Maritime Safety News Today – 3th May 2008

Netherlands. Yacht sinks after collision with freighter
BYM News (press release) – Gibraltar,Spain
Police in Terneuzen have arrested the captain and first mate of a Cypriot registered cargo vessel, which rammed a yacht during the night.

Curacao Dry dock Company: Scientology’s Cruise Ship Sealed Due To
Insurance News Net (press release) – Harrisburg,PA,USA
Despite being informed of the accident, and the danger, the captain chose to keep the incident secret. Members of the public have noted with concern that

Weighting game
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
Classification societies commenting on the MSC Napoli casualty investigation maintain that container weight is only an issue in heavy seas and where the

Panama to conduct underwater survey to trace missing ship
Livemint – Delhi,Delhi,India
Bangalore: A Panama-flagged cargo ship MV Rezzak, that went missing in the Black Sea on 18 February with 25 Indian sailors on board, misjudged the stormy

Bill would provide oversight of SF Bay shipping pilots
San Jose Mercury News – CA, USA
John Cota, who was piloting the Cosco Busan when it struck a bridge support in November and spilled 53000 gallons of fuel into the bay.

Presidential Sweepstakes Only Promise More of the Same for the Maritime Industry

Long term neglect of U.S. merchant fleet and port infrastructure continue as candidates largely avoid the issue of a comprehensive maritime and sealift policy

US seeks permission to go after pirate ships in Somalia’s waters
Stars and Stripes – Washington,DC,USA
“We take piracy very seriously,” said Lt. Stephanie Murdock, 5th Fleet spokeswoman. “Our sailors deploy on ships throughout the world for maritime security.

Plans to create new shipping register – Ireland
It is intended to create a new ship register in Ireland that will enforce legislation on safety and living conditions aboard and help improve maritime


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