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NZ oil spill

NZ oil spill ship’s safety breaches.

A CARGO ship spewing oil, shipping containers and rubbish along the New Zealand coastline after it hit a reef was detained in Fremantle in July for safety and cargo breaches and given three months to repair its ”safety management system”.

The Liberian-flagged MV Rena was inspected again in Sydney on September 22, but the safety management system was not checked because the three months had not expired. It was allowed to sail on to New Zealand.

The MV Rena was detained in Fremantle on July 21 by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority because of problems with hatch covers and cargo storage and its safety management system.

The stricken Rena leaks more oil on October 13, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand. Up to 350 tonnes of oil has spilled from the Click for more photos

New Zealand Cargo Ship Rena

The stricken Rena leaks more oil on October 13, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand. Up to 350 tonnes of oil has spilled from the “Rena” a Liberan cargo ship stricken off the coast of Tauranga since October 5. Photo: Getty Images

  • The stricken Rena leaks more oil on October 13, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand. Up to 350 tonnes of oil has spilled from the
  • An Air Force iroquis helicopter lowers crew onto the Rena.
  • Fly-over shots of stranded cargo vessel Rena grounded on the Astrolabe Reef,in Tauranga, New Zealand.
  • The container ship Rena grounded on the Astrolabe reef off Tauranga. A large crack appears in the side of the stricken vessel Rena.
  • The Cargo ship Rena Thursday morning.
  • A tugboat and a helicopter work around the grounded cargo ship Rena.
  • Oil from the stricken vessel Rena coats  Papamoa Beach in Tauranga, New Zealand.
  • Local residents come to look at a washed up container from the stricken ship Rena on the beach in Tauranga.
  • Local residents come to look at a washed up container with part cooked burger patties littering the beach on October 13, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand.
  • A dead fish lies on the beach in Tauranga, New Zealand.
  • Volunteers stand at Papamoa beach dirty with fuel oil from the Liberian-flagged container ship Rena stuck aground on a reef off the coast of Tauranga.
  • Local volunteers rescue deer skins washed up on the beach from the stricken ship Rena in Tauranga.
  • A container washed ashore on Motiti Island.
  • Papamoa Beach clean up by the Army.
  • Dead birds found on Mount Manganui beach after oil from the ship Rena starts to wash ashore.
  • Clean-up workers rake sand oiled following the leak from the stricken container ship 'Rena' at Mount Maunganui near Tauranga.
  • People stand on the beach as a container from the stricken ship 'Rena' lies in the water at Mount Maunganui near Tauranga.
  • Material from spilt containers from the ship 'Rena' litter the beach.

A spokesman for the authority said ”two minor defects related to equipment were given two weeks for rectification and these were subsequently verified as completed”.

The third defect with the safety management system was given three months to fix. ”No defects were related to charts, passage planning, navigation equipment or fatigue,” the spokesman said.

A safety management system means a structured and documented system enabling ship personnel to implement effectively the ”company and ship safety and environmental protection policy”.

The ill-fated Rena visited Melbourne on September 19 before heading on to Port Botany on September 22.

Port of Melbourne spokesman Peter Harry said the port considered events such as the Rena incident as a ”high consequence, low probability” event for Port Phillip Bay and worked to minimise the probability.

Peter Corcoran, director maritime safety with Transport Safety Victoria, said ”the mandatory use of pilots for large vessels entering the ports of Melbourne, Geelong, Hastings and Portland is one of Victoria’s key risk controls”.

Phillip Starkins, from the Department of Transport, said the department ”owns, stores and maintains specialised pollution response equipment throughout the state to utilise in the event of an incident”.

A German shipping company was ordered to pay more than $1 million in fines in 2005 after one of its vessels discharged 30,000 to 40,000 litres of waste oil sludge about nine nautical miles off Phillip Island in 2003.

2 killed in Norway cruise ship fire

2 killed in Norway cruise ship fire – Yahoo! News.

OSLO, Norway – Two people were killed and at least nine injured on Thursday in a fire on a cruise liner operating on a popular route along Norway’s craggy coast, officials said.

Police said they received information that an additional four people were missing, but could not immediately confirm it. Nine people were taken to the hospital, two with serious burns and smoke injuries.

The MS Nordlys, with 262 people on board, was evacuated after it caught fire at 9:20 a.m. (0720 GMT) before arriving in Alesund, 230 miles (375 kilometers) northwest of Oslo. More than 100 passengers were evacuated into lifeboats before the ship reached port.

The remaining passengers and some crew left the vessel as smoke was still billowing from the burning ship. Hurtigruten ASA, the Norwegian operator of the ship, said eight of its crew were among those sent to hospital.

Police said they sealed off parts of Alesund because of the heavy smoke.

The MS Nordlys, traveling north from Bergen, is one of several ships that ply the Norwegian coast on the popular 1,500-mile (2,500- kilometer) cruise between the southwestern city and Kirkenes, high above the Arctic Circle near the Russian border.

The line carries both tourists eager to see the spectacular western coast and locals from coastal cities and hamlets.

At least 55 dead, dozens missing after ship sinks in Russia

At least 55 dead, dozens missing after ship sinks in Russia – CNN.

A wee bit late posting this, but it’s hell keeping up with all the disasters!!!

At least 55 people are now known to have died when a ship sank with more than 200 people aboard on Russia’s Volga River, state-run media reported Monday, citing the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry.

Dozens of people are still missing after the ship “Bulgaria” went down on Sunday, the ministry said. Divers have been unable to reach parts of the boat where the largest number of people had congregated shortly before the accident, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported.


Many children are reported to have been aboard the pleasure cruise when the ship sank in the Russian republic of Tatarstan.

At least 79 people have been rescued, some of whom have been released from hospitals after receiving medical treatment, according to government agencies.

