Maritime Safety News Today – 5th May 2008

9 killed as cargo freighter sinks off Zanzibar
ABC Online – Australia
Andrew Mwangura of the Kenya chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Programme said the ship sank early Thursday (local time), but its name,

Baltic cruise ship runs aground off Latvia – Summary
Earthtimes (press release) – London,UK
Weather conditions weren’t a factor in the accident, he said. The Latvian Maritime Administration experts were on board the ship owned by Germany’s Lord

Fishing boat sunk at sea with 8000 pounds of fish still on board
Honolulu Star-BulletinHonolulu,HI,USA
The Division of Aquatic Resources will conduct an underwater survey in the next few days to assess any damage to coral and marine life from the grounding.
destination and the

Lookout may have been lacking
Melbourne Herald Sun – Australia
“Unfortunately the majority of boating fatalities in Australia involve a ‘human cause’ such as an error of judgment on behalf of the vessel operator,” NMSC

Cruise line pleads guilty in deadly blast
MiamiHerald.com – Miami,FL,USA
”Hopefully, this case will send a message to the maritime industry that marine safety should be the paramount consideration in maintaining their vessels,”

US wants world action against E.Africa pirates
East African – Nairobi,Kenya
By KEVIN J KELLEY The United States is calling for concerted multinational action to halt the rampant piracy in East Africa’s waters.

A Million Dollars For Sea Hauler Victims
The Bahama Journal – Nassau,Bahamas
Minister of Labour and Maritime Affairs Dion Foulkes made the announcement in a press release on Friday. Minister Foulkes said a comprehensive multi-agency

Court Upholds Settlement In Missing Passenger Case
Hartford Courant – United States
Yet only a handful of cruise ship disappearances over the years appear to have involved a violent crime or even an accident. (Contrary to popular belief,

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