Maritime Safety News Today – 14 November 2007

Crew member escapes from hijacked Japanese tanker
It has urged the pirates to abandon the vessels. The CTF-150 also operates under international maritime conventions to secure international waters for

Lobster boat sinking takes captain’s life
CBC New Brunswick – New Brunswick,Canada
The captain, 54, was believed to have been trapped inside the sinking vessel, but was later spotted on the water and picked up by another boat.

55 rescued as boat sinks off Camotes, Cebu – Philippines
vessel drifted towards Bohol. When the boat finally began sinking, the passengers, starting with the older ones, were transferred to life rafts.

Horizon Crew Awarded For Bravery For Guam Rescue
pacific – Honolulu,HI,USA
United States Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton who cited the seafarers for “extraordinary selfless actions in the spirit of the brotherhood of the

In Black Sea, storm highlights maritimesafety issues
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
The spill raised questions about maritime safety in the Kerch Strait, a busy waterway that separates Ukraine and Russia. Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor

The 2007 San Francisco Bay Oil Spill: Lessons Learned, Questions
California Progress Report – Oakland,CA,USA
When did the first vessel containing significant containment boom leave the storage facility? 3. The website of the private spill response contractor for

4 saved in sinking off Sandy Hook
Asbury Park Press – Asbury Park,NJ,USA
“The vessel was submerged to the point where just the superstructure was out of the water,” Stark said. “The good Samaritan was waving his arms,

Rowan Pleads Guilty To Dumping Waste

Posted 11/13/07 at 09:48 AM

Rowan Companies Inc. will pay $9m in penalties and add a corporate environmental division under a plea agreement in which it admitted the routine discharge of pollutants and garbage into the Gulf of Mexico from one of its drilling rigs, the Justice Department recently announced.

NTSB Outlines Desired Safety Improvements

Posted 11/13/07 at 09:51 AM

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a statement noting that its two most wanted safety improvements in the marine sector are: (1) a reduction in accidents and incidents caused by human fatigue and (2) an enhancement of recreational boating safety…

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard rescue crews from Station Portsmouth ferry passengers of the cruise ship SPIRIT OF NANTUCKET to shore after the ship ran aground in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway approximately 8-miles north of the Virginia, North Carolina stateline,Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007. The Coast Guard is investigating investigating the cause of the grounding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kip Wadlow)

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Crew saved after five days at sea

KAVARATTI 13 November – All six crewmembers of the sunken cargo ship MSV Lakshadweep have been rescued by local fishermen after spending five days in the sea. The seafarers, all Indians, were found floating in their lifeboats, the Coast guard station at Kavaratti reported. They were admitted to a local hospital in Calicut (Kerala) and were discharged a day later on Monday. The ship, belonging to Lakshadweep Cooperative Marketing Federation, had left Mangalore for Kalpeni Island in Lakshadweep on 3 November, carrying 140 tonnes of cargo including steel, rice and general provisions, but sank 90 nautical miles south west of New Mangalore port. A coast guard aircraft from Cochin made several sorties to locate the missing ship while the Kasturba Gandhi made numerous attempts to trace it.

11:19 13 Nov


Rubbish disposal policy trashed after accident

15:15 13 Nov

G&G Shipping, a small Fort Lauderdale-based carrier, is changing its rubbish-handling policies after one of its crew was badly burned from a trash fire aboard one of its ships. Full story


Yachtsmen had good survival chance

16:29 12 Nov

THE three yachtsmen drowned as a result of the P&O ferry pride of Bilbao colliding with or swamping their yacht could have been saved if an alert had been issued. Full story


UK appoints new Sosrep

15:45 12 Nov

A NEW secretary of state’s representative (Sosrep) for the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency has been appointed. Full story


Russia assesses Kerch catastrophe

13:00 12 Nov

At least two seafarers have died and several more are missing after storms battered several ships in the Kerch strait. Full story

23 saved as log carrier sinks

12:14 12 Nov

A PANAMANIAN vessel sank 160nm east of Taizhou, Zhejiang province yesterday night. Full story






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