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Bulk Carrier, Fishing Trawler Collide Off of Australia

Australian Search and Rescue is coordinating an air and sea search for the 55-year-old captain of a fishing trawler involved in a collision with a 70,000 tonne bulk carrier at about 12.10am this morning north-east of Townsville. Two Queensland Rescue helicopters and up to eight vessels including a Townsville Water Police launch and Australian Volunteer Coast Guard boat, are searching for the missing man. The collision occurred at a position 35 nautical miles (64kms) north east of Townsville. The sunken vessel’s 62-year-old male deckhand was rescued by a Townsville Water Police launch at around 4am this morning. He was suffering mild hypothermia and advised that the missing captain was last seen in the fishing vessel’s wheelhouse shortly before the collision. The bulk carrier was en route from New Caledonia to Townsville. The ship advised authorities in the Great Barrier Reef of the collision. The weather is the area is moderate with 20 to 30 knots south-easterly winds.

MH370 Indian Ocean Search Extended South

MH370 Search Area: Imagae JACC

Australia, Malaysia and China have decided to extend the search area in the southern Indian Ocean, which represents the highest priority for future search efforts for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, informs Australia’s JACC. An expert satellite working group has reviewed all existing information in order to define a search zone of up to 60,000 square kilometers along the arc in the southern Indian Ocean.

USCG Search for Missing Crew of El Faro

Coast Guard search and rescue crews continue searching for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro Monday night, covering a total search area of more than 160,574 square nautical miles.  While searching in the vicinity of the ships last known position 35 nautical miles northeast of Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the Coast Guard located a deceased person in a survival suit in the water.  A heavily damaged life boat with markings consistent with those on board the El Faro was also located Sunda

  Coast Guard search and rescue crews continue searching for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro Monday night, covering a total search area of more than 160,574 square nautical miles. While searching in the vicinity of the ship's last known position 35 nautical miles northeast of Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the Coast Guard located a deceased person in a survival suit in the water. A heavily damaged life boat with markings consistent with those on board the El Faro was also

Fugro's Havila Harmony to join MH370 Search

Havila Harmony Courtesy Fugro

  Fugro is providing an additional vessel, the Havila Harmony, to join the search for the missing flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. From the 93-metre multi-role vessel, Fugro will deploy the Echo Surveyor VII autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Havila Harmony is under long-term charter to Fugro and has excellent sea-keeping capabilities, providing a stable platform for operations in a wide range of weather conditions

US Suspends Search for El Faro Survivors

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The U.S. Coast Guard will call off its search for potential survivors from the missing cargo ship El Faro, several media sources reported Wednesday.   The search will end Wednesday night, according to CNN, who cited family members with relatives aboard the vessel that went missing last Thursday in the powerful Hurricane Joaquin.   There were 33 aboard, including 28 U.S. citizens and five Polish nationals

Robotic Submarine Begins Flight MH370 Search

Bluefin 21 on deck: Image courtesy of Bluefin Robotics

 An international search has focused on waters west of the Australian city of Perth, with teams racing against time to detect signals before the flight recorder batteries – which last about one month – run out, are to send down a [Bluefin Robotics manufactured] Bluefin 21 AUV, reports BBC News. Search chief Angus Houston told the BBC that the Bluefin-21 drone would be sent down as soon as possible to search for wreckage on the sea floor.

US Navy Ship Pulls out of MH370 Search

U.S. Navy file photo of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100).

The U.S. Navy announced that its ship USS Kidd and MH-60R helicopters will detach from the MH370 search and rescue (SAR) effort as of March 18 after searching a combined 15,000 square miles of the Andaman Sea since March 10. The decision was made in consultation with Malaysia’s government, the U.S. Navy said in a news release. So far no debris or wreckage associated with the missing aircraft was found, the Navy said.

USCG Search for Man Overboard

  The Coast Guard is searching for the master of a freight ship reported overboard approximately 60 miles east of Wake Island Sunday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center were notified at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday, regarding a 49-year-old male Polish national who was reported overboard from the 622-foot freight ship Toscana. The master was last seen at approximately 8 p.m. Friday

Northern Sea Route – Maritime Rescue Centers Planned

Northwest Passage: Photo credit Wiki CCL Rodbauer

Russia plans to open the first of 10 search & rescue centers this summer The first, in Dudinka, will become operational in time for this year's Northern Sea Route navigable season, according to a report on Russia's 'Arcticuniverse' online publication. Russia is investing in the future of the northern Sea Route and is to spend nearly €23.4 million in development of ten centers from Murmansk in the West to Chukotka in the East.

