Maritime Safety News Today – 13th December 2007

P&O ferry officer cleared of sailors’ deaths

A senior ferry officer accused of leaving three City workers to drown in the English Channel was found not guilty of manslaughter today.

After five days of deliberation by the jury, Michael Hubble, 62, appeared at Winchester Crown Court to receive the verdict. The jury is still considering separate charges of engaging in conduct as a seaman that is likely to cause death or serious injury under the Merchant Shipping Act.

Platform lifeboat concern raised
BBC News – UK
An offshore union has said the lives of thousands of North Sea workers are in danger because oil platform lifeboats are allegedly not fit for purpose.

Genmar fears on VLCC conversions

TANKER company General Maritime Corp has questioned the suitability and safety of the estimated 40 single-hull very large crude carriers being converted to carry iron ore.

‘I don’t know if a 20-year-old VLCC is structurally sound to carry iron ore for very long,’ chairman and chief executive Peter Georgiopoulos told a New York investor presentation on Tuesday. ‘I think carrying oil on a 20-year-old ship is one problem; I think putting iron ore in the hulls of a converted 20-year-old ship is another problem.’

Strong Currents Widen Oil Spill
Korea Times – South Korea
Daesan Regional Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Office warned the two of the impending collision about 50 minutes before the accident, but neither took

Nigeria hosts IMO regional maritime rescue centre
By David Ogah

THE regional maritime search and rescue co-ordinating centre of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) may be commissioned in Nigeria by March next year.

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