Maritime Safety News Today – 17th April 2008

11 Mariners Rescued 300 Miles South of Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard watch standers and the crew of a Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon Jet coordinated with the motor tanker Aegean Angel the rescue of 11distressed mariners aboard a life raft Tuesday, after their vessel sank 300 miles south of Puerto Rico

Isle Of Wight Ferry Fire

At half past four this afternoon, April 15, Solent Coastguard received a call from the Our Lady Pamela Wightlink passenger ferry reporting that it had an engine fire on board and was currently proceeding to Ryde Pier.

Solent Coastguard tasked Ryde and Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Teams and requested the launch of Bembridge Inshore and All Weather Lifeboats. Once the ferry arrived alongside the Ryde Pier all 85 passengers and crew on board were discharged with all reported to be safe and well.

Harbour ferries collide at central-city terminal

New Zealand Herald – New Zealand
The spokesman described it as a minor accident and declined further comment pending a routine investigation into the cause by Maritime New Zealand.

Ferry captain fired after ‘near miss’

THE CAPTAIN of a BC Ferry has been fired after a ‘near miss’ between two vessels in Active Pass, the major ferry route between Vancouver and the British Columbia capital of Victoria. The Pass is a narrow stretch of water known for its strong tidal currrents. The incident, which happened on 17 March, involved the Spirit of British Columbia, an S-Class ferry with a capacity of 2,100 passengers and 470 automobiles, and a commercial truck ferry owned by Vancouver-based Seaspan. The two vessels reportedly came within 200m of each another at the south entrance to the pass between Galiano Island and Mayne Islands. Although this distance did not violate federal government regulations, according to BC Ferries it did violate the ferry corporation’s operating procedures, and it is investigating the incident. It has not released the name of the captain who has been fired. While the bridge crews of the two vessels were in radio contact before entering Active Pass, the close encounter appears to have resulted from a miscalculation of speeds.

Fishmaster pushed ship’s pace, crew says
Anchorage Daily News (subscription) – Anchorage,AK,USA
Both Freitag and Shuck have hired a maritime attorney, George Knowles, to sue for damages against the company. Knowles was beside them as they testified.

ICW Re-opensAfter Barge Collision

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard re-opened a ten-mile section of the Intracostal Waterway between mile markers 340 to 350 at 1 p.m. today. Currently, restrictions are only in place between mile markers 343 and 344 where vessels are directed to maintain minimal safe speed and not pass or overtake other vessels.

Earlier this morning the Coast Guard closed a ten-mile section of the Intracoastal Waterway from mile marker 340 to 350 after a barge collision near the Bolivar Terminal.

Grounded Barge gets a Lift
Posted 04/17/08 at 10:52 AM
A member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) recently responded to the grounding of the Thor III, a deck barge carrying 4,000 tons of gravel and sand in a national sanctuary in the Turks and Caicos Island, BWI…

France and IMO agree on prevention and suppression of piracy

IMO Secretary-General, Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, has commended the recent intervention of French naval forces which succeeded in releasing all the crew of the French yacht, Le Ponant – hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia, on 4 April 2008. He also praised the co-operation between the authorities of France and the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia in resolving the incident without conflict, injury or loss of life, and in apprehending

Napoli inquiry
Devon 24 – UK
Professor Ian Mercer CBE has been appointed as the independent chairman of the MSC Napoli local public inquiry.

River Clyde pilots go on strike
BBC News – UK
“These dedicated pilots, who are crucial to local maritime safety and economic prosperity, already operate in a high-skill, high-pressure environment where

Ship Arrest in Norwey by Siril Steinsholt Visnes, Vogt & Viig AS
By editor
The Court issues an arrest decree which states the name of the parties, the claim, the maximum amount the claim shall be secured for and the arrest ground.

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