Masters At Risk Of Arrest With Guards’ Arms

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Feb 212011
 



SAP takes aim at masters?

Masters risk arrest in South African ports if disembarking srmed guards leave their weapons aboard, warns Gard Norway, following the arrest of two. South Africa has strict rules regarding guns and masters and shipowners should be aware of them.

Says Gard: “Due to the upsurge in piracy activity in the Indian Ocean, there has been a large increase in the number of merchant vessels carrying security guards, guns and ammunition. Often, the security guards disembark the vessel after the vessel has transited the “hotspot” area off East Africa but the guns remain on board, only to be removed at final destination.
The issue of guns and ammunition remaining on board vessels is creating problems for owners and recently two masters were arrested in South Africa and charged under the South African Firearm Control Act. The situation is not new and has already been addressed by Gard both in the form of a Gard alert1 and a Gard News article2.
Gard’s correspondent in Durban SA, P&I Associates, has prepared this overview of requirements related to armaments on merchant vessels. Continue reading »

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Cadet’s Death Is Just The Tip Of A Dirty Iceberg

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Aug 012010
 
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Akhona Geveza - Did Rape Lead To Suicide?

Like many youngsters Akhona Geveza had her own Facebook site but unlike many youngsters she was a seafarer so the opportunity to update her page came few and far between. Her suicide at the age of 19, two weeks before completing the training that would begin her career as a navigating officer, means that her page will fall silent, but silence is not an option for those seeking justice for this young woman.

On 25 January, in Facebookese Akhona Geveza wrote: “Ey gudpeople 2day is my last day in South Africa *crying* sometymz in lyf have to choose btwn the ones we love and education.anyway i love you all guys i wll miss u you all.” In March she made her last entry: “enjoying my time in Korea,missing u all”

A South African National Ports Authority, Transnet, cadet doing her onboard training on the container ship, Safmarine Kariba – was found to be missing around noon on 24 June.  After a two hour search, her body was found at sea by local police near the port of Rijeka, Croatia where the vessel was due to berth.

A memorial service was held onboard the Safmarine Kariba on Friday, 25 June 2010.  The vessel’s engine was stopped soon after the vessel had left the port of Rijeka at the location where Ms Geveza was found.  The crew gathered on the bridge wing, the ship’s horn was blown and a minute of silence was observed as the crew lowered a floral wreath into the sea in remembrance of Ms Geveza.

South African newspapers subsequently reported claims that she had told a colleague she had been raped by the ship’s Ukrainian chief officer. Other Transnet cadets were quoted making allegations of male and female rape, pregnancy and bullying and harassment.

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No Flag State Accident Report May Lead To Seafarer Detention

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Mar 082010
 

Your freedom following a maritime accident may depend on whether your flag state undertakes an investigation, at least in South Africa. A Western Cape High Court, Cape Town, has decided that seafarers can be detained in the country at the request of third parties, such as cargo owners, for the collection of evidence in claims to be arbitrated in another country to determine civil liability even if the incident did not take place in its jurisdiction.

Ince & Co’s latest Shipping E-brief warns: “It is clear that this decision, being the first of its kind in South Africa ordering the detention of crew at the behest of a third party to take evidence, sends a strong warning to shipowners and their insurers that crew may, depending on the circumstances of the case, be compelled by the Court to give evidence should they find themselves in South Africa following a serious casualty at sea. This may be so even where, as in this case, the substantive issues will be dealt with in another jurisdiction and the casualty occurred outside of South African territorial waters.”

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 08 September 2009

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Sep 082009
 

Crew saved from grounded trawler
Lerwick lifeboat and a coastguard helicopter were dispatched to help the Banff-registered Serenity when she began taking on water.

Rush to avert fuel spill
The Times – Johannesburg,Gauteng,South Africa
The SA Maritime Safety Authority has asked salvors to prioritise the removal with waves crashing over the bow of the casualty ship, and while she rolled

Ship safety sinking, says cruise operator
Brisbane Times
The Brisbane party cruise operator from whose boat the missing Irishman Shane O’Halloran fell at the weekend claims industry regulator Maritime Safety

Aboitiz defies Marina order
Business Mirror
(ATSC) defied the government order grounding its passenger-cargo ships and continued plying its routes on Tuesday. The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina)

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Maritime Safety News Today, September 4, 2007

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Sep 042007
 

UK. Red Ensign fly’s to mark Merchant Navy Day
BYM News (press release) – Gibraltar,Spain
Merchant Navy Day honours their memory, and also looks forward to a brighter future for British shipping and seafarers.

Spain contracts EU vessel for clean up operations
gibfocus.gi – Gibraltar
The decision has come after reports of hydraulic oil spill from the New Flame cargo vessel stranded off Europa Point since the 12th August after a collision

Spain calls in EMSA as ‘New Flame’ deteriorates
bunkerworld – London,UK
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has responded to a Spanish request for assistance as the condition of the stricken cargo vessel New Flame has 

Bodies found of two Slovak sailors killed in ship collision – Summary
Earthtimes.org – USA
Tel Aviv – Israeli rescue services found the bodies Friday of two Slovak sailors, who died in a shipping accident the previous night off the coast of the

9 seamen in ship sinking recall harrowing ordeal
INQ7.net – Philippines
lone fatality in the accident, was found three hours after the rest of the crew were rescued by the South African Air Force and maritime authorities.

Boat sank ‘after chance accident’
BBC News – UK
The MAIB said the Meridian was considered to be a modern and well-maintained vessel in the hands of an experienced skipper. The case could be reopened –

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