Maritime Safety News Today – 4th January 2008

1 Confirmed Rescued after Bulgarian Cargo Ship Sinking
Sofia News Agency – Bulgaria
Bulgaria: The Bulgarian mechanic Nikolay Dimitrov has been rescued after the cargo ship Vanessa sank Thursday morning near the Kerch Strait, Maritime

Master Missing After Tug Sinks

Posted 01/03/08 at 07:53 AM

The Coast Guard is searching for the captain of the 52-foot towing vessel, Gate-Way, that sunk with two people onboard near Norco, La., on the Mississippi River. At approximately 12:30 a.m on January 2, 2008, Sector New Orleans received a call from the towing vessel Secretariat as well as from the dispatch operartor of the Saint Rose Fleet.

Lifeboat aids hurt tanker crewman
BBC News – UK
The Holyhead all-weather lifeboat was called out by coastguards in poor weather to take the man, who is in his mid-20s, to Holyhead marina.

Owwa assures support for killed seafarer’s family (12:42 pm)
Sun.Star – Philippines
Cruz, “an electrician of the fire-gutted tanker vessel M/T Keno, was the lone fatality when militants attacked Port Harcourt last December 19,” he added. 

Transport Canada probes collision in harbour in St. John’s, NL
The Canadian Press –
JOHN’S, NL – Transport Canada is investigating a New Year’s Day collision in the harbour in St. John’s, NL The freighter Cabot broke free of its moorings,

Tug boats refloat grounded ship
The Press Association –
A 90000-tonne sea tanker that ran aground in the Dover Strait has been refloated and tugged away, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has said.

South Korea indicts vessel owners in oil spill
Oil & Gas Journal – Houston,TX,USA
The collision occurred Dec. 7 in the Yellow Sea near Taean, South Chungcheong, causing South Korea’s worst-ever oil spill. SHI also owned the two tugboats

NY judge dismisses Spain’s claims over oil spill
Reuters – USA
single-hulled vessel as fit to carry fuel cargoes six months before the disaster. The bureau disputed Spain’s allegations, saying the sinking of the


Setusamudram channel, an ecological disaster
By kalyan97
Assessment for the Proposed Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project” http://tinyurl.com/38hjqs ) The researchers conclude that going purely by the amount of traffic in the channel, and with the global accident rates prevailing world-wide,

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