Maritime Safety News Today – 28 November 2007

November 28, 2007

FATHER OF DEAD FEMALE SEA-FARER DOESN’T BELIEVE IT’S SUICIDE
Niu FM – Auckland,New Zealand
Auckland 6am: The family of the Kiribati woman seafarer said to have hanged herself say they saw no sign that was the case on her body.

Four people and a dog rescued from sinking ship
KTUU – Anchorage,AK,USA
It located the raft and rescued the four men and the dog about an hour later. All were in good condition after arriving in Kodiak. The vessel could not 

Navigation authority issues safety alert as water level of Yangtze
Xinhua – China
The “yellow warning”, the second highest level, was sent out bythe Yangtze River Maritime Safety Administration for a 680-kilometer stretch of the waterway

Bangladesh police detain 2 suspected people-traffickers, sinking
International Herald Tribune – France
The vessel sank in calm water and there was no clear indication what caused the accident, officials have said. Survivors have told police it was overcrowded 

Ambrose Light – safety zone

(On 3 November, 2007, the Ambrose Light was struck by an oil tanker, the Axel Spirit)

The US Coast Guard established a temporary safety zone, with a radius of 250 yards, around Ambrose Light, located approximately 8.35 nautical miles east of Sandy Hook, New Jersey. The safety zone, which will be in effect through at least May 5, 2008, is intended to provide for the safety of life, property, and the environment during the survey and reconstruction of the light. 72 Fed. Reg. 65886 (November 26, 2007).

Platform Crew Airlifted to Safety After Blaze

Posted 11/27/07 at 09:58 AM

A fire on a North Sea oil platform led to the evacuation of 118 workers. The fire broke out on the Thistle Alpha platform, 325 miles north of Aberdeen and only five miles inside the UK search and rescue area…

Scotland’s Offshore Industry Issued Warning

Posted 11/26/07 at 09:31 AM

Scotland’s offshore oil industry was issued a government health warning by the Health and Safety Executive. The HSE published a new report which says more must be done to improve safety on oil and gas installations.

Coast Guard to Test Oil from Seven Ships in Spill

Posted 11/27/07 at 09:37 AM

Testing of oil samples taken from ships that might have spilled the fuel that washed up in Atlantic Beach and Long Beach last week will probably take place by next week, the Coast Guard said. After the approximately 500 gallons of heavy No..

Pemex May Tear Down Offshore Platform

Posted 11/26/07 at 09:36 AM

Pemex said it may tear down an offshore platform if its structure, hurt by a series of recent fires, weakens further to prevent more damage to adjacent oil-pumping facilities. On Tuesday, a fire broke out at the Kab-121 well on the Kab-101 platform in the Gulf of Mexico, which was damaged in a blaze last month that killed 21 workers.

Estonia report supports official investigation
The Local – Sweden
When enough water had entered the car deck, the vessel tilted to one side,” said Källström. The official explanations for the ferry sinking have been 

Ferry Experts and Legislators to Discuss Steel Electric Ferries

Posted 11/27/07 at 10:14 AM

Washington State Ferries will hold meetings regarding the status of the Steel Electric class vessels and Port Townsend/Keystone ferry service. Legislators and staff from affected ferry communities, Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond and Washington State Ferries Executive Director Mike Anderson will review current ferry status and discuss.. Gulf ships to join global green drive
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
“There will be no costs to the legitimate standard vessels as they are modern vessels fitted and equipped and provided with skilled seafarers.

BOURBON OPENS TRAINING CENTRE
Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
One of the company’s anchor handlers, the Bourbon Dolphin capsized with the loss of eight lives in April. Although the Norwegian investigation into the

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Maritime Safety News Today – 24 November 2007

November 25, 2007

Safety fears after 154 tourists rescued on Antarctic cruise
Scotsman – United Kingdom
The rescued passengers, who include 24 Britons, were last night taken to a Chilean base in Antarctica after being picked up following their lifeboat ordeal.

Crew rescued after trawler sinks
The Press Association –
Howth RNLI manager Rupert Jeffare said the all-weather lifeboat was launched by on-call volunteers within 10 minutes. The four men were found on the rocks 

Refugee boat crash kills more than 60
United Press International – USA
A security official in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, said 25 survivors of the maritime accident Wednesday reached the country’s southern shores and were taken

Search on for eight missing in south China ship collision
Xinhua – China
Friday morning has left eight people missing, a maritime official said. The accident occurred at around 9:30 am when a ferry with the registration No.

Arrest warrant for Cosco Busan
Court grants request by class action trial lawyer.

China, IMO sign memorandum on technical co-op
Xinhua – China
The program is designed to help developing countries improve their ability to comply with international rules and standards relating to maritime safety and


Maritime Safety News Today – 30 October 2007

October 30, 2007

Danish rescuers say hope fading in search for 7 Turkish sailors
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung) – Wien,Austria
Authorities believe the remaining seven sailors _ six men and one woman _ were trapped inside the ship, which was floating on its side and had hit ground.

Ferry officer left yachtsmen to die after collision at sea, court told
Guardian Unlimited – UK
An experienced ferry officer left three yachtsmen to die in cold, dark water after the huge vessel he was in control of hit or swamped their sailboat,

N Korean ship capsizes near E China coast, 21 rescued
China Internet Information Center| – China
The provincial maritime bureau estimated about 2000 Chinese civilians and 500 armymen have rushed to the rescue. The accident occurred around 4:00 PM Sunday

Diver surfaces and hits propellers
Independent Online – Cape Town,South Africa
The ship was docked at the Durban Port. “The dive crew had recovered the diver from the water after the accident and immediately headed towards port seeking

Update: US Destroyer Actively Pursuing Pirates Off Somali Coast
AHN – USA
The destroyer, on loan to an international task force aimed at stopping piracy and terror in the region, responded with deadly force, sinking both vessels

Exxon asks high court to void Valdez spill damages
Houston Chronicle – United States
Oil companies and their insurers are urging the justices to weigh in so they can better assess their risks in the event of another major accident or spill.