Maritime Safety News Today – 2nd January 2008

Posted 12/31/07 at 09:49 AM
According to Xinhua, Eleven sailors are feared drowned after the timber-laden ship they were sailing on sank in Brunei Bay near Malaysia’s Labuan island. The Thailand-registered MV Emerald left Kota Kinabalu Port, Malaysian eastern Sabah state, on Dec.
How trio whistled to safety
Kota Kinabalu: Tired, cold and hungry from surviving on rainwater for five days, three crew members of MV Emerald which sank off Bintulu on Dec.26, could only muster a whistle as they clung to a piece of wood in the sea.
Ferry operator out of service after ship accident

Ferry operator Speedferries was forced out of service over the weekend after its only vessel was involved in an accident.

On Friday its SpeedOne catamaran crashed into a pier at the harbour as it berthed for the night.

Diamond Offshore Drilling Reports Incident
Posted 12/31/07 at 10:19 AM

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. reported that the semi-submersible drilling rig Ocean Whittington experienced an incident involving the ballast control system. The rig has been stabilized and corrective measures have returned the unit to even keel.. Rehab Prospects Good After Korea’s Worst Oil Spill
Environment News Service – USA
Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, the European Commission’s Environmental Directorate-General and the European Maritime Safety Agency. 

T&T Bisso Salvages Tug
Posted 12/31/07 at 09:17 AM

The 600 ton capacity D/B BIG T, owned by T&T MARINE SALVAGE of Galveston, Texas, and the 700 ton capacity D/B CAPPY BISSO, owned by BISSO MARINE of Houston, Texas, were used to make a tandem lift of a 105-ft..

Pirate Mother Ship Hunt Off Somali Coast
Guardian Unlimited – UK
“The small boats which are used for piracy could not travel” from shore as far into the ocean as ships have been attacked, said Commodore Khan Hasham

Cabinet agrees on accession to 1979 Int’l marine search, rescue
Yemen News Agency – Yemen
01 (Saba)- In its weekly meeting, the cabinet agreed on accession of Yemen to the 1979 International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue. 

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