Navios Apollon Released – EU NAVFOR

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Feb 282010

image EU NAVFOR can now confirm that the deadweight 52,073 tonne Greek owned Panama flagged ultra handymax bulk carrier MV Navios Apollon that was hijacked on the 28 of December has been released this morning of 28 February.

Navios Apollon, with a crew of 19, including one Greek and 18 Filipinos, is now heading to Salalah.

No requests for assistance have been made at this time. EU NAVFOR continues to monitor the situation.

In the evening of 28 December Navios Apollon was hijacked approximately 200 nautical miles East of the Seychelles. She was destined for Thailand when hijacked.

EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the ‘World Food Program’ (WFP) and vessels of AMISOM, and to protect vulnerable ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean and to deter and disrupt piracy. EU NAVFOR also monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

Lifeboat Hooks “real progress”

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Mar 202009

Early reports from delegates at the 52nd meeting of the International Maritime Organisation’s Sub-Committee on the design of equipment, DE, indicate that significant progress has been made on lifeboat safety under the Life Saving Appliance Code, LSA.

An industry executive tells MAC that the draft language is ‘satisfactory’, but will still had to be approved by the IMO in plenary session.

The last year’s session was met with severe disappointment by the industry when safety issues fell off the agenda under pressure and was dominated by moves to ensure the existence and profitability of the third-party lifeboat maintenance sector.

Lifeboat accidents have increased dramatically, especially during drills, since the introduction of poorly thought-out on-load release hook regulations. Under the regulations, lifeboat releases were designed to fail into an unsafe condition if something went wrong. Lifeboats are not regarded as ‘people carriers’, like building lifts and equipment used in the offshore industry which must ‘fail to safe’ if something goes wrong.. As a result, failure of the release hooks frequently causes serious injury or death.

Incidents have been blamed on poor training and maintenance by seafarers but poor lifeboat design, unclear signage, badly written manuals, operating procedures, and poorly designed release systems are common.  Counterfeit equipment and ‘copycat’ releases made of under-specification materials are addition factors.

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Mad Rock and Oceanwide SaS Hook Up

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Mar 122009

Canada-based marine evacuation technologies firm Mad Rock has teamed up withlifeboat service organisation Oceanwide Safety at Sea of the Netherlands, which is moving into building hyperbaric lifeboats and sells rescue crafts, custom designed workboats and second hand lifeboats.Hyperbaric lifeboat

Hyperbaric lifeboats, HLBs, enable divers to evacuate from pressurized environments on board ships in an emergency. The HLB includes all ancillary equipment, including life?support systems giving independent survival for up to 72 hours.

Mad Rock has partnered with Oceanwide to install the RocLocMad Rock technician works on as lifeboat release hook 12 tonne on its hyperbaric new builds. Oceanwide SaS is also a trained service centre for Mad Rock hooks.

Dean Pelley, CEO and President of Mad Rock says “We are Our work together started with Oceanwide providing us with installation and service assistance. Now they have become a valued customer. It is a great way to build a strong partnership.”

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Maritime Safety News – 5th February 2009

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Feb 052009

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Somali pirates to free Ukraine tank ship: source
Reuters Kenya – Kenya
A Kenyan-based piracy monitoring group, the East African Seafarers Assistance Programme, could not confirm the ransom payment or the imminent release of the

Woman drowns as car backs off local ferry boat
Shanghai Daily – Shanghai,China
but I am expecting the Yatong company and the maritime safety administration to come to clear conclusions about what led to this accident and my wife’s .

US sailor missing in Gulf of Aden after boat flips
International Herald Tribune – France
AP DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: The US Navy says a sailor from the USS San Antonio is missing after an accident during personnel transfer from one ship to .

GMANews.TV – 30 passengers safe after banca capsizes off Bohol …
The vessel, which was carrying 30 passengers and crew including 10 children, had left Pasil Fishport in Cebu City at 11 a.m.. Crewmembers of the vessel managed to maneuver the banca to a shallow part of Kabul-an village in Buenavista town,

Vroon supply vessel damaged in North Sea collision –
By Martyn Wingrove
DUTCH shipowner Vroon is looking for a repair yard in east England to fix the hull of its 2007-built platform supply vessel Supply Express after it struck the Ensco 92 rig in the North Sea. Vroon is investigating how the 3600 dwt vessel

Marine inquiry raises trawler safety fears
Essex Echo – Basildon,Essex,UK
By Christine Sexton » CONCERNS have been raised over the safety of small fishing vessels, following the sinking of a Leigh trawler.

South Africa,Israel,S. African dock workers won’t unload Israeli goods
The Associated Press
Randall Howard, general secretary of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, said it appeared a ship carrying goods from Israel was nearing


House panel hears testimony on how to beat the pirates
Marine Log – New York,NY,USA
fire and explosion. The OCIMF booklet says there are differing views on whether the AIS should be switched on or off during the time that the ship is in

Too toxic to dismantle in India – so ‘ghost ship’ heads for Britain
Scotsman – United Kingdom
“A lot of people do not want Hartlepool turned into a toxic dumping ground for the rest of the world.” NAMED after France’s First World War prime minister

GMANews.TV – Sulpicio faces string of cases over alleged unpaid
The PAO earlier submitted to the Maritime Industry Authority the testimony of Engineer Nelson Ramirez of the United Filipino Seafarers questioning the seaworthiness of Sulpicio’s ships. On June 21 last year, the MV Princess of the Stars

Piggy-back ride home for sorry ice patrol ship
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The accident left her adrift. With help from the Chilean Navy the ship was recovered and towed initially to Punta Arenas in Chile, and then on to the

Freefall release fears shut platform

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Jan 132009

Problems with freefall lifeboat releases have led to the shutdown of the StatoilHydro-operated Kristin platform off Norway. Investigations are underway both by Statoil and Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority, PSA..

In December last year a freefall lifeboat on the Veslefrikk B platform failed to launch as part of an operation to replace the lifeboat. The release hook required lubrication and several movements before it would function.

Further hook release problems arose with the new freefall lifeboat when fully laden.

The same type of Umoe-Schatt Harding FF1000S had been installed on the Kristin platform. Staffing on the platform has now been cut from 90 to 16 following similar hook release problems in mid-December.

Last year, a freefall lifeboat of similar design on Veslefrikk B suffered damage when launched during a test, again leading to a platform shutdown, revealing design flaws. Three freefall lifeboats were taken out of service. In a meeting with the PSA, Statoil expressed doubt “concerning the quality of these lifeboats as a means of evacuation during all types of weather conditions.”.

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The Case Of The Fallen Saviour