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Good Lookout LNG Carrier Saves Lives

LNG Carrier Fisherman Rescue: Photo credit NYK Line

NYK LNG carrier 'Lusail' rescues fishermen from the sea off the coast of Sri Lanka. Lusail was sailing from Ras Laffan, Qatar, to Yungan, Taiwan, when a crewman on deck spotted two fishermen in in the sea. The captain immediately directed the crew to initiate a rescue and even though visibility was poor because of heavy rain, the first fisherman was pulled from the water 30 minutes later. Later a second fisherman was safety taken from the water by another vessel that had responded to Lusail’s call for assistance in the rescue. In accordance with instructions from Sri Lanka’s Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, both fishermen were eventually transferred to a Sri Lankan Navy ship and are in good health. About LNG Carrier Lusail: Captain: Miro Vuletic Flag: Bahamas Crew: 28 (including the captain) from Croatia and the Philippines Gross tonnage: 95,824 tons Type of vessel: LNG carrier Shipmanagement: NYK LNG Shipmanagement (UK) Ltd.  

Libya Commences Release Of Detained Fishermen

Libya has begun to release 149 Egyptian fishermen detained for the past month on suspicion of fishing illegally in Libyan waters, a foreign ministry official said on Thursday. Mohamed Abbas, Assistant Minister for Consulate Affairs, Immigration and Egyptians Abroad, said 26 of the fishermen, including 11 boys, had been freed and the rest would be released as soon as their families paid an undisclosed amount of bail that Libyan authorities were demanding.

Fishermen Drown During Rescue Effort

Thirteen fishermen drowned off Mauritania last week hunting for a colleague who had fallen from another boat earlier, port sources in the northern port of Nouadhibou said. Another 10 people, both Mauritanians and Senegalese, fell from the rescue boat but were pulled from the sea, which has been exceptionally rough in recent days, the sources added.

Pacific Fisherman Shipyard Elects Myrseth as President

The board of directors of Pacific Fishermen, Inc. has elected new officers, including: Robert Myrseth as president, Warren Aakervik, Jr. as vice president, Ann Salvesen as secretary/treasurer and Doug Dixon as general manager. The election of officers followed the election at the Annual Shareholders Meeting of the following three new members of the board of directors for three-year terms: Gunnar Ildhuso, Sr., Crab and trawl fishing pioneer and owner of the F/V Margun and F/V Gunmar; Jack

USCG Rescues 2 Fishermen near Block Island

Coast Guard crews rescue two fishermen from their sinking vessel 10 miles south of Newport, R.I., on March 23, 2015. Crews from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, Coast Guard Station Point Judith, and Air Station Cape Cod res

  Coast Guard crews rescued two fishermen from a sinking vessel 10 miles south of Newport, Rhode Island, Monday. At approximately noon, the two person crew of the 38-foot fishing boat More Misery notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Massachusetts that they were taking on water and needed help. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and two 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crews from Coast Guard Station

USCG Rescues 4 from Sunken Vessel

USCG photo

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew rescued four sports fishermen from a platform after their vessel sank about 41 miles east of Venice, La., Tuesday.   Watchstanders at the 8th Coast Guard District received a call from one of the sports fishermen stating their vessel sank and they were on a platform. The watchstanders directed the launch of two Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews.   

Taiwan Condemns Philippine Attack on Fishing Vessel

Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirm that shots fired from a Philippine ship killed one fisherman and caused serious damage. There have been incidents in the past with Taiwanese fishermen operating in the area being arrested and detained by the Philippine authorities but there have been few reports of shooting, much less injuries and death, reports 'Focus Taiwan News Channel'. Hung Shih-cheng, 65, was shot dead by the personnel on the Philippine vessel on Thursday morning

75 Abused Fishermen Abandoned and Arrested


Maritime charity, the Apostleship of the Sea has called for a major change in the way seafarers and fishermen are treated by government authorities when they are the victims of unscrupulous owners. The recent case of 75 Indonesian fishermen illustrates what the Apostleship of the Sea says is a heavy-handed and ill thought out process. Local media have reported on the slave-like conditions endured by the 75 Indonesian fishermen stranded in Cape Town harbor for the last month

USCG Ice-breaking on Lake Manistee

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG ) issuead an alert warning residents, particularly ice fishermen and other recreational users of Lake Manistee, of ice-breaking activities scheduled begin Saturday and continue for the next two weeks. The freighters Calumet and Manitowoc, assisted by the tug Manitou, are scheduled to transit through Lake Manistee for coal deliveries Jan. 18-26. The tug and freighters will make four transits

$5.6M Granted for US Fisheries Research

Research projects in New England and the Mid-Atlantic are expected to receive nearly $5.6 million in federal funding, according to an announcement made today by NOAA Fisheries. Under the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program, which is administered by NOAA Fisheries, funding will be made available to provide financial assistance for research and development projects that benefit the U.S. fishing industry. Of these funds, $2.3 million would support projects to benefit the groundfish industry

Donegal Fishing Boat Nearly Hit by Submarine

Astute-class submarine. Photo: Royal Navy

 Donegal fishermen are counting their lucky stars after a near-miss with a submarine last week.    A shocked fisherman has described his close encounter with a submarine, which emerged from the water 200 yards away from his boat.  

