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Maritime Safety News Today – 13th April 2008

April 13, 2008

Ten missing after ships collide in East China Sea
Reuters – USA
“The collision happened at about 6 am Friday morning near Shanghai when the 14-crew boat hit the ship,” Xinhua said, quoting the eastern Zhejiang provincial

‘Yohan’ captain sentenced to 30 years for multiple homicide
Malta Independent Online – Malta
The two vessels collided in choppy seas, sinking the Maltese vessel, the F174, in the process – although many of the survivors have claimed the Maltese ..

Coastguards to provide a service during strike
Shetland Times – Lerwick,Scotland,UK
A member of Shetland’s marine safety sub-committee, Jonathan Wills, said coastguard workers abroad were treated much more fairly than those in the UK.

Testimony of Secretary Michael Chertoff before the House
US Department of Homeland Security (press release) – Washington,DC,USA
Expanded Container Security Initiative: CBP expanded the Container Security Initiative to 58 ports screening 86 percent of maritime containers bound for the

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April 9, 2008

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Maritime Safety News Today – 8th April 2008

April 8, 2008

Korean, Chinese vessels collide, 6 missing
United Press International – USA
international waters and coast guard officials said the crew onboard the 16400-ton Korean freighter rescued two sailors clinging to the sinking vessel.

Damages sought
Sun.Star – Philippines
both hit the bridge at 7 am last Sunday,” said Mardon Martin, Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) 7 maritime safety specialist, during the meeting.

French navy in pursuit of yacht seized by pirates
Independent – London,England,UK
Although piracy is on the increase, it is rare for such a spectacular vessel as Le Ponant to be seized. The ship has four decks and two restaurants.

Undersea detection system helps to guard against collision with ships
Boston Globe – United States
In the deep, cold waters off Massachusetts, the world’s last 350 or so North Atlantic right whales search for each other with soft, drawn-out “whoops” and

Charges to be laid in Suriname against Guyanese pirates
Caribbean Net News – Georgetown,Cayman Islands
By Ivan Cairo PARAMARIBO, Suriname: Prosecutors in Suriname will soon lay charges against six Guyanese nationals suspected of piracy against local and

Strikers end ferry seizure
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
SEAFARERS employed by the French Mediterranean ferry operator SNCM ended their two-day-old occupation of the SeaFrance Molière on Friday afternoon after

Barrot aide tells shipping to ‘wake up’
A senior official of the European Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot has urged the maritime industry to “wake up” and do something about its emissions before ships are denied entry into European ports, saying that Industry executives are “dreaming” if they think they will escape new legislation designed to cut emissions such as sulphur and carbon dioxide.

DNV warns of shiprepair bottleneck ‘in two years’
New research conducted by the classification society Det Norske Veritas suggests that the shipping industry is approaching a dangerous bottleneck in the availability of shiprepair facilities within the next two years.

Maritime Safety News Today – 21st March 2008

March 21, 2008

Turkish and Greek Ships Collide

A Turkish sailor has died and five others are missing after two ships collided in the Aegean Sea near the Greek island of Hydra.

Seven Foreign Ships Under Detention in the UK During January

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announces that 5 foreign ships were under detention in UK ports during January 2008 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

BC Ferries adding voice recorders
Arrow Lakes News – Nakusp,British Columbia,Canada
all vessels by the end of the year and has increased training and safety regulations in an effort to avoid the circumstances that led to the sinking of 


Maritime Safety News Today – 16th March 2008

March 16, 2008
Tanker, Vessel Collide In NY Harbor
WNBC – New York,NY,USA
The Coast Guard Sector New York Vessel Traffic Service received notification from both vessels after the collision. A 33-foot Coast Guard Station New York

Dozen barges run aground on Ohio River in western Ky.
Fort Mills Times – Fort Mill,SC,USA
The grounding is under investigation. The Coast Guard said no pollution has been reported and river traffic remains unaffected.
Probe into maritime accident
Athens News Agency – Athens,Greece
The accident, where the tourist vessel ran aground on Platia, an islet north of the island of Poros in the Saronic Gulf, occurred on Thursday in excellent

Investigators say Suncruz casino boat may have damaged sea grass – St. Petersburg,FL,USA
by some other vessel. The sea grass beds serve as a vital nursery and feeding ground for a variety of species, including manatees, lobster and redfish.
Damaged Vessel Repaired
Posted 03/14/08 at 09:57 AM
A P&O cruise liner damaged in stormy weather on its way from Southampton to the Caribbean has left port after being fully repaired, BBC reported.  Artemis, carrying 1,188 passengers, made an unscheduled call at Falmouth, Cornwall, for the work…
RCMP to take new look at BC ferry sinking
Toronto Star – Ontario, Canada
The RCMP has been investigating whether a crime was committed in the sinking of the vessel two years ago that killed passengers Shirley Rosette and Gerald 

Maritime Safety News Today – 7th March 2008

March 7, 2008
Vietnam tanker sinks, 14 missing
BBC News – UK
maritime authorities have said. One seaman was rescued at the time of the accident on Sunday, but most of the crew were trapped in the hull,
One dead, three missing in ship collision: Japan
TOKYO (AFP) — Three vessels collided Wednesday in a strait in western Japan killing one Filipino crew member and leaving three others missing when their

16 dead in Albanian boat tragedy
B92 – Serbia
The authorities think the ship capsized and sank because it was overloaded. Four passengers survived the accident, said Katragini. .

