Headlines: North Pacific – disabled freighter now underway; San Diego – collision between USCG boat and recreational vessel; IMO – outcome of COP 15 to be studied; and New Zealand – LRIT equipment testing.
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North Pacific – disabled freighter now underway
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the bulk carrier previously disabled and adrift in the North Pacific southwest of Adak has regained power and is underway en route Portland, Oregon. The ship lost main engine power four days ago in adverse weather. Coast Guard assets and a merchant vessel responded to the distress message, but have now been released. (12/21/09).
San Diego – collision between USCG boat and recreational vessel
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that a collision occurred on San Diego Bay between a 33-foot Coast Guard boat and a recreational vessel. There were several injuries and one passenger on the recreational vessel has died. The incident is under investigation. (12/20/09). A fact sheet states that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will conduct an independent investigation. (12/21/09).
IMO – outcome of COP 15 to be studied
The IMO issued a news release stating that there is concern that the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) did not reach a legally binding accord. There is also satisfaction that a step in the right direction has been taken. Finally, there is hope that a legally binding agreement can be achieved in the not too distant future. The IMO will move forward to complete its Action Plan and will carefully study the test that emerged from COP 15. (12/21/09). Note: From what I have seen out of the Copenhagen Conference, the IMO might also examine tea leaves and bird entrails.
New Zealand – LRIT equipment testing
Maritime New Zealand issued a notice informing owners and operators of New Zealand ships on procedures for testing and certification of long-range identification and tracking (LRIT) equipment. Guidance Notice 17 (12/21/09).
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