1. US Navy in Another Collision
In the latest of a string of marine mishaps, a U.S. warship crashed into a Japanese tugboat in Japan’s Sagami Bay on Saturday. The tugboat lost propulsion and drifted into the "USS Benfold" during a routine towing exercise, according to a press release from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet. No injuries or fatalities resulted from the incident, and damage to the Benfold, a guided-missile destroyer ship, was minimal, according to the release. While the crash was relatively harmless, it adds to a troubling trend for the 7th Fleet: Saturday’s collision in the Pacific was the fleet’s fifth this year.
3. Lloyd’s Embracing Progress
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has elected Andreas Nordseth, director general of the Danish Maritime Authority, as its new administrative board chairman. Commenting on his election, Nordseth said: ”It is an honour to be elected as Chairman of the Administrative Board and to become responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Agency.” Italy’s Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone was elected as deputy chairman. The EMSA Administrative Board comprises representatives from the 28 EU Member States as well as Norway, Iceland, the European Commission and representatives from the industry.
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