Maritime Safety News Today – 11th February 2008

Tugboat sinking claims lives of two men
Nova News Now – New Minas,Nova Scotia,Canada
… the vessel from Wesleyville to St. John’s. According to Sgt. Rick Boland of the RCMP detachment in Harbour Grace, an investigation into the sinking is

Massive rig evacuation after ‘bomb threat’ on North Sea
The Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
In April last year eight men died after an oil rig support vessel, the Bourbon Dolphin, capsized. Many of the 99 workers on an oil rig thought to be

Fisherman dies in boat collision
The Mississippi Press – – Pascagoula,MS,USA
Eddie Rice, 49, of Vancleave, was killed after his boat and another commercial vessel engaged in crabbing operations collided in the Mississippi Sound,

Seamanship Trophy Recognizes Rescue in Stormy Ocean


The captain and crew of a U.S.-flag merchant vessel received the American Merchant Marine Seamanship Trophy for their skillful action in rescuing two mariners from stormy seas.

Blaze on Turkish Ship in Adriatic Sea Extinguished

Posted 02/11/08 at 10:24 AM

Firefighters extinguished a blaze that erupted aboard a Turkish cargo ship off Croatia’s coast three days ago and had raised fears of major pollution, AFP reported. A team of Dutch firefighters and their Croatian counterparts were aboard the ship to assess the situation and inspect the vessel..

Petition fears for lives of Russian ship crew
Hindu – Chennai,India
The port authorities refused berth facilities, on January 24, on the ground that the Bombay High Court had passed an order of arrest against the ship.

South Korea Denies Report of Ship Sinking Off Angola
Korea Times – South Korea
BEIJING — South Korea denied media reports Saturday that one of its fishing vessels sank in Angolan waters earlier this week. Earlier in the day,

Marina bans night trips of seacrafts
Bohol Chronicle – Tagbilaran,Bohol,Philippines
By KIT BAGAIPO At least five fast ferries operated by three competing firms are no longer allowed night trips by the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina).

Bremerton – ferry strikes mooring dock

The US Coast Guard issued a press release stating that it is investigating an incident in which a ferry struck its mooring dock while approaching the terminal at Bremerton, Washington. A second press release stated that the strike caused several fractures to the hull, some water intake, and some structural damage. The ferry has been towed to a shipyard for repairs.

Savannah River Closed Following Explosion at Sugar Refinery

Posted 02/11/08 at 10:30 AM

The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the Savannah River to navigation following a large explosion at a sugar refinery at Port Wentworth, just upstream from Savannah, Georgia. The Coast Guard defines the safety zone in the area near the sugar refinery…

Senator Calls for “Protectively Located” Fuel Tanks on Ships

Posted 02/11/08 at 09:07 AM

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) last week called on the US Coast Guard to strengthen standards for preparedness and recovery in the wake of the Cosco Busan oil spill. Senator Feinstein urged the Commandant of the Coast Guard to update the prepared contingency plan for the San Francisco area.


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