Maritime Safety News Today – 8th April 2008

April 8, 2008

Korean, Chinese vessels collide, 6 missing
United Press International – USA
international waters and coast guard officials said the crew onboard the 16400-ton Korean freighter rescued two sailors clinging to the sinking vessel.

Damages sought
Sun.Star – Philippines
both hit the bridge at 7 am last Sunday,” said Mardon Martin, Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) 7 maritime safety specialist, during the meeting.

French navy in pursuit of yacht seized by pirates
Independent – London,England,UK
Although piracy is on the increase, it is rare for such a spectacular vessel as Le Ponant to be seized. The ship has four decks and two restaurants.

Undersea detection system helps to guard against collision with ships
Boston Globe – United States
In the deep, cold waters off Massachusetts, the world’s last 350 or so North Atlantic right whales search for each other with soft, drawn-out “whoops” and

Charges to be laid in Suriname against Guyanese pirates
Caribbean Net News – Georgetown,Cayman Islands
By Ivan Cairo PARAMARIBO, Suriname: Prosecutors in Suriname will soon lay charges against six Guyanese nationals suspected of piracy against local and

Strikers end ferry seizure
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
SEAFARERS employed by the French Mediterranean ferry operator SNCM ended their two-day-old occupation of the SeaFrance Molière on Friday afternoon after

Barrot aide tells shipping to ‘wake up’
A senior official of the European Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot has urged the maritime industry to “wake up” and do something about its emissions before ships are denied entry into European ports, saying that Industry executives are “dreaming” if they think they will escape new legislation designed to cut emissions such as sulphur and carbon dioxide.

DNV warns of shiprepair bottleneck ‘in two years’
New research conducted by the classification society Det Norske Veritas suggests that the shipping industry is approaching a dangerous bottleneck in the availability of shiprepair facilities within the next two years.