Maritime Safety News Today – 19th December 2007

Italian cargo ship is safe, say owners

Nairobi – The Italian owners of a container ship on Tuesday denied reports that it had been attacked by pirates off Somalia. The East African Seafarers’ Assistance Programme reported on Monday that suspected Somali pirates had attacked the

Korean accused over ship collision granted bail
Radio Australia – Australia
A 23-year-old Korean national charged over a collision between a ship and a fishing trawler in Australian waters has been granted bail again in Queensland,

Ferry operator was negligent

INVESTIGATIONS by Malaysia’s Marine Department into the ferry tragedy off Mersing have found elements of negligence by the operator, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar said.

He told the Dewan Negara investigations revealed that the operator of the Seagull Express 2 as well as some department officers had failed to follow regulations in managing the operations of the ferry.

Napoli boxes leave Portland
By Janet Porter
THE final two containers retrieved from the grounded MSC Napoli left the Dorset port of Portland yesterday morning, writes Janet Porter.

RINA BACKS CRUISE SHIP SAFETY FORUM
Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
involved in the development of IMO’s new safe return to port rules as he chaired the correspondent working group at the Maritime Safety Committee.

New ship hiring guidelines may not be effective
Livemint – Delhi,Delhi,India
deficiencies of hull, machinery, safety appliances and operational requirements before they enter Indian territorial waters to enhance maritime safety

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