Maritime Safety News Today – 26 November 2007

Oil Rig Fire in Shetlands Extinguished, Rescuers Say (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
The UK Coastguard was called at 8:10 am local time “to report that assistance was needed,” the Southampton-based Maritime and Coastguard Agency said in an 

10 killed in shandong ship accident
China Internet Information Center| – China
the death toll from a shipping accident in east china ‘s shandong province has increased to 10, and an unknown number of people are still missing,

OSHA investigating explosion aboard Navy ship
San Diego Union Tribune – United States
But Bob Kilpatrick, president and general manager of BAE San Diego Ship Repair, had said shortly after the accident that investigators were looking into

Chesapeake Bay – danger zone amended

The US Army Corps of Engineers is amending its regulations to modify the danger zone in waters of Chesapeake Bay in the vicinity of Bloodsworth Island, Maryland. The change comes into effect on December 24. 72 Fed. Reg. 65667 (November 23, 2007).

Tinian, CNMI – security zone amendment

The US Coast Guard issued a rule amending the security zone in waters adjacent to Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The security zone will only be enforced when a Maritime Preposition Ship is present or when the mooring balls are anchored and on station. The change comes into effect on December 21. 72 Fed. Reg. 65459 (November 21, 2007).

IMO – North Sea SECA in effect

The IMO issued a news release reminding the maritime community that the North Sea Sox Emission Control Area (SECA) came into effect on November 22. In this SECA (as well as the earlier Baltic Sea SECA), the sulfur content of fuel oil used on board ocean-going ships must not exceed 1.5% m/m. Alternatively, ships may be fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system. (11/21/07).

New Zealand – guidance re safety management systems

Maritime New Zealand issued guidance regarding establishment of safety management systems by companies and ships subject to the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. Guidance Notice Issue 5-2007 (11/21/07).

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