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Sunken B.C. Ferry Crew Members Face Uncertainty

According to the AP, B.C. Ferries says it will suspend and possibly fire a handful of crew members who were working on the Queen of the North the night it sank if they don't take part into an investigation into the sinking. The report indicated that CEO David Hahn told Canadian Press that less than four crew members have refused to answer questions in the investigation. Hahn refused to say whether the crew members are critical to the investigation or include the two who were in the wheelhouse at the time of the crash. The ferry ran into Gil Island in Wright Sound and sank March 22nd. It carried 101 people and two people died. B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers Union president Jackie Miller says 10 to 12 crew members who were on the ferry that night have been assigned legal counsel and been advised not to speak to B.C. Ferries. Miller says that if the members are fired, the union will take some form of action. The Transportation Safety Board, Transport Canada, B.C. Ferries and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating the sinking. Source: AP


Höegh Fleet Assessed $3.5M Waste Dumping Fine

Höegh Fleet Services A/S, a Norwegian operator of a fleet of ocean going cargo ships, was sentenced to pay a $3.5 million fine for seven felony charges relating to the falsification of records concealing the intentional dumping of waste oil into the ocean. Previously, on September 25, 2003, Vincent Genovana, an engineering officer on the M/V Höegh Minerva, pleaded guilty to falsifying documents and covering up evidence in order to obstruct or influence a United States Coast Guard


London Club Warns about Dangers of Working Aloft

The London P&I Club has warned its members about the potential dangers inherent in the practice of working aloft on board ship. In the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin, the Club reports two recent deaths which have occurred on board members' vessels. In one case, a crew member disappeared after going to carry out routine checks on some refrigerated containers. No-one on board witnessed the incident and, by the time the man was reported missing, he had not been seen for some


Hijacked Vessel Released, Crewmember Dead

According to a report from the Associated Press, the Dutch Defense Ministry said Somali pirates have released a hijacked cargo ship, the Dutch Antilles-flagged MV Marathon. The ministry reported that one of the 19 crew members died of a gun shot wound sustained when pirates seized the ship on May 7. Another crew member was reportedly injured. (Source: Associated Press)


GlobeMobile Surpasses One Million GSM Minutes per Month

Globe Wireless has announced it has reached a significant milestone, surpassing one million GSM minutes per month.   Since its launch in April 2009, GlobeMobile has grown to become the world’s largest Maritime GSM network with over 20,000 active subscribers on just over 1,300 vessels. GlobeMobile is a GSM solution providing crew members voice calling and SMS capabilities at affordable rates.  GlobeMobile provides complete flexibility for crew members including: 


Attention on Deck!

U.S. Coast Guard Safety Alert for Commercial Fishing Vessels.   According to U. S. Bureau of Labor statistics, in 2012 commercial fishing was the second most dangerous occupation in the country, with over 117 fatalities per 100,000 workers.i This alert serves to remind commercial fishing vessel owners, operators, and crew members of the dangers associated with working around moving deck machinery, rigging, and equipment.


Three Shipping Companies Indicted for Covering Up Pollution

Three companies that own and operate an oceangoing chemical tanker named the M/T Clipper Trojan were indicted in connection with an attempt by crew members to cover up the illegal dumping of oily waste in international waters, the Justice Department announced. The 11-count indictment named Clipper Wonsild Tankers Holding A/S and Clipper Marine Services A/S, both of which are Danish companies that operate and manage the M/T Clipper Trojan, and Trojan Shipping Co. Ltd


Iridium Introduces Crew Calling

Iridium Satellite LLC announced the availability of crew calling services for the maritime industry. Iridium's crew calling solution simultaneously supports pre-paid calling for individual crew members and subscription services for a vessel's official communications. Iridium's new crew calling program allows vessel owners and operators to provide both official and personal communications from a single phone. Vessel operators can provide pre-paid scratch cards to individual crew


Master and Chief Engineers Arrested

A Ship Captain and Chief Engineers of two foreign flag vessels have been arrested and charged with keeping false log books to conceal the dumping of waste oil and sludge from two ships, obstructing a Coast Guard investigation, and obstruction of justice for allegedly telling crew members to lie to a federal grand jury. The arrests, supported by criminal complaints, were announced by Timothy M. Burgess, United States Attorney for Alaska and Thomas L


Attorneys Obtain Top Florida Compensation for Maersk Chief Mate

International maritime lawyers Jason R. Margulies and Michael A. Winkleman, of Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. , have secured the top verdict in Florida for admiralty and maritime law in 2012 for the case: William C. Skye v. Maersk Line Limited Corporation, doing business as Maersk Line Limited. The verdict was published in the 'Daily Business Review' a legal and business periodical that ranks and publishes Florida Top Verdicts.


