Maritime Safety News Today – 8th December 2007

South Korea Coast Guard Battles Supertanker Oil Spill (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
The Taean Coast Guard deployed 12 patrol boats and 3 accident control boats to contain the spill, Jeong said. The tanker was carrying crude oil for Hyundai

Ferry Boat Docks Safely After SF Bay Collision
CBS 5 – San Francisco,CA,USA
7 crash involving the Cosco Busan vessel with a Bay Bridge support structure. The mishap caused a 58000-gallon oil spill in the Bay that disrupted fishing

Tanker leaks 14000 tonnes of crude oil after collision off South
Canada East – Moncton,New Brunswick,Canada
There were no human casualties in the accident. The extent of its potential damage to communities or wildlife in the area was not immediately clear,

Families get ‘closure’ as inquest rules trawlermen were victims of
Irish Independent – Dublin,Ireland
An extensive operation which saw divers enter the vessel could only take place on January 24 — two weeks after the sinking. Pere Charles owner Michael

MOL Tanker in training to combat piracy
– Mitsui O.S.K. Lines took part in a joint government-private sector training programme, aimed at combating piracy and terrorism on the high seas. >>more

Bulk carrier pulled from the mud
The Australian – Sydney,Australia
Maritime Safety Queensland and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau are investigating the circumstances of the grounding. The vessel is owned by Toll

Somalia: Pirates Accuse Hostages of Killing Their Comrades, Want
AllAfrica.com – Washington,USA
The pirates hijacked the Golden Nori chemical tanker in late October, but after weeks of hunting, authorities have managed to surround the ship near

New Zealand – vehicle lashing arrangements Maritime New Zealand issued guidelines regarding vehicle lashing arrangements for ro-ro ships. Guidance Notice Issue 06-200 (12/6/07).

IMO – More needs to be done on safety, security and environmental issues

The IMO issued a news release reporting that Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos reminded delegates to the IMO Assembly that the agency has a good record of enhancing safety and security and preventing marine pollution from ships, but that more needs to be done.

Bay shipping faces danger
San Jose Mercury News – CA, USA
By Paul Rogers Less than a month after the worst oil spill in San Francisco Bay in more than a decade, a high-tech system that ship captains and pilots use

NSW to increase negligence fine after Pasha report
ABC Online – Australia
Chris Oxenbould from NSW Maritime says there was no record of communications between Newcastle Ports Corporation and the ship.

UPDATE 1-Damaged drill-ship in shipyard for 44 days – Noble
Reuters UK – UK
The drill-ship, which had 106 workers on board at the time of the accident, was under contract to Petrobras for about $137000 per day through September 2010

Giant tanker takes part in anti-piracy training session
Shipping Times – UK
The JCG upon receiving the report from the ship management company, ordered the patrol vessel Shikishima, assigned to anti-piracy and counter-terrorism duty

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