Maritime Safety News Today – 23rd February 2008

20 Feared Dead in Brazil Ship Collision

The Associated Press –
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) — Twenty people were reported missing and feared dead Thursday when a ferryboat with more than 100 passengers sank to the bottom of

Japan coast guards find empty lifeboat from missing cargo ship

RIA Novosti – Moscow,Russia
MOSCOW, February 21 (RIA Novosti) – Japan’s Coast Guard Service has discovered an empty lifeboat from a cargo ship that went missing with its Russian crew

Vessel Aground in River Clyde
The Arran Voice (subscription) – Brodick,UK
By John Kinsman Clyde Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) received a call at 17.50 on Wednesday February 13 from the Clyde Estuary Control,
Tugboat Svitser-Korsakov Still Kept by Pirates in Mogadishu
Instead of that the company tries to find out who of the seamen working in the company are members of the Russian Seafarers’ Union. Lots of questions arise: .

Work continues to remove fuel from shipwreck
KTUU – Anchorage,AK,USA
Another ship rescued the two crew members. The 65-year-old boat has two large holes in its wooden hull, and it’s nearly submerged at high tide.

Bosses vote no to Nigerian war zone
Safety at Sea – London,England,UK
LONDON 20 February – The International Maritime Employers Committee (IMEC), with a membership representing over 5000 ships employing over 145000 seafarers

Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
in DNV Maritime, said: ¡°DNV¡¯s statistics shows that a ship is twice as likely to be involved in a serious grounding, collision or contact accident today

Prosecutor appeals verdict in Queen Mary 2 accident (Pressemitteilung) – Wien,Austria
killing 15 people and injuring 29 weeks before the ship’s first trip. In 2005, another person died of injuries sustained in the accident. .

Bill would require peace officers on cruise ships

By Kimi Yoshino, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
4:24 PM PST, February 22, 2008

Seeking to improve public safety on the high seas, a state senator introduced a bill today that would require peace officers on cruise ships sailing from California ports.

If passed, California would have the country’s most stringent regulations monitoring the $35.7-billion industry, which has come under congressional and public scrutiny in recent years after several high-profile cases of missing people, passengers overboard and sexual assault.

Japanese MSDF chief to be dismissed over ship collision
Xinhua – China
Self-Defense Force (MSDF) Chief of Staff Eiji Yoshikawa over failure to report a ship collision in time on Tuesday, Japanese media reported Friday.

St. Lawrence Seaway – opening of 2008 navigation season The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the Montreal/Lake Ontario portion of the Seaway will open at 0800 on March 22, 2008 and that the Welland Canal will open at 0800 on March 20, 2008. The maximum allowable draft for the Montreal/Lake Ontario portion will be 80.0 dm and for the Welland Canal will be 80.8 dm.

Court upholds million dollar award for permanent, severe skin reaction

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a jury award of $1 million to a seaman for a permanent, severe skin reaction resulting from exposure to coal tar. In the instant case, plaintiff crew member on several occasions was exposed to coal tar dust while cleaning the potable water tank on defendant’s vessel. Several other crew members engaged in similar work also experienced skin rash, but not to the same degree, and their reaction was only temporary. Plaintiff brought suit under Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness. Defendant raised several grounds on appeal, including the alleged excessiveness of the award. The court held that the award, while high, was within the range of the proof. Taylor v. TECO Barge Line, Inc.,

Posted 02/21/08 at 10:09 AM
Senator Stevens (R-AK) introduced the Vessel Discharge Evaluation and Review Act (S. 2645) to require the Commandant of the Coast Guard, in consultation with the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, to conduct an evaluation and review of certain vessel discharges…

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