Maritime Safety News Today – 11th April 2008

Man dies after falling overboard
BBC News, UK – 8 hours ago
The man was working as an engineer on Baltic Sky 1, a combined chemical and oil tanker, anchored off Felixstowe. The crew reported the man missing on

Freighter Runs Aground
Posted 04/10/08 at 10:38 AM
A 388-ft. Netherlands-flagged freighter ran aground in East Passage off Portsmouth, RI reports said. The Coast Guard received a call that the freighter Alexandergracht was stuck on the Portsmouth side of the passage, near the Melville Marine District, and needed assistance…

Captain praised after grounding
BBC News – UK
When the vessel reached the southern part of the box, the watchkeeper is reported to have dialled a new course into the automatic helm with the intention of

Ferry captain fired after Spirit of BC comes too close to another
CHEK News – Victoria,BC,Canada
This violated BC Ferries operating procedures that forbid passing another vessel at the narrow entrance to Active Pass because of concern about a collision.

DFO changes towing practice
Globe and Mail – Canada
“The coast guard suspended its practice of towing small vessels in ice with crew aboard the disabled vessel while the internal safety review is under way,”

IMO Backing Antarctic Ship Review

The IMO’s environment committee recognized campaigners’ fears that the continent’s waters are at risk from the rising number of ships coming to the area. Environmentalists said the sinking of the M/S Explorer in 2007 was a wake-up call to tighten rules in the region.

Riverdance ferry move to be decided
Blackpool Citizen – UK
Plans to refloat the ship have continually failed due to bad weather, and the Riverdance now lies completely on its side, and is sinking into the sand.

Companies wait for Sabrina cargo to be released
CBC.ca – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
MSC is waiting on an insurance claim it filed to recoup rescue costs accrued in the grounding last month, and while that request is processed companies such

Anti-piracy body calls for security boost after French ship seized
Macau Daily Times – Macau
The International Maritime Bureau’s Malaysia-based Piracy Reporting Centre said it was possible the culprits were the same gang responsible for a spate of

Stranded Seamen Claim $102,000 in Unpaid Wages


Stranded onboard the M/V Lady Belinda since January, the crew is finally paid.

INTERTANKO welcomes IMO’s revisions to MARPOL Annex VI


INTERTANKO welcomes package and expresses satisfaction that goals set by INTERTANKO’s Council have been fully achieved

Growing seafarer shortage highlighted at Sea Japan
Seatradeasia-online (subscription) – London,UK
and the negative image of shipping, had served to discourage seafarers “other than from countries where the attraction is strictly financial,” he said.

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