Maritime Safety News Today – 1 December 2007

December 2, 2007

Communication Lost With Hijacked Ship

Communication was lost with MV Al Marjan, which was hijacked by Somali pirate on October 17.

Coast Guard assists damaged freighter

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is assisting a damaged freight vessel today about 150 miles southeast of Cape Cod, Mass., after the vessel’s master requested permission to enter Boston to repair damage sustained during a storm.

Coast Guard Sector Boston received the call around 5 p.m., Wednesday, from the vessel RSCL Express, a 350-foot vessel registered in the Pacific Marshall Islands.  The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, a 210-foot cutter from Cape May, N.J., on a routine patrol in the area was diverted and headed toward the vessel’s location.

Man and son rescued from sinking ship
San Francisco Chronicle – CA, USA
Responding authorities found the ship’s captain, Leo Morelli, on his vessel, the Lou Denny Wayne, not far from shore. Morelli was rescued by helicopter.

Fishing vessel crashes into rocks at Pigeon Point in San Mateo County
San Jose Mercury News – CA, USA
The collision caused the vessel, which was carrying an estimated 600 gallons of diesel fuel, to sink. Hunter said responding personnel did not see oil in

Vessel Operator Sentenced to Pay $525,000 for Environmental Crime

WASHINGTON – A federal district court in Maine sentenced Petraia Maritime Ltd., late yesterday, to pay a fine of $525,000 and serve two years probation for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution From Ships (APPS), the Justice Department announced.

Petraia had been convicted following a jury trial in May 2007 of failing to maintain a record of its overboard discharges of oily bilge waste, which it made without using required pollution control equipment, from the M/V Kent Navigator, a vessel that it owned and operated. Two chief engineers serving aboard the Kent Navigator had previously pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Coast Guard for their role in the attempted cover-up of Petraia Maritime’s discharges of oily waste.


HALIFAX — The Government of Canada laid pollution related charges in Halifax Provincial Court today against the M/V Alida Gorthon. The vessel faces two charges under the Canada Shipping Act related to the unlawful discharge of a pollutant and failure to report the discharge of a pollutant. The charges relate to a pollution incident which took place June 22nd 2007 in which an oil slick of less than 50 litres was spotted in the wake of a vessel transiting Canadian territorial waters approximately 200 kilometres south of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

SF ship pilots group reviewing practices after Bay fuel spill
San Jose Mercury News – CA, USA
The group says other possibilities include restricting vessel movement in difficult maneuvering areas when there’s heavy fog.

Liberia Mounts Explorer Investigation

THE Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry, the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, confirms start of investigation into the incident which led to passengers being evacuated from the passenger vessel Explorer.

Update on Black Sea Oil Spill

Approximately 17,500 tons of oil product waste has been collected; environmental damage has been estimated at $265 million.

2007 Inaugural IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

The inaugural IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea has been presented to two seafarers who risked their lives to save others in a dramatic rescue operation in gale-force winds.

Bulgaria Gets New Brussels Warning over Seafarers
Sofia News Agency – Bulgaria
Bulgaria: Bulgaria is set to receive a new warning from Brussels after failing to transpose the rules on seafarers mobility and crew skills into their

INTERTANKO Hosts Successful Seafarers Vetting Seminar Philippines

Over one thousand seafaring officers attended INTERTANKO’s first ever Seafarers’ Vetting Seminar.
Dockside power for ships examined
Charleston Post Courier – Charleston,SC,USA
While “grounding” and “earthing” essentially are the same process, they may have a different meaning in Japan than in Sweden. An ISO standard must be just