Maritime Safety News Today – 16th April 2008

Rescuers search for at least 13 missing crew members after ship
International Herald Tribune – France
He said Japanese officials, who received the initial accident report from South Korean coast guard via maritime safety radio, did not know the cause of the

AFM rescues crewman after accident at sea
Times of Malta – Valletta,Malta
The helicopter, piloted by an Italo-Maltese crew reached the ship – now 70 miles off Malta – just over an hour after the alarm was raised and the crewman .

Prison boat in collision on river
The Times-Picayune – NOLA.com – New Orleans,LA,USA
(AP) — A crewboat carrying employees of the Louisiana State Penitentiary has collided with another vessel on the Mississippi River, injuring at least 18 ..

US Coast Guard Aids Injured Crew Member

Posted 04/16/08 at 10:02 AM

A Barbados cable-laying ship bound for Portsmouth was waylaid after a crew member fell and badly injured his head, according to Coast Guard officials.<br />Crew aboard the 350-ft. IT Intrepid called for help from its position along the New Jersey coastline to report a man with a serious head wound suffered after a fall…

Somali pirates arrive in Paris after kidnapping
AFP –
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon last week called on the UN to launch an “international initiative” to protect maritime shipping in areas where piracy

France – video of capture of pirates

The French Government released a video of the capture of six pirates involved in the seizure and ransom of the cruise ship LE PONANT off the coast of Somalia. The pirates were captured ashore while attempting to flee. Some of the ransom was recovered. The ship’s crew of 30 was rescued unharmed. Coverage of this event was augmented by CNN. Vive la France! (4/15/08).

IMO, CMA CGM back French piracy proposal
Safety at Sea – London,England,UK
FRENCH ship owner CMA CGM has urged the international community to support a government proposal for a new UN-led international anti-piracy maritime force.

Canadian Coast Guard seized ship on high seas, protesters say
Globe and Mail – Canada
He called the boarding by armed RCMP officers in the Cabot Strait both an act of piracy and an act of war. “We’re a Dutch-registered vessel in international

Boat crash skippers not vigilant
BBC News – UK
The report said the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has agreed to introduce a formal certification process for skippers of fishing vessels of less than .

US Coast Guard probes river collision
2TheAdvocate – Baton Rouge,LA,USA
The collision happened near Tunica about 6 pm, when the towing vessel Charles Clark, pushing two loaded lubricating oil barges, collided with the crew boat .

Global Pirate Attacks Increase

Posted 04/16/08 at 10:10 AM

The AP reported that pirate attacks rose worldwide in the first quarter of the year, with Nigeria overtaking Indonesia as the country worst plagued by sea bandits, a global maritime watchdog said.<br />Seafarers suffered 49 attacks between January and March around the world, up 20 percent from the 41 recorded in the same period last year, the International…

Finnish Maritime Administration dismisses maritime safety chief
Newsroom Finland – Helsinki,Finland
Paavo Wihuri, head of maritime safety at the Finnish Maritime Administration, has been dismissed, the Maritime Administration said in a statement Wednesday.

Stricter norms to bring maritime safety at par with global standards
Economic Times – Gurgaon,Haryana,India
“This means that chances of an accident or casualty is significantly higher in case of older vessels,” he added. As per an industry estimate,

Cyprus to create shipping advisory body
Financial Mirror – Cyprus
the Minister said that by adopting a new maritime policy with a series of strict measures, focusing on the enhancement of maritime safety and security

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