Maritime Safety News Today – 21 November 2007

UM ship damages reef, keeps it quiet
MiamiHerald.comMiami,FL,USA
”On a personal level, I’m just mortified it happened, but it was an accident,” said Brown, who is leading an internal investigation. .

Driver won’t be charged in port accident that killed worker
The Virginian-PilotNorfolk,VA,USA
In that incident, a crew member on a freighter docked at the Portsmouth terminal died after one of the ship’s hatch covers struck him.

8 tons of petroleum products collected in Kerch Strait
ITAR-TASS – Moscow,Russia
It is a major environmental problem, and we should assess the conduct of the Kerch maritime administration from the point of view of the international law,”

Wrecked Ships in Black Sea Start to Leak Sulfur

Posted 11/20/07 at 09:14 AM

Sulfur from two ships that sank in a storm near the Black Sea last week is leaking into waters already polluted by an oil spill from another vessel, UkraIne’s Environment Ministry said on Monday.<P> Four ships sank in the Kerch Strait on the northern mouth of the Black Sea in one of the worst storms in a century..

Different bridge fender design might have averted bay oil spill
San Francisco Chronicle – CA, USA
6 oil – the same gooey substance the Cosco Busan spilled into San Francisco Bay – smacked head-on into the Casco Bay Bridge in Portland, Maine.

IMO Bravery Award Presented to Searose G Seafarers

Posted 11/20/07 at 09:20 AM

The inaugural IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea has been presented to two seafarers who risked their lives to save others in a dramatic rescue operation in gale-force winds. Second Officer Mustafa Topiwala of the 83,155 dwt Bahamas-registered oil/bulk ore carrier Searose G and Captain Zvonimir Ostric (who was on the vessel as onboard.

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