Officials Provide Update On Grounded Oil Tanker
The Bahama Journal – Nassau,Bahamas
By Sasha L. Lightbourne The government will not incur any costs as a result of the grounding of an oil tanker off the west coast of New Providence,

Oil tanker towed to dock after SOS call
Middle East North Africa Financial Network – Amman,Jordan
The ship, which reported engine failure about 200 kilometers from the port, arrived back at the port yesterday, officials told Arab News.

Ill-fated trawler lodged on reef
Northern Advocate – Whangarei,New Zealand
“It’s still too early to determine what the cause of the grounding was, and we’ll be making no further comment on the incident until inquiries are complete

Wednesday, March 5th 2008
Virgin Islands Daily News – U.S. Virgin Islands
The National Park Service expects to complete its investigation into the grounding and coral damage during the next two months, VI National Park chief

Relations of victims of ill-fated passenger boat besiege Yenagoa
Vanguard – Apapa,Lagos,Nigeria
The maritime union leader Comrade Sylvanus Egele confirmed the incident , but said only five bodies have been discovered, that is, two ladies,

Fishing boat saved from sinking off Hawke’s Bay coast
All About Hawke’s Bay – Napier,Hawke’s Bay,New Zealand
The skipper of the Thelma G radioed for assistance just after noon saying the vessel was taking on water. The boat was about 15km south west from Portland

Crane crash terminal still out of action
East Anglian Daily Times – Ipswich,England,UK
Cranes on board then smashed into one of the ship-to-shore cranes at Landguard, which then toppled into the next crane, bringing them both smashing down.

Islands mourn loss of chief
Queen Charlotte Islands Observer – Queen Charlotte,British Columbia,Canada
Sandspit Coast Guard reported a vessel sinking in the QC harbour, after hearing radio traffic to that effect, according to Mike Stacey, maritime search and

Posted 03/05/08 at 10:21 AM

The US Coast Guard posted guidance on the inspection, repair, and maintenance of liftboats. As the guidance points out, for many purposes, liftboats are treated by the Coast Guard like conventional hulled offshore supply vessels (OSVs).

Donjon Marine Tows Disabled LNG Carrier

Posted 03/06/08 at 10:29 AM

Donjon Marine Co., Inc. provided the 7000hp salvage tug Atlantic Salvor to assist the (LNG) tanker Catalunya Spirit, which lost propulsion and became disabled and adrift East of Cape Cod in February. On February 12, 2008, Donjon Marine, Co…

Start of Napoli grounding inquiry
Dorset Echo – England,UK
The inquiry comes before work begins in April to remove the final section of the vessel, the stern, from the sea off Sidmouth. The grounding of the

US overturns shipper haz liability

NEW YORK 6 March – OCEAN carriers who sustain losses resulting from dangerous cargoes no longer enjoy a virtual guarantee that shippers of the cargo will be held liable for their losses. A 3 March ruling by the US Appeals Court for the Second District, struck down the “strict liability” standard of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA) where the carrier is aware that a cargo is inherently dangerous. In a communiqué to its clients, the Blank Rome law firm warns that “Where the carrier is generally aware of the hazardous nature of cargo, even if it is not aware of the precise nature of the risk, and the carrier nevertheless exposes it to potentially dangerous conditions, it will not be able to rely on the strict liability provisions of COGSA but will be required to show that the shipper acted negligently with respect to the cargo and/or its obligation to warn the carrier of the specific nature of the cargo’s risks== 2E” The change came as the appellate court reversed a lower court ruling that held PPG Industries fully liable for the loss of the DG Harmony, which caught fire off Brazil in November 2007 after one of ten containers packed with calcium hypochlorite (hydrated) (“calhypo”) exploded. The lower court held PPG fully liable under the “strict liability standard” but the appeals court that “a shipper cannot be held strictly liable for damage caused during the shipment of hazardous cargo in circumstances where the carrier was generally aware that the cargo’s dangerous nature requires careful handling or stowage.” The case has been returned to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York “to make findings on the issue of whether an adequate warning would have affected how the carrier stowed the calhypo.”