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Sanko Bright—A Ship In The Ocean


Above is a ship called the Sanko Bright. This ship is registered to Singapore.

This picture was taken in Galveston Bay last week from the Bolivar Ferry.

According to the world ship registry, the Sanko Bright is a crude oil tanker.

Here are photos of the Sanko Bright in different places around the world.

The Coast Guard put out a press release involving this ship back in 2007—The Coast Guard medevaced a crewman from an oil tanker in the Galveston Fairway anchorage off Galveston, Texas, this morning. A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a call for assistance at 6 a.m. from the captain of the Sanko Bright, a 783-foot oil tanker, reporting one of his crewmembers was having difficulty breathing and his face was swelling. The Coast Guard patrol boat Skipjack was diverted from patrol to medevac the man.  The boat arrived on scene at 7:19 a.m. and crewmembers went aboard the tanker to assess the man. The Skipjack transported him to the Coast Guard base in Galveston, where awaiting emergency medical personnel transported him to the University of Texas Medical Branch, also in Galveston.

I hope the crewman was okay.

Though the ship is supposed to be from Singapore, it is owned by a Japanese company—The Sanko Steamship Company.

 A book I read about global shipping is The Outlaw Sea by William Langewiesche. The book talks about ships with poor safety records and about tax avoidance and poor regulation at sea. Here is a review of this book from The National Sea Grant Law Center. 

It is fun to see big ships in the ocean, though I do feel they should all be regulated and that the people who own the ships should pay all taxes due.

This is why I am hoping to be appointed Czar of the World’s Oceans by the United Nations. I will keep my readers up to date on my quest for this title.  

April 12, 2009 - Posted by | Books, Galveston | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. “It is fun to see big ships in the ocean, though I do feel they should all be regulated and that the people who own the ships should pay all taxes due”

    It is fun to work on big ships in the ocean also.
    Every ship must be registered in a country. The country is known as the flag state. This particular ship is registered in Singapore in effect the ship is then a citizen of Singapore and pays taxes there as an American citizen pays taxes in the USA.
    In this circumstance the vessel is visiting America and pays the local port dues for her visit. Much as an American citizen would pay local taxes on housing, goods and food if working in Europe.

    Flag state registers are run competitively by governments in order to attract the buisness of the Ship owner. The Singapore Flag State is by no means a flag of convienience.

    Hope that gives you some insight!


    Comment by Matt | November 10, 2010

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