National Search and Reascue School Celebrates 40th Birthday

The National Search and Rescue School at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown celebrated its 40th year of saving lives today, an official ceremony will be held Friday October 27, 2006. Founded in 1966 by the Coast Guard and Air Force, the school is devoted to teaching and standardizing the search and rescue procedures that enable the breathtaking rescues depicted in the recent Touchstone movie, The Guardian. During the last 40 years, school instructors have trained nearly 29

Supporting Maritime Security in East Asia

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Improving maritime security through surveillance monitoring and communication systems is on the agenda at an IMO seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (24-27 October).    The event is supporting senior officials from ten east-Asian coastal states

China Says Latest South China Sea Drill Was SAR Exercise

China's latest drill in the South China Sea was a normal search and rescue exercise, the defence ministry said on Thursday, less than a week after a U.S. navy destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands, provoking a warning from Chinese warships to leave.  

Vessel Classified for Migrant Rescue

Photo: Save the Children

Every day migrants and refugees are at risk of drowning as they make the perilous journey to Europe, a voyage which will only become riskier as winter approaches. But thanks to the work of the charity, Save the Children, together with ship owner Vroon and RINA Services

Holland America Line Receives Association for Rescue at Sea Award

Veendam Captain Receives Association for Rescue at Sea AMVER Award Holland America Line

The captain and crew of Holland America Line’s ms Veendam were honored by the Association for Rescue at Sea with a prestigious AFRAS AMVER Award for the 2015 rescue of a pilot who ditched his aircraft in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii. The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System was

Fairbanks Morse to Power USCG’s Offshore Patrol Cutters

Image: Vard

When the U.S. Coast Guard’s first new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) is put to sea in 2021, it will be powered by diesel propulsion engines manufactured in Beloit, Wis., by Fairbanks Morse.   The OPC will “provide a critical capability bridge” between the National Security

Second Ship of Franklin Arctic Voyage Found, Canada Confirms

Canada confirmed on Monday it has found the wreck of HMS Terror, the second of two British ships lost in the disastrous Franklin Arctic voyage of 1845, and said the government will work closely with northern aboriginals on ownership of the artifacts.  

IMRF Launches Children’s Lifejacket Campaign

Image: International Maritime Rescue Federation

 Lifejackets have been donated by ActionAid to the International Maritime Rescue Federation to send to the Mediterranean to help adults and children who need rescuing on a daily basis.   The 300 lifejackets – 150 for adults and the rest for children – will be sent to

Lifeboat Crew Exchange Hits Fifth Year

Photo: IMRF

For the fifth consecutive year, rescue volunteers from European nations are to participate next week in a seven day Lifeboat Crew Exchange Program organized by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF).   The well-established program will include representatives from 13 countries

Second Ship Found from Doomed 1800s Arctic Expedition

1836 watercolor painting by Admiral Sir George Back, then in command of the HMS Terror on a voyage to Hudson’s Bay, shows the ship and one of her boats beside an iceberg. (Courtesy: Canadian Museum of Civilization / Parks Canada)

Explorers have found the wreck of HMS Terror, the second of two British ships lost in the disastrous 1845 Franklin expedition to Canada's Arctic Northwest Passage, Britain's Guardian newspaper said on Monday.   The Arctic Research Foundation

Inmarsat Sponsorship for safety H.E.R.O.

International Maritime Rescue Logo

Inmarsat will commemorate the untimely passing earlier this year of one of the architects of its Maritime Safety Operations network by sponsoring the first International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) H.E.R.O. Award for outstanding service to maritime search and rescue

Vigor Delivers Two Pilot boats to M.E.

Image courtesy Vigor

Vigor expanded its growing portfolio of international sales with the delivery of two, 19m all-weather pilot boats to The Port of Duqm Company (PDC), SAOC, Sultanate of Oman. The Port has been undergoing a major multiphase expansion and the new pilot boats will play a key role in ensuring the

Indonesian Navy Frigate Completes Sea Trials

Photo: Damen

The first of two SIGMA 10514 PKR naval frigates for the Indonesian Navy has successfully completed its sea trials as of September 7, marking a milestone on a project for which the first steel was cut in January 2014.   The assessment phase began with seven days of basin trials to ensure

First Offshore Exhibition at Maritime Museum Rotterdam

Frits Loomeijer, General Director of the Maritime Museum

Over forty-five leading companies in the shipping and offshore maritime sector are among those who have contributed to the funding for the first ever exhibition in the Netherlands dedicated to the offshore sector, to be housed at The Maritime Museum Rotterdam for the next seven years



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‘A Step Forward in Submarine Radar Technology’

Photo: Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes, a U.K. baesd designer and supplier of navigation and security surveillance systems, announced that it can now bring all the benefits of its SharpEye radar technology to submarines.   Traditionally, submarines only use radar for navigation in and out of port because a high

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