Maritime Safety News Today – 25th April 2008

Somali forces storm hijacked Dubai ship, arrest pirates

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Security forces in northern Somalia stormed a hijacked ship carrying food Tuesday, rescuing hostages and arresting seven pirates, officials said. The seizure was the latest in a spate of pirate attacks off the increasingly lawless Somali coast.

NYK says tanker holed in attack
Marine Log – New York,NY,USA
The ship manager, TMM, has reported to the Maritime Safety Agency that the weapon used by the small unidentified boat appeared to be a rocket launcher.

Spain works to secure release of fishing boat hijacked off coast (Pressemitteilung) – Wien,Austria
«It is a concern for the brokers,» he said of the piracy off Somalia. Cyrus Mody, a senior analyst at the International Maritime Bureau, a UN body that

Cosco Busan’s pilot charged with felonies
San Francisco Chronicle – CA, USA
(04-22) 16:35 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — The pilot of the container ship that struck the Bay Bridge in November and spilled more than 50000 gallons of fuel oil

Captain: No way to avoid collision
WZTV – Nashville,TN,USA
He says he shined a navigation light on the vessel in an attempt to get the attention of the operator, but failed to get it. Killed in the accident were

Firms bid to salvage shipwreck
Kathimerini – Athens,Greece
staged a protest on the anniversary of the cruise liner’s sinking, calling for the vessel to be salvaged and all spilt fuel to be pumped out of the sea.

INTERTANKO launches Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) Initiative

INTERTANKO is delighted to launch its Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS) initiative, an ambitious project on which it has been working with some intensity in a bid to respond to industry concerns over how to establish officer training standards.

NTSB “Could Do Better”

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the testimony report of its examination of management practices of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The GAO found that the agency made progress since the previous GAO review, but that there is still room for improvement. The NTSB should develop transparent, risk-based criteria for selecting which marine accidents it will investigate. Writing of the reports of marine accident investigations has materially improved. GAO-08-652T (4/23/08).

EU sending Spain satellite images of the ‘New Flame’
Panorama – Gibraltar,UK
The PP party, in raising the question about the New Flame, even made what are incorrect statements such as that the vessel is on the seabed on the Algeciras


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