Maritime Safety News Today


Friday, 20 July 2007

LONDON Club Chairman John M Lyras says the Third EU Maritime Safety Directive which, among other things, attempts to vary internationally agreed conventions on limitation of liability “will have the opposite effect to that intended”. This he writes in the club’s annual report is “because it contains ‘direct action against insurer’ provisions that will have the effect of preventing the operating of an element of the mutual system that makes shipowners bear claims themselves, if they have deliberately operated in an unsafe manner”.

Fifty die as boat capsizes
The Australian – Sydney,Australia
about 100 people had been on the vessel when the accident happened.

Second Indian death heightens concern

MUMBAI 20 July – The death of a 47-year-old seafarer on a GE Shipping tanker has deepened concerns over crew safety issues. Indonesian waters open to poaching, looting
Jakarta Post – Jakarta,Indonesia
The abstention gives the impression the government is turning a blind eye to theft in Indonesian waters and the abuse of thousands of underpaid seafarers.

Six rescued from sinking trawler
Wexford Echo – Wexford,Ireland
The vessel, which was based in Milford Haven, was in UK waters but only had communications with the Irish Coast Guard.

Restoration afloat for sinking schooner
Vancouver Province (subscription) – Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada
Its starboard side came to rest on a reef, damaging some of the 100-tonne vessel’s wooden hull ribs.
Fishing boat is sunk in collision
Great Yarmouth Mercury – Great Yarmouth,Norfolk,UK
The smaller vessel sank within minutes and the accident has left fisherman George Tovell totally devastated and scuppered his plans to take sightseers


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