Maritime Safety News Today – 28 November 2007

Niu FM – Auckland,New Zealand
Auckland 6am: The family of the Kiribati woman seafarer said to have hanged herself say they saw no sign that was the case on her body.

Four people and a dog rescued from sinking ship
KTUU – Anchorage,AK,USA
It located the raft and rescued the four men and the dog about an hour later. All were in good condition after arriving in Kodiak. The vessel could not 

Navigation authority issues safety alert as water level of Yangtze
Xinhua – China
The “yellow warning”, the second highest level, was sent out bythe Yangtze River Maritime Safety Administration for a 680-kilometer stretch of the waterway

Bangladesh police detain 2 suspected people-traffickers, sinking
International Herald Tribune – France
The vessel sank in calm water and there was no clear indication what caused the accident, officials have said. Survivors have told police it was overcrowded 

Ambrose Light – safety zone

(On 3 November, 2007, the Ambrose Light was struck by an oil tanker, the Axel Spirit)

The US Coast Guard established a temporary safety zone, with a radius of 250 yards, around Ambrose Light, located approximately 8.35 nautical miles east of Sandy Hook, New Jersey. The safety zone, which will be in effect through at least May 5, 2008, is intended to provide for the safety of life, property, and the environment during the survey and reconstruction of the light. 72 Fed. Reg. 65886 (November 26, 2007).

Platform Crew Airlifted to Safety After Blaze

Posted 11/27/07 at 09:58 AM

A fire on a North Sea oil platform led to the evacuation of 118 workers. The fire broke out on the Thistle Alpha platform, 325 miles north of Aberdeen and only five miles inside the UK search and rescue area…

Scotland’s Offshore Industry Issued Warning

Posted 11/26/07 at 09:31 AM

Scotland’s offshore oil industry was issued a government health warning by the Health and Safety Executive. The HSE published a new report which says more must be done to improve safety on oil and gas installations.

Coast Guard to Test Oil from Seven Ships in Spill

Posted 11/27/07 at 09:37 AM

Testing of oil samples taken from ships that might have spilled the fuel that washed up in Atlantic Beach and Long Beach last week will probably take place by next week, the Coast Guard said. After the approximately 500 gallons of heavy No..

Pemex May Tear Down Offshore Platform

Posted 11/26/07 at 09:36 AM

Pemex said it may tear down an offshore platform if its structure, hurt by a series of recent fires, weakens further to prevent more damage to adjacent oil-pumping facilities. On Tuesday, a fire broke out at the Kab-121 well on the Kab-101 platform in the Gulf of Mexico, which was damaged in a blaze last month that killed 21 workers.

Estonia report supports official investigation
The Local – Sweden
When enough water had entered the car deck, the vessel tilted to one side,” said Källström. The official explanations for the ferry sinking have been 

Ferry Experts and Legislators to Discuss Steel Electric Ferries

Posted 11/27/07 at 10:14 AM

Washington State Ferries will hold meetings regarding the status of the Steel Electric class vessels and Port Townsend/Keystone ferry service. Legislators and staff from affected ferry communities, Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond and Washington State Ferries Executive Director Mike Anderson will review current ferry status and discuss.. Gulf ships to join global green drive
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
“There will be no costs to the legitimate standard vessels as they are modern vessels fitted and equipped and provided with skilled seafarers.

Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
One of the company’s anchor handlers, the Bourbon Dolphin capsized with the loss of eight lives in April. Although the Norwegian investigation into the


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