Tersan Fishing Trawler for Nenets Rybakkolhozsoyuza

Fishing vessel, named Pechora

  The vessel, named "Pechora" eighth day of September was launched at a shipyard in Istanbul. The new sea trawler will be released in 2016. It will replace the outdated fleet of seven collective farms, which are included in the Nenets rybakkolhozsoyuz

MAN 32/44CR Engine US EPA Certified

Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo library photo of the MAN 32/44CR engine

MAN Diesel & Turbo announced that its MAN 32/44 Common Rail engine family (rated power: 3,600 – 12,000 kW) has received U.S. EPA Certification, a requirement for all engines installed aboard U.S.-flagged vessels. Chuck Griffith, Sales Manager, MAN Diesel & Turbo, North America

Fishermen Accuse Chevron of Oil Spill, Demand Compensation

About 500 fishermen in Angola's Cabinda province are demanding compensation from Chevron Corp, saying it was behind an oil spill that prevented them from catching fish for nearly two weeks, an industry body said on Tuesday.   Environmental authorities in the southern African country found

Harper Government Invests in Naufrage Harbor

Naufrage Harbor

  The Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today an investment to improve safety and working conditions for fishermen at Naufrage Harbor, Prince Edward Island.  This funding will be used to replace a section of an existing deteriorated wharf with a new

Seattle and Tacoma Ports Cement Alliance

Image:  Port of Seattle

 The port commissions of Seattle and Tacoma voted unanimously to form the Northwest Seaport Alliance, unifying the longtime rivals’ marine cargo divisions.   The alliance aimed at helping the former rivals stave off growing competition, and regain market share

Fishermen's Messaging Service Saves Lives, Boosts Income in East India

A fisherman's son and now a fisherman himself, Kulamani Tarai knows all too well that while the sea has provided sustenance to his family for generations, it can also be a cruel and deadly place.   Every morning, when he leaves his mud-and-thatch home on India's east coast to venture out on

Taiwan Mulls Increased Regional Maritime Cooperation

Taiwan's coastguard wants to improve cooperation with the Philippines and conduct joint search and rescue exercises despite tense standoffs in disputed waters in recent months, a senior coastguard official said on Thursday. The two sides have agreed to work toward joint exercises and have

MSC Ship Rescues 11 Mariners from Sinking Vessel

Photo: Crowley

Ship-owning and managing company Crowley informs that a Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessel under its management has rescued 11 fishermen from a sinking vessel in the South China Sea.   While transiting toward Subic Bay, Philippines, on July 19

Maritime Tribunal Rejects Plea to Free Italy's Marines

An international maritime tribunal on Monday rejected Italy's request that India provisionally release two marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen, a setback for the Italian government after a three-year legal battle. However the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg

Shippers Cannot Relax Their Guard in SE Asia -MAST

Following a spate of six attacks in the Singapore Straight over the weekend, maritime security provider MAST is calling for shipping companies to strengthen their approach to maritime security in South East Asia.   “Shipping companies need to look at Best Management Practices (BMP) 4

Fishing Boat Catches Fire off Maine

U.S. Coast Guard photo

U.S. Coast Guard crews from Station South Portland, Maine, and Air Station Cape Cod responded to a report of a fishing boat fire Wednesday, about six miles from Jeffreys Ledge, a fishing area which stretches from the coast of Rockport to just southeast of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  

Fisherman Hit by Parted Line Lifted to Safety

A fisherman struck and injured by a parted line was medevaced south of San Juan Island and transported to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, Wash. Thursday morning. He is in stable condition.   The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced the injured fisherman after watchstanders in Puget Sound

Iranian Ship, Crew Escape Captivity off Somali Coast

An Iranian fishing vessel and its crew have escaped after being held captive for five months by Somali fishermen, maritime piracy experts said on Friday, but it was not clear how many crew members had escaped. Jaber, an Iranian fishing vessel believed to have up to 19 crew

Boat Capsizes off Malaysia with 100 Aboard

A boat carrying about 100 people has capsized off the western coast of Malaysia near the busy Strait of Malacca, maritime authorities said on Thursday. A spokesman for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties in the incident

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