Maritime Safety News Today – 9th December 2007

China rescues 21 DPRK sailors on slanting cargo ship off east China
Xinhua – China
Rescue Center around 4:50 pm saying the DPRK vessel was leaning sharply and in danger of sinking and rescue operation should be immediately launched.

Oil from damaged supertanker blackens shore in South Korea’s
International Herald Tribune – France
The vessel then slammed into the Hebei Spirit tanker. Neither ship was in danger of sinking and there were no casualties. The tanker had been at anchor and

Spanish crew of fishing boat detained in Mauritania following (Pressemitteilung) – Wien,Austria
AP NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) – Police arrested the crew of a Spanish fishing vessel Saturday following a collision with a smaller boat in Mauritania that

Pasha findings prompt port review
ABC Online – Australia
The Newcastle Port Corporation says port capacity and the management of anchorages will be reviewed following a report on the grounding of the Pasha Bulker.

Disabled ship’s 24-hour stay at LNG terminal raises security questions
Savannah Morning News – Savannah,GA,USA
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which licenses LNG facilities, expects an accident or attack on Elba could result in a fire that “may cost more


Tanker companies: Wave of prosperity is built on tradition
By Andrea Felsted
Published: December 5 2007 07:52 | Last updated: December 5 2007 07:52

Shipowners based around the North Sea, or operating vessels on North Sea routes, will be facing a tougher stance from insurers, or even higher prices for cover, after a spate of losses across the entire marine insurance market.

Insurers and brokers estimate that this year has seen about $1bn of marine hull claims. Most of the losses were outside the North Sea region, although the anchor handling tug Bourbon Dolphin sank off Shetland in April, with the loss of eight lives

Boxer and Feinstein Introduce Legislation to Help Prevent Future
YubaNet – Nevada City,CA,USA
Boxer said, “If the Coast Guard VTS sees a ship like the Cosco Busan, headed in the wrong direction and traveling too fast, they should have the authority

Skipper will get a bill
NZ City – New Zealand
Maritime Safety officials are fuming. They say while no regulations have been broken, it is bad seamanship and the skipper will receive that message loud

Cameras monitor river ships – Shanghai,China
Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration officials said yesterday they had already begun installing closed-circuit television cameras along both banks of the


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