Sri Lanka Gets The Nod, Georgia Gets The Bullet

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Dec 072010

...But seafarers unwanted

Sri Lanka dodged the bullet but in the first of what may be several such cases to come, the European Commission has withdrawn recognition of STCW certificates issued by Georgia. The entire Georgian Maritime Administration has been fired and criminal prosecutions are being considered.

Says the country’s President, Mikheil Saakashvili: “… Now you see what type of results could be brought by someone’s incompetence, laziness, corruptness and crime”.

Based on the inspections held in 2006 the European Commission decided to determinate recognition of the country’s STCW certificates enabling EU member states to hire Georgian seafarers since 2001.

The unprecedented move has led Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Vera Kobalia to fire the heads of the United Transportation Administration and appoint Captain Mamuka Akhaladze as head of the Maritime Administration.

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Maritime Safety News – 22nd October 2008

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Oct 232008

Tamil Rebels Target Sri Lankan Merchant Ships in Suicide Attack
Bloomberg – USA
LTTE rebels rammed an explosives-laden boat into one of the vessels outside the port of Kankasanthurai, sinking it, Agence France-Presse reported,

Somali forces free hijacked Indian dhow
Xinhua – China
they are prevented from attempting to free other abducted ships by foreign governments concerned about the safety of their national on board the ships.

Fire aboard tugboat injures worker
Honolulu Star-Bulletin – Honolulu,HI,USA
The fire was under control 12 minutes later and reported extinguished at 4:10 pm, said Capt. Terry Seelig. No one was on board the 75-foot vessel Mamo when

Other Stories
BusinessWorld Online – Quezon City,Philippines
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has lifted the suspension of Paras Sea Cat, a new ferry service

Human Smuggling Soars in the Gulf of Aden
New York Times Blogs – New York,NY,USA
In one incident earlier this month, some 150 migrants were forced overboard three miles from Yemen — and only 47 of them managed to swim to safety,

Posted 10/22/08 at 09:41 AM

In this photo, released by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Melissa Harper, investigating officer into the collision between the towing vessel Mel Oliver and motor vessel Tintomara, asks John Paul Bavaret II, steersman apprentice aboard the towing vessel Mel Oliver, questions during a formal hearing in the federal courthouse in New Orleans,..

Malaysia for limiting maritime traffic in Straits of Malacca
Malaysia News – Malaysia
There have been several incidents of robbery and piracy on the high sea in the recent years prompting the US to moot an international naval task force to