Piracy: Tug Bunker Was Nobody’s Fuel

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Oct 292010

image ReCAAP has issued a report on theft of MGO fuel from the Singapore-registered tug Surya Putra 5 on 24 October. Piracy against tugs appears to have risen significantly in the area over the past year.

Surya Putra 5 was underway approximately 8 nm east of Selat Berhala, Indonesia (1° 01.4′ S, 104°
29.40’ E) when two boats with 11 robbers armed with knives and parangs came alongside.

The robbers demanded Marine Gas Oil (MGO) from the crew and threatened them when they expressed reluctance to give in as they may not have enough fuel left to reach their destination Palembang, Indonesia. Later, the robbers prevailed and escaped in their boats taking with them three drums of MGO. The crew was not injured. No personal belonging of the crew was stolen.

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Pirates Stalk Offshore Vessel

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Aug 062010

imageOn 5 Aug 10 at or about 0048 hrs (local time), a Singapore-registered vessel, VOS Hyperion was underway at position 3° 09.10′ N, 108° 24.35′ E (approximately 27.8 nm northwest of Pulau Subi Besar, Indonesia) when the master spotted an unlit small
speed boat approaching VOS Hyperion from the forward starboard quarter of the vessel. The vessel carried out evasive manoeuvers and switched on the fore and aft search lights to indicate that the crew was aware of being trailed by the speed boat.

After a while, the speed boat gave up the chase. The crew was not injured.

This is the seventh incident reported in the vicinity of Pulau Subi Besar since June
2010. The first incident reported in 2010 involved product tanker Okrim Leader which occurred on 10 Jun 2010, followed by incidents reported on 15 Jun 10, 16 Jun 10 Jul 10, 13 Jul 10, 14 Jul 10 and 5 Aug 10. The incidents in this vicinity occurred on consecutive days, or on the same day,

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AP Moeller Incident: Plan for Safety, Not Funerals

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Jun 202010

image A second officer and the ABs under his command during unmooring operations either did not realize the risk associated with the job they were doing or tolerated the risk, given their previous experience in similar situations says a report from the Danish Maritime Authority on an incident aboard the AP Moeller  in Singapore which an AB was injured when a rope guide broke and a spring line hit an AB on his right hip, throwing him against a windlass resulting in injuries to his hip, head and arm requiring hospitalisation.

Mooring operations are inherently hazardous, involving complex factors and enormous stresses. Injuries are unfortunately common and often horrendous, if not fatal. The routine nature of mooring operations, however, and the speed of container operations, too often lead to lack of planning,  ‘safety blindness’ and complacency.

If you don’t plan for safety, plan for a funeral.

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Maersk Kendal – Complacency, BTM, Culture And VDRs

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Mar 212010

Reef - 1, Maersk Kendal - 0, teaamwork might have been the answer

MAIB’s report on the grounding of the containership Maersk Kendal on the Monggok Sebarok reef in the Singapore Strait on 16 September 2009 presents some all-too familiar problems and a package of lessons to learn. Complacency, lack of voyage planning, failure of bridge teamwork and inadequate awareness of the information being provided by the Singapore Vessel Traffic information service, were contributory factors.

Two items in the report in particular caught MAC’s attention. The first is the role of cultural factors in the bridge team which were also covered in the report on the grounding of chemical tanker Maria M. In that case a abrasive and abusive Italian master resulted in a bridge team that was afraid to challenge, question or advise him. On Maersk Kendall the situation between the British master and an Indian chief officer was very different, they appeared to be on good terms and the master’s standing orders required the bridge team to question the master if in any doubt concerning his actions yet it still didn’t happen.

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ReCAAP Worries Missing Tug May Have Been Hijacked

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Feb 092010

Tug Asta - missing, believed hijacked in Malaysian waters

ReCAAP, the anti-piracy organisation for Asia has alerted governent agencies in the region that a Singapore tug and its tow may have been hijacked off Pulau Tioman, Malaysia. Contact was lost with the vessel, it has reportedly deviated from its planned course and is believed to be heading north east in the South China Sea.

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Singapore Hookers Get Warned

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Sep 062009


Watch where you anchor in Singapore and keep away from subsea cables is the message from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore in a recent meeting with P&I Clubs.

Says Gard Norway: “Vessels not anchoring within Singapore port limits are, for commercial reasons, opting to anchor in outer port
limit areas, OPL. The East and West OPL areas used for anchoring are, however, rather narrow spaces situated between the port limits and the traffic separation scheme, TSS, through the Singapore Strait. These areas are becoming very congested, being popular with owners for the purposes of bunkering, taking supplies, change of crew, repairs or just waiting for cargo operations. Due to the congestion, some anchored vessels are straying into the TSS, and are thus violating the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea, COLREGs.

