Maritime Safety News Today – 17 December 2007

19 missing after ship collides with China fishing boat: report
ABC Online – Australia
The accident occurred late Saturday off the coast of China’s Zhejiang province, Xinhua news agency said, citing the local Maritime Affairs Bureau.

Caustic soda ship sinking on Yangtze
ABC Online – Australia
Rescue work was being hampered by heavy fog, with little visibility as other vessels tried to reach the sinking ship, according to Xinhua.

Oil spill investigation shows that tugboat crew may have been out
ÇÑ°Ü·¹½Å¹® – South Korea
Officials of the Taean maritime police and Daesan Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Office confirmed on December 14 that no action was taken for more than an

Officer Says He Steered Ship Wrong
The Associated Press –
After the accident, the ship returned to Port Canaveral. At the time of the incident, seas were calm and there was no indication a rogue wave or foul play.

Fishermen arrested over cayuco sinking
Fortnightly Tenerife News – Tenerife,Spain
The vessel is said to have accidentally run down the open boat at dead of night. According to the Mauritanian authorities, the captain and crew,

Mazaruni River
Stabroek News – Georgetown,Guyana
Police said that as a result of the collision which occurred around 8:40 pm, the wooden vessel capsized and some of the men aboard sustained injuries

Cosco Busan Cleared to Leave SF Bay
KRON 4’s Terisa Estacio and Charles Clifford report.

Offloading regulatory responsibilities
By Dieselduck(Dieselduck)
BRISBANE 14 December – A board of Inquiry report into the Wunma incident, in which an Australian ore carrier was abandoned in Cyclone Nelson, has slammed Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) for its excessively “hands off” approach

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