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Maritime Monday 106

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April 13, 2008

The following is posted by Fred Fry:

Welcome to this 106th edition of Maritime Monday.

You can find Maritime Monday 56 here. (Published 23 April 2007)

You can find last week’s edition here.

You can find links to all the previous editions at the bottom of this post. To stay informed all week long, be sure to check out gCaptain’s Discoverer site and vote for your favorite stories as well as add ones that you find.


This Week’s Photos:

This week’s photos come from the website of Hamburg, Germany based THIEN & HEYENGA.

The website does not include an ‘about us’ page. Instead it has a video presentation about sailors and the company’s office staff behind them. If the movie does not appear to be playing right on the page, I suggest right clicking the movie and stopping it, then downloading the movie to your desktop from here. It is pretty good.



Reefership MV SABLE BAY

RoRo/LoLo/Containership MV SHAMROCK


Stow diagram for STADT HANNOVER

Their homepage can be found here.


This Week’s Items:

EagleSpeak has “Short Sea Shipping: Using Ships to Ease Highway Strain

EagleSpeak was also the first (that I saw) to announce that the Pirates who had captured the French luxury yacht S/V Le PONANT were themselves caught by the French military shortly thereafter and are now on their way back to France to face trial. More including lots of photos of the ship, crew and pirates, during and just after at CargoLaw.

Also be sure to check out EagleSpeak‘s weekly series “Sunday Ship History: Swimming Trucks“.

Chaotic Synaptic Activity has for his weekly series Monday Maritime Matters a summary of the career of Admiral Richard Conolly which spanned both WWI and WWII.

gCaptain covers an odd problem for the US as imports decline, exports are booming in “A Shipping Container Shortage?“. Of course it made sense to ship empty containers back to Asia as they were being filled with high-value cargos. It is a completely different story to think of doing the same for another container load of hay, or wastepaper, or clay, etc. Those cargos are probably losing out to other higher value cargos in the US. Us exports would probably be even higher if there was a supply of empty containers to support it.

Maritime Accident Casebook has the next entry in his original series: “The Case Of The Acidic Assassin“.

His name was Job Deolopez, he was a 47 year old Filipino AB. He’d worked aboard the Panama-flagged bulk dry cargo carrier Oceanic Angel for a year . The task he carried out on 8th August 2007 was one that he knew well. He hadn’t got into trouble before, but in Job’s case the first time was the last time.

Never Sea Land has this week’s must-sea video of a power-boat rescue tow gone wrong. Remember to think twice before accepting assistance from a helicopter!

Shipspotting photographer Jean Hemond took this photo of salvage efforts to free the grounded MSC SABRINA. Interesting that they used another MSC vessel, the MSC JASMINE, to offload containers during the process.

The Age (Australia) has resolution to an Australian WWII mystery in “Sydney lifeboat mystery solved“.

Lloyd’s List has “European shipyards face recruitment crisis“.

The Jawa Report has “Hugo Chavez’s Submarines of the Caribbean” as Venezuela strikes a deal with the Russians.

The Stupid Shall Be Punished has “Happy Birthday, Submarine Force“. remembers in “1958 shipwreck survivor will retell story of SS Bradley disaster“.

Hellenic Shipping News has “Ports preparing for megaships“. This is what is possible once they widen the Panama Canal. Some US West Coast ports already see them, but the US East Coast has been mostly out of their reach. Canal enlargement will however permit more cargo to be shipped closer to their final destination as opposed to being unloaded and then put on trains. (Many ships not only stow by discharge port but also stowed to ensure that containers make train cutoff times.)

IMC Brokers has a photo of the “Emergency Towing Vessel ‘Anglian Princess’” with a note to contact IMC Brokers for all your worldwide emergency towage needs.

BitterEnd has a great post on whether to fix what you got or buy new in relation to Washington State Ferries need to either repair existing ferries or build replacements now using a baseball analogy.

Neptunus Lex has “The appendix of Navy slang“. What, they don’t use Red Hand in the Navy?

Wikipedia explains the tradition of “Beer Day” in the US Navy.

The Wall Street Journal has “Bunker Busting: How To Clean Up Shipping“. This was then covered and commented on by Chicago Boyz in “Ships and the Global Economy“. Which was then linked by Instapundit.

CookiesInHeaven has a roundup of news concerning the collapse of Chinook Salmon stocks off the US West Coast, resulting in what are severe cutbacks in quotas, which is essentially the canceling of fishing season. (If things are so dire, why permit any fishing? This is an old lesson not-learned.)

Fairplay Daily News has a photo of the month series where they not only have one photo presented, but also post all that month’s submissions received.

Robin Storm has “Shipwrecks a time capsule of the Great Lake“.

MarEx Newsletter has an update on the LADY BELINDA in “Stranded Seamen Claim $102,000 in Unpaid Wages“.

MarineBuzz has “China Proves LNG Carrier Ship Building Capability” as they deliver the LNG Vessel DAPENG SUN. The Japanese also have the capability to build LNG vessels. I had heard a story from a friend who was an officer on a US-Flag LNG vessel that delivered LNG to Japan. He gave the impression that the Japanese Officials were always much worse than your worst day with the US Coast Guard and that they had crawled through the entire ship inside and out photographing everything when an LNG carrier called for the first time in Japan so they could ‘learn’ how to build their own.