The ship did not have a license to transport passengers, it was overloaded, and was last repaired more than 30 years ago, the Russian Prosecutor’s Office said Monday.

Prosecutors also established that the left engine of the ship was damaged, they said on their website.

Russian state TV reported the vessel had an operational limit of about 150 passengers, citing a top government official on the accident site. State TV also reported, citing law enforcement officials, that there were life vests on board for only 156 people.

Russian Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said that according to the latest information, there were 208 people aboard the ship, of whom 25 passengers were not officially registered and didn’t have tickets.

President Dmitry Medvedev is declaring Tuesday a day of national mourning for the victims, he said in an emergency government meeting Monday.

The president appointed Transport Minister Igor Levitin to head a special government commission to investigate the case.

“It is clear that such an accident couldn’t have taken place if safety rules were followed, even despite the difficult weather situation,” Medvedev said. “We have to establish why the owner of the ship operated a ship that was in such a poor technical condition.”

He also called for “a total inspection of all public carriers in Russia,” he said, adding that it is “obvious that this ship was not the only one with issues.

“The number of old tubs that are now in use (in Russia) is just staggering,” he said.

“We can see from the information we have that the vessel was not in the appropriate condition,” Medvedev said of the Bulgaria.

He instructed the Prosecutor General’s Office to investigate everyone involved in the Bulgaria cruise, including “ship-owners, those who issued the navigation permit and those who were involved in organizing that boat tour, especially given the large number of children aboard.”

Officials are making arrangements to lift the ship from the river bed, he said, saying that planning for the project will be completed later on Monday.

More than 80 scuba divers are now working on the site of the accident, with more arriving by the end of the day, the ministry said.


Cruise ship sinks in Russia with 182 aboard

Cruise ship sinks in Russia with 182 aboard – CNN.com.

Moscow (CNN) — A cruise ship carrying 182 people sank in Russia’s Volga River on Sunday, leaving at least one person dead and large numbers missing, emergency officials said.

The ship, the Bulgaria, sank with about 2 p.m. (6 a.m. ET) with 125 passengers and a crew of 57 aboard, Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry reported. A total of 84 people had been rescued Sunday evening, the ministry said.

The state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported that police have opened a criminal investigation into allegations of safety violations aboard the vessel. One woman was confirmed dead and 88 remained missing, RIA Novosti said.

The agency said double-deck cruise ship went down near the village of Syukeyevo, in the Russian republic of Tatarstan. Russian officials said two ships and two helicopters responded to the incident, about 50 miles south of the city of Kazan — about 450 miles east of Moscow.

In all, 22 rescue units including 80 people were involved in the operation, RIA Novosti reported.

Many missing as Russian boat Bulgaria sinks on Volga

More than 110 people are missing after a tourist boat sank on the Volga River in Russia, officials say.

They say one person was confirmed dead and dozens were rescued after the boat sank in the republic of Tatarstan, about 750km (450 miles) east of Moscow.

More than 180 passengers and crew were believed to be on the Bulgaria, which was sailing from the town of Bulgar to the regional capital, Kazan.

The cause of the accident is not clear. A rescue operation is continuing.

The search and rescue effort will continue throughout the night, but hopes of finding survivors are fading, says the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg in Moscow.

Miles from shore

The Bulgaria – a 55-five year old vessel which is believed to be owned by a local tourism company – was on a two-day cruise when it came into difficulty at about 1400 on Sunday, sinking within minutes, says our correspondent.


It sank several kilometres from the shore near the village of Sukeyevo, about 80km south of Kazan.

While dozens of people were rescued by another pleasure boat that was passing nearby, more than 110 are still missing.

Relatives of those on board have gathered at a port in Kazan waiting for news of their loved ones.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an investigation into the incident.

The Volga, a wide river, is popular with cruise boats at this time of the year, says our correspondent.


Boat sinks off Sudan kills 197 migrants

BBC News – Boat sinks off Sudan ‘killing 197 migrants’.

About 200 people drowned in the Red Sea when a boat carrying migrants to Saudi Arabia sank off Sudan’s coast after catching fire, Sudanese media says.

Only three people have been rescued, according to the Sudanese Media Centre (SMC), a state-linked news agency.

A governing party official told the BBC he believed the passengers were Somalis likely to be fleeing the drought.

The Red Sea is a well-known trafficking route for migrants wanting to reach Saudi Arabia and Yemen.



The boat had set sail from Sudan’s Red Sea State, about 150km (about 90 miles) south of Port Sudan, near the border with Eritrea.

A senior official at Sudan’s Ministry of Information, Rabbie Abdellatti, told the BBC he believed that most or all of those on board were Somalis.

Mr Abdellatti linked the case to the food crisis in the Horn of Africa, which is affecting an estimated 12 million people

It is the worst drought in 60 years. Its effects have been compounded by the violence in Somalia, which has been racked by constant war for more than 20 years – its last functioning national government was toppled in 1991.

On Wednesday, the UN refugee agency said it estimated that a quarter of Somalis are either displaced within the country or living outside as refugees.

Four Yemenis who allegedly owned the boat that sank in the Red Sea have been arrested in Port Sudan state, the SMC reports.

The vessel had been at sea for four hours before catching fire – it is not known what caused the blaze.

Local authorities had foiled an attempt to smuggle 247 other people from Somalia, Chad, Nigeria and Eritrea across the sea, the SMC said.

The BBC’s James Copnall in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, says thousands of migrants cross the Red Sea every year, but the journey is a dangerous one.

Smugglers often use boats that are not seaworthy.

Muslim migrants from around the region often attempt to make their way into Saudi Arabia, where it is relatively easy to find work, our reporter says.

Christian migrants from Eritrea tend to make their way overland to Egypt and Israel, and then sometimes on to Europe.