Weekly Piracy Report

June 11, 2008

The following is a summary of the daily reports broadcast by the IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre to ships in Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean Regions on the SafetyNET service of Inmarsat-C from 3 to 9 June 2008.

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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
AllAfrica.com – 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 – 30 November 2007

November 30, 2007

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AHTS Sinks – Crew Evacuates Safely

Alam Maritim Resources Berhad HAS announced that one of its vessels had an accident on November 29, 2007.

The incident happened in the vicinity of Resak Platform while MV Setia Mega was sailing from Kemaman Supply Base to Dulang B Oilfield. The vessel had taken in a large quantity of water during an adverse weather condition and was fully submerged. The extent of the damage is still being assessed.


The body of a crewman from the towing vessel Jeff Boat was recovered today after falling from a barge while transisting through Lock and Dam number 14 near Leclaire, Iowa on the Upper Mississippi River.

Niu FM – Auckland,New Zealand
Auckland 6am: Talks are underway between Chinese and German authorities over the fate of a Kiribati seafarer who’s being kept behind bars in China.

UN maritime agency urges action to curb piracy off coast of Somalia 29 November 2007 – The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) today renewed its call for measures to prevent and suppress acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia. Piracy jeopardizes the delivery of much-needed aid to Somalia, which is facing a deteriorating humanitarian situation.

IMO Assembly issues renewed call for action on piracy off Somalia
Renewed calls for action to prevent and suppress acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships, in particular off the coast of Somalia, were made by the 25th session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it adopted a new resolution on Piracy and armed robbery against ships in waters off the coast of Somalia today (Thursday, 29 November).
Ferry complaints up, along with overtime bill
Brisbane Times – Brisbane,Queensland,Australia
“There’s not enough people in the joint,” said the branch secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia, Warren Smith. “The guys are doing a 45-hour week and

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
Inquirer.net – 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