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Monthly total of deaths: 32+
List of known passenger vessel "accidents" for January 2011
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 12-YEAR TOTAL
Number of deaths 1,751+ 1,191+ 2,021+ 1,278+ 683+ 1,255+ 2,413+ 915+ 1,996+ 1,786+ 824+ 32+
When will we ever learn? Ships and Shipping will continue to publish this saga of death and destruction until we see a marked downturn in the
frequency of such "accidents". For more details, check www.bairdmaritime.com
Death toll per year from 2000 to present
Day Month Year Region
Nature of accident
2 1 2011 Asia
Tanjung Leman jetty, Malaysia
Capsize - sinking
3 1 2011 South America Mexico
Virus / food poisoning
'Radiance of the Seas'
28 1 2011 Asia
Sunda Strait between the islands
'Laut Teduh 2'
of Java and Sumatra, Indonesia
31 1 2011 Antarctic
Matha Strait, Antarctica
Accumulated deaths 2011 year to date: 32+
WHEN WILL WE EVER LEARN?
Australian plans to reform the national shipping
ndustry could threaten coastal cargo, said a submission to
the government by Ports Australia, an industry body
counting both government and privately owned ports
among its members.
The government has proposed a reform package that would
limit foreign-flagged ships to temporary licenses for coastal
trades, while allowing Australian-operated and crewed vessel to
operate without restrictions.
The reforms are designed to reinvigorate the struggling local
shipping industry. Permits for foreign-flagged vessels were
easily available after a relaxation of rules under the last
government, and cheaper wages on foreign vessels made them
"Our view is that there is a strong national interest in the
promotion of coastal seaborne freight and there is a strong risk of
failure if this goal were to be subsumed to highly interventionist
policies that at best may bring one or two Australian ships onto
the coast," stated a Ports Australia submission.
"If dedicated coastal shipping were not to be successful,
international lines should not be discouraged or prevented from
carrying coastal cargo. We suggest more consideration of
"Measures designed to restrict the presence of other flags in
our coastal trades run the risk of deterring interest from foreign
flagged operators shipping freight on the coast where they
currently address a significant proportion of the total domestic
freight task, while at the same time stimulating little or no
Australian flagged presence. The net effect is that the role of
coastal shipping in the total domestic freight task diminishes and
we are left with a double policy failure of considerable
significance and impact.
"We would have accordingly expected that a discussion paper
might identify measures with a dual purpose -- to foster
Australian coastal shipping and to stimulate an increase in the
total amount of cargo uplifted on the coast -- and not to provide
a formula that runs the risk of it declining.
It makes sense therefore that before any new arrangements are
instigated detailed industry research should be carried out on the
possible service outcomes of the new regulations and whether in
fact they are sufficient to provide incentives for investment in
dedicated services. The [government reforms] paper suggests a pre-
occupation with developing a complex architecture for a new
regime with no assessment of all the likely impacts, in particular as
to whether the government's policy goals will actually be realised."
Dockwise has appointed Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) as
the builder of a new vessel to service the emerging market for
ultra-large transports, due by the end of 2012.
The new vessel has been categorised as a "Type 0" (T-0) to
reflect its exceptional size. Previously, the largest class of vessel
has been Type 1, with cargo capabilities between 41,000 and
With an overall deck size of 275 by 70 metres, and a bowless
design, the new vessel will have a carrying capacity of more than
110,000 tonnes. The total cost of the vessel including all project
and design costs, is expected to be approximately US$240
million, with installments of approximately 45 percent in 2011
and 55 percent in 2012.
Australian coastal shipping reforms may cause more harm than good
Swanson Docks and the city of Melbourne, Australia
Photo: Port of Melbourne Corporation
HHI to build huge new Dockwise heavy-lift transport
An illustration of the proposed heavy-lift vessel
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