Somali pirates free Russian-built tugboat
AFP –
Denmark-based maritime services company Svitzer said: “All crew members are well and unharmed,” but declined to elaborate on the ransom.

Leak of lubricant oil pollutes sea in north-eastern Brazil
Earthtimes – London,UK
Granel Maritime Agency, in charge for the shipment of the lubricant, was set to be fined over the accident. Manager Israel Vasconcelos said technicians

Total: 400 Tons Fuel Oil Spilt In France; Operations Not Affected
EasyBourse.comParis,France
The pipe leak happened while refueling a ship, the spokeswoman said. She said 300 tons of fuel leaked onto the banks of the Loire river, with the remainder 

4 of 5 RP seamen rescued from 3-ship mishap repatriated
Inquirer.net – Philippines
By Tarra Quismundo MANILA, Philippines — Four of the five Filipino seamen rescued after a three-ship collision off Kobe, Japan have arrived in Manila.

Ninth victim of Duc Tri oil tanker sinking found
Viet Nam News – Hanoi,Vietnam
Sinh’s body was found more than 100km south of the place where the ship sank. Out of the nine dead bodies to be recovered, six were found out at sea and

Papers on Atago crewman to be sent to prosecutors
The Daily Yomiuri – Osaka,Japan
Ken Funato–the commander of the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Aegis-equipped vessel–or the chief navigation officer who served as the duty officer until 

Five charged over Chesapeake fracas
Safety at Sea – London,England,UK
BALTIMORE 18 March – FIVE seafarers aboard the Malta-flagged cargo ship Ocean Victory (IMO 9425289) have been criminally charged over a fracas last week 

EU LAW CHIEF BACKS LIABILITY LIMITATION PRINCIPLE
Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
since the Contracting States to that convention – which include almost all of the EU member states – permit risky maritime oil transportation and accept 

Riverdance ferry: Crisis talks
Blackpool Gazette – Blackpool,England,UK
Riverdance got into trouble during high winds and story seas on January 31 while en route from Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland to Heysham, grounding on the 

UN agencies issue new edition of medical guide to help protect
UN News Centre –
Seafarers face greater risks to their health while at sea, in part because of extreme weather conditions and the often long voyages involved, and those who 

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