Maritime Safety News Today – 30th January 2008

January 30, 2008
Language Barrier Caused Coast Guard To Underestimate SF Bay Oil Spill
crew and inexperience in assessing the accident prompted them to initially estimate the oil spill from the m/v Cosco Busan at 140 gallons. 
Royal Navy finds sunken wreck of ms EXPLORER
Shipping Times – UK
The seabed in the search area was flat and featureless, but a contact was detected at a range of 4373m from the reported sinking position of the vessel.
Data on sunken ferry held back
Vancouver Sun – British Columbia, Canada
BC Ferries has lost an appeal against a BC Supreme Court ruling that prevents the company from publishing a further report on the sinking of the ferry Queen 
ISU Conference to Include Casualty Simulation
Posted 01/29/08 at 10:41 AM
The significance of Lloyd’s Form (LOF), will provide the focus for the International Salvage Union’s Associate Members’ Day conference in London on April 2. This theme was chosen as 2008 is LOF’s centenary year…

Maritime Safety News Today – 12 November 2007

November 12, 2007

Criminal probe opened in Bay oil spill

By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO – The entire crew of the cargo ship that sideswiped a bridge, causing San Francisco Bay‘s worst oil spill in nearly two decades, has been detained as part of a criminal investigation, a Coast Guard official said Sunday.

Capt. William Uberti said he notified the U.S. attorney’s office on Saturday about issues involving management and communication among members of the bridge crew: the helmsman, the watch officer, the ship’s master and the pilot.

Third ship sinking in Strait of Kerch
Interfax RussiaMoscow,Russia
Nov 11 (Interfax-South) – The dry cargo ship, the Nakhichevan, with 11 crew aboard, is sinking in the Strait of Kerch – a third disaster during the day,

Inclement weather sinks Russian oil tanker, cargo ships
Taipei Times – Taiwan
Russian environmental campaigners were quoted as saying that the oil spill and the sinking of the two ships carrying sulphur would cause an “ecological
20 Indonesian sailors rescued after their ship sinks off east China
Xinhua – China
ships and helicopters to the sinking site as instructed by the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center who received an emergency report from the vessel.

Boats wash up on CAG report
Calcutta Telegraph – Calcutta,India
The official added that two other vessels had sunk in the Barak in Silchar around that time. Cyclone was stated to be the reason for the sinking.

25 ships sink on West Coast in three years
Hindustan Times – India
The operation of foreign flag ships while in Indian waters is governed under the provisions of the Marine Safety Act (MSA), which has incorporated maritime

Mangalore: Salvage operations on Den Den soon – Mangalore,India
Meanwhile, the international salvage team that arrived here has carried out survey work on the capsized vessel has finished the basic ground work in the run