Maritime Safety News Today – 23rd January 2008

Towboat Grounding Delays River Traffic
Posted 01/22/08 at 07:30 AM

The Coast Guard has temporarily restricted vessel traffic to one-way on the Lower Mississippi River from mile markers 167-177 due to a towboat grounding. <p> At approximately 1 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2008, the towboat Senator Stennis struck the submerged wreckage of the 17th century replica of the French warship, Le Pelican that sank March, 2004,.

Alaska says punitive damages are warranted in Valdez oil spill
Houston Chronicle – United States
Exxon’s case before the Supreme Court is expected to claim that nearly two centuries of American maritime law uphold the company’s argument.

Checks follow cargo ship concerns
BBC News – UK
Kent Police are conducting a joint investigation on behalf of the coroner with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

MSC NAPOLI update
Posted 01/22/08 at 07:33 AM

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said that the accommodation block on the stern of the wreck of the MSC NAPOLI has been removed. The only remaining major part of the wreck is the underlying stern section, which is listing 30 degrees to starboard..

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