Maritime Safety News Today – 9 November 2007

Somali pirates holding tanker send Japan demands
Reuters South Africa – Johannesburg,South Africa
The Panamanian-flagged Golden Nori was carrying benzene when it was attacked about eight nautical miles offshore on Oct. 28.

Shipping Pollution Kills 60,000 a Year

Pollution from ships, in the form of tiny airborne particles, kills at least 60,000 people each year, says a new study. And unless action is taken quickly to address the problem – such as by switching to cleaner fuels – the death toll will climb, researchers warn.

Sinking cruise ship runs aground in Virginia Beach
Daily Press – Newport News,VA,USA
VIRGINIA BEACH – The captain of a troubled cruise ship intentionally ran his vessel aground in Virginia Beach this morning to prevent it from sinking.

Oil spill in San Francisco bay after container ship hits bridge
AFP –
The US Coast Guard said in a statement that approximately 8000 gallons of bunker fuel had been recovered following the collision involving the Cosco-Busan

Pacific Coast beaches affected by oil spill from container ship
Press-Enterprise – Riverside,CA,USA
The accident caused no structural damage to the span, officials said, but the vessel’s hull suffered a large gash. “By our guidelines it is a medium-sized

Mauritania: 47 Illegal Immigrants Drown En Route to Canaries
The Media Line – New York,NY,USA
The accident happened when the ship’s engine broke down on its way from Senegal (south of Mauritania) to the Canary Islands. The 143 passengers on board the

 

Somali pirates release Taiwanese ship
AFP –
NAIROBI (AFP) — Somali pirates on Monday released a Taiwanese fishing vessel that was in captivity for more than five months, a maritime official and the US

NKorea Thanks US Over Piracy Standoff
The Associated Press –
The North’s Korean Central News Agency hailed the maritime collaboration as a “symbol of cooperation” between the two countries “in the struggle against

From Safety At Sea

Lookout tells how ferry sank yacht

THE jury hearing the case of the P&O ferry Pride of Bilbao swamping or colliding with the yacht Ouzo have heard from Dave Smith, who was the lookout on the bridge at the time. Read More

Louis blames sinking on poor charts

LOUIS Hellenic Cruises has blamed inaccurate nautical charts for the sinking of the cruise ship Sea Diamond off the Greek island of Santorini seven months ago. Read More

Safety: Canada cuts out courts

CANADA’s transport minister is proposing speeding up sanctions for safety violations by the country’s marine industry by issuing fines without going through the courts. Read More

Hostage ducks sharks in hijack slip

A KOREAN hostage held by Somali pirates has arrived back in South Korea after escaping. Read More

German language waiver for masters

THE German transport ministry has accepted owners’ proposal for a temporary waiver on German-language requirements for masters on German-flagged vessels. Read More

Cruise ship grounds to prevent sinking

SIXTY-SIX passengers were ferried to shore this morning by the USCG after their cruise ship was intentionally grounded to prevent it from sinking. Read More

SeaRiver to train US cadets

SEAN Connaughton continued his quest yesterday to make US maritime academy graduates more competitive by signing another vessel operator to train American cadets. Read More

Pole behind bars over rig collision

THE Polish master of the Antigua and Barbuda registered cargo vessel Jork has been imprisoned for a year after the ship hit an unmanned gas platform in the North Sea. Read More

Vietnamese crew voted top class

SHIPOWNERS have been told to look to Vietnam to meet their crewing needs despite its seafarers’ poor proficiency in English and unfamiliarity with foreign cultures. Read More

Crew compromises mean safety crisis

CREWING shortages could lead to a compromise on safety, delegates to Seatrade’s Middle East Money and Ships Conference were told yesterday in Dubai. Read More

Teekay tanker takes out tower

COAST Guard officials are investigating how the Bahamas-flagged tanker Axel Spirit crashed into the 23m-tall Ambrose Light in lower New York Bay. Read More

$300 for dead seafarers’ families

MALAYSIA has bowed to its shipowners association and introduced an ex-gratia payment for seafarers who lose their lives in the course of duty. Read More

Three die in Thai ferry disaster

THREE passengers died when a crowded ferry sank in the Gulf of Thailand yesterday. Read More

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