Maritime Safety News Today – 31 October 2007

Crew overpower pirates

By Andrew Cawthorne

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The crew of a foreign cargo ship seized by Somali pirates overpowered their hijackers on Tuesday and retook control of the latest vessel to run into trouble in some of the world’s most dangerous waters.

Divers haven’t found any signs of life on the capsized freighter
The Copenhagen Post – Copenhagen,Sealand,Denmark
Rescue workers in a helicopter meanwhile found the body of the ship‘s engineer. A team of German and Danish divers have been deployed to the accident site 

Australian sailor rescued from sinking boat
Sail World – Mandalong,NSW,Australia
Yet another entry in the Rally, Melric II, a New Zealand boat with Dave and Fran Chown on board, is standing by as a relay vessel.

Navy hit squad fails on ferries – Australia
Some ferry workers have lost patience with the entrenched culture of rule breaking at the Maritime Union-dominated workplace, according to documents

IMO Releases Emergency Guidelines

Posted 10/30/07 at 09:35 AM

The IMO issued a circular forwarding guidelines on t control of ships in an emergency. The purpose of the guidelines is to provide member governments, ship masters, companies, salvors, and others engaged in a maritime emergency with a framework of authority within which to they may be expected to operate…

Marine Environment Initiative Launched

Posted 10/30/07 at 09:37 AMDemonstrating its fervent commitment to preserving the marine environment, the commercial maritime industry launched the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) at the World Maritime Day Observance in New York on October 25th.


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