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Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction – ANPRM

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) discussing possible strategies to reduce mortalities to North Atlantic right whales as a result of vessel collisions. Strategies being considered include new operational measures (such as routing and speed restrictions), negotiation of a conservation agreement with Canada, and new education and outreach programs. Comments on the ANPRM should be submitted by August 2, 2004. 69 Fed. Reg. 30857 Source: HK Law

Oil Spill Minimally Impacts Port of New Orleans

Photo: Port of New Orleans

The U.S. Coast Guard reopened the portion of the Mississippi River, which falls within the Port of New Orleans’ jurisdiction today at 10 a.m. The Coast Guard restricted vessel traffic on the Mississippi River Feb. 23 following a vessel collision and oil spill Feb. 22 about 50 miles upriver from the Port of New Orleans. Those restrictions were lifted Monday morning with the condition that vessels certify that their hulls are clean.

Fishing Vessel Sinks Following Collision

Fishing Vessel Sinks Off Shetland Following Collision The Shetland Coastguard received a distress call from the fishing vessel Harvester, 73 miles South East of Sumburgh reporting that they were in need of urgent assistance following a collision with the supply vessel Strilmoey. Shetland Coastguard made radio contact with both vessels from the collision and the transfer of the crew was arranged by bringing alongside the sister

Ships Collide in English Bay

The Vancouver Sun reported that winds of up to almost 43 mph tore through the Lower Mainland, knocking out power to 14,000 homes and causing the collision of three large cargo ships in English Bay. The weather in the Lower Mainland followed a weekend storm across northern B.C. Coast Guard spokesman Dan Bate said that the high winds caused the 200-metre Westwood Victoria to lose its anchorage and drift into a second ship, the 167-metre New Accord.

Hong Kong Mourns Ferry Collision Victims

A three-minute silence to mourn the 38 victims of the vessel collision off Lamma Island was observed throughout HK on 4, October. Except for emergency and immigration services, all government services were suspended during the period. All staff on duty observed the silence at their work places. Thirty-eight people, including five children, were killed after two ferries collided on Monday evening off Lamma Island. As at 10:00 a.m

K&L Gates Expands Charleston Law Office

Julius H. Sam Hines: Photo credit K&L Gates

K&L Gates LLP welcomes Michael D. Bryan and Julius H. “Sam” Hines as partners in the corporate/M&A & commercial disputes practices respectively. Bryan joins K&L Gates from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, where he chaired the firm’s sustainable energy group, while Hines arrives from Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, where he was a leader of the firm’s admiralty and maritime practice group.

Indian Navy Patrol Vessel Sinks

An Indian Navy patrol vessel sank off the coast of Goa after a collision with a merchant carrier, an official release said in New Delhi on Saturday. INS Prahar, a 450 ton vessel, sank just after midnight following a collision with the MV Rajiv Gandhi, a container carrier of the Shipping Corporation of India, 35 km west of Goa, it said. The collision occurred at about 21:45 hours on Friday night, the release said, adding damage to the merchant carrier was minimal and she had been

Second Circuit Found Three Ships at Fault in Collision

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the trial court’s finding that one ship was solely at fault in a collision and remanded the case to the trial court to apportion the fault, directing the trial court “to consider the relative culpability of each vessel and the relative extent to which the culpability of each caused the collision.” In the instant case, two ships collided in the English Channel and another ship was involved in the incident

Coast Guard Investigates Collision in Houston Ship Channel

The unloaded 800-foot tanker, Minerva Maya, sustained some damage after a collision with a tug pushing barges in the Houston Ship Channel June 2, 2013. No injury or pollution was reported from the incident. U.S Coast Guard Photo.

The Coast Guard responded to a collision between a tug pushing barges and a tanker in the Houston Ship Channel Sunday.   There has been no report of pollution or injury from either vessel. The unloaded 800-foot tanker, Minerva Maya, is reporting damage to the port bow and the five barges being pushed by the tug, M.L. Crochet, sustained some damage. All vessels are currently secured and in stable condition.

Collision Halts Navigation on the Parana

Upriver navigation in the Parana River was interrupted yesterday, June 30, following a collision between two vessels, GAC Reported in its daily Hot Port News report. The collision occurred at around 7:40 p.m. local time, at kilometer 56 of the Parana de las Palmas River. Source: GAC  

Two Product Tankers Collide in the Arctic

Svyatoy Pavel. Photo by Myship

Two Product tankers, Svyatoy Petr and Svyatoy Pavel collided during a passage of Northern Sea Route in convoy with nuclear icebreaker Vaygach.    The collision happened on 70 nautical miles SouthWest off New Siberian islands in Laptev sea.  