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Aug 172009

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22 Chinese seamen on Panama freighter missing for 9 days in
The company reported the shipwreck to the Qingdao City Administration, which immediately responded to the accident.

ABC Local Catamaran loses mast in cargo ship collision
Catamaran loses mast in cargo ship collision. Posted August 18 2009 093600. Map Port Botany 2036. The crew of a stricken catamaran had to be helped into

Freighter runs aground near Del. Memorial Bridge
The News Journal
where the ship can drop anchor, he said. The ship will have its steering system examined to see if it was damaged in the grounding, Lindberg said.

Governor of Svalbard wants ban on heavy fuel oil
Barents Observer
In a short period of time Norway has experienced two serious ship accidents in its waters. In May the Russian freezer ship “Petrozavodsk” ran aground by the

Inquiry launched into Corrib vessel accident
DUBLIN: The Department of Transport and Shell EP Ireland have initiated separate investigations into the grounding of a Corrib gas project support vessel

Tongan ferry formally identified
The vessel sitting on the Tongan seabed has been formally identified as the ferry Princess Ashika, which sank on August 6 with at least 149 people aboard.


Pirated‘ cargo ship found near Cape Verde islands
Maritime officials feared the vessel had fallen victim to the first case of piracy in European waters in living memory. But there were also claims that it

Piracy drop in the Straits
Malaysia Star
MALACCA: Heightened maritime security along the Straits of Malacca has seen a drop in piracy over the last two years. Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

Conference to tackle piracy threats
United Press International
“With maritime piracy costing the world an estimated $60-70 million in 2008 and a worrying rise in sea crimes across the Middle East and North Africa region

NATO launches new anti-piracy operation off Somalia
ability to combat piracy,” a statement said. The operation “will contribute to a lasting maritime security solution off the Horn of Africa,” NATO said.

Malaysia, Indonesia, The Phillipines To Enhance Maritime Cooperation
of cooperation in the maritime zone and the air space in the region with a more systematic and organised surveillance to curb smuggling and piracy.

Off The Radar

Syracuse University researcher to present ‘Shipwrecks as Fossils
EurekAlert (press release)
The database includes ship names; type and size of the vessels; dates of sinking; information about the cargoes, passengers, ship departure points and

May 022009

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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.

Maritime Safety News Today – 18th October 2008

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Oct 192008

Cargo ship blows up at Southpoint
New Straits Times – Persekutuan,Malaysia
The blast is believed to have ripped open the bottom of the vessel, causing it to start sinking immediately. The fire department, marine police and the

Pirates Hijack 8 Nigerian Vessels
THISDAY – Apapa,Lagos,Nigeria
“We appeal to the Navy to allow the status quo to remain to enhance safety and marine activities to thrive,” she said. According to her, the immediate

Panama freighter in danger of sinking in Vietnam coastal
VietNamNet Bridge – Hanoi,Vietnam
The hope to rescue the ship has gone. A Vietnamese tanker is taking oil off the sinking ship. The Panama-flag New Oriental was carrying 11500 tons of iron

UK. Commercial fisherman prosecuted following collision
BYM News (press release) – Gibraltar,Spain
At a hearing today in Truro Magistrates Court, the owner/skipper of a small fishing vessel was successfully prosecuted following a collision off Falmouth on

(Update) Start of retrieval of bodies inside ‘Princess’ moved to
GMA news.tv – Quezon City,Metro Manila,Philippines
Still, he said Sulpicio Lines Inc., owner of the capsized ship, will send a vessel to the area. He also said retrieved remains will be brought to Cebu for

EU sues Britain over maritime safety
The European Commission decided Thursday to take Britain to court for failure to respect European Union (EU) legislation on ship-source pollution and on penalties for those responsible for polluting discharges.

IMO charts passage through choppy waters
AsiaOne – Singapore
The grim outlook was provided yesterday by the head of a global maritime body who was visiting Singapore. ‘We must acknowledge that since 2004,

EU states slow to ratify maritime laws
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
The same holds true for the EU’s own maritime safety laws. The European commission is constantly having to cajole and threaten member states with court .

Japan looks at sending anti-piracy ships to Somalia
Mareeg – London,England,UK
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso expressed a positive view Friday on the possibility of sending Maritime Self-Defence Force vessels to guard commercial