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Fire-Damaged Tankship Denied Asian Pacific Port of Refuge

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A fire-damaged tankship, 'Maritime Maisie' loaded with hazardous chemicals has become a maritime football in the north Pacific, with Japan and South Korea unwilling to give it refuge even though they risk a wider environmental disaster if it sinks, reports Reuters. The 44,000 dwt tanker, collided with another ship 9 nautical miles off Busan, South Korea, on December 29, 2013, Ying Jinghua, fleet director of MSI Ship Management, which manages the tanker's day-to-day operation informed Reuters. The accident caused a fire when a cargo tank holding the chemical acrylonitrile ruptured. The ship, owned by Aurora Tankers, part of Singapore's IMC Group, was carrying 29,337 metric tons of acrylonitrile, used to make plastics and synthetic rubber. The Hong Kong-registered ship has been towed between South Korea and Japan following the collision and evacuation of the crew, amid efforts to persuade either of the countries to provide a place of refuge, where its remaining cargo could be safely offloaded to another ship. Source: Reuters  

Bolivia's Shipping Hopes Hit Snag

Landlocked Bolivia's attempts to access international shipping business has hit a snag with the suspension of its ship registry office in Greece, representatives of the South American nation's maritime department said. The country, which has been seeking direct access to the sea for the last 120 years since being defeated by Chile, has established an international shipping register through an outpost in the Port of Piraeus over the last 12 months.

Fire Guts Ship

A Sao Tome-registered ship carrying charcoal from Somalia to a Gulf Arab state was gutted by fire while sailing near Yemen's Soqatra island in the Arabian Sea, Reuters reported. They said authorities did not send rescue teams from Aden to help the stricken vessel, whose name was not immediately available, because ships would normally take two days to reach the location. Instead, port officials contacted ships sailing in the area to try to help the vessel

Updated Approval Process for Structural Fire Protection

Transport Canada, the Federal Government Department of Canada, now recognizes Type Approval Certificates for structural fire protection products on ships and offshore installations by Germanischer Lloyd. Transport Canada has updated its approval process. Type Approval Certificates released by Germanischer Lloyd are now accepted for installation in Canadian registered ships. Precondition: The approval criteria meet the International Fire Test Procedures Code (FTP Code)

Ship Explosion Injures Workers

An explosion rocked a Belize-registered ship in the final stages of repair at a dock, injuring 15 crew members and workers on board, officials said. A flash fire broke out Sunday in the 50-metre-long Rainbow Star, which had been berthed at Kreuz Shipbuilding & Engineering in for nearly three months. Six workers suffered severe burns with four in intensive care. One suffered burns over 90 percent of his body. The other nine were treated for smoke inhalation

MAIB Reports Zero UK-flag Ship Losses in 2011, Fishing Boats More Prone

Chief Inspector of the UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch renders year 2011 report There was a wide variety of accidents to merchant vessels investigated during 2011. For the second year in succession there were no UK registered ship losses and the number of accidents, as a ratio of the size of the fleet, was the lowest recorded by MAIB. The number of fatalities on UK registered vessels >100gt (5) has risen slightly compared with 2010, but is still low

Pascoe Appointed Chief at LISCR

The Liberian Registry has appointed Captain David Pascoe as Chief, Maritime Operations & Standards. Pascoe will have overall responsibility for Maritime Safety, Security, Investigations and Marine Technical and Communications for the world's leading ship registry, and will replace Captain John Deleonardis, who has retired. Yoram Cohen, ceo of LISCR, which manages the Liberian Registry, says, "We welcome this experienced mariner into a tough job. He has a hard act to

Great Lakes/Seaway in New Cruise Ship's Schedule

Plan of Sea Mist: Image courtesy of Pearl Sea Cruises

Pearl Sea Cruises' 'Pearl Mist', now in final outfitting, will cruise the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway, Canadian Maritimes & New England  in 2014, The brand-new, 210 passenger capacity Pearl Mist has arrived in Maryland for final outfitting before going into service in 2014. to operate various 7, 10 and 11-night North American cruises. The operators say that the Pearl Mist defines a new style of Luxury Adventure ™ small-ship cruising

Jamaica Strives to Reduce Death at Sea

Captain Steven Spence (Photo: Jamaica Ship Registry)

Jamaica Joins the Pledge to Reduce the Loss of Lives at Sea Jamaica is backing a pledge by the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to half the number of lives lost at sea by 2015. Mr. Koji Sekimizu has made reducing maritime casualties a key aim of his term of office. IMO figures put the number of lives lost at sea in 2012 at approximately 1,000, including 500 in international shipping.

