Maritime Safety News Today, 7 September 2007

The Transportation Safety Board Investigation Reveals Inadequacies
Market Wire (press release) – USA
today released its final investigation report (M05W0111) into the June 30, 2005 loss of propulsion and grounding of BC Ferries’ vessel Queen of Oak Bay.
Appalling treatment of crew on rat-infested abandoned ship
Shipping Times – UK
The mainly Cameroonian seafarers on board the (now) Greek-owned cargo vessel Meugang 1, have been stranded in the port for three months and have had to

2 ships survive mid-sea collision
Sun.Star – Philippines
In radio interviews, Bohol Coast Guard chief Ursulo Aldoldur and Macabalan port chief Amador Sebastian both received reports about the collision.

Chang Lemin may go Den Den way
Mangalorean.com – Mangalore,India
The vessel has to be towed to deeper waters. But at this point of time when the sea was getting rougher if the tugs give any more thrust the tugs could also

EMSA vessel ‘not involved’ in New Flame operations
bunkerworld – London,UK
The Gibraltar Government has reacted to press reports that the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has dispatched the vessel Mistra Bay to be ready to

Maltese vessel chartered to combat possible oil pollution off Spain
Malta Independent Online – Malta
The Spanish government has chartered the oil recovery vessel, the mt Mistra Bay, to combat possible oil pollution as a result of the grounding of the

Coast Guard, Other Agencies Participate in Response Exercise

Posted 09/06/07 at 10:26 AM

The Coast Guard will lead a multi-agency response exercise this Saturday to implement the preparedness plans of federal, state and local agencies in the Port of Baltimore. Exercise Nautical Shield 2007, is designed to implement the Area Maritime Security Plan, Area Contingency Plan and the Coast Guard’s mass rescue planUsers pledge to fund Malacca Strait safety
SIX countries vow to contribute to navigational safety projects but major European shipowning nations yet to make commitment.

UPDATED on the amount of oil spilled – 5th paragraph : HELCOM to
Newsdesk – Stockholm,Sweden
This operational exercise, the largest maritime emergency and counter-pollution drill of its kind in the Baltic Sea area and one of the largest worldwide,

From Safety At Sea

Felix spares Belize and Yucatan

MANAGUA, Nicaragua 4 September – Powerful Hurricane Felix now looks to be heading away from Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is expected to make landfall near the Nicaragua-Honduras border today. At 0500, the storm was classed at Category Four with sustained winds in excess of 250 km/hr, but forecasters say the storm could regain Category Five strength before coming ashore. While most of Nicaragua’s ports are on the Pacific coast, the breakbulk port of Puerto Cabezas is in the storm’s path

USCG mobilises in Nawiliwili

THE US Coast Guard is preparing to run the gauntlet of protesters in Hawaii so as to guarnantee passage of the ferry Alakai.

Titan frees stranded Maersk ship

TITAN Salvage reports that the 4,542-teu Maersk Diadema has been freed from a sandbar off the channel into Mexico’s Lazaro Cardenas.

Typhoon menaces Tokyo Bay

TYPHOON No. 9, also known as Litow, is progressing northwards from the Pacific towards Tokyo Bay, where ships at anchor are being advised to take storm precautions.

(The Case of the Errant Hookers covers storm anchorage)

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