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As the subject of a bet on whether sharks would attack him, Paulo Romero Cedeno was stripped naked, washed in fish blood and thrown into the ocean. There in the dark water, in the black of night, the young man heard the crew of the fishing vessel laughing at him. Then the captain snapped on a light and, after a few moments, dragged him aboard. He was later beaten by crew members who'd lost money betting he would die. - The Monitor
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Indefinitely moored vessel not subject of admiralty jurisdiction - In an unpublished opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that an indefinitely moored gaming vessel is not a vessel for purposes of general maritime law and not subject to the admiralty jurisdiction of federal courts. In the instant case, the gaming vessel was afloat, but had not moved since arriving at its Lakes Charles mooring in 2001. The owners had no intention of moving the vessel. Plaintiff alleged personal injury from a slip-and-fall on carpeting outside the elevator. The court held that there was no jurisdiction to hear the case in admiralty. De La Rosa v. St. Charles Gaming Company, Inc., No. 05-41563 (5th Cir., October 31, 2006).
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‘Unrealistic’ crew demands lead to stress and fatigue - CASUAL labour arrangements for seafarers and unrealistic demands for fast port turnrounds combine to subject a majority of the world’s seafarers to high levels of stress and fatigue, the Nautical Institute president has complained.
Speaking at a joint meeting of the Solent Branch of the NI and the Royal Institute of Navigation, serving shipmaster Captain Nicholas Cooper said that ruthless cost-cutting, commercial pressure and a tenfold increase in legislation and administration have eroded the possibility of rest and recreation and greatly increased the pressure on seafarers. The Nautical Institute president also suggested that the stress levels and fatigue are also added to by unsympathetic shore authorities, such as customs, immigration and port state inspectors in many parts of the world. These officials he accused of being “arrogant, over-zealous and aggressive”, treating those aboard ships “with suspicion and even contempt.” In such circumstances, he said, it is easy to see why morale aboard so many ships is “at rock bottom”.
Masters in particular, in so many companies, said Captain Cooper, feel that despite all the legislation apparently deferring to the master’s authority, they work under constant fear of dismissal if they are late on schedule, because of fog or heavy weather, or they record hours of rest violations which could put them under the scrutiny of port state control. The majority of masters, he points out, can be put in an impossible situation, being told by owners to manage their time more efficiently, if they wish to go to anchor to catch up on rest. The owners, who have instructed the master to comply with STCW procedures are “off the hook” and can blame the master for any subsequent problems. The NI president accuses owners, operators, charterers, managers and terminals of putting unrealistic pressures on ships. He also foresees little improvement in the seafarer’s lot over fatigue and stress problems as long as casual labour arrangements prevail in so much of the world’s shipping. - (Michael Grey)
Germans show short-sea frustration - HAMBURG 02 November – German port and terminal managers are frustrated at how slowly shippers and shipping lines are committing to the EU's ‘motorways of the sea’ programme. Speaking at the annual press conference of the Association of German port companies in Hamburg, Heinrich Ahlers, managing director of short-sea terminal operator Rhenus Midgard, said the company has not yet received any additional business from the EU initiative. Ulrich Bauermeister, head of port development in Rostock, echoed this view. “Traditional short-sea services, for example between the continent and the UK, have exhibited fantastic growth rates. But we have not witnessed any meaningful action on motorways of the sea projects towards Spain or the Mediterranean, as envisaged by the programme,” he explained. Ahlers highlighted two major obstacles. First of all, exporters of white goods and similar consumer products are very reluctant to shift from road to sea, he said, because they regard ship transit times as insufficient compared with land transport. Secondly, there is a lack of fast modern ro/ro vessels suited for the motorways of the sea. These tend to be rather high-spec and expensive, Ahlers said. - Fairplay
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