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MPHRP welcomes release of crew of Iceberg 1

MPHRP welcomes release of crew of Iceberg 1
Monday 24 December 2012 received via enail

The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) and its partners in the industry-wide coalition established to assist seafarers and their families with the humanitarian aspects of piracy incidents have welcomed the news of the release of the 22 crew members on the Iceberg 1 after 1000 days in captivity in Somalia.

Worker Dies after Serious Accident at Keppel Verolme Shipyard in Rotterdam

Worker Dies after Serious Accident at Keppel Verolme Shipyard
by Quintella Koh, Rigzone Staff
Monday, December 24, 2012
http://www.rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/a/123014/Worker_Dies_after_Serious_A...

A worker was fatally wounded while carrying out maintenance work on the installation vessel, Sea Jack, at the Keppel Verolme shipyard in Rotterdam last week.

In a statement released Dec. 20, the service provider A2SEA described the incident as a "serious accident".

"We are deeply sorry to have to inform that an employee of our supplier has lost his life. Further information is pending the investigation of the circumstances surrounding the accident," A2SEA's CEO Jens Frederik Hansan said in a statement.

15 seafarers saved as ship slips below waves near the mouth of the Yangtze River

Crew saved as ship slips below waves
Global Times | 2012-12-24 23:39:05
By Jiang Yabin
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/752016.shtml

Fifteen sailors were rescued Sunday evening after their freighter began to sink near the mouth of the Yangtze River, the local maritime authority reported.

The 98-meter-long freighter, which was laden with a cargo of mineral sands, sent out a distress call around 7:50 pm after it began to teeter due to strong winds, according to the Ministry of Transport's Donghai Rescue Bureau and the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration.

The administration dispatched four rescue vessels as soon as it received the call, according to a statement from the administration.

Pinoy kaya?: 4 Foreign seafarers kidnapped off Nigeria coast

4 foreign sailors kidnapped off Nigeria coast
Posted: Dec 24, 2012 6:52 PM Updated: Dec 24, 2012 6:52 PM
http://www.nbc12.com/story/20416113/4-foreign-sailors-kidnapped-off-nige...

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - An anti-piracy watchdog says four sailors have been kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta.

The International Maritime Bureau said the kidnapping happened Sunday night on an offshore tug boat near Nigeria's Bayelsa state. The bureau said the gunmen seized four crew members before leaving.

The bureau said the ship has since reached a safe harbor.

Russian ship drifting in the Sea of Japan

Russian ship drifting in the Sea of Japan
Dec 24, 2012 08:36 Moscow Time
http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_12_24/Russian-ship-drifting-in-the-Sea-of-Ja...

The Russian ship Samarga, carrying cargo from South Korea to Vladivostok is in distress in the center of the Sea of Japan.

The vessel is completely without power and dead-in-the-water.

A powerful tug named the Lapis, has been dispatched from Vladivostok to the location of the ship which is currently drifting 200 kilometers from Vladivostok, the tug is due to arrive on December 25th.

Voice of Russia, Russia 24

Seafarers on boats docked at UAE ports get presents

Sailors on boats docked at UAE ports get presents
Ramola Talwar Badam Dec 24, 2012
http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/sailors-on-boats-docked-at-uae-p...

DUBAI // Thousands of small parcels are being distributed to sailors on boats docked at UAE ports during the festive season.

"Merry Christmas! Someone in the UAE is thinking of you," reads a small card tucked into the gifts of chocolates, shampoo and soap rolled into a white T-shirt and tied securely with a blue ribbon.

Half of Vietnamese ship crew stranded in Dubai told they can go home

Half of Vietnamese ship crew stranded in Dubai told they can go home
Preeti Kannan Dec 24, 2012
http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/half-of-vietnamese-ship-crew-str...

DUBAI // Half of the crew of a Vietnamese ship that has been stranded in Jebel Ali Port since August will soon head home after finally being given permission by the vessel's owners.

The decision to allow nine of the 18 crew members to leave comes just weeks after the seamen, who have been living on charity handouts, hung signs on their vessel saying "Let us go home" and "No food, no salary".

Coast Guard: Search on for 17 missing crew of Korean cargo ship off Batanes

Coast Guard: Search on for 17 missing crew of Korean cargo ship off Batanes
December 23, 2012 7:45pm
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/287526/news/regions/coast-guard-sea...

Search operations are on for at least 17 foreign crewmembers who abandoned a Korean cargo ship off Batanes, the Philippine Coast Guard said Sunday.

The Coast Guard said the Korean-flagged cargo vessel MV Han Splendor was abandoned at about 165 nautical miles east of Batan Island in Batanes in Northern Luzon.

Citing initial reports, the Coast Guard said the missing crew included 11 Myanmar nationals and six Koreans, who had transferred to their lifeboat.

22 Hostages, including one Pinoy seafarer, on Hijacked Ship Are Rescued in Somalia

Somali pirates release longest-held hostages
By Abdiqani Hassan, Reuters
Posted at 12/24/2012 9:05 AM | Updated as of 12/24/2012 9:05 AM
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/world/12/24/12/somali-pirates...
MV Iceberg 1
BOSASSO, Somalia - A ship and its crew of 22 sailors held by Somali pirates for almost three years have been freed after a two-week-long siege by maritime police, the government of the breakaway region of Puntland said on Sunday.

All 17 S. Korean, Myanmarese seamen from sunken freighter rescued by Hong-Kong vessel: police

All 17 S. Korean, Myanmarese seamen from sunken freighter rescued by Hong-Kong vessel: police
2012/12/23 11:50 KST http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2012/12/23/69/0302000000AEN2012...

SEOUL, Dec. 23 (Yonhap) -- A Hong Kong-registered merchant ship has rescued all of the 17 South Korean and Myanmarese seamen from a sunken South Korean vessel early Sunday, South Korean maritime police said.

All the 17 crewmen of the 2,518-ton South Korean vessel were moved to a lifeboat late Saturday when the vessel sank in waters 185 miles northeast of the Philippines, a maritime police spokesman said.

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