Maritime Safety News Today

Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
THE ICC International Maritime Bureau has launched a dedicated hotline for “seafarers, port workers, shipping agents, shipyard personnel, brokers,

British report criticizes Turks and Caicos in deadly Haitian capsizing
International Herald Tribune – France
The Haitian sailboat was nearing the British Caribbean territory when a police vessel intercepted it and tried to tow it to shore — even though it was

British sailor hauled from shark-infested waters after 308-day
Independent – London,England,UK
But late last night the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which co-ordinated the rescue, said a navy Sea Hawk helicopter pulled Mr Landles from the

Slow down on harbour
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Vessels will be forbidden from drifting or stopping in the new safety transit zone and, after a two-week grace period, NSW Maritime officers will issue

British yachtsman lifted to safety from Pacific reef
Evening Echo – Cork,Ireland
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which co-ordinated the rescue, said a navy Sea Hawk helicopter pulled the 55-year-old sailor, whose name and

Maritime festival kicks off in Vladivostok
Vladivostok News – Vladivostok,Russia
During their festive activities, the Chinese and Russian cadets will also participate in discussions devoted to navigation safety and sea garbage pollution

From Safety at Sea

JAKARTA 02 August – A court in Jakarta has sentenced an employee of Indonesian ferry operator Praga Jaya Sentosa, owner of Levina 1, to three years in jail – significantly less than the eight years sought by prosecutors. The employee, Paterus alias Aliong, was jailed for falsifying a ship manifest. Paterus was held responsible for the 22 February incident in which 50 people were killed in a fire on board the ferry. It was established in court that while 227 people and 40 vehicles were listed in the manifest, there were actually 350 people and 55 vehicles on board. There were also inflammable items including LPG cylinders. Paterus’ defence lawyer had argued – unsuccessfully – that company director Hendrik, alias Alung, should be called to testify because his client was only obeying orders. Following the fire, the Levina 1 sank while at anchor near Tanjung Priok port in an incident that cost another life; three others remain missing. The company’s licence to operate has been revoked. Ferries are the main mode of transport in the Indonesian archipelago and overloading of passengers and cargo is said to be a common practice.

Tigris Leader led to safety

NYK-operated pure car carrier Tigris Leader was pulled away from rocks near Cape Town, South Africa, on 30 July after suffering engine failure.

Turkish coastal vessel sinks

THE Cambodian-registered coastal vessel Multi Trader sank on 26 July as it was heading out of the Romanian port of Mangalia.

Malta finds undeclared fireworks

MALTESE Customs officials discovered a large quantity of fireworks in a container at Marsaxlokk Freeport earlier this week.

MHI liable in lung disease case

MITSUBISHI Heavy Industries has been found liable for failing to adequately protect the health of shipyard workers at its main shipyard in Japan.


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