Maritime Accident Safety News Today – 26 December 2007

Nitric Acid-Carrying Cargo Vessel Goes Missing

A cargo vessel carrying chemicals sank in seas off Yeosu yesterday. A sailor of the vessel was rescued but 14 of the crew are still missing. The ship, carrying 2,000 tons of nitric acid, may cause serious sea pollution in the area.The cargo vessel Eastern Bright sent a distress signal yesterday at around 4:19 in the morning 13km of east Yeosu before it sank.

12 Korean sailors, including captain Jeong Chun-yeong (54) and three Myanmarese sailors, were on board.

22 people die in boating accident near Thailand
Radio Australia – Australia
At least 22 people from Burma, including four boys and seven women, have died after a boat capsized off a small island near the maritime border with

Body of Clyde tug’s skipper is recovered from vessel
The Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
It emerged that the Greenock-based tug was involved in a collision on December 28, 2000, when it hit an Egyptian cargo vessel carrying 1000 tonnes of

Cosco Busan pilot surrenders license to Coast Guard
The pilot of the Cosco Busan voluntarily turned in his federal merchant marine officers license today, the US Coast Guard reported.

New Flame stern breaks up and begins to sink
gibfocus.gi – Gibraltar
At present the vessel was settling at a depth of just 27 metres. A shift of some 50 metres laterally could, however, see it sink further sinking the whole

Barge that hit bridge has little room to maneuver
Boston Globe – United States
“It is up to the judgment of the master of the vessel,” said Lieutenant Junior Grade Christian Herold. The Coast Guard was not aware of any other collision


Sunken vessel to be raised next week
EastDay.com – Shanghai,China
An operation to raise the vessel from the riverbed will then begin, the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration said yesterday.

Free electronic charts will boost jet boat safety in HK, Macao
Xinhua – China
24 (Xinhua) — Maritime authorities from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao jointly issued the latest-version of electronic charts for one-year’s free use for


Report says inexperienced navigator was on watch at time of Alaska
International Herald Tribune – France
The grounding forced the evacuation of 206 passengers, ripped several holes in the ship’s hull and damaged one of the propellers used in steering the ship.

SKorea to tighten rules against spill-prone oil tankers
AFP –
A drifting barge smashed into the 147000-ton Hong Kong-registered supertanker Hebei Spirit on December 7 in the Yellow Sea, holing it in three places.

Captain of Celtic Star admits crew are owed $25000
Port cargo services in danger over crew safety
IrishExaminer.com – Ireland
Celtic Star is registered to Cypriot firm, Eptanisos Maritime and managed by Greek company Jay Management Corporation. It is understood that Department of


Cochin Port to have Vessel Traffic Management System soon
Thaindian.com – Bangkok,Bangkok,Thailand
The VTMS will also seek to prevent accidental collisions, grounding or damages to underwater structures with special reference to anchored vessels and those

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