Maritime Safety News Today – 28th April 2008

Spanish fishing boat freed for $1.2 mln off Somalia
AFP –
Mwangura said the boat, which was captured on April 20, “suffered heavy damage caused by gun fire and looting during the piracy attack.

11 Somalis sentenced to life for piracy
AFP –
Last year more than 25 ships were seized by pirates in Somali coastal waters despite US navy patrols, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

USN – warning shots fired to deter small boats

The US Naval Forces Central Command issued a news release stating that a US-flag commercial ro-ro vessel on charter to the Military Sealift Command fired warning shots when it was approached by two unidentified small boats in international waters of the Central Arabian Gulf.  The US vessel issued standard queries of the approaching small boats via bridge-to-bridge radio, but received no response.  It activated a flare, but the small boats continued their approach.  The small boats only turned away after the warning shots were fired.

Wait for decision in ferry appeal
Manawatu Standard – Palmerston North,New Zealand
By CHRISTIAN BONNEVIE – Manawatu Standard | Monday, 28 April 2008 A Palmerston North ferry captain controversially convicted over a near-grounding incident

Coast Guard Authorization Act passed by the US House

The House of Representatives adopted the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2008 (H.R. 2830) and is forwarding it to the Senate for consideration.  The provision about providing security for liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers was modified and (apparently) the bill is no longer subject to a veto threat by the Administration.  The bill is not for the faint of heart, being 360 pages in length.
Port District not liable for pollution damage caused by ship

The US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled that, for purposes of liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), a Port District is not the operator of vessels that called in the port and might have stirred up pollutants in the submerged land in the port.

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