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 – 8th December 2007

December 9, 2007

South Korea Coast Guard Battles Supertanker Oil Spill (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
The Taean Coast Guard deployed 12 patrol boats and 3 accident control boats to contain the spill, Jeong said. The tanker was carrying crude oil for Hyundai

Ferry Boat Docks Safely After SF Bay Collision
CBS 5 – San Francisco,CA,USA
7 crash involving the Cosco Busan vessel with a Bay Bridge support structure. The mishap caused a 58000-gallon oil spill in the Bay that disrupted fishing

Tanker leaks 14000 tonnes of crude oil after collision off South
Canada East – Moncton,New Brunswick,Canada
There were no human casualties in the accident. The extent of its potential damage to communities or wildlife in the area was not immediately clear,

Families get ‘closure’ as inquest rules trawlermen were victims of
Irish Independent – Dublin,Ireland
An extensive operation which saw divers enter the vessel could only take place on January 24 — two weeks after the sinking. Pere Charles owner Michael

MOL Tanker in training to combat piracy
– Mitsui O.S.K. Lines took part in a joint government-private sector training programme, aimed at combating piracy and terrorism on the high seas. >>more

Bulk carrier pulled from the mud
The Australian – Sydney,Australia
Maritime Safety Queensland and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau are investigating the circumstances of the grounding. The vessel is owned by Toll

Somalia: Pirates Accuse Hostages of Killing Their Comrades, Want – Washington,USA
The pirates hijacked the Golden Nori chemical tanker in late October, but after weeks of hunting, authorities have managed to surround the ship near

New Zealand – vehicle lashing arrangements Maritime New Zealand issued guidelines regarding vehicle lashing arrangements for ro-ro ships. Guidance Notice Issue 06-200 (12/6/07).

IMO – More needs to be done on safety, security and environmental issues

The IMO issued a news release reporting that Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos reminded delegates to the IMO Assembly that the agency has a good record of enhancing safety and security and preventing marine pollution from ships, but that more needs to be done.

Bay shipping faces danger
San Jose Mercury News – CA, USA
By Paul Rogers Less than a month after the worst oil spill in San Francisco Bay in more than a decade, a high-tech system that ship captains and pilots use

NSW to increase negligence fine after Pasha report
ABC Online – Australia
Chris Oxenbould from NSW Maritime says there was no record of communications between Newcastle Ports Corporation and the ship.

UPDATE 1-Damaged drill-ship in shipyard for 44 days – Noble
Reuters UK – UK
The drill-ship, which had 106 workers on board at the time of the accident, was under contract to Petrobras for about $137000 per day through September 2010

Giant tanker takes part in anti-piracy training session
Shipping Times – UK
The JCG upon receiving the report from the ship management company, ordered the patrol vessel Shikishima, assigned to anti-piracy and counter-terrorism duty

Maritime Safety News Today – 22 November 2007

November 22, 2007

Australian Navy Saves 16 in Boat Rescue
The Associated Press –
a sinking Indonesian ferry and attempted to take them to Australia. Prime Minister John Howard refused to allow the ship to dock on Australian soil,

Danish authorities criticize captain of ship hijacked off Somalia
International Herald Tribune – France
AP COPENHAGEN, Denmark: The Danish Maritime Authority on Wednesday partly blamed the captain of a cargo ship for a hijacking off Somalia, saying he did not

Piracy prompts pleas for naval vessels
Independent Online – Cape Town,South Africa
In 2005 the WFP temporarily suspended maritime aid after two pirate attacks on its ships. Earlier Monday, a Kenyan maritime officials said Somali pirates on

Owners of Hijacked Golden Nori in Ransom Talks

The ransom may be as high as the $1.5 million demanded for the Danica White in August; one crew member escaped and swam to safety.


