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Death of sailor by overdose not a failure of base policy

Commander says there was no failure of policy or procedures or education at Cerberus The commanding officer of a Victorian naval base has told a commission of inquiry into the death of a sailor who overdosed there had been no failure of policy or procedure.Captain David Garnock said he called for up to 26 sailors to be discharged for drug abuse at HMAS Cerberus while he was in charge of the base between January 2006 and January 2008.Leading Seaman Julian Limozin was found dead in an accommodation block at the base 70km south of Melbourne on September 15, 2007.The 25-year-old had spent the night drinking alcohol and taking methadone tablets.Appearing before the inquiry yesterday, Captain Garnock said most of the sailors he had recommended be expelled went on to be dismissed from the Defence Force.He also outlined his concerns about alcohol abuse at HMAS Cerberus, saying he reinforced a standard zero-tolerance approach.''My view is there was no failure of policy or procedures or education at Cerberus,'' he said.''Some sailors will be tempted to break the rules and ... sometimes they'll get away with it.''Very rarely does it lead to something as horrible as a sailor's death but it did on ...

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ATSB report investigation into a crew member fatality

Died after falling from the ships number five cargo hold ladder The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation into a crew member fatality on board a bulk carrier at sea off Queensland on 15 November 2010.The individual died after falling from the ship's number five cargo hold ladder while repairing a section of its hand railing. The exact reason for the fall could not be determined, but it was found that he was not wearing a safety harness and his hardhat was probably not fastened correctly.To view the report please click hereSource: Australian Transport Safety Bureau

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Death toll of Russian ship sinking reaches 113

Including 27 children A total of 113 people, including 27 children, have been confirmed dead after Sunday's ship sinking tragedy in the Volga River, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said on Thursday.As of 15:00 Moscow time (1100 GMT), divers and rescuers had salvaged 113 bodies from the scene, including 65 women, 27 children and 21 men, the ministry told local reporters.According to the ministry, 16 people, including five women, six children and five men, are still missing.A total of 208 people are believed to have sailed on the 55- year-old double-decker boat Bulgaria, which authorities say was overloaded when it sank. Seventy-nine passengers aboard the ship were rescued by a passing ship after the tragedy.Also on Thursday, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin flew to Kazan city near the scene of the tragedy and held meetings with members of a government commission investigating the sinking of the Bulgaria ship."This many dead, this many children killed - it is terrible that we have to pay such a price for irresponsibility, negligence, greed and gross violation of safety regulations," Putin was quoted by local media as saying.He also called for tight, tough oversight of health and safety rules and harsh penalties for their ...

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Excessive speed and ineffective oversight led to fatal boating collision in San Diego bay

The causes of the collision The National Transportation Safety Board today determined that the probable cause of a 2009 collision in San Diego Bay between a United States Coast Guard patrol boat and a recreational motorboat was due to the excessive speed of the Coast Guard boat in nighttime conditions in an area of high vessel density, and the Coast Guard's ineffective oversight of its small boat operations nationally and at Coast Guard Station San Diego.On December 20, 2009, at about 5:44 p.m. PST in San Diego Harbor, a 33-foot-long Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement (SPC-LE) Coast Guard vessel with five crewmembers aboard collided with a 24-foot-long Sea Ray recreational boat carrying 13 people. The collision occurred during an annual holiday boating event, the Parade of Lights. The Coast Guard boat, which was responding to a reported grounding (considered a non-emergency), struck the Sea Ray from behind. As a result, an 8-year-old boy was killed and four other people were seriously injured. None of the crewmembers in the Coast Guard boat were injured.The Coast Guard boat, when it struck the Sea Ray, was being operated at planing speed, which was at least 19 knots and possibly as high as 42 knots."The ...

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More maritime deaths in European waters

The number of deaths in shipping accidents in EU waters rose to 61in 2010 The number of deaths in shipping accidents in European Union (EU) waters rose to 61 in 2010, up from 52 in 2009.The figures, from the European Maritime Safety Agency Annual Maritime Accident Review, show that the deaths took place during 559 shipping accidents last year compared with 540 in 2009.However, the number of maritime deaths has fallen from 82 in 2007, before the worldwide recession hit shipping activity.The greatest number of fatalities in 2010 involved fishing vessels (33 per cent), with 20 lives lost, followed by cargo vessels (28 per cent).Almost half the accidents (45 per cent) were involved in collisions and contacts with infrastructure, around 22 per cent were involved in groundings, and around 13 per cent in fires and explosions. As in previous years, the majority of vessels involved in accidents in EU waters, 63%, were registered in EU countries.Source: ITF