MarineBuzz also has “MIT Researchers Find an Easy Way to Predict Hurricanes by Hydrophones“.

SAILORS, MARINERS & WARRIORS LEAGUE has “Ship Collision Off Kyushu Island Leaves 3 Chinese Dead, 13 Missing“. The vessels involved were the tanker SHINYO SAWAKO and the fishing vessel LURONGYU 2177.

Shirlaw News Group has the rescue of the M/V SEA VENUS in “NOAA Satellites Help Save 23 People in the North Atlantic” as the ship signals for help using its EPIRB.

Tugster has lots of photos of “Random Tugs 12“.

Sea * Fever posts photos of dolphins swimming ahead of a couple merchant ships. I had my camera on the bridge for a month waiting for the opportunity to get a dolphin photo. When my chance came, I got one picture and then the camera seized, never to work again.

The Pilot Boat has amazing photos of “FPSO Bonga Tow off Portuguese Coast” in rough seas.

Tims Times has great photos of a ship call by helicopter by Rolls Royce techs as they park in the frozen sea in “Icing“.

The Yankee Sailor has “US Naval Leaders Seeking To Expand African Sea Police“.

The Destroyermen has “A New Mission: Whale Watching” explaining how the Navy has reacted to court limitations on sonar use.

America’s Port Blog has posted a preview to this Monday Night’s episode which appears to profile the Port of Los Angeles Police.

Bangladesh manning agent MULTIMOVE SHIPPING AND TRADING LTD. has openings for deck and engine officers for M/S. ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN SHIPPING LINE and M/S. NATIONAL IRANIAN TANKER CO., with a “newly introduced attractive salary scale.”.

South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel has a report with video of the new Dockwise ship YACHT EXPRESS loading yachts in “Super transport vessel to take 18 yachts from Port Everglades to Italy“. The new ship even has a cool bar/lounge overlooking the ‘cargo’ and movie theater for boat crews.

Lloyd’s List Newsroom Blog has “Call to attention” calling for strong international policing actions to bring the pirates of Somalia to justice, for the good of all, including Somalia.

MarineNorway has some photos of the circular FPSO SEVENVOYAGEUR which is currently under construction.

National Geographic Has for its 10 April Photo of the DayWhale’s Tail, Frederick Sound, Alaska, 1999“.

Blogger News Network has “TV Preview: Deadliest Catch – Season 4 (Discovery Channel)“. The new season of Deadliest Catch airs starting Tuesday.

VIVELECANADAResearch suggests Canada has good claim on vast chunk of disputed Arctic seabed“.

The News (UK) has “Undersea armour find is a mystery” as divers investigate two tanks and two bulldozers found on the seabed with no indication of how they got there. has “Mexico’s offshore Oil Billions“.

Gizmag has the illustrated post “World’s fist commercial scale tidal energy generator nears completion“. This is taking place in Northern Ireland. With that said, RobsHouse warns “Water turbine energy – watch out whales!“.

Steeljaw Scribe covers the departure of the aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON as it heads off to Japan to replace the USS KITTY HAWK as the only forward-deployed carrier. I guess that means there are lots of families moving as well.

The Horse’s Mouth manages to fit a great photo of a huge catamaran into the limited space of his three-column blog.


Haight’s Maritime Items has:

MARAD – reminder re National Maritime Day – The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a reminder that Thursday, May 22 will be celebrated as National Maritime Day to honor the contributions of the American Merchant Marine. (4/8/08). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage (Used with Permission)

Fairplay Daily News has:

Feeder ships face tonnage squeeze – CONTAINER markets are likely to face an undersupply of feeder vessels next year after inadequate investment by shipping lines and owners in 2007, according to German shipping bank DVB. The last order for a feeder ship of less than 500teu capacity dates back to 2006 while the more popular feedermax designs of 500teu-999teu saw contracting levels plunge from 57 units in 2006 to 12 vessels last year, says DVB in its Feeder Container Market Outlook. With a lead time of two years for most shipbuilding projects in the 500-1,000teu range, DVB says the feeder trade in 2009 will be “significantly short of capacity”. As a result, charter rates for feeder and feedermax types are likely to rise, although it may get worse for shipowners before it gets better. Availability of charter tonnage is expected to be sufficient this year with 109 feedermax ships scheduled to be delivered. “With many of them joining the fleet in the coming months, charter rates for these ships can be expected to dip in 1H08 before increasing thereafter,” writes DVB. According to Clarkson’s Research, short period rates for geared 725teu vessels have softened from $8,900-8,500/day since the start of the year.* – Fairplay Homepage (Used with Permission)


Submissions for future editions:

Please submit articles for inclusion in next week’s edition using the following submit form at Blog Carnival. You are also welcome to email stories and photos to [email protected] for inclusion in future editions as well as suggest areas of coverage.


Previous Editions: As linked below or click on the tag ‘Maritime Monday’ for all gCaptain editions.

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