Maritime Safety News Today – 26 October 2007

Oil spill washes up on Taranaki coast
Radio New Zealand – Wellington,New Zealand
The Taranaki Regional Council says the oil was spilled at sea, and says it is trying to track the culprit with help from the Maritime Safety Authority.

Deadly boat crash in NY waters caused by collision with tow cable
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
A 61-year-old man was rescued by a passing fishing vessel, and a 46-year-old man was pulled from under the capsized boat by police scuba divers,

Our theatre of nightmares
Malaysia Star – Malaysia
There seems to be a renewed emphasis on safety information, too. Last week, Marine Department director-general Kapt Datuk Ahmad Othman handed out VCDs on

Lessons to be learnt from fatal capsize
Stuff.co.nz – Wellington,New Zealand
“This work will contribute to higher standards of safety for the New Zealand maritime sector and in particular New Zealand coastal fishing.

The Hindu Business Line : Ship accident causes oil slick off East
Ship accident causes oil slick off East Coast. Our Bureau. Mumbai June 6. THE Indian Coast Guard has reported a large oil slick off the East Coast near the

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From Safety At Sea

Gulf storm kills three, shuts ports

MEXICO CITY 24 October – Fierce storms have shut operations at dozens of offshore oil rigs, closed three ports and killed two oil workers in the Gulf of Mexico. The ports of Dos Bocas, Cayo Arcas and Coatzacoalcos have been closed since yesterday when the massive storm system swept across the western Gulf with cold temperatures, high winds, heavy rains and 8m waves. Its effects were such that they were felt as far inland as Mexico City. State-run petroleum giant Petroleos Mexicanos reports that 81 workers jumped from one platform into life rafts after rough seas caused gas and oil leaks. Seventy-five of them had been located but could not be reached, and the others were lost. The damaged platform, 20n-miles from the port of Dos Bocas, is described as minor in terms of production but natural gas was still leaking from its well at midday today (Wednesday). The storms have also suspended all oil shipments from the region to the US, but Pemex says it hopes to make up for shortages after the storm subsides.

Narragansett not for LNG navigation

A PROPOSED LNG terminal in Narragansett Bay hangs in the balance after a USCG report found the waterway unsuitable for tanker traffic.

‘Sunk’ vessel towed into port

THE Almira-Dzhi, which some media had reported had sunk, has been refloated after grounded off the Korean port of Mokpo.

New Iceberg threat off SA

A DRIFTING iceberg invisible to radar is presenting a serious danger to mariners off the coast of South Africa.

Crewman missing in offshore accident

ONE crewman is reported missing after a fire aboard the Chilean-flagged Oficina Porvenir, which was collecting waste from offshore platforms in the Gulf of Campeche.

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