Maritime Safety New Today – 16th January 2008

USCG Finds Ferry Captain and Motor Boat Owner Responsible in ‘07 Crash
St. John Tradewinds – St. John,U.S. Virgin Islands
The Native Son Express, a US Coast Guard registered vessel, and a 30-foot motor boat with four passengers collided around 8:30 pm January 28, 2007.

Navy divers to begin search for 11 sailors missing from Yeosu shipwreck

A group of Navy divers will begin a search this week for 11 sailors who went missing after their ship sank late last year in waters off the southwestern city of Yeosu, the Navy said in a press release.

Thirty-one divers from the Navy’s renowned Ship Salvage Unit will be dispatched to the area of the accident Wednesday to begin the search, according to the statement.

The 13,000-ton chemical freighter Eastern Bright sank on Dec. 25. One of two Myanmarese crew members was rescued shortly after the vessel sank, while the body of the other was found late last week by a local fisherman. Two of the 13 South Korean sailors have been found dead.

Cruise ship safety under scrutiny again
Cayman Net News – grand cayman,Cayman Islands
Maritime experts say that, on a vessel the size of Crown Princess, a list of anything more than 10 degrees should be regarded as, “extreme.

Transporation Daily News 1/14
By NorCal Commerce(NorCal Commerce)
No oil was spilled, but the barge carried more than 2 million gallons of oil, 45 times the amount of oil spilled in the Cosco Busan accident, .and if it had spilled, the accident could have dwarfed the Cosco Busan spill of two months

14 January 2008 – Warning to Private Security Firms Operating in
Superyacht News – Ringwood,England,UK
The security forum has become a very popular area and, with thanks to the Halo Maritime team for keeping readers up-to-date with the latest security issues,

Hong Kong – new buoys in anchorage

The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice stating that, effective 17 January, four special mark light buoys will be established to mark an area in Western Dangerous Goods Anchorage where submarine outfalls with diffusers are installed. Masters are reminded to avoid anchoring in the area bounded by the special buoys.

Court ruling due in Total French oil spill trial
Guardian Unlimited – UK
Plaintiffs have accused Total of negligence in investigating the condition of the ship and of not acting quickly enough when the accident happened.

US Firm Aids China Response To South Korea’s largest Oil Spill
Oil and Gas Online (press release) – Horsham,PA,USA
On December 7, 2007, the oil tanker Hebei Spirit, anchored 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Seoul, was pierced by a crane-carrying barge, releasing 10500

A warmer Arctic Ocean needs shipping rules

By Robert Wade

Published: January 15 2008 19:04 | Last updated: January 15 2008 19:04

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