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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


Hong Kong Shipping Register Crossing 100 Million Gross Tonnage

Image: Hong Kong Port

 The Hong Kong Shipping Register has  crossed of 100 million gross tonnage, informed the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung.   To Hong Kong, it’s more than a vote of confidence, Anthony said.  Hong Kong’s maritime tradition is almost two centuries old.   Hong Kong served as a port of registry under the UK Ship Register since the 1840s until the establishment of the autonomous Hong Kong Shipping Register in 1990


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.


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


FAL Engages Inland Marine Service for Marine Operations

Photo courtesy of French American Line

French America Line, the newest U.S. cruise line that begins sailing five- to 10-day cruise itineraries aboard its intimate 75-stateroom flagship Louisiane in August, has engaged Inland Marine Service to handle all of its marine operations.  


MCI Registers 11% Fleet Growth

Glenn Armstrong Photo Maritime Cook Islands ship registry

Steady growth recorded by Maritime Cook Islands for 2015; Flag continues to thrive with more owners placing their faith in the registry Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the leading ship registry, registered an 11% growth in the fleet last year with 201 new vessels, up from 184 in 2014


Malta Flag Reaches Record Tonnage in 2015

Image: Transport Malta

 Transport Malta, the Authority responsible for the Malta Ship Register, through its Merchant Shipping Directorate, reports a strong and positive performance for 2015.   The Maltese Register of Shipping saw an increase of almost 8


Vesconite: Fast Turnaround on Rudder Bearings

Photo: Vesconite: Fast Turnaround on Rudder Bearings

Workboats, ships and megayachts rely on large and extra-large rudder bearings. Having a vessel in dry dock for days or weeks while waiting for an oversized bearing is costly and frustrating, said Vesconite, whose machined Vesconite and Vesconite Superclad replacements—up to 10' in diameter


Malta Rolls out First Ever Maritime Summit

Image: Government of Malta

 The first Malta Maritime Summit, an opportunity for international and Maltese stakeholders to raise and discuss common interests, will be held on 3-6 October, ahead of the start of Malta’s presidency of the European Council in January 2017.    


2,500 More Ships to Cypriot Registry

Thomas Kazakos. Image: Cyprus Shipping Chamber

 As 2,500 ships currently under management by Cyprus-based companies could be registered in the Cypriot registry, a settlement of the Cyprus problem could boost the island`s commercial fleet to new levels, reports CNA.   The Cypriot registry currently ranks 10th in the world and 3rd in


Liberia to Receive Preferential Flag Status with Respect to Chinese Tonnage Dues

Image: Liberian Registry Maritime Publications Department

 Pursuant to the Maritime Transport Agreement signed between the Republic of Liberia and the People’s Republic of China on 3 November 2015, Liberia will be added to the preferential list of countries when determining the tonnage dues for vessels calling Chinese ports effective as from


Barham Named UK Ship Register Director

Simon Barham (Photo: UK MCA)

Simon Barham has been appointed as the first U.K. Ship Register Director at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, scheduled to start his role in February 2016.   Barham brings to the position both commercial and technical experience from his 40 year career in the industry


Ship Spills Oil in Whangarei Harbour

Photo: Northport Ltd

 A Hong Kong-registered ship, Ning Po, has leaked some fuel but it is unclear how much has been spilled or what the cause of the leak was, say local media reports.   Officials worked to clear a fuel spill from the ship berthed at Northport in Whangarei Harbour


Panama-Registered Ship Sinks off Vigan City

Image: Philippine Coast Guard

 A Panamanian cargo vessel MV Fortune Life sank off the coast 130 nautical off Vigan City in Ilocos Sur, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), uthorities said.   The Coast Guard received a distress signal from Hong Kong about the maritime incident


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


Portugal: Searching for Lost Maritime Glory

(Photo: iStock)

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)


Lloyd's Register Acquires Fuel Testing Arm

Photo: Lloyds Register

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


Fiji: Boats Registeration a Must

Photo by Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji

 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


First SA Cargo Ship Registered

Photo: SAMSA

 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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