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Duterte hits Samal ferries for not requiring lifejackets

Duterte hits Samal ferries for not requiring lifejackets
Arianne Caryl N. Casas, April 28, 2015 http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2015/04/28/duterte-hits-samal...

VICE Mayor Paolo Duterte went ballistic on Tuesday against agencies responsible for trips from Davao City to the Island Garden City of Samal and vice versa for failure to require passengers to wear lifejackets before and during boarding.

Seamen stuck in vessel off Cape coast since March

Seamen stuck in vessel off Cape coast since March
Hanlie Gouws, 2015-04-29 http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Seamen-stuck-in-vessel-off-Cape-c...

Cape Town - “I will not keep quiet. I have been sailing for 18 years and I’ve never seen anything like this. Prisoners are treated better than us.”

Otto Lasrado, 45, from Goa in India is furious about the fact that he and his 20 fellow crewmen have been stuck just off Three Anchor Bay in Cape Town since March 17 on the vessel Agatis. They can see the city from their bulk carrier, but can’t go anywhere.

Chinese embassy asks Philippine Navy to transport dead Chinese seafarer Xiangyong Wu

Navy asked to transport dead Chinese seafarer
By Roel Pareño 04/28/2015 http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/04/28/15/navy-asked-transport-...

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The Chinese embassy has asked the Philippine Navy (PN) to help transport the body of a Chinese seafarer who was found dead off Tawi-Tawi the other week.

Coast Guard station commander Jimmy Berbo said commercial vessels refused to transport the remains of Xiangyong Wu, who jumped off the M/V Qing May after allegedly killing his two colleagues and wounding another last April 11.

Iran Seizes Cargo Ship, U.S. Officials Say: Pentagon says ship that Iran seized was from Marshall Islands

Iran Seizes Cargo Ship, U.S. Officials Say
29 April 2015 http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/iran-seizes-cargo-ship-u-s-officials-s...

Iranian forces have seized a cargo ship, flagged to the Pacific island nation of the Marshall Islands, off the coast of Iran, senior American defense officials told NBC News on Tuesday.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard fired across the bow of the ship, then boarded it, the officials said.

Spanish ferry fire: Passengers abandon ship off Mallorca

Spanish ferry fire: Passengers abandon ship off Mallorca
28 april 2015 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/spanish-ferry-fire-passen...

Spain's development ministry has said that a fire broke out on a ferry as it journeyed from Palma on the island of Majorca to Valencia in Spain.

Spanish media reported that around 150 people had to abandon ship around 17 miles from Palma de Mallorca and were helped by emergency services.

Veloso given temporary reprieve: Indonesian Attorney General’s Office

Veloso given temporary reprieve: AGO
Fedina S. Sundaryani, The Jakarta Post April 29 2015 http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/29/veloso-given-temporary-rep...

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) confirmed Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines had been given temporary reprieve from her scheduled execution on Wednesday morning.

Pinoy seafarers want Veloso's life spared

Pinoy seafarers want Veloso's life spared
28 april 2015 http://gmanetwork.com/news/photo/120826/pinoy-seafarers-want-veloso-s-li...

A photo downloaded from 'Save The Life of Mary Jane Veloso' Facebook site shows Filipino seafarers on board a foreign cargo ship holding signs urging Indonesian authorities to spare the life of Filipino death row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso. GMA News

Rescuing migrants at sea poses risks to seafarers

Rescuing migrants at sea poses risks to seafarers
27 Apr 15 http://www.safety4sea.com/rescuing-migrants-at-sea-poses-risks-to-seafar...

Merchant ships are ill-equipped to deal with large-scale rescue operations

BIMCO has stated that it appreciates the new efforts by EU leaders to reduce increasing reliance on merchant shipping to rescue the growing numbers of distressed migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

Denmark sees global regulation as crucial to the maritime industry

Denmark sees global regulation as crucial to the maritime industry
Marcus Hand 27 April 2015 http://www.seatrade-global.com/news/americas/denmark-sees-global-regulat...

Danish Minister for Business and Growth, Henrik Sass Larsen, said the shipping industry needs global regulation to ensure safety and protection of the environment.

Captain of doomed Korean ferry gets life in prison

Captain of doomed Korean ferry gets life in prison
AP, April 28th, 2015 http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/688099/captain-of-doomed-korean-ferry-gets-...

SEOUL, South Korea— A South Korean appellate court on Tuesday handed down a sentence of life in prison to the captain of a ferry that sank last year, killing more than 300 people.

The sentencing is harsher than a November verdict by a district court that sentenced Lee Joon-seok, skipper of the Sewol, to 36 years in prison for negligence and abandoning passengers in need.

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