They are seafarers, just throw them in jail

February 7, 2008

Seafarer criminalisation ‘threatens safety’4 February 2008 Lloyds List THE threat posed by the criminalisation of seafarers has continued to increase in the past year despite efforts to work with authorities to tackle the issues. The wide-ranging investigations launched after the containership Cosco Busan struck the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge last November, some of which were reported to carry criminal law implications for the ship’s crew and pilot, have been cited…


Crew members found dead on ship

I took this off the BBC site.It is bad enough with all the hazards you face going to sea, that chemicals inside containers can also kill.I will definitely be watching for more info on this report. Two crew members have been found dead on board a container ship forced to dock at the Port of Dover in Kent. The Latvian-registered Sava Lake had contacted Dover Coastguard on Friday night to…

January 19, 2008

A Case of A Little Too Much New Years Eve?

In St. John’s, 2 ships go bump in the nightLast Updated: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 11:38 AM NTCBC NewsA Canadian Coast Guard vessel was struck in St. John’s Harbour on New Year’s Day when a transport ship bumped into it. The 224-metre container ship Cabot slipped its moorings in the harbour and then drifted into the coast guard vessel. Crews manage to drop an anchor from the Cabot to stop…

January 2, 2008

Canada Ship Owners and regulators – Take notice

December 17, 2007

This interesting article came across my desk the other day. Its sad to hear of such a disaster hitting Russia, but one wonders if in the aftermath, there isn’t an important message for Canada in there. Canada which relies a great deal on much older tonnage than cited in the article (25 years old). More about this event at the BBC’s website, and the CS Monitor. – Martin Black Sea…


A good reason to take your time building steam

December 16, 2007

Norway report blames NCL and BVCraig Eason, 11 December 2007 Lloyds List THE official report into the cruiseship Norway explosion in Miami in 2003 that killed eight crew members has said that the owner, Norwegian Cruise Line, and class society Bureau Veritas were partly to blame. The US National Transportation Safety Board report into the boiler room explosion claims that the probable cause was “the deficient boiler operation, maintenance, and…


Offloading regulatory responsibilities

December 15, 2007

Below. An interesting article on an accident in Australia highlighting the “self regulation” pitfalls. It seems people want to make money, but no one wants to get dirty, so they offload the responsibilities onto others. – Martin ‘Hands-off’ safety board blamedFrom Fairplay 14 December 2007 BRISBANE 14 December – A board of Inquiry report into the Wunma incident, in which an Australian ore carrier was abandoned in Cyclone Nelson, has…


Whale in the News

When a barge named ATL 2701 makes its ungainly way into the Port of Toronto early next week, it is unlikely to make any more waves than the average freighter would.Had the 82-metre vessel kept its original name, Irving Whale, it might be a different story. To the casual eye, the ATL 2701 will carry nothing more than a massive set of pipes and racks bound for the much-debated Portlands…

December 11, 2007

Death benefits paid out of “Petty Cash” box

$300 for dead seafarers’ families05 Nov 2007, Safety at Sea International KUALA LUMPUR 05 November – Malaysia has introduced, on compassionate grounds, a so-called death benevolent fund of RM$1,000 ($298) for the estates of dead seafarers. Datuk Captain Ahmad Osman, chairman of the country’s Marine Department confirmed the ‘one-off’ payout to Fairplay, though when asked if the Marine Department would seek raising payouts during times of inflation he said “not…

November 25, 2007