Maritime Safety & Security News – 31 July 2009

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July 31, 2009

Coast Guard Ends Search for 67 Haitians Missing after Shipwreck
Latin American Herald Tribune
Fifteen Haitians died and 119 were rescued in a joint operation by the Coast Guard and Turks and Caicos maritime police.

Vessels without enough crew ‘are a hazard to shipping’
Scotsman
the officer of the watch had been asleep for over three hours before the accident, while the vessel ploughed on like an unguided missile.

Mallorca target of Spain’s second attack in two days
Christian Science Monitor
took the unusual step of shutting the island’s airport and ship terminals, effectively sealing off the island from the outside world for a few hours.

Sharp rise in crew abandonment cases
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
Another example — taken at random from the Lloyd’s MIU casualty service — is to approval at the International Maritime Organization and International

Fire disrupts Atlantic ferry services for second straight day
The Canadian Press
A firefighter and one crew member were taken to hospital after the fire in the heating unit of the ferry. The vessel returned to North Sydney after the fire

Napoli salvage is declared over
BBC News
It was being taken to Portland in Dorset when the decision was taken to deliberately ground the vessel to try to prevent pollution damage to the world

Barge operators ask Marina to exclude them from CPC requirement
Business Mirror
“Not all vessels will meet an accident. That is why there should be an actuarial study and the same should be done per sector since financial responsibility

US Congress Working on 2010 Appropriations for Loran-C and eloran
Inside GNSS
eloran also has strong support from the General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) of the UK and Ireland (equivalent to USCG for maritime safety,

Interferry joins IMO ro-pax safety review
Maritime Journal
The expert group submitted an initial report to the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee after meeting for the first time during the recent MSC 86 session in

PIRACY/CRIME

Bill requiring cruise lines to share reports of on-board crime
Gaea Times
The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act tightens restrictions on an industry that has long evaded much scrutiny — in part because of the complexity of

UNDER THE RADAR

Fire destroys replica of 17th-century Dutch flagship, a major
By Bureau News
Fire destroys replica of 17th-century Dutch flagship, a major tourist attraction. Bureau News. July 30th, 2009. Fire guts replica of 17th-century tall ship. AMSTERDAM — Fire consumed a replica of the 17th-century flagship of the Dutch

Expert gets in the middle of explosive situations

Explosives expert James Dahn was asked by Chinese officials for advice on transporting fireworks after a powerful blast had ripped through a cargo ship bound from Singapore to Hamburg. One crewman was killed, and a spectacular fire burned for four days on the 900-foot vessel.
That scenario could happen again, said Dahn of Rolling Meadows, who will discuss the dangers such cargoes present at a United Nations conference next month in Tokyo.

Mary Rose grant fully approved

Celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne this year have come to a fitting culmination with the announcement that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has recently given full approval for a £21m grant to the Mary Rose Trust.

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