Maritime Safety News Today – 6th February 2008

2 dead, 1 missing after South Korea cargo ship collision
Inquirer.net – Philippines
AP SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean cargo ship sank Monday after a collision with a tug boat off the country’s west coast, leaving two crew dead and one

Somali Pirates Hijack Danish-Owned Tug
The Associated Press –
The International Maritime Bureau, which tracks piracy, said in its annual report earlier this year that global pirate attacks rose by 10 percent in 2007,

Grounded ferry may be stuck for a week
The Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention, said bad weather was hampering the salvage operation for 

Captain’s error seen in collision at Tagbilaran port
Inquirer.net – Philippines
“My initial findings showed that Oceanjet vessel made a shortcut. Oceanjet was supposed to enter between beacon 7 and 8, but it turned out that it entered

New joint lobby on treatment of seafarers
RTE.ie – Ireland
Five of the world’s major shipping organisations have joined forces to demand better treatment of seafarers from governments when maritime accidents occur.  

Saskatoon company seeks damages following Napoli wreck
StarPhoenix – Saskatoon,Saskatchewan,Canada
to a shipyard in Northern Ireland late in 2007. A year after the sinking, the stern of the vessel still remains offshore from the village of Branscombe.

Coast Guard probes sinking
The Daily Astorian – Astoria,OR,USA
GARIBALDI – The US Coast Guard Monday morning was investigating the capsizing of a 27-foot fishing vessel. The Aftershock, a fiberglass crabber,

Relative of NL tugboat sinking victim questions rescue efforts
The Canadian Press –
“They had every reason to think that the best course of action to safely recover these people from the water was to recover them by vessel and that was done

IMO – Bahamas accedes to AFS and Bunkers Conventions

The IMO issued a news release stating that the Commonwealth of the Bahamas has formally acceded to the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships, 2001 (AFS Convention) and the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 (Bunkers Convention). The AFS Convention will enter into force, both generally and for the Bahamas, on 17 September 2008. The Bunkers Convention will enter into force, both generally and for the Bahamas, on 21 November 2008. (2/4/08).

USCG – financial responsibility for pollution – proposed

The US Coast Guard issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would, if adopted, amend the regulatory requirements, under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), for vessel operators to establish and maintain evidence of financial responsibility.

Collision course: ramming icebergs in the name of science
Scientists at the Institute for Ocean Technology at St. John’s, Newfoundland are conducting experiments on ice resistance that involve crashing a ship into an iceberg on purpose.

Carriers join forces to prevent box losses
A code of best practice to tackle the problem of containers lost overboard is being developed by a committee of experts headed by the World Shipping Council, which represents most of the global container lines, and the International Chamber of Shipping. The recommendations should be ready this year for distribution to containership owners and operators, and  will also be sent to the International Maritime Organization, which is taking a close interest in this matter after a series of well-publicised incidents in recent years.

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