Maritime Safety News Today – 15 January 2008

Maersk halts shipping to Nigerian port after attack

By Mette Fraende COPENHAGEN, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk (MAERSKb.CO: Quote, Profile, Research) suspended all shipping to a major oil industry port in Nigeria, the company said on Monday, after militants shot at six vessels nearby last week.

Ship Grounded off Norfolk Coast

Posted 01/14/08 at 10:25 AM

A rescue operation has been launched after a large container ship ran aground off Haisboro Sands. The vessel, The City of Sunderland, is carrying a cargo of 642 Nissan cars and is currently lying on a sand bar eight miles off the north Norfolk coast..

Cargo Ship Crew Rescued Off Devon Coast

The crew of a cargo vessel including a man with a broken leg has been evacuated in a dramatic rescue effort off the coast of Devon.

Myanmar sailor missing from sunken cargo ship found dead
Philippine Star – Manila,Philippines
One of the sailors, also a Burmese, was rescued hours after the accident, three have been found dead, and the 11 others were still missing. The ship was

UK – master fined for being over alcohol limit
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) says that the master of a coaster was fined £500 after being found to be about three times over the prescribed limits for alcohol when the ship was preparing to sail. (1/10/08).

Vessel crew likely to be grilled
Daily News & Analysis – Mumbai,India
All the 18 crew members are made it safely to the shore as the ship berthed at the Mumbai on its own after the accident. The defence ministry on January 10

Ferry passengers still hospitalised
Macau Daily Times – Macau
So far, dense fog and low visibility were cited as reasons for the accident. Wong Soi Man, director of Macau’s Maritime Administration, said the accident’s

Sunken Shrimping Vessel Spills Diesel at John’s Pass
Environment News Service – USA
The reason for the vessel sinking is unknown. The vessel is reported to have about 200 gallons of diesel fuel onboard that it is releasing into the water.

Crews hope for tug sinking clues
Greenock Telegraph – Greenock,Scotland,UK
“This in turn will allow divers to install wires underneath the vessel. “Once raised, the vessel will be placed at a shallow patch and pumped dry during low

Seattle – agreement reached in falsified log case The US Coast Guard issued a press release stating that it reached agreement with a ship owner and operator under which the ship interests will pay $35,000 to settle allegations that one of their ships failed to correctly maintain its oil record book and that entries made therein were false.  The companies have not admitted liability and their payment is made in settlement of disputed claims. (1/10/08).

Washington – changing compensation and penalties for oil spills The State of Washington enacted a law changing the compensation owed to the state for unquantifiable damages caused by an oil spill from no greater than $50 per gallon of oil spilled to no greater than $100 per gallon of oil spilled.  In addition, the maximum civil penalty for negligent discharges of oil was increased from $20,000 to $100,000.  The maximum civil penalty for intentional or reckless discharges was increased from $100,000 to $500,000.  These civil penalties may be assessed for the actual discharge and for each day that the spill poses a risk to the environment.  SB 5552 (7/22/07).  The Department of Ecology issued a news release announcing adoption of the regulations implementing the statutory changes.  The new regulations came into effect on December 8, 2008. (11/7/07).

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