Maritime Safety News Today – 8 October 2007

Ship in distress off China coast
RussiaToday – Russia
Chinese emergency teams are rescuing a distressed vessel off the Chinese coast with 27 crew members on board, among them citizens of Russia, 

Who was/wasn’t on the bridge? Queen of the North plot thickens
Vancouver Sun – British Columbia, Canada
Bricker, though still in training, was regarded as competent to serve as quartermaster, official title for the crew member at the helm of the vessel.

CSI: South Portland Environmental enforcement officers use
Central Maine Morning Sentinel – Augusta,ME,USA
The number of maritime spills nationally has dropped over the years, according to Coast Guard statistics, from 8960 in 1994 to 3894 in 2004,

Cruise ship crime jurisdiction often murky
San Diego Union Tribune – United States
Investigating shipboard incidents – and prosecuting when appropriate – is hampered by special maritime laws. A cruise ship is essentially a floating foreign

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