Maritime Safety News Today – 25th January 2008

Tug tragedy probe continues at dock
Paisley Daily Express – Paisley,Scotland,UK
“Detailed investigations are to be carried out by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, police and procurator fiscal.

Thousands rally for compensation over SKorea oil spill
AFP –
Bishop said the Hebei Spirit crew had carried out all instructions from South Korean maritime authorities before the accident and taken every possible 

Crew Sang Songs as Vessel Sank

Source: CBC News

Posted: 01/24/08 7:13AM

Filed Under: Canada

A teenager told a St. John’s courtroom Wednesday how he sang songs with his crew mates, four of whom would drown, as they waited for rescue after their fishing vessel capsized.

Bernard Dyke, now 19, was one of four men who survived after the Melina and Keith II capsized on Sept. 12, 2005.

Dyke, a resident of Marystown, testified Wednesday in provincial court in St. John’s in the trial of skipper Shawn Ralph, who was charged with eight violations of the Shipping Act.

Union urges USCG to show humanity

WASHINGTON, DC 21 January – A major US maritime labour union is pressing the Coast Guard to make changes in the way it treats seafarers. After a December meeting with Adm Thad Allen, president Timothy Brown of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots has written letter detailing its issues to the commandant and offered to help in improving the relationship.

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