Maritime Safety News Today – 10th April 2008

Queen of the West Fire

-The US Coast Guard is responding in coordination with state and local agencies to a 220-foot cruise ship that reported an engine room fire on the Columbia River, Ore. Coast Guard Sector Portland received a call from the US Army Corps of Engineers operator at John Day Dam at 12:31 a.m. reporting that the Majestic Cruise Line, Queen of The West, had experienced an engine room fire at Columbia River mile 210, east of The Dalles.

Ship Operator to Pay $1.7 million Fine

WASHINGTON—PACCSHIP, the operator and manager of approximately ten ships that regularly carry goods between Asia and ports in the United States, pleaded guilty today and was sentenced to pay a $1.7 million fine for crimes related to improper transfers and discharges of oil-contaminated waste from two of its ships, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and George E. B. Holding, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Fog and thunder storms to disrupt city
China Internet Information Center| – China
The Wusong maritime safety administration, in charge of water traffic safety at the mouth of the Yangtze River, said some vessels were ordered to stay at

Ministers sink EU safety laws
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
Supporters said international conventions were not enough to bring in maritime safety measures. They also pointed out that the EU had previously set global

Governors Raise Concern over Foreign Cruise Rules
Posted 04/08/08 at 10:17 AM

Hawai‘i Governor Linda Lingle and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff urging him to reject proposed federal rule changes that would adversely impact the Hawai‘i and California cruise industries and harm the economies of the two states, reports said..

Private security takes to the sea
ISN – Zurich,Switzerland
With violent maritime piracy and the risk of waterborne terrorism on the rise, states and non-state actors turn to private security, Patrick Cullen writes

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