Maritime Safety News Today – 1st April 2008

Stricken cargo vessel off Esperance
The West Australian – Perth,Western Australia,Australia
The vessel, MSC Lugano, reported the fire to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority at 12.30pm today sparking an emergency response that included a search

Activist and coast guard ship collide during Canada’s seal hunt (Pressemitteilung) – Wien,Austria
Several agencies have said they will investigate the accident that killed the four sealers. The seal hunting industry finds itself under pressure from 
Marine Board of Investigation Begins Interviewing Witnesses in Casualty
Posted 03/31/08 at 10:28 AM
The Marine Board of Investigation into the Alaska Ranger convened began interviewing witnesses in the Alaska Ranger casualty<br />Capt. Michael Rand, USCG, and Mr. Liam LaRue, NTSB, from the board gave statements as to the purpose of the investigation, their authority and the scope of the investigation…
Ulstein Design says Bourbon Dolphin “exposed to more difficult
Offshore Shipping Online – Ledbury,England,UK
marine operations together with other serious actors in the maritime cluster, as an element of our continuous focus on safety in such operations.

Barrot fights to save maritime safety laws

BRUSSELS transport commissioner Jacques Barrot is lobbying national capitals across the European Union in a last-ditch attempt to save two controversial laws on maritime safety.

The Frenchman has talked with transport ministers, both on the telephone and in person, in recent days to convince them to support the draft directives on civil liability and flag state control ahead of a key council of ministers meeting next week.

Failure to enforce standard of reasonable care bars limitation of liability The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the failure of the City of New York to enforce a requirement for at least two officers to be on the bridge of a Staten Island Ferry while underway prevents the City from limiting its liability for injuries and damages resulting from an allision of the ferry with its dock when only one officer was on the bridge and that officer collapsed, rendering him unable to control the movements of the ferry. 

Free: Circuit Rejects City’s Attempt To Limit Liability in Ferry Crash
New York Law Journal – New York,NY,USA
“Our thoughts are with those affected by the accident,” he said. “As we’ve done since the tragic crash, the City will continue to focus on resolving these

Napoli removal start date
Sidmouth Herald – UK
AFTER months of inactivity, work to remove the remaining half of the MSC Napoli will start again at the beginning of May. Poor weather conditions led to the .


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