Maritime Safety News Today

(From MaritimeToday.com)

Cargo Ship Blocks Suez Canal

Posted 07/30/07 at 10:28 AM

According to AFP, the Suez Canal was blocked for three hours Saturday by a cargo ship which broke down in Egypt’s economically vital waterway, an official of the canal’s authority said.<P> He told AFP that traffic was halted when Red Seto, a Panama-flagged ship loaded with 41,000 tons of goods, had mechanical problems near Suez on its way south…

Amendments to MARPOL Annex I Go into Effect in August

Posted 07/27/07 at 02:25 PM

On August 1, an amendment to Annex I of MARPOL will come into force. New regulation 12A, on oil fuel tank protection, adopted by MEPC 54 on March 24, sets out the requirements concerning the location of oil fuel tanks in all ships with an aggregate oil fuel capacity of 600m3 and above and which are delivered on or after 1 August 2010…

Ferry Service Stalls after Bomb Threat

Posted 07/30/07 at 10:39 AM

The Canadian Press reported that travelers were stuck for hours when B.C. Ferries was forced to cancel sailings after receiving a bomb threat that police considered credible. Twenty-one sailings were cancelled and travelers were forced to wait in terminals near Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo…

Big Engine Creates Big Problems

Posted 07/30/07 at 10:32 AM

Employees at a San Diego shipyard are trying to figure out how to get an engine the size of a large bus out of the sinkhole created by its fall. The engine destined for the Navy’s USNS Amelia Earhart slid from the trailer transporting it to the National Steel & Shipbuilding Co…

Coast Guard Responds to Oil Spill

Posted 07/30/07 at 10:26 AM

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector New Olreans is responding to an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico from a well head located approximately 60 miles south of Venice, Louisiana. <P> The spill of crude oil was discovered around and resulted in a two mile by eight mile heavy sheen…

Coast Guard Allows Freighter to Proceed

Posted 07/30/07 at 10:25 AM

The marine casualty investigation into the death of Paul Wade and the sinking of the Buona Madre that occurred on July 13 off Point Reyes continues. The Coast Guard previously directed the master of the Eva Danielsen to keep the ship in port under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act…

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