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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Vessel Collision News

Coast Guard Investigates Vessel Collision

Two miles of Mississippi River are closed as Coast Guard investigators from Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge respond to a vessel collision near Geismer, La. The tank ship Stolt Creativity and the Norb Whitlock collided, while crossing near Geismer. The collision resulted in one of the Whitlock's 16 barges, which was loaded with salt, sinking approximately 800 feet from the right descending bank. The river is closed for a two mile stretch between mile markers 182 and 184, and will remain closed until the Coast Guard is able to determine the location of the salt barge and if navigation through the area is safe. Both vessels were traveling up river at the time of the collision, which occurred just after 1:00 P.M.. No pollution or injuries resulted from the collision.

ATSB Report on Bulker-Fishing Vessel Collision

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released the report of its investigation into the 21 August 2003 collision between the bulk carrier LANCELOT and the fishing vessel JENABAR off Diamond Head, New South Wales. The primary cause of the incident was found to be a failure on both vessels to maintain an adequate lookout. A secondary cause was over-reliance by the bulk-carrier on information from the automatic radar plotting aid (ARPA). Marine Safety Investigation No. 196 (HK Law)

MPA Releases ANL Indonesia

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) have stated that the captain and crew of the ANL INDONESIA have been given permission to leave Singapore, following an undertaking by the employer, P&O Nedlloyd, to return persons needed for any further investigations. Investigation into the vessel's collision with the RSS COURAGEOUS is ongoing.

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 (HK Law).

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

Shrimper Collides with PSV off Pascagoula

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a vessel collision 18 miles south of Pascagoula Sunday evening. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a hailing mayday at 10:40 p.m. from a 74-foot shrimping vessel 18 miles south of Pascagoula, Mississippi. The vessel reported colliding with a 130-foot offshore supply vessel, the Gloria May. All three crew on board the shrimper successfully entered into their life raft and were subsequently picked up by the Gloria May. Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Pascagoula responded in a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium to provide assistance. The shrimping vessel has sustained significant damage and has approximately 10,000 gallons of diesel and 200 gallons of oil on board.

NTSB to Meet on Houston Ship Collision

USCG photo

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet June 9 to discuss the vessel collision that took place in the Houston ship channel March 22, 2014. The NTSB meeting will aim to determine the probable cause of the “Texas Y” collision, which involved the bulk carrier MV Summer Wind, and the MV Miss Susan, a tow pushing two barges. As a result of the collision, a barge was breached releasing 168,000 gallons of fuel in the water. Two crew members were treated for inhalation-related injuries.

Coast Guard Responds to Vessel Collision

Investigators from Coast Guard Marine Safety Office New Orleans are responding this morning to a vessel collision at about mile marker 144 of the Lower Mississippi River near Garyville, La. towboat Cooperative Spirit, occurred at about 12:30 a.m. traffic. side. river. transfers of the product which mitigated further discharge. owner, Ceres Hellenic Shipping Ent. air monitoring tests. The Bow Lion is at anchorage at the LaPlace Anchorage in LaPlace, La. Xylene has been compared to paint thinner. drowsiness. the casualty.

Coast Guard Restricts Mississippi Traffic Following Collision

The U.S. Coast Guard said it restricted traffic to one way in the vicinity of the International Matex Tank Terminals near Gretna, Louisiana, on the lower Mississippi River early Wednesday following a multi-vessel collision. A Maltese-flagged vessel, Flag Gangos, lost control near mile marker 97.4 on the river on Tuesday evening and collided with Liberian-flagged vessel Pamisos and a barge, Web 235, which were both moored at the terminal for transfer operations, the Coast Guard said. Number six fuel oil was being transferred from the barge when it broke free, and some oil was discharged into the river from a transfer hose, the Coast Guard said. The hose was immediately shut after the incident, according to the Coast Guard. "Responders on scene deployed a boom in the area of the incident.

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. Ten ships were delayed at the Port, five awaiting departure at Port docks and five directed to anchorages downriver awaiting entry to the Port.

Collision Closes Houston Ship Channel

Photo: Houston Ship Channel

Two ships have collided in the Houston Ship Channel, according to Houston Marine Safety officials. A portion of the busy Houston Ship Channel was shut Monday after the collision of two 600-foot ships in fog, causing a leak of flammable liquid. Methyl tertiary-butyl ether, or MTBE, a gasoline additive aboard the Danish-flagged chemical tanker Carla Maersk, leaked from tanks that ruptured in the vessel's collision with a 623-foot Liberian bulk carrier, Conti Peridot, Coast Guard Petty Officer Manda Emery said.

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. Thursday local time, 16 injured people remained in hospital, with two being in critical or serious conditions, and the other 77 injured had been discharged. Flags at all the government buildings will be flown at half-mast for three days till Saturday…

Australia Takes Steps to Improve Pollution Incident Response

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) & the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisatio (CSIRO) join forces. maritime environmental incident, such as an oil spill, to help understand the impact of pollution on the surrounding marine environment. Combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil and other Noxious and Hazardous Substances and the Montara Commission of Enquiry. CSIRO's significant expertise and experience in maritime and marine science will serve AMSA's need for immediate advice during an incident response to ensure timely decisions can be made that help minimise impact, and monitor Australia's marine environment against oil spills, pollution or damage from a vessel collision or grounding. around the country.

