Maritime Safety News Today – 24th January 2008

Cargo ship with 17 Russians on board reported missing in Pacific

VLADIVOSTOK, January 24 (RIA Novosti) – A rescue center in Russia’s Far East said on Thursday a cargo vessel with 17 Russian crew on board was missing in the East China Sea.

Oil tanker collision outside Murmansk
Barents Observer – Archangel,Russia
According to the Russian Ministry of Transport, no oil leaked into the Kola Bay following the collision. The incident has however caused damage to the 

Tug crew safe after vessel sinks
The Daily Astorian – Astoria,OR,USA
The US Coast Guard launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Tillamook Bay and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria after receiving a 

StatoilHydro cuts staff on North Sea rigs because of storm threat
MarketWatch – USA
Waves of up to 11 meters are expected during the storm, and the findings of a comprehensive survey of lifeboat safety ascertained in 2007 that certain wave 

18 crew saved as Spanish boat sinks – Ireland
The UK-registered vessel the Royalist sent out a distress call just before 4pm today saying that it was sinking and its crew were taking to their life rafts 

Three rescued from sinking tug near Tillamook Bay
The Oregonian – – Portland,OR,USA
None were hurt, Johnston said. The boat ended up sinking, she said. She said authorities do not know what caused the vessel to take on water.

Judge: Why Just 1 Pilot in Ferry Crash?
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
Smith was suffering from extreme fatigue and was on painkillers when he blacked out while the ship struck a concrete maintenance pier at full speed. 

Piracy Incidents Rose 10% in 2007

The Annual Report on Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) states that piracy incidents increased by 10% compared to 2006 and grew more violent.


Owner of tanker in South Korea’s worst oil spill denies wrongdoing (Pressemitteilung) – Wien,Austria
7 accident occurred after a barge owned by South Korean conglomerate Samsung Group slammed into Hong Kong-registered tanker Hebei Spirit, which leaked 78920


Washington Court Will Not Hear Alaska Dispute
Posted 01/24/08 at 07:59 AM
The Court of Appeals of the State of Washington affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit on the basis of comity. In the instant case, plaintiff seaman was allegedly injured while working as a crew member on an Alaska state ferry…
Report accuses Transport Canada of security problems and unethical
The Canadian Press –
But the report says Transport Canada’s marine security directorate lacks the resources and training to properly enforce its safety regulations.

 Singapore – maritime ties with Malaysia strengthened

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a news release stating that the maritime ties with Malaysia are being strengthened through the visit to Singapore of the Malaysian Director General of Marine.  Current cooperative programs with Malaysia and Indonesia include the traffic separation scheme, mandatory ship reporting, and the recent Co-operative Mechanism for the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. (1/22/08).



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