Capt. Vinay Singh, director of the shipping company, wrote to Mr. James that

Leader of infamous ship hijacking released yesterday from Italian
WorldNetDaily – Washington,DC,USA
Cossiga singles out Palestinian groups as responsible for a 1980 explosion at an Italian train station that killed 85 people and wounded 200 more.

Coast Guard verifies position of fishing vessel Lady Mary | Coast
By cgnews
The Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation, the group in charge of looking into the facts and circumstances surrounding the sinking of the vessel, solicited the help of the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Willow, a 225-foot buoy


Ship Captain: Arming Crews Will Not Stop Piracy – Detroit Local
Clancey noted that many governments will not let a ship with armed crew dock in their ports. And the notion of crew members, armed and out to sea for weeks or months, could be a recipe for deadly and costly accidents. “There have been incidents where innocent bystanders have been killed,” Clancey said. “There is exposure.”

Pirate attack foiled by navy
Straits Times – Singapore
On April 24, Nato decided to extend its anti-piracy work off the coast of Somalia. Four vessels from Nato’s Standing Naval Maritime Group One have been

Did MSC Passengers Fight Off Melody’s Pirates?
Cruise Critic – Pennington,NJ,USA
writes, “The only casualty was American John Wright, cut by glass splinters as a MSC Cruises had taken advice from the Maritime Security Center.

Post-Alabama Maersk Maintains 'No Guns' Policy

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May 012009

A rescued, and relieved, Captain Richard Phillips

Maersk is reviewing its anti-piracy policies in the wake of the hijacking and rescue of the Maersk Alabama and its captain but, unless government mandated, will not use armed security personnel aboard its ships.

USS Bainbridge tows the Maersk Alabama lifeboat while Captain Phillips is held hostage insideSays the company “(A.P. Moller – Maersk) maintains its policy of not arming crews or allowing armed guards onboard its vessels. Weapons onboard could lead to a dangerous escalation and raise a number of multi-jurisdictional legal issues. However, in certain instances when force protection is government mandated, the Group will work with and comply with government instructions.”

“We have expanded the area off the coast of Somalia where only vessels with a certain freeboard or capable of sailing certain speeds are allowed to enter,” says A.P. Moller – Maersk Group Partner and Maersk Tankers CEO Søren Skou.

“Vessels should spend as little time in the area as possible, and while in the area sail at maximum speed,” says Søren Skou.

Fishing for a lifeboat. USN: 3 Pirates: Null PointOther measures are being taken to further boost security onboard the group’s vessels such as making access to the vessel more difficult. For security reasons and the safety of its crews, the Group does not want to provide any specific details on these measures but they are likely to include unconventional technologies short of firearms, although not audio defense systems, and additional personnel along particularly hazardous passages.