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This Weeks Photos:
This weeks photos are from the website of Gdynia, Poland based Baltic Container Lines:
Also be sure to check out EagleSpeak‘s weekly series “Sunday Ship History: Freight Supply Ships” which were operated by the US Army Transport Service. If you have ever seen the movie ‘Mister Roberts’, then you know what one of these vessels looked like.
The Lone Voicecovers the resignation of UK coastguard volunteer (and “Hero of the Year”) Paul Waugh after a great deal of criticism from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency after he saved the life of a 13 year old girl trapped on a cliff without the use of safety equipment as required in their regulations. More coverage atSITFU which has a photo of the cliff where the rescue took place.
AFPupdates the story of the Russian cargo ship LIDIA DEMESH detained by North Korea. The vessel has been released and has returned home.
080223-N-7987H-023 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 23, 2008) Flag bearers snap to attention before removing the American flag from the casket of Chief Photographer’s Mate Edgar Tiemann during a burial-at-sea ceremony aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48). The ceremony included the burial of 13 honorably discharged Sailors and Marines. U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Mandy Hunsucker (Released) – Navy NewsStand
MarEx Newsletter has Joseph Keefe (the Managing Editor of The Maritime Executive Magazine, publisher of the Newsletter) planning to go back to school to bring his license and training current with STCW 95 with a goal of doing so within a year.
If successful, I won’t be the first 49-1/2 year old, former mariner to re-qualify my credentials, but hopefully, the effort will shed significant light on what has always been a confusing and mysterious journey for many mariners – and their employers. You are invited to come along for the ride. I have no idea how long this will take, especially given that I will continue on with my duties here at MarEx concurrent with all of it. I only hope that I do not embarrass myself in the process.
This is surely a must-read for anyone who has thought about returning to sea. He will also be testing my comment at Lloyd’s List where I mention that going shoreside is pretty much a one-way trip these days.
Global warming, while threatening environmental disasters, is creating economic opportunity for shippers, makers of ocean cargo vessels and tour operators. New routes may expand access to the world’s second-biggest oil supply, deliver US wheat to Asia 30 per cent faster and increase Arctic tourism as much as 50 per cent in a decade. Ice shrinkage may enable ships to sail straight over the top of the world, cutting a 17,700 km trip to 11,265 km and saving as much as 11 days and US$800,000 in fuel and labour.
Lloyds List also covers the tragedy in Bangladesh in “Ferry deaths reveal safety flaws” One problem is that ferries running within a single country’s waters are not subject to international rules. It is these routes that produce some of the worst accidents nowadays.
CDR Salamander has “There goes your shipbuilding budget” covering Congress’s questioning of how the Department of Defense budget is split between the services and why that isn’t according to need.
The Danish Maritime Authoritycover’s their Government’s proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to implement a global tax on marine bunker fuel. The taxes would then be used to purchase ‘carbon credits’ through the IMO as part of some half-assed attempt to make shipping appear greener.
Maritime Compass has “Mariners Museum archivist charged in theft” covering Lester Weber, who was the director of the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Virginia until he was fired, apparently for stealing museum items and selling them on eBay.
Gizmodo wonders if all the car accidents where GPS units appear to be a contributing factor is a sign of a revolt by the machines or “On the other hand, it may just be a bunch of idiots“. Just imagine if car drivers had to go through a tenth of the training that Merchant Marine officers have to.
The U.S. Copyright Officeexplains how to register your hull designs.
NTIprovides a summary of the Soviet Russian submarine fleet. Looks like Norway and the UK will need to spend a lot more money. Russia of course understands the problem and is trying to build more subs!
Looking for information about a ship that might have called the US? Then check out theUnited States Coast Guard Port State Information eXchange (PSIX) System, which appears to have loads of data including all USCG visits to the vessel.
A sailor named Captain Reid Stowe is about a third of the way through his goal to sail 1000 days without touching land. His voyage is documented on his website here: 1000 DAYS at SEA. In yet another example of the power of the internet, there are at least two websites, Reid Stowe and 1000 Days at Sea – Reality Check and 1000 Days of Hell following the voyage as well as publishing documents about his conviction for attempting to smuggle 30,000 pounds of Marijuana into the US as well as active warrants for his arrest for thousands in outstanding child support. He sailed out of New York. At least he has time to clear up the child support issue before returning!
Haight’s Maritime Items has:
UK – Facebook used to forge seafarer certificate – The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press notice stating that a woman recently copied an original yachtmaster’s certificate from the Facebook Internet site. She then altered the certificate to make it look like it had been issued to her. She used the forged certificate to hire a yacht. The MCA cautions mariners to not publish copies of their certificates on the Internet. It also advises those checking mariner certificates to require production of the original document. (2/25/08). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage (Used with Permission)
US Supreme Court – oral argument in the EXXON VALDEZ case – On Wednesday, February 27, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral argument in the case of Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker. In 2006, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld, but reduced, the award of punitive damages in this case arising out of the 1989 grounding of the tanker EXXON VALDEZ. In 2007, over a strong dissent, the Ninth Circuit refused to reconsider the case en banc. The various petitions and briefs that have been filed with the Supreme Court in this case may be accessed at Holland+Knight. (2/26/08). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage (Used with Permission)
Just one more reason to not take a job at sea. Decades of litigation. (Admittedly, this was a huge accident. Let’s see if the COSCO BUSAN litigation is completed before 2017.)
Fairplay Daily News has:
Northern to build first Russian VLs – ST PETERSBURG 29 February – Severnaya Verf (“Northern Shipyard”), the St Petersburg naval shipyard, is to be expanded and converted so that it can build oil tankers of up to 300,000dwt. According to Alexander Gnusarev, chairman of controlling shareholder United Industrial Corp (OPK), his group is preparing an investment plan to turn out 500,000 tonnes of civilian newbuilds a year, including VLCCs. Currently no Russian yard can build anything larger than 90,000 tonnes, so the Russian tanker fleet is all built abroad. OPK controls 72% of the shipyard’s shares, and also controls Baltic Plant, St Petersburg’s civilian yard, which was sold to OPK by Alexander Nesis’ ICT group. OPK is controlled by Sergei Pugachev, a banker and currently a sitting member of the Russian upper house of parliament. Severnaya’s order book at present is military – five destroyers, a frigate and an auxiliary. In 2006, according to the last financial figures available, Severnaya reported a 31% drop in revenues to $311M. Net income was $12.9M. Maritime analysts believe the VLCC announcement is a fresh bid by Pugachev to stave off a state takeover of both Severnaya and Baltic with a new orderbook serving the oil industry. The state currently holds a 21% stake in Severnaya, and has refused to privatise it. Without significant changes in current Russian taxation, Russian fleet owners are unlikely to place VLCC orders domestically. – Fairplay Homepage (Used with Permission)
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