The MAC Top Ten

November 22, 2007

MAC Podcast Top Ten

Here, in order are the current Top Ten rankings for MAC Podcasts

1. The Case Of The Baffling Bays (Grounding under pilotage)
2. The Case Of The Errant Hookers (Sinking,anchoring in typhoons)
3. The Case Of The Killer Catch (Lifeboat accident, on-load release)                                         4. The Case Of The Bosun’s Crush (Fatality involving crane)
5. The Case of The Deadly Saviour (Lifeboat, on-load release)
6. The Case Of The Cozy Captain (Fatigue, pirate software)
7. The Case Of The Wandering Monarch (Grounding, navigation)
8. The Case Of The Seductive Sim (Grounding, navigation)
9. The Case Of The Silent Assassin (Fatalities, enclosed space)
10. The Case Of The Lethal Lampshade (Fatalities, explosion,                                                        enclosed space)


Maritime Safety News Today – 14 November 2007

November 14, 2007

Crew member escapes from hijacked Japanese tanker
It has urged the pirates to abandon the vessels. The CTF-150 also operates under international maritime conventions to secure international waters for

Lobster boat sinking takes captain’s life
CBC New Brunswick – New Brunswick,Canada
The captain, 54, was believed to have been trapped inside the sinking vessel, but was later spotted on the water and picked up by another boat.

55 rescued as boat sinks off Camotes, Cebu – Philippines
vessel drifted towards Bohol. When the boat finally began sinking, the passengers, starting with the older ones, were transferred to life rafts.

Horizon Crew Awarded For Bravery For Guam Rescue
pacific – Honolulu,HI,USA
United States Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton who cited the seafarers for “extraordinary selfless actions in the spirit of the brotherhood of the

In Black Sea, storm highlights maritimesafety issues
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
The spill raised questions about maritime safety in the Kerch Strait, a busy waterway that separates Ukraine and Russia. Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor

The 2007 San Francisco Bay Oil Spill: Lessons Learned, Questions
California Progress Report – Oakland,CA,USA
When did the first vessel containing significant containment boom leave the storage facility? 3. The website of the private spill response contractor for

4 saved in sinking off Sandy Hook
Asbury Park Press – Asbury Park,NJ,USA
“The vessel was submerged to the point where just the superstructure was out of the water,” Stark said. “The good Samaritan was waving his arms,

Rowan Pleads Guilty To Dumping Waste

Posted 11/13/07 at 09:48 AM

Rowan Companies Inc. will pay $9m in penalties and add a corporate environmental division under a plea agreement in which it admitted the routine discharge of pollutants and garbage into the Gulf of Mexico from one of its drilling rigs, the Justice Department recently announced.

NTSB Outlines Desired Safety Improvements

Posted 11/13/07 at 09:51 AM

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a statement noting that its two most wanted safety improvements in the marine sector are: (1) a reduction in accidents and incidents caused by human fatigue and (2) an enhancement of recreational boating safety…

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard rescue crews from Station Portsmouth ferry passengers of the cruise ship SPIRIT OF NANTUCKET to shore after the ship ran aground in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway approximately 8-miles north of the Virginia, North Carolina stateline,Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007. The Coast Guard is investigating investigating the cause of the grounding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kip Wadlow)

Safety At Sea Headlines>

Crew saved after five days at sea

KAVARATTI 13 November – All six crewmembers of the sunken cargo ship MSV Lakshadweep have been rescued by local fishermen after spending five days in the sea. The seafarers, all Indians, were found floating in their lifeboats, the Coast guard station at Kavaratti reported. They were admitted to a local hospital in Calicut (Kerala) and were discharged a day later on Monday. The ship, belonging to Lakshadweep Cooperative Marketing Federation, had left Mangalore for Kalpeni Island in Lakshadweep on 3 November, carrying 140 tonnes of cargo including steel, rice and general provisions, but sank 90 nautical miles south west of New Mangalore port. A coast guard aircraft from Cochin made several sorties to locate the missing ship while the Kasturba Gandhi made numerous attempts to trace it.

11:19 13 Nov


Rubbish disposal policy trashed after accident

15:15 13 Nov

G&G Shipping, a small Fort Lauderdale-based carrier, is changing its rubbish-handling policies after one of its crew was badly burned from a trash fire aboard one of its ships. Full story


Yachtsmen had good survival chance

16:29 12 Nov

THE three yachtsmen drowned as a result of the P&O ferry pride of Bilbao colliding with or swamping their yacht could have been saved if an alert had been issued. Full story


UK appoints new Sosrep

15:45 12 Nov

A NEW secretary of state’s representative (Sosrep) for the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency has been appointed. Full story


Russia assesses Kerch catastrophe

13:00 12 Nov

At least two seafarers have died and several more are missing after storms battered several ships in the Kerch strait. Full story

23 saved as log carrier sinks

12:14 12 Nov

A PANAMANIAN vessel sank 160nm east of Taizhou, Zhejiang province yesterday night. Full story





Maritime Safety News Today – 14 October 2007

October 14, 2007

Captain at breakfast as ship sailed to doom
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The Minister for Ports, Joe Tripodi, says the investigation headed by the chief executive of NSW Maritime, Chris Oxenbould, has been delayed for good reason

Two ships collide near Thessalonica, no injured
Focus News – Sofia,Bulgaria
a passenger ship carrying 143 people and a fishing vessel with a 6-member crew collided. The reason for the collision is most probably low visibility

Fishing boat runs into sand bar
Asbury Park Press – Asbury Park,NJ,USA
J., has advocated for increased funding to maintain the channel in the past and agreed that the Karen L’s grounding provides proof of the seriousness of the

Crew rescued from sinking fishing boat off Cabo de Gata
Typically Spanish – Malaga,Spain
There was no confirmation on whether a rescue boat had succeeded in its attempt to tow the sinking vessel into port.

Lucky to Be Alive
Officials say the collision happened when two small fishing boats tried to cut off a ferry traveling from Harbor land to Port Aransas.

30 STRONG: Prevention fuels best practices hunt
Petroleum News – USA
2001 when the Chevron Mississippi oil tanker traveling through the Valdez Narrows avoided a collision with a fishing vessel that strayed into its path.

House Committee Assures Shipper’s Council On Funding
Trading Markets (press release) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
It is believed that the agent last made contact with the vessel on July 24, when it was located off the coast of Somalia. On board the vessel are eight

Sunken vessels ready to be raised next week
Waterford News – Waterford,Ireland
He said that the crane will work the same way as if lifting items above ground but given the trawlers are under water, it’sa bit more difficult.

Al Dana owner in legal battle to clear name
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
Following the accident Bahrain and neighbouring countries agreed to set draft safety regulations aimed at 6000 small vessels in Bahrain and at least 100000

Swedish Research Project Explores Fire-Resistant Composites in
High Performance Composites – USA
Operation and Regulation for Safety), a risk-based ship design and approval study group comprising 52 European maritime stakeholders and led by Hamburg,

EC unveils new EU maritime policy
European Space Agency – Paris,France
based on SAR data from Envisat and the Canadian Radarsat satellite was set up for all European waters under the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

Safety seminar for tug boat crews offered next week
The Virginian-Pilot – Norfolk,VA,USA
The Coast Guard and Virginia Maritime Association will offer a safety seminar for commercial tug boat crews next week. The annual seminar will be held Oct. .

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