Maritime Safety News Today – 21st January 2008

2 crew found dead on Latvian container ship
Released : Saturday, January 19, 2008 9:13 AM

LONDON-Two crew members were found dead on a Latvian-registered container ship in the English Channel after a suspected chemical leak, police said Saturday.

The two, who are thought to be Latvian or Russian, died late Friday on the ship Sava Lake, police said.

Another Cargo Ship Sinks in the Sea of Azov
Sofia News Agency – Bulgaria
but a towboat managed to evacuate all of them before the ship foundered, Russian news agency Ria Novosti reported. The accident occurred Friday night,

Role of pilot’s sleep medication probed
San Francisco Chronicle – CA, USA
A source close to the maritime industry told The Chronicle that nearly a third of the pilots in the country used Provigil to help them keep awake.

8 RP seafarers receive P30-M reward from US
Inquirer.net – Philippines
By Tarra Quismundo MANILA, Philippines–EIGHT Filipino seafarers Friday received P30 million as a reward for helping the United States prosecute the owners


Containership runs aground in Savannah

The U.S. Coast Guard said traffic on the Savannah River was briefly disrupted Wednesday after a ship ran aground around while leaving the port.
The Evergreen Line containership Ever Radiant ran aground about two miles east of Tybee Island, Ga., about 11 a.m. Wednesday, but was freed with two tugs at 1:15 p.m., and the river was reopened at 3:20 p.m.

Cosco Busan Pilot’s Medical Records Questioned
By John
Since that time the United States Coast Guard has put increased scrutiny on the medical records of all licensed mariners a review process that could get more stringent as details emerge regarding the medical records of the Cosco Busan’s

Eastport: Cargo ship averts serious trouble after anchor drags
Bangor Daily News – Bangor,ME,USA
By Diana Graettinger A Dutch-owned ship filled with nearly 10000 tons of pulp left for France under its own steam Tuesday, but there were a few anxious .

Beach shut as timber comes ashore
BBC News – UK
“We think it is madness to go windsurfing among all this wood,” said Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) spokesman Mark Clark, who said people were causing

Nine crew airlifted from fishing boat after blaze breaks out off
Scotsman – United Kingdom
They were joined by the crew of a lifeboat, which had been launched from Arranmore in County Donegal. However, after an Irish Naval ship, LE Eithne,

The bay of the jackals
Times Online – UK
And why did the ship split in two? Was it a freak accident or does it suggest lethal flaws in a method of transport responsible for shifting 90% of world

Vietnam issues rules on co-operation in combating piracy
Nhan Dan – Hanoi,Vietnam
The Vietnam Department of Maritime Police will cooperate with its Asian counterparts in implementing the Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery

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