33 killed, 48 missing in Nigeria boat crash
Stuff.co.nz – Wellington,New Zealand
… a cargo vessel ferrying petroleum products, Aliyu said. He said the passenger boat burst into flames after the collision and was gutted by the fire.
The UN World Food Programme has accepted France’s offer to protect its ships from Somali pirates; PlanetData has compiled a timeline that represents maritime piracy incidents off the coast of Somalia.
A DANISH union says lax safety procedures led to three Danish seamen being taken hostage by Somali pirates, and is claiming $1.8M compensation from the ship’s owner.
Posted 10/04/07 at 08:18 AM
One lane of the VA-168 Great Bridge Bypass was closed recently after a barge hit it. Investigators indicated that Public Works personnel received a call that something had hit the bypass hours after the barge and crane had actually hit it..
OLYMPIA 04 October – Washington State Ferry System has four vessels in service that one public policy research group believes are “a disaster waiting to happen”. In a statement the president of Olympia-based Evergreen Freedom Foundation, Bob Williams, said (02 October 2007) the system’s four 80-year-old single hull steel ferries are operating even though, in 1956, the federal government mandated that all ferries have two compartments. Williams said that, at the time, the four vessels were given a waiver that was intended to remain in place until the ferries were either retired or given a major conversion. However, even though there have been several major refurbishments over the years the ferries have never been reconfigured to meet the two-compartment standard. “It is more than 50 years since the federal standards were implemented,” he said. “You’d think we might have caught up to them by now.”
Port workers, crew exposed to ship’s asbestos in Townsville
ABC Online – Australia
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is investigating an asbestos scare involving waterside workers in north Queensland. The Maritime Union of Australia
DLNR Warns Of Submerged Hazard
What remains is a portion of the vessel’s keel approximately 100 yards offshore that is wedged in the reef. A marine salvage company hired by DLNR could not remove the keel today due to rising surf. (more…)