Ship as Lifeboat Concept Disputed by ICV

Rendering courtesy of Dockwise

A recent meeting at the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C. (attended by International Cruise Victims (ICV) Board representatives) discussed the new International Maritime Authority (IMO) policy of using “the ship as the lifeboat”, which drew the following response from ICV. ICV inform that the opening address to the meeting was given by the head of the IMO Safety Committee, Captain Andy Winbow.

Fiji: Boats Registeration a Must

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 Under new maritime laws all vessels and boats using Fiji waters have to abide by the rules and regulations under the Marine Transport Decree, reports FBC   Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) will issue with an infringement notice to any vessel or boat that is not registered with

Lloyd's Register Acquires Fuel Testing Arm

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Lloyd's Register announced it has acquired fuel testing service provider Guardian Marine Testing.   The newly formed Lloyd's Register GMT Ltd combines Lloyd’s Register’s technical expertise with Guardian Marine Testing’s fuel testing operation to offer solutions to the

Portugal: Searching for Lost Maritime Glory

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Although a small nation on the Atlantic shores, Portugal in the 16th century was credited with discovering most of the “New World” previously unknown to Europe. In the process it became the richest nation in the West. The names of Bartolomeu Dias (Africa)

Malaysia Detains 3 Vessels Over Illegal Oil Transfer

Pic courtesy: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

 Three oil tanker ships were detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) off the waters of Pengerang  for illegal ship-to-ship transfer of marine fuel oil (MFO) near Pengerang.    Tanjung Sedili District Maritime Enforcement head

Oceans HQ, Gibraltar Registry, Partner on STCW Requirements

André Tanguy (Photo: Oceans HQ)

Maritime software solutions provider Oceans HQ Ltd has announced a partnership with the Gibraltar Ship Registry (part of the Gibraltar Maritime Administration), ahead of new STCW requirements for online access to seafarer certification data which come into force in 2017.

LR Establishes Applied Technology Group

Lloyd’s Register establishes the Applied Technology Group, centered around the activities of Martec Limited   The Applied Technology Group (ATG) describes is a team established with the goal of providing expanding technology leadership capabilities

China to Retrofit 172,000 Civilian Ships for Military Use

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China set to retrofit 172,000 merchant ships for military purposes so they can be used in the event of a war, reports the Diplomat.   Chinese civilian shipbuilders have to ensure that their vessels can be used by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) during times of ‘crisis’

Greek Shipping Mulls Cyprus Move

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 Greek shipping companies are looking into moving to Cyprus due to the instability and uncertainty in Greece, it emerged, reports Cyprus News Agency.   The director general of the Cypriot Shipping Chamber, Thomas Kazakos, said that a small number of Greek shippers have contacted

HK:Prevention of Ship Garbage Pollution

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  The Hong Kong SAR Marine Department has advised that on 1 July the existing Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage) Regulation (Cap 413J) was replaced by a new Regulation, namely, the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage) Regulation (Cap 413O) giving effect

Mumbai Port Registers 15% Growth

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  Continuing its record breaking performance of handling all time high cargo volume of 61.61 metric million tonnes in the preceding financial year, Mumbai Port Trust has registered an overall growth of 15% upto 31st July this year against the corresponding period in the previous year

Danelec DM100 VDR Earns KR Type Approval

Danelec Marine's DM100 series Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) has received type approval from the Korean Register of Shipping, the manufacturer annouced today. The Korean approval certifies that the DM100 VDR complies with provisions of the new IMO VDR standard which came into force in

New MCA Role to Spur UK Ship Register Growth

With the aim of growing the U.K. Ship Register and attracting more maritime business to the U.K., a new a senior level director role has been created at the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as part of the government’s aspiration to grow the nation’s share with the global

Importance of the UK Ship Register

Robert Goodwill MP. Photo by Government of UK

 The Department for Transport has planned to make the UK Ship Register more attractive, so that it rightly becomes the ship register of choice for quality owners and operators, says Robert Goodwill MP.   He asserted his relentless commitment to economic growth throughout the maritime

NMA Prohibits CO2 Firefighting on MODU's

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Statutory Alert: The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has updated Regulation No.227 on precautionary measures against fire and explosion on mobile offshore units, with effect from 1 January, 2015. Section 10.2.1 prohibits using carbon dioxide or other gases which are toxic to humans in the

First SA Cargo Ship Registered

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 Three South Africa youths made history in South Africa’s maritime economy sector at the weekend when they boarded the country’s first registered cargo ship since the dawn of democracy.   Similarly, the city of Nelson Mandela Bay also marked its name in the country’s

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