Maritime Safety News Today – 21 September 2007

Officers Ordered Arrested in Dream Incident

Arrest warrants for five people, including ship’s officers have been issued by authorities in Rhodes, Greece, following the severe listing of the cruise ship Dream on September 18. Safety at Sea reports that the arrests followed the discovery of make-shift repairs to the sea-valves of the engine cooling system which allegedly endangered the ship and its 930 Israeli passengers.

The Rhodes prosecutor initially charged the ship’s Greek Master, Chief Officer and two engineers with deliberately attempting to run the vessel aground after it developed a 1o list entering Rhodes harbour by pumping ballast between tanks.

At first it was claimed that the list had been caused by the failure of an electric pump and that the ship had hit an underwater object en route from Turkey. A report from Greek newspaper Kathermini says that the ship’s representative. the Master, Chief Officer and two engineers were being held at the Rhode’s port pending investigations by divers.

A Safety At Sea report says”A Rhodes prosecutor has filed charges of willful attempt to cause shipwreck against David Fima, representative of the ship’s owner Danielle Shipmanagement; Themelis Billis, superintendent; Vassilios Kassimis, captain; Evgenios Mettos, chief engineer and Isidoros Makryonitis, chief officer.”

Failure to Program Marine Radios May Delay Rescues
The Log Newspaper – Irvine,CA,USA
6 safety alert, the Coast Guard reported it is concerned that many users of marine radios that rely upon a nine-digit Maritime Mobile Service Identity

High hopes for new accident body / Integrated commission needs to
The Daily Yomiuri – Osaka,Japan
The Japanese version of the NTSB will investigate air, railway and maritime accidents and other major incidents. While each kind of investigation involves

Cummings Works to Improve Safety on Cruise Ships

Posted 09/20/07 at 10:18 AM

During a House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation hearing regarding cruise ship safety practices and procedures, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the Subcommittee, called on the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to work directly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to train personnel in the…

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