Maritime Safety News Today – 14th March 2008

Search launched for 23 crew after cargo vessel sinks of E China

China’s coastguard has launched a search for 23 crew members who are missing after their Panama-registered cargo ship sank off east China. The coastguard in Zhejiang Province were alerted by the company that owned the “New Hangzhou” after crew members used a mobile phone to report the sinking at about 6 a.m. on Thursday.

Greek crews evacuate 313 people from stricken cruise ship
ATHENS—Greek rescue crews on Thursday evacuated 278 passengers and 35 crew from a Greek cruise ship that ran aground off the Saronic Gulf island of Poros, near Athens.

USCG – one crewmember missing following explosion

The US Coast Guard issued a press release stating that it medically evacuated six injured crewmembers following an explosion on an industrial vessel in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast. 

15 rescued at sea off San Diego coast
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
“It’s sinking right now,” Mack said Wednesday afternoon. Investigations into immigrant-smuggling operations are often frustrated by immigrants’ refusal to

US Coast Guard Responds to Serious Incident on Maltese-flagged Ship


Two pilots aboard the Maltese-flagged M/V “OCEAN VICTORY” requested removal from the vessel for safety concerns; reports say vessel’s crew had become drunk on the outbound transit from Baltimore and started wielding knives.

Uganda bound cargo emits poison at port
UK. New plan being developed as Ro-Ro ferry Riverdance situation
BYM News (press release) – Gibraltar,Spain
She is also partly sinking into the soft and shifting sand locally. Plans to reduce the list using internal buoyancy and tidal effects have now been

Uganda bound cargo emits poison at port

HUNDREDS of people near the Kenyan port of Mombasa say they have become ill after a consignment of leaking chemical containers belonging to a Ugandan mining company were dumped nearby.

Royal Dutch Shell execs under attack by former Shell Group Auditor
Blogger News Network – USA
It is also directed FAO Greg Hill who at the time of the fatalities on Brent Bravo in September 2003 was the Production Director accountable for the Health

Bill Introduced on Double Hulls
Posted 03/12/08 at 10:14 AM

Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the Oil Spill Prevention Act of 2008 (S. 2699) to require new vessels carrying oil fuel to have double hulls, and for other purposes. This bill, if enacted into law, would require new US vessels with an aggregate capacity to 600 cubic meters or more of oil fuel to comply with MARPOL requirements relating to

South Korea oil spill devastates marine life: official report
AFP –
Hong Kong-registered supertanker Hebei Spirit spilled 10900 tons of crude after it was rammed by a Samsung Heavy Industries barge in rough seas off Taean

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