Maritime Safety & Security News – 10 July 2009

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Jul 082009
 

Mystery mishap at sea
Cairns Post – Cairns,QLD,Australia
"The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is investigating the circumstances surrounding a vessel grounding incident that occurred at Inset Reef,

Two tugs capsize and sink within days of each other

In spite of decades of experience and improvements to conventional screw powered tugs, reports of vessels being capsized while towing still occur with depressing regularity. Two such incidents occurred within days of each other in June.

Three-person crew rescued after tuna boat sinks off Cape Lookout
OregonLive.com – Portland,OR,USA
by The Oregonian Three people abandoned ship this morning 60 miles off the Oregon Coast after radioing Coast Guard officers to say their fishing vessel was

Gasoline barge aground at mouth of OR’s Hood River
kgw.com – Portland,OR,USA
Coast Guard Lt. jg Ryan Harry says a new plan calls for an empty fuel barge to be brought alongside in order to transfer gasoline off the grounded vessel,

Hammond fishing boat sinks, crew saved by another Hammond vessel
The Daily Astorian – Astoria,OR,USA
The cause of the sinking is not yet known, but the Coast Guard will be investigating the incident, Dobney said.

Airlift off tanker for man with broken leg
Weekend Post – Port Elizabeth,Eastern Cape,South Africa
In 2002, the Norwegian- registered vessel sunk a fishing trawler off the coast of Brittany in a night-time collision. Four of the trawler crew died and the

Police continue search for missing Afghans
Jakarta Post – Jakarta,Indonesia
Viktor Jemadu said his office does not yet know the cause of the accident or the number of people involved. "We don’t even known the identity of the vessel.

HK ship fire put out at last

HONG KONG firefighters this morning finally put out the fire raging for more than a week aboard the box ship MOL Prosperity. Stevedores had been working to remove containers from the flooded Number 7 hold since the blaze erupted

HKSOA questions legality of Tosa crew detention 
Despite the evidence showing that the VLCC was at least one hour from the position of capsize, and despite no evidence of collision on the hull of the VLCC, the ship was taken from the high seas under Coast Guard escort into Taiwanese

Survival suit from Patriot recovered Found off Wellfleet, Coast
Gloucester Daily Times – MA, USA
While the cause of the Patriot’s sinking has yet to be determined, Coast Guard officials have said they believe the catastrophe that befell the boat shortly

Goan seafarer tests positive for A(H1N1) flu
Hindu – Chennai,India
Mr. Tamba said that the patient, who is a Goan, is a seafarer and was staying in America for the last five months. He left on July 3 from Seattle to Mumbai

Final farewells and swan songs
The National – Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates
Investigations have begun into the cause of the accident. Salvagers had found the vessel’s hull undamaged,

Palmyra: Stuck barge raised
MPNnow.com – Rochester,NY,USA
Yesterday, a Florida-based salvage company pumped much of the fuel and water from the 100-foot vessel and patched a large hole in the front of the boat

Cargo spill ship given new name
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The Pacific Adventurer’s captain at the time of the accident, Bernardino Santos, is due to reappear in a Brisbane court later this month

Media Advisory: CF Prepares for Canada’s Premier Annual Arctic
Market Wire (press release) – USA
This opportunity will include first-hand access to a mass casualty exercise, to maritime security operations, a diving operation, and an inside look at how

Sea Change Ballast Water, Vessel General Permits
Linex Legal – London,UK
The maritime industry has relied on a paradigm in which the member states of training and casualty reporting for tank ships operating in state waters.

OFF RADAR

Boat and vehicle accident ties up traffic on Gordon Road
WECT-TV6 – Wilmington,NC,USA
The owner of a sailboat said his mother was towing the boat in her Chevy Avalanche when the hitch broke. An SUV slammed into the boat causing the vessel to

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 19 June 2009

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Jun 192009
 

French cargo ship that sank off NL was overloaded: safety report
The Canadian Press – HALIFAX, N.S.
HALIFAX, NS — An investigation into the sinking of a French cargo ship off of Newfoundland, with the loss of four crew, has concluded the vessel was

443 bodies of missing ‘Princess’ passengers found
Sun.Star – Philippines
to claim the bodies, the nine bodies will join the 50 unidentified bodies during tomorrow’s burial rites, on the anniversary of the sinking of vessel.

Princess Cruise Ship to Dock in Egypt for Engine Inspection
CruiseCritic.co.uk – Pennington,USA
(9:30 pm EDT) — Royal Princess is returning to Port Said, Egypt, after a fire broke out in its engine room earlier today. According to the latest statement

Firm Bids To Plead Guilty In Cosco Busan Spill
CBS 5 – San Francisco,CA,USA
following a collision with the Bay Bridge. A federal judge was to hear arguments in San Francisco Friday on whether and how a Hong Kong-based ship

WORLD at 1600GMT
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung) – Wien,Austria
ORANJESTAD, Aruba _ A cruise ship hit by a swine flu outbreak arrives back at home port to the buzz of helicopters and a swarm of masked medical workers as

Napoli removal delayed
Devon 24 – UK
SALVORS tasked to lift the last remaining part of the MSC Napoli face even more delays. The operation, which was due to begin last Friday, has been halted

PIRACY

Japan ‘can fire’ on Somali pirates
Aljazeera.net – Qatar
Despite international piracy efforts, the International Maritime Bureau has said that more ships have been attacked off Somalia in the first six months

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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 .

Piracy

Kadhafi wants Somali exclusion zone to fight piracy
AFP
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.

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Swine Flu Advisory

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London P&I Club has alerted its members on the Swine Flu situation. Swine Flu may not be as deadly as first appeared but responses to it will affect shipping and seafarers. The UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency has also  issued guidelines advising masters to take seafarers suspected of having contracted the disease off duty and treat them aboard ship.

THE United Nation’s World Health Organization (WHO) is co-ordinating the response to the potential pandemic of influenza A (H1N1), which is often referred to as “pig flu” or “swine flu”.

In addition to Mexico, where the outbreak began, cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. Deaths have been confirmed in Mexico and the US. Moreover, suspected cases are being investigated in many countries including, Australia, Brazil, Guatemala, Peru, South Africa and South Korea.

The early symptoms of “swine flu” are said to be similar to the more common type of influenza (fever, head ache, chills, sore throat etc) but the WHO is concerned about the relatively high mortality rates of those infected with the influenza A (H1N1) virus.

The WHO has produced the attached interim guidance on infection prevention and control, which they has emphasised may be revised as their understanding of the virus develops.

WHO’s dedicated website can be accessed here.

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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

Piracy

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.


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