October 25, 2009


To keep the pirates distracted until EUNAVFOR vessels could arrive, Cockney oiler Ned Arbisthwaite kept them entertained with the Hokey Cockey.

Maritime Safety & Security News – 24 October 2009

October 24, 2009

21 missing as trawler sinks in Bangladesh
Hindustan Times
Twenty-one labourers were missing after the trawler in which they were travelling sank following a collision with another vessel in Bangladesh on Friday.

Vessel Carrying Fuel Caught Fire in East Java
Tempo Interaktif
One crew and one passenger reportedly missing while five crew survived the accident. No report on whether the boat was carrying more than one passenger

Fishing vessel towed to safety
The lifeboat took the vessel in tow, arriving safely back in port at hour later. The alarm was raised at 3.15am on Friday and the crew were back on dry land

Crew rescued as boat hits rocks
BBC News
The two crew of a commercial motor boat have been rescued off the coast of Anglesey after the vessel was smashed into rocks. The 27ft (8.2m) boat Jean M has

Italian Ship Rescues Drug Traffickers on High Seas
Latin American Herald Tribune
Due to the injuries they sustained in the accident, they were taken to a medical center, where they are recovering,” the PNC spokesman said.

Yacht dismasted by one ship, saved by another
Sail World (press release)
Carolina after a collision with a tanker which didn’t stop. Their dismasted yacht, floundering in nine-foot waves, was sighted by another cargo ship

Lifeboat rescues injured seaman
Northumberland Gazette
A CREW member aboard a survey ship had to be evacuated to hospital by the Amble lifeboat after suffering serious head injuries in heavy seas.

Nine-week toxic oil spill taking huge toll on sea life
Sydney Morning Herald
The spill began on August 21 after an accident on PTTEP Australasia’s offshore oil rig about 160 kilometres from the northwest coast.

Sunken ship – complaint filed
Mr. John filed the complaint after a preliminary investigation into the circumstances leading to the sinking of the vessel. The accused mentioned in the FIR ‘

Russian sailors stranded in Panama to return home
RIA Novosti
On Wednesday a court in Panama ordered for the vessel to be impounded. If the ship’s owner fails to settle the dispute with the sailors amicably and to pay

Tests of Belle crew members are clean
Louisville Courier-Journal
which is investigating the accident, and are required under federal maritime law and Coast Guard regulations for crew members aboard a sailing vessel

Ghana: These Boat Disasters Must Be Stopped
These lapses in safety measures on the lake are what partly informed the government and the Transport Ministry to set up the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA). .


US drones protecting ships from Somali pirates
The Associated Press
Cyrus Mody, an expert on piracy at the London branch of the International Maritime Bureau, said he expects the drones will help ward off attacks by acting

Hijacked Chinese bulk carrier arrives off coast of Somalia
"The Hijacked Bulk Carrier, the DE XIN HAI, is confirmed to have arrived off the coast of Somalia and is now in the vicinity of Hobyo," the EU anti-piracy

Ella’s Pink Lady

Jessica Watson sails first 500 miles of planned circumnavigation – Part 3
As the subject of sleep has been a matter of discussion due to an earlier collision she experienced with a cargo ship before she even began this voyage

Off The Radar

Tenders to demolish historic ship

Tenders are being invited to demolish the world’s oldest surviving clipper ship which is scheduled for destruction at the Scottish Maritime Museum.

The City of Adelaide has been rotting away on the quayside at Irvine in Ayrshire since 1992.

Permission was given to demolish it after the maritime museum said it could not afford to pay for restoration work.

Bulgaria – A Man Resigned 3 – Twilight of Tolstoy

August 17, 2009


Part 1

Part 2

 image Foundered cargo ships Hera, Vanessa, Rezzak and Tolstoy share common characteristics. All were around 30 or more years old, carrying similar cargoes, two are known to have had low freeboard, all sank in the Black Sea/Sea of Azov, all departed in questionable weather, all were very serious casualties, and with one exception, official investigation reports have yet to be published or filed with the IMO.

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NEW: The Case Of The Foggy Pilot (Cosco Busan)

June 28, 2009


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Maritime Accident Safety News – 15 June 2009

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