Ultra Deepwater Rig Towed 11,500 Miles

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Fairmount Marine towed Sevan Louisiana to Curaçao Tug Fairmount Sherpa towed rig Sevan Louisiana safely from Singapore to Curaçao. During the 11,500 miles voyage via Cape of Good Hope, stops were made in Port Louis (Mauritius)


Captain of capsized S Korean Ferry Arrested

Arrest of S. Korean ferry Captain

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized, leaving 29 people dead and 274 others missing, was arrested on Saturday, the country's Yonhap news agency said. Yonhap said Captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, faced five charges including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law.


Bodies found trapped in S Korean ferry

search for bodies in sunken South Korean ferry

Divers searching for survivors of a capsized South Korean ferry saw three bodies floating through a window of a passenger cabin on Saturday but were unable to retrieve them, the coastguard said, hours after the ship's captain was arrested. The ferry, carrying 476 passengers


Sunken Korea Ferry Relatives Give DNA Swabs To Help Identify Dead

Some relatives of the more than 200 children missing in a sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs on Saturday to help identify the dead as the rescue turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board.   The Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew


Coast Guard's Eighth FRC Enters Service

The cutter’s command group, (left to right) Petty Officer 1st Class Nicole Thomas, first officer of the deck, Lt. j.g. Graham Sherman, executive officer, and Lt. Kevin Connell, commanding officer, were on hand to bring the ship to life. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sabrina Laberdesque)

Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton was commissioned into service March 8 at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla. The Sexton is the second of six Fast Response Cutters to be homeported in Key West, and the eighth vessel to be delivered through the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC recapitalization


'Seaman Guard Ohio' Personnel: Latest Update

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According to the the Mission to Seafarers, families of anti-piracy vessel 'MV Seaman Guard Ohio' personnel  being held in India have said that the British lawyers representing the men were dismissed ahead of the upcoming bail hearing. Family members have also launched an appeal for financial


Thome Introduces Management System from Seagull

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Thome Ship Management has migrated its existing Thome Competence Management System (TCMS) into the Seagull Competence Manager online platform to manage its ever-growing demand for crew training and gap identification. Thome Ship Management is a dynamic provider of integrated ship management


Ship, Kirby Tug/Barge Collide in Houston Ship Channel

A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel, March 22, 2014.

The Coast Guard along with state and local partners are responding to a collision near Texas City, in the Houston Ship Channel, Saturday, March 22, 2014. At approximately 12:35 p.m., watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a call from the captain of the 585-ft


Navy Research Vessel Launched with Siemens Propulsion

February 22 marked the launch of Neil Armstrong, the first of two Navy oceanographic research vessels to be launched with Siemens Blue multi-drive low voltage system. Neil Armstrong was launched in Anacortes, Washington. Siemens said the use of Siemens Blue improves the vessels reliability due


Airbus Updates XChange Communications Platform

Image: Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space has launched XChange v3, the latest evolution of its XChange communications platform, which is set to further improve the flow of operational data between ship and shore through sophisticated voice and connectivity service management.


Kongsberg Offers Remote Vessel Access with Netop

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Kongsberg Maritime in Norway, who supplies navigation, automation, training and safety systems for maritime transport and offshore vessels, is now implementing Netop remote control software to establish secure remote access to all vessels with Kongsberg Maritime installations.


USCG Releases Report on Fatal Rescue Mission

The U.S. Coast Guard has released today the Major Incident Investigation (MII) Report into the incident aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, which resulted in the death of Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Obendorf. Obendorf was a crewmember aboard the Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter Waesche


Crew Missing as N. Korean Cargo Ship Sinks

A Mongolian-flagged cargo ship has sunk off the southern coast of South Korea, with most of the 16 North Korean crew members on board missing, according to South Korean coast guard officials Two crew members were found dead and three were rescued


New Orleans’ Largest Cruise Ship Prepares for Departure

Carnival Dream

With Carnival Dream, Carnival Cruise Lines to Carry More Than 400,000 Passengers Annually from Port of New Orleans – Most of Any Cruise Operator The Port of New Orleans announced that arrival of its largest cruise ship, the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream


Ingalls Delivers Amphibious Assault Ship America

George Jones (left), Ingalls Shipbuilding’s LHA 6 program director, welcomes Capt. Robert Hall Jr. aboard the amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) to sign the DD 250 document officially transferring custody of the ship to the U.S. Navy. Hall, the ship’s prospective commanding officer, will officially take command when the ship is commissioned later this year. Photo by Lance Davis, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) to the U.S. Navy today. More than 900 crew members marched through the shipyard for a delivery ceremony on the ship's flight deck


 
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