Maritime Safety News Today – 12th December 2007

December 12, 2007

Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
“This is a totally unacceptable situation,” said Captain Pottengal Mukundan, Director of the ICC International Maritime Bureau which runs the Piracy 

Pirates off Somalia threaten to kill tanker crew: UN
But Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenya chapter of the Seafarers‘ Assistance Programme, said the presence of the US vessels was complicating the negotiations

Sinking kills migrants off Turkey – Qatar
The group met in Izmir on Saturday evening and were taken to the coast, where they boarded the boat at night but the vessel capsized two hours after setting

Crews will try to bring listing cargo ship to port

Jonathan Fowlie, Vancouver Sun

Published: Monday, July 31, 2006

A team of salvage experts boarded the listing cargo ship the MV Cougar Ace on Sunday to determine the best way to right it and bring it to port.

Total tanker in Gulf of Aden collision, no pollution
Guardian Unlimited – UK
“After steering southeast at low speed, the Samco Europe is currently stabilised away from traffic in this area and is waiting for the vessel’s owner and .


Thai, Cambodian fishermen rescued in Vietnamese waters
Mathaba.Net – London,UK
Seafarers from the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on December 6 rescued three foreign fishermen after their vessel sank off the province’s coast.


Tanker breaks down
Worthing Herald – Worthing,England,UK
its anchor down while repairs were taking place. The crew of the Eastbourne RNLI all-weather lifeboat has been put on standby in case they are required.

Legal fears left Atlantic Conveyor defenceless

A helicopter-carrying merchant ship that sank with the loss of 12 men after being hit by two Exocet missiles in the 1982 Falklands conflict was unarmed and unprotected because Ministry of Defence lawyers feared that it was illegal to fit a commercial vessel with weapon systems, according to newly released classified documents.

The container ship Atlantic Conveyor, which had sailed to the South Atlantic just six days after being requisitioned by the MoD, was struck on May 25, causing devastating fires and explosions on board – a storage section filled with cluster bombs and kerosene blew up.

It was one of the biggest-impact attacks by Argentine Exocet-armed Super Etendard bombers because the Atlantic Conveyor was carrying four Chinook and seven Wessex helicopters, all of which would have played a crucial role in ferrying British troops across the Falklands as part of the campaign to liberate the islands.

The Argentinians were hoping to target one of the two Royal Navy aircraft carriers but the missiles homed in on the 14,950-tonne merchant ship.


Port State Control *updates* 11 Dec 2007

► 11th December 2007: Following text approval at MSC 83, the IMO have issued a “Code of good practice for port State control officers”.

This document provides guidelines regarding the standards of integrity, professionalism and transparency that regional port State control (PSC) regimes expect of all port State control officers (PSCOs) who are involved in or associated with port State control inspections.

Ballast water convention: Worldwide *updates*

11th December 2007: IMO – Enforcement of the first deadline for the fitting of ballast water treatment facilities on new build ships under the forthcoming Ballast Water Management Convention has been postponed by the IMO.

Delays with ratification of the convention, and the type approval of treatment equipment are thought to have contributed to the decision by the IMO to delay the enforcement of Regulation B-3Ballast Water Management for Ships.

Shipowners will not be required to have systems installed on vessels constructed during 2009  with a ballast capacity of less than 5,000 cubic metres until the second annual survey, but before January 2012.

The assembly has requested the Marine Environmental Protection Committee to review, and possibly extend this postponement to ships built during 2010 as well if it believes there is not the “immediate availability of type approved technology” when it meets in October next year.


Maritime Safety News Today, September 15,2007

September 15, 2007

Norwegian Tanker Runs Aground

Posted 09/14/07 at 10:34 AM

A chemical tanker controlled by Norwegian shipowning firm Odfjell has run aground off Indonesia. Odfjell reported that its chemical tanker Bow Star ran aground after leaving the Indonesian port of Batam

Norwegian tanker aground
Aftenposten – Oslo,Norway
There were no injuries and the vessel’s double hull was believed capable of preventing any environmental damage. “There has been no injury to personnel and 

31 crewmembers evacuated from ship sinking offshore Turkey
ITAR-TASS – Moscow,Russia
The Sunny Day flying the Panama flag sank 30 nautical miles off Trabzon because of bad weather. The vessel was en route to Sochi. 

Hearing on Cruise Ship Security

Posted 09/14/07 at 10:29 AM

On September 19, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will conduct an oversight hearing on Cruise Ship Security Practices and Procedures. Source: HK Law


Security deadlines loom for Canada ports

Major seaports, terminal operators and the St. Lawrence Seaway must complete background checks and attain security clearances on employees by Dec. 15.

Maritime Safety News Today

August 29, 2007

Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
According to the latest ICC International Maritime Bureau weekly report its crew maintained an anti piracy watch on the forecastle, main deck and poop deck.

Ship Collision Off Turkey Hurts 48
The collision occurred in the Sea of Marmara just 20 minutes after the ferry left Yenikapi for the island of Avsa, which is about 68 miles (110 kilometers) 

Talks seek to end Antwerp pilots strike Thirty cargo ships, including deep sea container vessels, were stranded outside the Port of Antwerp on Tuesday night.

Coast Guard verifies report of missing boat, 30 passengers – Philippines
He said the passengers were transferred to other vessels and ferried back to a Batangas port. The PCG has not received reports of injuries or fatalities.

Offshore Union Unite Calls For All Health And Safety Statistics To
Market Wire (press release) – USA
However, we can not lose sight of the fact that we have had eleven other fatalities in this reporting period”. Mr Tran added “In October last year we lost

Maritime Safety News Today

August 14, 2007

Petrol tanker involved in Algeciras Bay collision
Think Spain – Spain
Its load of fuel oil will be transferred to another vessel as a precautionary measure. It seems that the accident occurred when one of the ships strayed

Istanbul Collision Foreshadows Worse to Come
Mother Jones – San Francisco,CA,USA
In 1994, after a nighttime collision between two oil tankers killed 26 crew members and closed the strait for five days, the Turkish government began

Confused reports on semi-submerged vessel’s fuel
bunkerworld – London,UK
The Gibraltar Maritime Administration has commenced an investigation into the collision and also into how the vessel New Flame departed from the Port of


Turkey: Ferry Collides With Ship
Forbes – NY,USA
Istanbul shortly after the accident. Ambulances and helicopters took the injured to nearby hospitals, the Maritime Affairs office said in a statement.

40 injured in Turkish ferry collision
NTV MSNBC – Turkey
All those injured in the accident were taken to nearby hospitals. Maritime safety officers have begun an investigation into the cause of the accident.

Turkish ferry rams into anchored cargo ship near Istanbul
San Diego Union Tribune – United States
dock in Istanbul shortly after the accident. Ambulances and helicopters took the injured to hospitals, the Maritime Affairs office said in a statement.

Seafarer dies following Dublin Port accident – Ireland
One of two seafarers injured in a serious accident on a ro-ro cargo ship in Dublin Port last Tuesday has died in Dublin’s Mater Hospital.

Accident leaves bulker stranded off Gibraltar
Lloyd’s List (subscription) – London,UK
The Gibraltar Maritime Administration has opened a formal investigation. Among the issues under investigation is why the New Flame sailed from Gibraltar

Another accident at sea prompts many questions of port procedures – Gibraltar
“The ESG urges Government to take whatever steps are necessary to eliminate these risks and to work with other maritime agencies to ensure highest possible