Maritime Safety News Today – 19 November 2007

VI-20071118-14168-JPN – Vehicle Accident – Asia – Japan
By RSOE EDIS(RSOE EDIS)
A cargo ship with 36 people on board, most of them Russians, sank in the Sea of Japan on Sunday but the crew and passengers escaped on life rafts, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said. The ship sank during a storm about 180 nautical

Russian, Cambodian ships collide in Kerch Strait
Xinhua – China
17 (Xinhua) — A Russian ship collided with a Cambodian vessel early Saturday in the Kerch Strait, but the accident posed no new threat to the environment

Sailor dies after ship accident
BBC News – UK
The 48-year-old man was on board a boat berthed at Greenhead in Lerwick, Shetland, when the accident happened. Northern Constabulary said police and

1 dead, 1 injured from accident in Sabine-Neches Ship Channel
Beaumont Enterprise – Beaumont,TX,USA
One man drowned and another is in the hospital after they fell 70 feet into the Sabine-Neches Ship Channel on Friday, according to information from the Port

Concern grows for ship seized by pirates off Somalia
AFP –
Rampant piracy off Somalia stopped in the second half of 2006 but resumed when an Islamist movement that had enforced strict rule was ousted by Ethiopian

Pilots, captains to blame for Bay Area spill
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
AN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard said Friday that its radar systems could not have clearly shown that a cargo ship was about to collide into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and spill oil into the San Francisco Bay.

FEATURE: Boat captain recounts piracy ordeal
Indonesia remains the world’s worst piracy hotspot, with 37 attacks in the first nine months of this year, the International Maritime Bureau said. Pirate activity is on the rise, with the biggest increases off Africa, and particularly

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