Flags of convenience leave some mariners stranded
Logistics Management – Newton,MA,USA
“This means that the bulk of our work is taking care of the basic needs of seafarers,” said Lindgren. “When they arrive at our center, they are free to use 



Boat ‘was not sinking‘ says WA company
The West Australian – Perth,Western Australia,Australia
No lifejackets were observed on the vessel. Efforts by crew members from Ararat to assist were complicated by the over-crowding and instability of the


Old ferries pulled from service; Keystone-Port Townsend run closed
HeraldNet – Everett,WA,USA
Inspections by crews assigned to the vessel turned up extensive corrosion pitting the Quinault’s hull plates. The seriousness of the problem became clear


ANYTHING BUT: An Act Relative to Port Security

A proposed bill (S.1349) threatens to squeeze the life out of the port of Boston. Another (S.515) hopes to ensure safe marine operations for years to come. Which will succeed?


Maritime Safety News Today – 14 November 2007

November 14, 2007

Crew member escapes from hijacked Japanese tanker
It has urged the pirates to abandon the vessels. The CTF-150 also operates under international maritime conventions to secure international waters for

Lobster boat sinking takes captain’s life
CBC New Brunswick – New Brunswick,Canada
The captain, 54, was believed to have been trapped inside the sinking vessel, but was later spotted on the water and picked up by another boat.

55 rescued as boat sinks off Camotes, Cebu – Philippines
vessel drifted towards Bohol. When the boat finally began sinking, the passengers, starting with the older ones, were transferred to life rafts.

Horizon Crew Awarded For Bravery For Guam Rescue
pacific – Honolulu,HI,USA
United States Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton who cited the seafarers for “extraordinary selfless actions in the spirit of the brotherhood of the

In Black Sea, storm highlights maritimesafety issues
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
The spill raised questions about maritime safety in the Kerch Strait, a busy waterway that separates Ukraine and Russia. Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor

The 2007 San Francisco Bay Oil Spill: Lessons Learned, Questions
California Progress Report – Oakland,CA,USA
When did the first vessel containing significant containment boom leave the storage facility? 3. The website of the private spill response contractor for

4 saved in sinking off Sandy Hook
Asbury Park Press – Asbury Park,NJ,USA
“The vessel was submerged to the point where just the superstructure was out of the water,” Stark said. “The good Samaritan was waving his arms,

Rowan Pleads Guilty To Dumping Waste

Posted 11/13/07 at 09:48 AM

Rowan Companies Inc. will pay $9m in penalties and add a corporate environmental division under a plea agreement in which it admitted the routine discharge of pollutants and garbage into the Gulf of Mexico from one of its drilling rigs, the Justice Department recently announced.

NTSB Outlines Desired Safety Improvements

Posted 11/13/07 at 09:51 AM

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a statement noting that its two most wanted safety improvements in the marine sector are: (1) a reduction in accidents and incidents caused by human fatigue and (2) an enhancement of recreational boating safety…

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard rescue crews from Station Portsmouth ferry passengers of the cruise ship SPIRIT OF NANTUCKET to shore after the ship ran aground in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway approximately 8-miles north of the Virginia, North Carolina stateline,Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007. The Coast Guard is investigating investigating the cause of the grounding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kip Wadlow)

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Crew saved after five days at sea

KAVARATTI 13 November – All six crewmembers of the sunken cargo ship MSV Lakshadweep have been rescued by local fishermen after spending five days in the sea. The seafarers, all Indians, were found floating in their lifeboats, the Coast guard station at Kavaratti reported. They were admitted to a local hospital in Calicut (Kerala) and were discharged a day later on Monday. The ship, belonging to Lakshadweep Cooperative Marketing Federation, had left Mangalore for Kalpeni Island in Lakshadweep on 3 November, carrying 140 tonnes of cargo including steel, rice and general provisions, but sank 90 nautical miles south west of New Mangalore port. A coast guard aircraft from Cochin made several sorties to locate the missing ship while the Kasturba Gandhi made numerous attempts to trace it.

