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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


75 Abused Fishermen Abandoned and Arrested

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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


$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


Vessels: Munson Delivers 48-ft. PackCat

Nikolski Fisherman's Association recently took delivery of this 48-ft. welded aluminum PACKCAT landing craft designed and built by the William E. Munson Company of Mount Vernon, Wash. The vessel is designed to transport 20-ft. shipping containers to and from Dutch Harbor to the remote island of Nikolski, 110 miles west in the Aleutian chain. Nikolski Fisherman's Association will use the vessel to transport the containers loaded with construction materials to build their new fishing lodge


Update #41: Kulluk Remains Stable

Unified Command develops mitigation strategies for crab fishery.   Unified Command also confirmed the following information: The Kulluk remains in stable condition with no reports of a release. Data from the completed underwater assessment of the Kulluk continues to be analyzed. Unified Command has developed mitigation strategies collaboratively with the Kodiak Crab Alliance Cooperative. This will reduce potential impacts to the fishery during the upcoming crabbing season


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


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


USCG Report Investigates Tuna Boat Sinking

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) released the results of its investigation into the June 2010 sinking of the U.S. flagged Distant Water Tuna Fleet vessel Majestic Blue 2,100 miles southwest of Hawaii, Friday. The investigation revealed twenty-two crewmembers safely abandoned ship and were rescued


Seafarers Charity Aids Crew, Families of Fatal Ship Collision

Photo: Apostleship of the Sea

The dangers of shipping and fishing should not be underestimated, said seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea, following the collision of a car carrier and a fishing boat in Spanish waters. Media have reported that three crew are confirmed dead after the Baltic Breeze


Man Medevaced from Fishing Boat off Lewes, Del.

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The U.S. Coast Guard announced it medevaced a 49-year-old man at approximately 8 a.m. Monday from a fishing boat about 50 miles offshore from Lewes, Del. A crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Mary Elizabeth alerted Coast Guard watchstanders of an ailing crewmember who was in need of immediate


Australian Navy Assists French Fishing Vessel

Photo: Sarah Williams, RAN

While patrolling in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin provided emergency medical assistance for a heart attack victim on a French fishing vessel. The French Fishing Vessel (FV) Cape Saint Vincent called for assistance late on the night of April 10


Cummins Adds Two to the Northwest Marine Team

Photo courtesy of Cummins Northwest

Cummins Northwest says it has strengthened its marine presence and expertise recently by adding two new professional to its marine organization as follows: Geoff Conrad – Marine Director at Cummins Northwest informs that Mike Fourtner has joined as the newest member of the sales team


Icebreaking Research Vessel to Transit Lake Michigan

The Coast Guard is alerting residents of ice-breaking activities scheduled to begin Tuesday and last into the weekend. The nearest towns to Pere Marquette Lake are Ludington and Scottville, Mich. The research vessel Sikuliaq is scheduled to transit through Pere Marquette Lake multiple times in


Navy Rescue Fishing Vessel Crew, Prevent Guam Wreck Pollution

Wreck of Daiki Maru 7: Photo courtesy of USN

Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 conducted a search and rescue operation and rescued 10 fishermen from a sinking commercial fishing vessel that ran aground in Apra Harbor near Spanish Steps, Guam. Subsequently Navy personnel removed environmentally hazardous materials from the


India Drops Anti-piracy Charges against Italian Marines

India has dropped a plan to prosecute two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen under a tough anti-piracy law, a government lawyer said on Monday, offering a chance to end a diplomatic row between the two countries.  


BP Loses Bid to Block Seafood Fund Payments

A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday denied BP Plc's request to halt payments from the $2.3 billion fund it created to compensate commercial fishermen for financial losses after the British company's 2010 offshore oil spill, according to court records.


Today in U.S. Naval History: February 28

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Today in U.S. Naval History - February 28 1844 - Explosion of Peacemaker, experimental 14 inch gun, on board USS Princeton. 1893 - Launching of USS Indiana (BB-1), first true battleship in U.S. Navy. 1959 - USS Strong rescues 13 Arab fishermen from Bahrain when their fishing boats


China apprehending boats weekly in disputed S.China Sea

Chinese patrols enforcing disputed new fishing rules in the South China Sea are apprehending foreign boats on a weekly basis, Communist Party officials said on Thursday.   In comments that provide the first window on how China is enforcing new rules criticized by Washington


Philippine Coast Guard Search for 10 Missing Fishermen

Bridge team: Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

The Philippine Coast Guard informs that a rescue team onboard the cutter 'BRP Nueva Vizcaya' is conducting search and rescue operations for ten missing fishermen in waters in the vicinity of Ternate, Cavite. According to ANC News the search continues for the fishermen who went missing in the


USCG Rescues 4 from Sinking Vessel

A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew rescued four people approximately 30 miles south of Cape San Blas, Fla., Friday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Panama City, Fla., received a report of a 55-foot fishing vessel, the CBS, taking on water 30 miles South of Cape San Blas with four people aboard


Ice-breaking on Alpena Harbor

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a release advising residents of Alpena, Mich., that the commercial tug Manitou is scheduled to break ice in the Alpena Harbor near the LaFarge facility, beginning Wednesday afternoon. The ice-breaking operation does not involve a Coast Guard icebreaker; nonetheless


CG Saves Pair from Stricken Yacht

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Two foreign nationals rescued from distressed yacht off Tubbataha, Palawan Two foreign nationals are now placed into safety by the Philippine Coast Guard after sustaining minor injuries from an incident while sailing east of Basterra Reef, Palawan.


 
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