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Deaths of seafarers in Somali pirate attacks soar

In the past four years 62 merchant sailors have lost their lives The number of seafarers killed due to Somali piracy has escalated in the past four years with 62 merchant sailors losing their lives through torture, execution, suicide and malnutrition, campaigners said on Monday.Somali gangs, who are making millions of dollars in ransoms, are becoming increasingly violent, and are able to stay out at sea for long periods and in all weather conditions using captured merchant vessels as mother ships."62 seafarers have died in the past four years as a direct result of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, through deliberate murder by pirates, suicide during the period of captivity, death from malnutrition and disease, death by drowning, or heart failure just after the hijacking," said SOS SaveOurSeafarers.SOS said two seamen were killed in 2007 as a result of pirate attacks, adding that piracy had worsened since then.Overstretched international navies have proved unable to contain the raids in the Indian Ocean due to the vast distances involved in a crisis costing world trade billions of dollars a year."It is government inaction that has allowed piracy to spiral out of control in this area," said SOS, which ...

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The relatives of the Filipino seafarer who was killed by pirates seek governments’ help

The family asks Philippine government to hasten the release of around P3.21 million in benefits The relatives of the Filipino seafarer who was killed in a hijacking incident last month off Nigeria are calling on the Philippine government to hasten the release of around P3.21 million in benefits they are supposed to receive.The family of Christopher Cortez Ceprado is now asking the government to speed up the release of several death benefits for them," Dennis Gorecho, counsel of the victims relatives, told GMA News Online Tuesday night.As mandated by various laws and memoranda, Ceprados beneficiaries are entitled to get death benefits of:P200,000 from Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA); $50,000 (P2.25 million) from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA);P10,000 from Employees Compensation Commission (ECC); and $15,000 (P675,000) under the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995.Ceprados family is also expected to receive burial expenditure benefits amounting to:$1,000 (P45,000) from POEA;P20,000 from OWWA; and P10,000 from ECC.On May 11, Ceprado was found dead on board Marshall Island-flagged M/T Sea King, after it was attacked by pirates off the coast of Benin City in Nigeria.The pirates even looted the vessel and the personal effects of the crewmembers. According to Gorecho, there were 15 ...

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Malaria can be a danger to seafarers

Seafarer died suddenly of malaria last year A Danish accident investigation has revealed that malaria can be a danger to seafarers and even kill in regions of the world not known for the disease.The report recounts the tragic death of a 32-year-old Filipino able-bodied seaman on the 34,800-dwt products tanker Romo Maersk (built 2003) in August last year.The seafarer died suddenly of malignant malaria type plasmodium falciparum, the most lethal form of the disease and generally limited to southern African states.But there were no signs that he had caught the disease until he complained of a headache and was given paracetamol by the chief officer.The next day, he developed a 42-degree temperature and died nine hours later.

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Crew members died on a Korean ship without warning of the dangers

Neither rescue training nor emergency skills The Transport Accident Investigation Commission says two crew members who died on a Korean logging ship had no warning of the dangers of organic cargo, no rescue training and no emergency skills.The commission on Wednesday released its findings on the death of the chief officer and the bosun of the TPC Wellington at Port Marsden in May last year.The chief officer lost consciousness while he was climbing into the ship's hold and fell from the ladder onto the logs below. The crew member who tried to save him also passed out, fell and died within minutes.The Commission says the men were killed by a lack of oxygen and the presence of toxic gases caused by the organic decomposition of logs.It says oxygen levels in the hold were 1% - 3% - low enough to cause unconsciousness in seconds.The Commission says the dangers from organic cargoes are well known in the maritime community, but the ship's crew had had no warnings on those hazards, no rescue training and no emergency drills.It says it will forward its findings to the International Maritime Organisation.Source: Radio New Zealand News

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USCG report unveils that ExxonMobil failed to notify the death of seafarer

The third assistant engineer died after picking up a live wire while conducting electrical repairs A safety audit carried out more than a month after a fatality on board has identified deviations that pose a threat to personnel.A US Coast Guard (USCG) report into a fatality on board an ExxonMobil-controlled chemical tanker has revealed how the shipowner failed to notify the loss of life to a classification society during a safety-management-system audit.The incident dates back to January 2009 on board the 47,781-dwt Wilmington (built 1984), when third assistant engineer Christopher Erickson died after picking up a live wire while conducting electrical repairs.A USCG probe into the accident found numerous safety failings and identifiable deviations from the International Safety Management code and Safety Management System, which posed a threat to personnel.

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