11:19 13 Nov


Rubbish disposal policy trashed after accident

15:15 13 Nov

G&G Shipping, a small Fort Lauderdale-based carrier, is changing its rubbish-handling policies after one of its crew was badly burned from a trash fire aboard one of its ships. Full story


Yachtsmen had good survival chance

16:29 12 Nov

THE three yachtsmen drowned as a result of the P&O ferry pride of Bilbao colliding with or swamping their yacht could have been saved if an alert had been issued. Full story


UK appoints new Sosrep

15:45 12 Nov

A NEW secretary of state’s representative (Sosrep) for the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency has been appointed. Full story


Russia assesses Kerch catastrophe

13:00 12 Nov

At least two seafarers have died and several more are missing after storms battered several ships in the Kerch strait. Full story

23 saved as log carrier sinks

12:14 12 Nov

A PANAMANIAN vessel sank 160nm east of Taizhou, Zhejiang province yesterday night. Full story





Maritime Safety News Today – 8 November 2007

November 8, 2007

Golden Nori Updates

South Korean sailor released by Somali pirates; 22 other Asian
International Herald Tribune – France
The sailor — one of two South Koreans aboard the Golden Nori — returned home with South Korean officials this week, an official at the Foreign Ministry said

Pirates: US Navy Offers To Help Philippine Seamen Held Hostage In
Pacific News Center – USA
Meanwhile, the Japanese company Dorval Kaiun KK, the owner of the hijacked chemical tanker MV Golden Nori told reporters in a press statement in Tokyo,

Philippine official says crew members of Japanese ship hijacked
International Herald Tribune – France
The Golden Nori was seized by pirates Sunday. “Because of a lack of central control, we have no (Somali) government to talk to to ask for information.

Filipino captain in hijacked ship contacts family–DFA – Philippines
By Veronica Uy MANILA, Philippines — The Filipino captain of the hijacked chemical tanker Golden Nori has contacted members of his family and told them
Other News

Other News 

Barge carrying coal hits reef in La Union
GMA – Quezon City,Metro Manila,Philippines
QTV reported Wednesday that the vessel hit the seabed of San Fernando Bay amid rough waters. Typhoon “Kabayan” (international code name: Peipah) had

‘Erroneous’ nautical mapping blamed for cruise ship accident
TravelMole – London,England,UK
Incorrect mapping information has been blamed by Louis Hellenic Cruises for the sinking of the cruise ship Sea Diamond off Santorini in April.

Arroyo orders probe into illegal hiring of 9 Pinoy sailors
GMA – Quezon City,Metro Manila,Philippines
The Filipino seafarers reportedly seized control of a fishing vessel UAICSIXA, and took hostage of their captain after complaining of maltreatment and

Comprehensive cooperation in maritime safety and environment issues constitutes an important part of the agreed future agenda of the Forum.

Weekly Piracy Report

November 7, 2007

The following is from the International Maritime Bureau piracy reports, for more information click here.

