BBC Islander On Fire – Fitter Couldn’t Read English

May 28, 2008

Australia’s Transportation Safety Board has released its report on the fire aboard the BBC Islander last August. It isn’t a pretty sight. A fitter who couldn’t understand the ship’s SMS hot work requirements because it was in English, inadequate SMS procedures for risk assessment, lack of documentation on the whereabouts of damgerous cargo, and a firefighting team untrained in dealing with fire aboard ship.

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Maritime Safety News – 20 October 2007

October 20, 2007


Ferry sinks off Indonesian island

A passenger ferry has capsized off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, leaving at least 29 people dead, officials say.

Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
Meanwhile IMB’s regular weekly piracy report lists a number of violent incidents. At Bonny Island anchorage, Nigeria, three robbers armed with long knives

Missing captain of sunken Greek cargo ship found dead
Trading Markets (press release) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
It was the second maritime accident near Thessaloniki this month. Last Friday, a Greek ferry collided with a fishing boat 23 kilometers off the coast.

CG Chief Wants More Safety Regs – USA
Allen will lead a US delegation to a meeting in London of the International Maritime Organization to finalize requirements that any cargo vessel bound for .