Guang Jun Collides with Ji Xin 9 in Taiwan Strait

Taiwan Strait Map by Korean Military

 The Guang Jun and the Ji Xin 9 were in collision on Nov 14, 2015, at 3 a.m. near Nanpeng island off Shantou in the Taiwan Strait.    According to the report, Guang Yun’s crew of 26 were ordered to transfer aboard Ji Xin 9

Moose Boats is Keeping Busy

New patrol boat for Placer County Sheriff’s Office (Photo: Moose Boats)

U.S. boat builder Moose Boats announced the delivery of two new vessels, as well as a new build order   Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, announced two recent vessel deliveries: a M2-35 Catamaran Patrol Boat to the Placer County Sheriff’s

Hong Kong Safety Alert: Canoe Race on Saturday

Canoe Race Courtesy Hong Kong Government

  A canoe race will take place on 21 November 2015 (Saturday) from Clear Water Bay, Sai Kung to Stanley Main Beach, Hong Kong Island. About 130 outrigger canoes are expected to participate in the race. The race will start off Clear Water Bay at 0900 hours and all participants are expected

U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Collision Near Paducah

On-scene assessment teams have reported the maximum estimated potential clarified slurry oil released from the tug collision is now 250,000 gallons, Thursday. The maximum potential spill has been reduced because the two remaining partitions aboard the affected barge were reportedly secured.

Mississippi River Closed Due to Collision, Spill

A unified command team continues its response Friday to an oil spill in the Mississippi River following a collision between two towboats at mile marker 937 in Paducah Wednesday morning   A barge containing clarified slurry oil suffered damage from the collision

Traffic Restrictions Lifted on Mississippi River

File photo: Thomas Rollins

The safety zone and traffic restrictions in place from markers 936 to 938 on the Mississippi River following a towboat collision and subsequent oil spill have been lifted, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   A section of the lower Mississippi River was closed to all traffic except response

Spill Response Continues on Mississippi River

The unified command in Paducah continues its response to a spill in the Mississippi River at mile marker 937, Wednesday as active recovery efforts are underway to remove the submerged clarified slurry oil spilled as a result of a collision involving two towboats on September 2, 2015, the U.S

All Set for Hong Kong - Macau Yacht Races


  Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 26 September (Saturday) and 28 September 2015 (Monday). About 25 sailing boats are expected to participate in the races. The outbound trip from Hong Kong to Macau will start at 1000 hours on 26 September 2015 in an area

Navigation Accidents and Causes

maritime industry continues to maintain best practice

  The Nautical Institute’s latest book looks at major casualties and the lessons that can be learned, setting out good practice to avoid them in future. The book, launched yesterday (Monday), examines nearly 30 casualties and the problems of fatigue, bridge resource management

LNG Tanker Smash Sinks Cargo Ship

Flinterstar. Photo by Flinter Shared Services B.V

 The 2002-built, 8,850-dwt freighter Flinterstar is owned by Dutch shipping firm Flinter has sank after colliding nearly head on with the Marshall Islands-flagged LNG carrier Al-Oraiq in the North Sea off Belgium on Tuesday morning.  

Port of Ajaccio Ups Vessel Traffic Surveillance

The Port of Ajaccio, the main commercial port in the south of Corsica, is now equipped with the latest generation maritime Vessel Traffic Surveillance system from Transas. Within the project, implemented in partnership between Territorial and State Authorities of Corsica

TSB Team to Investigate Trois-Rivières Collision


  The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team to Trois-Rivières, Quebec, following the collision between the bulk carrier Desert Rhapsody and the tug Ocean Basque. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

US Places Speed Restrictions to Protect Whales

Vessel speed restrictions have been set in hopes of helping to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales by reducing the likelihood of collisions between ships and marine life, GAC reports.   The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Delaware Bay has advised mariners of the speed restrictions

Hong Kong - Daya Bay Yacht Race

Yachting Photo Wikipedia

  A yacht race from Hong Kong to Daya Bay in the Mainland will take place on 30 October 2015 (Friday). About 60 yachts are expected to participate in the race. The race will start in the vicinity of Steep Island, Sai Kung at 1000 hours on 30 October 2015.

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