Maritime Safety News Today – October 11 2007

Two rescued in new port accident

Two men have been taken to hospital after a tug collided with a number of safety boats close to the scene of an earlier fatal accident.

Mississippi River Restrictions Lifted

Posted 10/10/07 at 09:43 AM

Coast Guard Captain of the Port Captain Sharon Richey, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River, issued an order today lifting the restrictions on vessel traffic transit through the affected area of the Mississippi River at the Interstate 35 Bridge collapse site here…

Port Everglades Anchorage Review in Final Stages
By John
This proposed action is a direct result of recommendations made by the Port Everglades Harbor Safety Committee following a review of commercial vessel groundings off the Fort Lauderdale coast, including the grounding of the motor vessel 

Rowan Enters Guilty Plea

Posted 10/10/07 at 06:48 AM

Rowan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:RDC) announced that, pursuant to a plea agreement with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), it entered guilty pleas to three felony counts in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, in connection with environmental violations related to maintenance and operations of the offshore

NTSB Investigator Takes Issue With RPI Ethan Allen Report
By Robin Storm – In Search of Severe Weather.(Robin Storm – In Search of Severe Weather.)
However, Robert Ford, Investigator In Charge of the NTSB investigation of the boating accident in which 20 elderly people were killed, takes issue with the report and has told the professor that “to the extent that your conclusions


Skipper charged with boat deaths


The skipper of a fishing boat which sank off the County Down coast in 2006 killing two men has appeared in court charged with causing their deaths. Conrad John Zych, 28, was the only one of three to survive when the Greenhill hit rocks and sank near Ardglass.

Right whales off East Coast get protection from container traffic
The Canadian Press –
The federal government announced Wednesday that the International Maritime Organization has designated the Roseway Basin southwest of Nova Scotia as an Area

Port worker awarded over Lm9,000 in damages

A judge yesterday ordered Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd to pay over Lm9,000 in damages to a port worker who was injured while at work in December 2001.

Mr Justice Geoffrey Valenzia delivered this judgment in the case of Renato Spiteri against the Freeport and against Focal Maritime Services Co. Ltd (FMC).

The court found that FMC was not to blame for Mr Spiteri’s injuries.

The court heard that on December 15, 2001, Mr Spiteri was working at the port lashing containers on the vessel Adria Bianca. When the work was almost completed, the vessel’s crew felt that more lashing was required. Mr Spiteri and his companions went to carry out the job but when they approached the vessel Mr Spiteri fell over a piece of metal on the quay and broke his shoulder.

Two companies on trial in France over 2003 oceanliner accident
International Herald Tribune – France
day at the shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, five weeks before the ship’s maiden voyage. In 2005, another person died of injuries sustained in the accident.

Canada Firm on LNG Tanker Stance

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A federal study has concluded that LNG tankers could navigate Head Harbour Passage off the Bay of Fundy with little risk of accident, but the Canadian government continued to insist that it will bar U.S. tankers from the disputed waters. Proponents of the competing LNG plants proposed for northern Maine have seized on the study to argue that the Canadian government has exaggerated the safety concerns in order to favour domestic producers. The federal government has refused to co-operate

Chan pays tribute to those lost at sea
The National – Port Moresby,Papua New Guinea
While he sympathises with the relatives of the people involved in the accident, he strongly urged the sea ferrying travellers in the maritime provinces and

Seagoing workers invited on board the new maritime policy
By European Commission
making them shipshape for a modern maritime sector? Is there a need for specific regulations for the seafaring profession within EU social legislation? What is the best way to improve health and safety on board sea vessels?


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