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This Week’s Photos:
This week’s photos come from the website of Spain’s Boluda Group:
The origins of the Boluda Group go back to the year 1920, when Vicente Boluda MarÃ founded a company in Valencia for the rendering of towing services in the Port of Valencia. With the development and subsequent consolidation of the company in that port, the company’s activity started to grow and spread out to the most important neighbouring ports, until it acquired a major presence along the entire Spanish Mediterranean coast. Specifically, the ports in which we initially performed our maritime towing services were Valencia, CastellÃ³n, Cartagena and Tarragona.
Once we had consolidated our position in the provision of maritime towing services along the Spanish Mediterranean coast we started to introduce strategies for growth and diversification of activities. So, with this objective, and taking advantage of the structure of the Group, in 1990 the Boluda Group began its Off-shore and salvage services, along with its marine pollution fighting service. These activities are performed throughout the whole of the country and also in international waters . – Link
Chaotic Synaptic Activity has for his weekly series Monday Maritime Mattersa summary of the career of US Navy LCDR Arthur Elloit, who was killed in action in Vietnam during operations in the Mekong River Delta area.
China’s building of the Gwadar port in Pakistan at the mouth of the Straits of Hormuz was more to protect its oil supplies coming from the Persian Gulf than to help Pakistan. It is a strategic location where China can police its own as well as Western supplies. At the moment Chinese interests are taking a back seat in the Middle East, but the Chinese are determined to alter this equation, especially if their supply line is threatened.
The Wall Street Journal has “Throwing In the Towel” over an international spat between German and British passengers on the cruiseship OCEANA.
Mondays 10P et / 7P pt – America’s Port provides an unblinking view of this vibrant and colorful nerve center for global trade—the Port of Los Angeles. Get an inside look at this massive complex and the intrepid individuals charged with keeping it running smoothly and securely 365 days a year. It’s a dynamic and dangerous 24/7 operation.
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Haight’s Maritime Items has:
Vessel carrying shark fins is not a fishing vessel – The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a US vessel documented without a fishing endorsement is not a fishing vessel for purposes of the Shark Finning Prohibition Act. In the instant case, the US Coast Guard detained a US vessel that have purchased over 64,000 pounds of shark fins from foreign fishing vessels on the high seas and was preparing to deliver the shark fins to a port in Guatemala. The vessel had previously been registered with a fishing endorsement on its USCG Certificate of Documentation, but had changed its documentation prior to this voyage. The US Government filed a civil complaint for forfeiture of the vessel for violation of the Act and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regulations implementing the Act. The Act and regulations make it unlawful for any person on a US fishing vessel to possess shark fins obtained through prohibited “shark finning”. The court held that, because the statute and regulations specifically limited their application to fishing vessels and because the vessel in this case was neither directly engaged in fishing nor documented as a fishing vessel, the defendants were not put on fair notice that the activities were prohibited. United States v. Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins, No. 05-56274 (9th Cir. March 17, 2008). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage (Used with Permission)
Fairplay Daily News has:
Five charged over Chesapeake fracas – BALTIMORE 18 March – Five seafarers aboard the Malta-flagged cargo ship Ocean Victory have been criminally charged over a fracas last week that led to the vessel being detained as it was leaving Baltimore. Wojciech Kowalski, 63, of Poland, master of the 6,000 dwt general cargo vessel, was charged with failing to ensure the wheelhouse was staffed by a competent crew member and with failing to notify the Coast Guard that the ship did not meet minimum staffing requirements, the Maryland US attorney’s office said in a statement. Four other crewmen were charged with being drunk on duty. According to court documents, crew members admitted they bought a case of beer and that one crew member had drunk eight beers before departing from Baltimore. The crew members charged with being drunk face a maximum one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. The Coast Guard boarded the ship at the mouth of the Patuxent River, near Drum Point on 10 March after receiving a call from a pilot who reported a dispute onboard. The pilot reportedly smelled alcohol on the breath of the helmsman and he and a second crewman departed the bridge – leaving the pilot alone. After being alerted to the situation, the captain sent another crewman to the bridge but he allegedly shoved the pilot and threatened him with a “large knife”. The pilot then dropped anchor and departed the vessel – which remains detained. – Fairplay Homepage (Used with Permission)
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