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294m ship berth shocks marine officers

294m ship berth shocks marine officers
Mathew Dearnaley Dec 13, 2014 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11373711

Marine officers are aghast a 294-metre iron-sands export ship will be allowed to berth close to the rugged Waikato west coast tomorrow - without a licensed pilot on board.

New Zealand Steel yesterday received a last-minute exemption from Maritime NZ, after failing so far to recruit and train a licensed replacement for a pilot who has retired after 30 years in the job off Taharoa, south of Kawhia.

Collision kills 11 Egypt fishermen in Suez Gulf, 18 missing

Collision kills 11 Egypt fishermen in Suez Gulf, 18 missing
Dec 14, 2014 http://www.straitstimes.com/news/world/more-world-stories/story/collisio...

CAIRO (AFP) - A dawn collision between two vessels in the Gulf of Suez left at least 11 fishermen dead and 18 missing on Sunday, Egyptian officials said.

The vessel that struck the fishing boat carrying 40 men failed to stop following the accident, said Bakri Abul Hassan, the head of Egypt's main fishermen's trade union.

At least 129 dead after boat capsizes in DR Congo: Officials

At least 129 dead after boat capsizes in DR Congo: Officials
Dec 14, 2014 http://www.straitstimes.com/news/world/more-world-stories/story/least-12...

LUBUMBASHI, RD Congo (AFP) - At least 129 people drowned after a boat capsized on Thursday night on Lake Tanganyika in the south-east of Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new official death toll.

"Rescue workers recovered a total of 129 bodies," an official said.

On Saturday, the provincial government said at least 26 people had died.

Coast Guard searches for sailor who fell from ship

Coast Guard searches for sailor who fell from ship
December 14, 2014 http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/us_news/article_731f227a-4c3c-508d...

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has joined the crew of a Chinese freighter in the search for a crew member who fell into the Gulf of Mexico while painting the bulk freighter's hull.

A Coast Guard statement says the 29-year-old man fell overboard Saturday morning while painting the 738-foot, Chinese flagged CF Crystal about 10 miles off Sabine Pass, Texas.

Panama Canal: New Traffic Separation Scheme Approaches

Panama Canal: New Traffic Separation Scheme Approaches
11/12/2014 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/panama-canal-new-traffic-separation-...

A new Traffic Separation Scheme for Panama Canal approaches has been put in to place as of 1 December 2014. Members with vessels calling at Panama or transiting the Canal should take note of the new arrangements and ensure vessels have the necessary chart updates.

The Association is grateful to correspondents Fernie & Co. S.A. for their assistance with this update.

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MOL Comfort claims top $500m against Mitsubishi: Shipbuilder in the firing line but expected to fight to protect its reputation

MOL Comfort claims top $500m against Mitsubishi: Shipbuilder in the firing line but expected to fight to protect its reputation
By Adam Corbett London 12 December 2014 http://www.tradewindsnews.com/weekly/350652/MOL-Comfort-claims-top-500m-...

Claims against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) for the loss of the MOL Comfort are now amounting to over $500m, with more than 100 claimants joining the Tokyo court legal action headed by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), according to reports in Japan.

Cokaliong Shipping Lines boasts of zero casualty

Cokaliong boasts of zero casualty
Elias O. Baquero December 10, 2014 http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2014/12/10/cokaliong-boasts-ze...

THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) named Cokaliong Shipping Lines as a role model in the shipping industry, with zero casualty in its 25 years of operations.

Marina Deputy Administrator Gloria Victoria Bañas said when typhoon Yolanda devastated the Visayas last year, the government deployed 77 vessels to transport relief goods, and 33 of these were Cebu-based, including Cokaliong vessels.

Low pressure area continues to batter the Visayas as rain lifts from Mindanao

LPA continues to batter the Visayas as rain lifts from Mindanao
December 13, 2014 http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/392399/weather/lpa-continues-to-bat...

The Low Pressure Area (LPA) near Eastern Visayas continues to pour light to moderate with occasional heavy rains over Southern Samar and nearby areas as PAGASA lifts all rainfall advisories for Mindanao.

In separate updates on their Facebook page, PAGASA noted that the LPA first spotted near Surigao may bring possible flooding in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas.

IMO joins UN organizations in call to action to address irregular maritime migration

IMO joins UN organizations in call to action to address irregular maritime migration
11 Dec 14 http://www.safety4sea.com/imo-joins-un-organizations-in-call-to-action-t...

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined with other UN agencies in calling for concerted action from the international community to address the deeply concerning problem of the loss of life, injury, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees traveling by sea.

PHL modernizing naval architecture to maintain global competitiveness

PHL modernizing naval architecture to maintain global competitiveness
December 11, 2014 http://www.angmalaya.net/nation/2014/12/11/6637-phl-modernizing-naval-ar...

“Nearly a third of the world’s 1.5 million seafarers are Filipinos, comprising the biggest segment of the global mariner population,” Senate President Franklin Drilon writes in introducing an act that will modernize the practice of naval architecture in the country.

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