Magellan Star Pirate Take-Down – Give The Master A Pat On The Back For A Text-Book Defence

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US Marines who took the Magellan Star from the pirates who boarded it the previous day are being roundly and properly congratulated for their professionalism and restraint but without the text-book citadel defence mounted by the master and crew of the vessel itself the ship would have become just another Hobyo Hilton. A citadel is a system of threat identification, … [Read more...]

Drunk Chief Engineer Refused Lifejacket, Died

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Three time a chief engineered refused a lifejacket as he attempted to transfer from a snow and ice-covered launch to the oil and chemical tanker OW Copenhagen using the pilot ladder. He boasted that he had never worn a lifejacket. He fell from the pilot ladder and drowned. Seawater temperature was at freezing point and air temperature was about -5 °C. His body was taken from … [Read more...]

Home-Made Bomb Hit M Star Tanker Claims UAE – May be Wrong Tanker

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 Claims by WAM, the official news agency of the United Arab Emirates, that the Japanese tanker M Star had been attacked by a suicide bombers are being treated with both caution and scepticism. The attackers may have hit the wrong tanker. M. Star suffered an explosion while passing through international waters near the Strait of Hormuz at midnight on Wednesday 28 July … [Read more...]

BSU Releases MOB Report – No Lifejacket, Again

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Germany's Bundesstelle für Seeunfalluntersuchung, Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation, has released its report of a man overboard in the roads of Kaohsiung,Taiwan in July 2009. The report is in German. Again, the seafarer was not wearing a lifejacket while climbing the pilot ladder from a tender to board the ship. The casualty, an overweight ship mechanic, … [Read more...]

Cadet’s Death Is Just The Tip Of A Dirty Iceberg

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Like many youngsters Akhona Geveza had her own Facebook site but unlike many youngsters she was a seafarer so the opportunity to update her page came few and far between. Her suicide at the age of 19, two weeks before completing the training that would begin her career as a navigating officer, means that her page will fall silent, but silence is not an option for those seeking … [Read more...]

Brazil Awaits Triple 5 Lifeboat Hook Check

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Brazil's Maritime Casualty Investigation Department of the Brazilian Navy's Directorate of Ports and Coasts is awaiting a report on a Triple 5 lifeboat release mechanism to complete its investigation into the release of a lifeboat from the semisubmersible drilling rig Ocean Ambassador. Two died and two others were seriously injured when a twin-fall lifeboat from the Diamond … [Read more...]

Close Call On Rig – Explosion Danger When Welding Tank

An alert rig site senior mechanic spotted a welder carrying out a job that could have led to an explosion. It is a reminder to check thoroughly what's inside a tank before welding the outside. A safety alert from the International Association of Drlling Contractors says: “The rig accumulator supply tank required maintenance which included the task of welding on the tank … [Read more...]