Sanchi Collision: A ‘New Bermuda Triangle’?

Photo: NIOC

Seas where Sanchi collision incident has taken place are leading region for maritime accidents. East/South East Asian waters have been identified as the top worldwide hotspot for shipping losses, with 34 ships lost in this region in 2016 alone – 40 percent of all shipping losses globally – according to a report from marine insurer Allianz. Analysis of global shipping losses over the last decade has highlighted East/South East Asian seas as an accident hotspot, with the collision…

Separate Ship Collisions in Singapore Result in Two Spills

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) reported two separate vessel collision incidents, both resulting in spills. The MPA said it received a report on January 29, at about 6:30 p.m. (Singapore Time) that the departing Hong Kong-flagged chemical tanker Lime Galaxy had collided with the arriving China-flagged containership Feihe at about 2.7 km, south of Jurong Island. Feihe reported that one of her bunker tanks sustained damage, resulting in some spillage of bunker fuel. Upon notification, MPA immediately dispatched three patrol craft to deal with the spill. Oil spill response companies were also activated to support the cleanup efforts. At about 4:10 a.m.

NYK Study on Avoiding Collisions

Accumulating data during a simulation led by an experienced captain. Photo: NYK Group

NYK and NYK Group companies MTI Co. and Japan Marine Science released partial findings of a study on collision risk judgement and the autonomous operation of vessels. Representatives from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), and three partner manufacturers (Tokyo Keiki, Japan Radio, and Furuno Electric) were in attendance when the findings were released. This entire study includes development of (a) functions to facilitate judgement related to avoiding risk of collision with other vessels…

New Australian Nav Equip Standard

The Australian Transport Council (ATC) of Ministers this month approved the new national safety standard for navigation equipment. The National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part C, Subsection 7C – Navigation Equipment replaces those parts of USL Code Section 13; Miscellaneous Equipment, pertaining to navigation equipment. The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC) technical team developed the standard in consultation with the marine industry over a two-year period, often covering innovative equipment introduced since the last update of the USL Code in 1984. NMSC’s Acting CEO John Henry noted that much has changed in the field of electronic navigation equipment since the USL Code was published.

Ship Collision in Caribbean – USCG Responds

USCG Venturous

The 557-foot United Kingdom-flagged motor vessel Seagate collided with the 492-foot Liberia-flagged motor vessel Timor Stream approximately 60 miles northeast of Isle de Tortue, Haiti. It was reported the motor vessel Seagate was taking on water, and had 21 crewmembers aboard, 18 of whom boarded life rafts, while the remaining three crew members remained aboard to assess the damage. Of the 18 crewmembers who boarded life rafts, 17 were recovered by the motor vessel Timor Stream, and one was recovered by a good Samaritan motor yacht Battered Bull.

Search On FOR 3 In Cal-Sag Channel - USCG

Search on for at least three people in the Cal-Sag Channel

The Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for at least three people in the Cal-Sag Channel near Palos Hills, Illinois, following a vessel collision late Friday evening. The names of the persons are not being released. Just before 11 p.m. local time, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee were notified by the 66-foot UTV Bill Arnold of a collision with a 19-foot pleasure craft in the Cal-Sag Channel near mile marker 311. Sector Lake Michigan dispatched a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor, Illinois, aboard a 25-foot response boat.

USCG Publishes Outer Continental Shelf Notice of Arrival Rule

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday publication in the Federal Register of an outer continental shelf notice of arrival rule designed to enhance maritime domain awareness over outer continental shelf activities. This final rule enhances maritime security and safety by requiring U.S. and foreign vessels, floating facilities and mobile offshore drilling units arriving on and engaging in outer continental shelf activities to report their arrival time and location and information regarding the vessels' voyage, cargo, crew and vessel information. The outer continental shelf includes all submerged lands seaward and outside of the area of lands beneath navigable waters and of which the subsoil and seabed are subject to the jurisdiction and control of the U.S.

NAVSAC Plans June Meeting

The Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC) will meet June 6-8 in Portland, Maine. marine information, diving safety, and aids to navigation systems. Overview/update on navigation technology. NAVSAC will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7, and from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 8. Portland. early if all business is finished.

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. A maritime lawyer and proctor in admiralty, Hines assists shipping clients in investigating and handling marine incidents such as oil spills…

Water Monitoring to Continue at Western Gulf Ports

Photo: CBI

A water monitoring network that helps keep port traffic moving is the responsibility of the Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) for Surveying and Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. CBI, in partnership with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, has received the federal contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue to operate and maintain the water level and ocean monitoring network along the Western Gulf of Mexico. CBI, as a subcontractor, will operate in the Houston/Galveston and Lake Charles, La.

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