Marine accident round-up : 13th September 2019

More than 70 containers were lost after 2,470-teu Xin Ou 21 developed a heavy starboard list at night off Zhoushan en route to Rizhao, reported Kiev’s Maritime Bulletin. The ship is understood to be safe, anchored north of Zhoushan, with authorities organizing the recovery of dozens of containers and their content, which were floating in…

IUMI acts on preventing fires on container vessels

Lars Lange, IUMI Secretary General has reported in the latest IUMI Eye that a number of container ship fires happened early in 2019 (the Yantian Express, APL Vancouver, Grande America, E.R. Kobe and KMTC Hong Kong). He said that all of these incidents “confirmed IUMI’s intention to actively address the avoidance of container ship fires”….

Outbreak of dengue fever in the Philippines

American Club has reported an outbreak of Dengue fever in the Philippines. Dengue fever, an Aedes aegypti mosquito-borne viral disease, has a two-week undetectable incubation period. It causes flu-like symptoms, can be lethal and has no reliably known vaccine. However, it is curable if diagnosed and treated in time. The Club said that Club-approved PEME…

Polish coast guard boards Greenpeace ship in coal protest

Armed Polish border guards boarded Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior late on Monday September 8th, which had been blocking a delivery of coal in the port of Gdansk. The border guards detained two activists, officials said. The environmental group said that the protest highlighted Poland’s continued dependence on air-polluting coal. Greenpeace aimed to pressure it to…

Malta will allow migrants to disembark from Alan Kurdi rescue ship

Malta will permit five Tunisian migrants stranded on migrant rescue ship Alan Kurdi to disembark after two European Union countries agreed to take them in, the Maltese government said on Tuesday September 10th. The five were part of a group of 13 migrants who were rescued off Tunisia at the end of August. Eight have…

American attitude of “exceptionalism” sometimes works: Busvine

Although there are clear problems with the attitude of the US that it is “different” and therefore has to go about things in its own way, the fact of the matter is that sometimes this attitude works, and perhaps the world would be a less safe place if the US did not take this line,…

Textualism in interpretation of law making a come back

After several years in which the contextualist approach to the interpretation of the law seemed to be holding sway, recent rulings, including one by Lord Mance, have indicated that textualism is making a bit of a comeback, according to Guy Blackwood, QC, who was speaking at Quadrant Chambers morning forum this week on marine insurance…

Bulk carrier detained in Australia; crew owed $64,000

A Chinese-owned bulk carrier, the Panama-flagged Fortune Genius, which was chartered to carry coal to Korea has been detained at the Port of Gladstone by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority after crew members reported they were owed tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages. An inspector from the International Transport Workers’ Federation boarded the…

FBI asks for photos and videos of Conception disaster

The FBI on Tuesday asked the public for video or photos of the September 2nd fire aboard the Conception. The FBI has set up a webpage, www.fbi.gov/boatfire, for the submission of images and said witnesses could call the agency at an 800-number with tips. Agents from the FBI, ATP, the USCG and local sheriff’s deputies…

USCG convenes board of investigation into Conception disaster

The US Coast Guard announced Wednesday that it had convened a formal Marine Board of Investigation (MBI) to investigate the loss of dive-boat Conception —a live-aboard vessel that caught fire and sank early on September 2nd with the loss of 34 lives – 33 passengers and one of the six crew members. Assistant commandant for…