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Life on-board is tough, say seafarers
Santanu Sanyal January 13, 2013
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IMO secretary-general introduces 2013 World Maritime Day theme
10 Jan 2013
IMO secretary-general launches Sustainable development: IMO’s contribution beyond Rio+20
IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme - Sustainable development: IMO’s contribution beyond Rio+20.
The initiative calls on both governments and the shipping industry to provide a positive contribution towards formulating sustainable maritime development goals.
MV Leopard with 6 Pinoy Seafarers : Danish Foreign Ministry accused of trying to suppress coverage of pirate captivesSubmitted by Helmsman on Sat, 01/12/2013 - 08:43
Foreign Ministry accused of trying to suppress coverage of pirate captives
Peter Stanners January 11, 2013 - 18:40
The crew of a Danish ship has spent nearly two years in the hands of Somali pirates, but the media has chosen to remain silent about their captivity
On January 12, 2010, the MV Leopard was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. The ship’s two Danish and four Filipino crew members were soon transferred to land and have been held somewhere in Somalia ever since.
Sanford Fined $1.9 Million for Hiding Waste Dump at Sea: Captain is acquitted; Chief Engineer Meted Fine and Prison TermSubmitted by Helmsman on Sat, 01/12/2013 - 08:38
Sanford Fined $1.9 Million for Hiding Waste Dump at Sea
By Tom Schoenberg - Jan 12, 2013 6:25 AM GMT+0800
Sanford Ltd. (SAN), New Zealand’s second- biggest fishing company, was fined $1.9 million by a U.S. judge for dumping oil waste at sea and covering up its actions.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington yesterday also put the Auckland-based company on probation for three years. Sanford was ordered to pay $500,000 in community service to the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation that will benefit Fagatele Bay in America Samoa, according to the Justice Department.
Coast Guard to probe loss of tall ship in hurricane
By Lauren Dezenski January 10, 2013
The HMS Bounty was submerged Oct. 29 in the Atlantic Ocean during
Hurricane Sandy off Hatteras, N.C.Photo:Tim Kuklewski//US Coast Guard via Getty Images
The US Coast Guard will investigate the sinking of a tall ship with Massachusetts ties during Hurricane Sandy in October, which killed two people, officials said Thursday.
Phl, Japan enhance maritime cooperation
By Pia Lee-Brago and Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 11, 2013 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is pushing for more dialogue as well as greater maritime cooperation between his country and the Philippines, saying both nations should acknowledge the “changing strategic environment in the region.”
Kishida issued the statement yesterday amid tensions in the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea sparked by China’s incursions into the territories of its neighbors.
Japan itself is in dispute with China over Senkaku or Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea.
Two missing after cargo vessel sinks off Sulawesi
Andi Hajramurni and Panca Nugraha, The Jakarta Post, Makassar/Mataram | World | Fri, January 11 2013, 7:31 AM
Nine of the 17 crew members aboard MV Emeline cargo vessel, which sunk off the Selayar Islands, South Sulawesi, as of Thursday remained stranded out on the rough seas. Search and rescue teams have not been able to reach and evacuate them.
Hamsidar, head of the Makassar office of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), said that the nine crew members were on lifecrafts, waiting for help.
Costa Concordia captain piloted ship 'like a canoe'
Michael Day Thursday 10 January 2013
With the anniversary of the Costa Concordia disaster just days away, the magistrate who led the investigation has said the captain of the 4,000-passenger cruise liner manoeuvred it "like a canoe".
Grosseto prosecutor Francesco Verusio was the first magistrate at the scene of the accident, which occurred on 13 January last year when the liner collided with rocks close to the island of Giglio, off the Tuscan coast, causing it partially capsize, killing 32 passengers.
12 suspected pirates detained after ship sends call for help
By Cristina Silva Stars and Stripes
Published: January 10, 2013
NAPLES, Italy — U.S. and French sailors helped detain 12 suspected pirates near the Somalia coast after a nearby merchant ship sent out a distress message, NATO officials announced this week.
The Panama-flagged merchant ship sent the call for help Sunday after it was approached by a suspected pirate skiff while en route from Oman to Kenya, NATO’s Allied Maritime Command said in a news release.