Maritime Safety News Today – 4th April 2008

Ships collide in Straits
Cheboygan Daily Tribune (subscription) – Cheboygan,MI,USA
There was reported damage to both vessels, however neither vessel is taking on water. The collision occurred on Friday when the motor vessel Cason J.

Sea Shepherd and coast guard ships collide
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
A spokesman for Canada’s federal Fisheries Department said on Monday the icebreaker was “grazed” twice yesterday by the Farley Mowat, a 54-metre vessel

American Club issues Mississippi level alert
Marine Log – New York,NY,USA
As a final comment, the club’s managers say it is highly likely that, even now, some vessel somewhere has just received revised voyage instructions from the

AMSA orders boxship tow

THE Australian Maritime Safety Authority exercised powers of intervention under the Protection of the Sea (Powers of Intervention) Act 1981 to have the stricken MSC Lugano towed away from the south-western Western Australian coast yesterday. The Majuro-registered, 3,032teu Lugano, controlled by Transman of Greece, suffered an engineroom fire on Monday while en route from Adelaide to Fremantle. While the fire was extinguished without injury to any of the 25 crew members, the ship was left drifting in heavy weather off the coast of Esperance when the main engine could not be re-started. Pending the arrival of the Svitzer Australasia tug Wambiri from Fremantle,

Multiple investigations launched in tragic accident
Leader Post – Don Mills,ON,Canada
“It’s an accurate system that will tell us what the ship was doing.” In addition to downloading the information from the electronic chart system,

Danish ship detained at port
Taranaki Daily News – New Plymouth,New Zealand
“Port state inspections of visiting ships like this are a routine, but important, part of MNZ’s role in ensuring maritime safety and protection of the

Alaska Ranger assistant engineer admits drinking on board
Seattle Times – United States
hearing into the sinking of the Alaska Ranger, assistant engineer Rodney Lundy admitted Wednesday to sometimes drinking alcohol on board the vessel.

Son tells of RiverCat ferry crash – Australia
He recalled “frantically waving my arms”, hoping to grab someone’s attention so the vessel could be diverted. “I think I was yelling at the time ‘move,

Anthrax container scare at Port of Long Beach
Investigators at the Port of Long Beach found no evidence of contamination in an outbound container scrawled with the message, “Anthrax a gift from Osama.”

Crewmembers Recovered from Sunken Tug

Two recovered from Ukranian tug that collided with freighter near Hong Kong.

India to send officer to witness MV Rezzak
SteelGuru – Gurgaon,Haryana,India
PTI reported that India is sending an officer to Turkey to witness the investigation to look into the missing vessel MV Rezzak with 25 Indian crew.

Call for curbs on Antarctic ships
BBC News – UK
More tourists than ever before are visiting Antarctica, some in ships not designed for the harsh conditions. Campaigners say the sinking of the M/S Explorer

US Coast Guard plans sweeping safety changes for commercial
Kodiak Daily Mirror – Kodiak,AK,USA
They point to the sinking of the fishing vessel Northern Edge as a prime example. While fishing for scallops, the Northern Edge blocked its deck water

EMSA to hold bidding for cleaning oil spills in the Black Sea
New Anatolian – Ankara,Turkey
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has announced a bidding procedure for equipment of ships for cleaning oil spills in the Black Sea, EMSA Executive

Kenya: Union Seeks Entry Among ‘White List’ Countries – Washington,USA
Seafarers Union of Kenya (SUK) is urging Parliament to prioritise the passing of the pending Merchant Shipping Act (revised) and the Maritime Authority Bill

Lack of personal jurisdiction over foreign ship owner

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the court did not have personal jurisdiction over a foreign ship owner whose ship was alleged to have been involved in a fatal collision in foreign waters. In the instant case, the ship had made a number of calls in US ports in recent years, but always at the direction of the long-term time charterer. The court held that, since the owner did not control the port calls of the ship, it had not availed itself of the advantages of doing business in the United States in a manner sufficient to support personal jurisdiction under the Due Process Clause of the Constitution.


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