Recently reported incidents

31.10.2007: 0330 LT: 06:15N – 003:15E, Lagos, Nigeria.
Three pirates armed with knives boarded a tanker drifting. They took hostage the duty A/B and O/S and tied them up. They threatened the O/S with knives on his throat and asked him to open the accommodation doors but the O/S did not have the key. Two of the pirates then went to the bridge and assaulted the 2/O. The next watch keeper woke up and saw the movements on poop deck and raised the alarm. All crew mustered. Pirates escaped with ship’s stores, property, crew personal belongings and cash. First aid administered to the O/S who received knife injuries. Port control informed.
30.10.2007: 2120 LT: 03:59.6N-006:50.3E, 15 NM off fairway buoy, Bonny Town, Nigeria.
Ten robbers armed with guns boarded a reefer vessel.  Alarm raised and crew mustered.  Robbers escaped.  Attempt to contact bonny signal station were futile
27.10.2007: 0142 LT: Santos outer roads anchorage, Brazil.
Robbers armed with guns boarded a container ship and fired their guns at the approaching crew members.  For safety crew members locked themselves in a safer place.  Robbers opened 8 reefer containers and stole cargo contents and escaped.  No one was injured
19.10.2007: Offshore Lagos: Nigeria.
Robbers armed with knives boarded a tanker at anchor.  They took as hostage one AB. They tied him up and warned him not to make any attempt to escape. They stole some ship’s store.  Robbers then took the AB into the accommodation and searched for money. They then returned to stern, lowered ship’s store into the waiting boat and escaped.
04.11.2007: 0130 LT: 21:40N – 088:01E, Hoogli river, Sagar roads anchorage, India.
Six robbers armed with knives boarded a chemical tanker at anchor, via the poop deck. Crew raised alarm and activated anti-piracy measures. Robbers jumped overboard and escaped, with ship’s stores, in their waiting boat. No injuries to crew. Reported to harbour pilots but no action taken.
01.11.2007: 1320 LT: 01:52.5N – 102:09.5E, Malacca straits.
A small-unlit high-speed craft came close to a general cargo ship underway. Master switched on all deck lights, assembled all crew, and closed all entrances to the accommodation. Fire hoses standby and search lights directed towards the boat. Ships speed increased and evasive manoeuvres carried out. VTIS Port Klang notified. After about one and a half hours of trailing, the speedboat aborted the attempt.  MRCC Kuala Lumpur was informed.
31.10.2007: 0410 LT: 06:44.84S – 039:35.02E, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Ten pirates in a 10m long wooden boat boarded a container ship drifting. They broke into three containers, stole ship’s stores, property and escaped as soon as the crew was alerted. Port control informed.
29.10.2007: 2130 LT 02:11.57N – 045:47.95E, Mogadishu inner anchorage, Somalia.
The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre received a distress call that a general cargo ship was boarded and hijacked by seven armed pirates while at anchor after discharging cargo at Mogadishu. Pirates took control of the bridge, engine room and steering room.  There was a fight between the crewmembers and pirates.  Crew regained control the engine room and later managed to regain control of the bridge. Six crewmembers were injured.  An US warship rendered assistance in rescuing the crew and ship.  The injured crewmembers were given medical aid. Six pirates were captured and one killed.

28.10.2007: 2015 LT 21:40N-091:40E, Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh.
Duty AB on a tanker noticed three robbers armed with knives on poop deck.  He informed D/O on bridge who raised alarm and flashed the Aldis lamp towards the robbers. Robbers jumped overboard and escaped. Some ship’s stores found stolen.  Coast guard informed.

26.09.2007: 0236 LT: 14:36.4N – 120:52.05E, Vic north harbour anchorage, Manila, Philippines.
Robbers boarded the ship at anchor from stbd side using grappling hook. They broke forecastle store lock and stole ship’s property and a life raft. Master reported to coast guard and they conducted an investigation and advised the master to take precautionary measures.

Maritime Safety News Today – 31 October 2007

October 31, 2007

Crew overpower pirates

By Andrew Cawthorne

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The crew of a foreign cargo ship seized by Somali pirates overpowered their hijackers on Tuesday and retook control of the latest vessel to run into trouble in some of the world’s most dangerous waters.

Divers haven’t found any signs of life on the capsized freighter
The Copenhagen Post – Copenhagen,Sealand,Denmark
Rescue workers in a helicopter meanwhile found the body of the ship‘s engineer. A team of German and Danish divers have been deployed to the accident site 

Australian sailor rescued from sinking boat
Sail World – Mandalong,NSW,Australia
Yet another entry in the Rally, Melric II, a New Zealand boat with Dave and Fran Chown on board, is standing by as a relay vessel.

Navy hit squad fails on ferries – Australia
Some ferry workers have lost patience with the entrenched culture of rule breaking at the Maritime Union-dominated workplace, according to documents

IMO Releases Emergency Guidelines

Posted 10/30/07 at 09:35 AM

The IMO issued a circular forwarding guidelines on t control of ships in an emergency. The purpose of the guidelines is to provide member governments, ship masters, companies, salvors, and others engaged in a maritime emergency with a framework of authority within which to they may be expected to operate…

Marine Environment Initiative Launched

Posted 10/30/07 at 09:37 AMDemonstrating its fervent commitment to preserving the marine environment, the commercial maritime industry launched the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) at the World Maritime Day Observance in New York on October 25th.