24 Sep 2008 | Safety
Asphyxiation led to Sava Lake deaths

ASPHYXIATION killed two seafarers in the forward store of a Latvian cargoship, after an earlier crew cut flexible bellow pieces with the effect of creating a direct air path from the cargo hold, according to a Marine Accident Branch investigation, writes David Osler

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24 Sep 2008 | Safety
GHL acquires Iridium in $591m merger

MARITIME satellite operator Iridium is to merge with US-listed special purpose acquisition company GHL Acquisition, writes Neville Smith.

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17 Sep 2008 | Safety
Houston, we have a problem Ships in waiting game outside channel

MORE than 100 vessels were yesterday waiting outside the Houston Ship Channel, which remained partially closed to ships in the wake of Hurricane Ike, the US Coast Guard said. The channel, which gives tankers access to refineries in Texas City, Baytown and Houston, had vessel traffic service, but navigation aids and shoaling were still being checked, a USCG spokeswoman said. Meanwhile, Hurricane Ike blew life into the tanker derivatives market as oil traders placed bets on the US needing increased gasoline shipments if refineries from the US Gulf were hit. Markets ? Page 15

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