Maritime Safety News Today – 29th April 2008

Crew of Spanish boat hijacked by Somali pirates freed
The Associated Press –
De la Vega said the government would be taking up the subject of maritime piracy at a European Commission meeting Tuesday. “We have taken steps so that

Appeals panel upholds conviction for acts of piracy
Honolulu Star-Bulletin – Honolulu,HI,USA
“There are no facts at all to show piracy.” Dotson said Shi was prosecuted under a 1992 anti-terrorism statute that put a maritime safety treaty into law .

Environmental impact of New Flame shipwreck off Gibraltar
European Parliament (press release) – EU
They also believe the accident makes the case for tougher EU maritime safety measures. The shipwreck occurred on 12 August 2007, following a collision near .

SK Energy to use 60 pct double-hulled vessels in ’08
Reuters – USA
In December Hong Kong-based single-hulled tanker Hebei Spirit was involved in South Korea’s worst oil spill, leaking some 10500 tonnes of crude oil after a

Seafarer Stats
The Department for Transport has today published National Statistics on UK seafarer statistics. The report estimates the number of UK seafarers working regularly at sea by department (deck and engine, technical officers, ratings,


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