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Maritime Monday 112

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May 26, 2008

The following is posted by Fred Fry:

Welcome to this 112th edition of Maritime Monday.

You can find Maritime Monday 62 here. (Published 4 June 2007). Here is another chance to catch the photos of what we send back in some of the containers returning to China.

You can find last week’s edition here.

You can find links to all the previous editions at the bottom of this post. You are encouraged to participate using the comment link/form at the bottom of the post. If you have photos or stories to tell, do email me at [email protected].


This Week’s Photos:

This week’s photos come from the website of Intermarine:

Founded in New Orleans in 1990, Intermarine is the managing agent of the vessel operating companies Industrial Maritime Carriers, US Ocean, Linea Naviera Paramaconi, and West Coast Industrial Express. The group also includes Industrial Terminals in Houston.

These carriers operate fleets of modern multipurpose vessels (including US flag) with a concentration in servicing heavy industry construction projects, power generation plants, oil field and mining developments, and US flag impelled cargoes. Collectively we are the most dynamic and one of the largest project cargo carriers in the world.

Intermarine offers an array of regular services between North America, South America, and Asia. Our primary U.S. load center is Industrial Terminals in Houston, Texas—the largest project cargo port in the United States.

At Intermarine, we have built an organization based not on acquiring ships, but on transporting cargoes. It is a subtle twist of words to speak of cargo first and vessels second, a twist that those not committed to such an approach would classify as marketing. However, by truly matching ships to cargo (instead of the reverse), Intermarine is the fastest growing project cargo transporter in the world today.

The reasons behind Intermarine’s success, include a commitment to quality, a dedication to problem solving, and the expertise to “make it happen.” This is why our approach forms an ideal match with the needs of project shippers.

We look forward to serving you … to delivering more than promises. – Link




Their homepage can be found here. You can find a video covering transportation of wind turbine blades here. The page has links to other heavy lift videos, such as loading train locomotives here.


This Week’s Items:

EagleSpeak has “Somali Pirates: Recently captured ship released

Also be sure to check out EagleSpeak‘s weekly series “Sunday Ship History: Aiming the ship’s guns (Part I)” and “Sunday Ship History: Aiming the Ship’s Guns (II): Revolution“.

Robin Storm has “EPIRBs – The Robin Storm/gCaptian Investigation Continues“. It is a must read for any boaters out there who have an EPIRB, especially those who have them on their yachts and tend to ignore them. At least one solo sailor has died partly due to failure to register his EPIRB. (Mike Plant in 1992.) Oddly enough, in addition to his failure to register his EPIRB, it also had transmission problems.

gCaptain has “A Forgotten Tragedy: America’s Worst Maritime Disaster“. The disaster left behind a shocking body count. As shocking, I don’t remember hearing about it before.

gCaptain also has “The 2008 Submarine Cable Map“.

MarineBuzz has the details for “Fire Onboard Nuclear Powered USS George Washington: 24 Sailors Treated

MarineBuzz also has “How Safe are the Floating Nuclear Power Plants of Russia ?” Which includes a chart showing the number of malfunctions during the period 1994-2002 on board their atomic icebreakers.

Kennebec Captain has “Good Seamanship Summed Up in One Word“. Good word.

The May issue of American Shipper is online (Homepage here):

(PDF Link – 19 Megabytes)

Sea * Fever has “Happy National Maritime Day!

Japan Probe has “Confrontation between Japanese and S. Korean patrol boats“.

Lloyd’s List has “Master’s inexperience blamed for Pasha grounding“.

First impressions from legal experts indicate that Judge Baer’s decision is one of the most detailed and comprehensive when it comes to allocating exact percentages to blame in parties involved in a marine casualty.

The district court ruling follows up on a decision by the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in July last year, that held that all three ships were responsible for the accident.

Wired Magazine has “Peter Thiel Makes Down Payment on Libertarian Ocean Colonies” as they try to give birth to ‘deep-water city-states’ (The Seasteading site can be found here)

“There’s a history of a lot of crazy people trying this sort of thing, and the idea is to do it in a way that’s not crazy,” said Joe Lonsdale, the institute’s chairman and a principal at Clarium Capital Management, a multibillion-dollar hedge fund.


Wired also has “Study: N. Pacific humpback whale population rises“. Just don’t tell the Japanese.

Drilling Contractor has “Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, where risks are big but rewards can be bigger

Consul-At-Arms has “S&S – La Maddalena says goodbye to base after 35-year U.S. Navy presence on Sardinia

Cargo Law has photos from December’s collision between the cruise ship M/V NORWEGIAN DREAM and a barge in “Recurring Dream“.

(It gets worse)

Shirlaw News Group has “Cruise Ship Crashes Into Manhattan Pier“. The ship is the NORWEGIAN SPIRIT. It happened on 25 May and resulted in the evacuation of all passengers. What might be the reason for all the bad luck?

BitterEnd explains and has photos of a “Halyard Tow

The Unofficial Coast Guard Blog has a story that will confirm what many professional Merchant Mariners have wondered for a while in “More bad news: DHS IG reports on marine inspectors“. Over half are not fully qualified. That is interesting since they normally do not issue merchant mariners a license until they become fully qualified for it. Double-standard? Maybe….

blue water: news of my escape is getting ready to sign off the ship come the next port in “Channel Fever!

Steeljaw Scribe has “Red Star Thursday (Красная Звезда в четверг)” covering the Russian Navy’s plan to return the nuclear-powered cruiser ADMIRAL NAKHIMOV to service after being mothballed nine years ago. He wonders how the Russians are going to manage now renovating two old carriers. You can bet that the Indian Navy is wondering as well.

The UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency reports two deaths in “DONT DRINK AND DROWN

The Cullman Times has “Cullman man’s heroic war story to be enshrined in Smithsonian“. His story of surviving after his ship was sunk by a German submarine will be included in an exhibit titled ‘On the Water: Stories from Maritime America’. Here is the Smithsonian Press Release concerning the new exhibit noting a sizable donation from A.P. Moller (Maersk) that has made it possible.

Bob Couttie’s Maritime Accident Casebook has “Article of Note: Competent Crews And The Exercise of Due Diligence

Cold War Veterans Blog has “40th anniversary USS Scorpion Loss

CDR Salamander has “Thresher, Scorpion … Titanic?” Did they ever find the byzanium?


The White House has posted the President’s National Maritime Day Proclamation.

Last of the Few has posted online video of the first episode of WARSHIP (CARRIER UK) about life on board the Royal Navy’s Aircraft Carrier HMS ILLUSTRIOUS. Given all the problems that were documented in this first episode, the ship should probably be named the HMS MIRACULOUS. If you liked CARRIER, you will enjoy this as well.

Frank’s Movie Log has a review of the WWII Merchant Marine movie Action in the North Atlantic noting that this was Humphrey Bogart’s first movie after Casablanca. Other recent movie reviews include “The Long Voyage Home” and “Wake of the Red Witch” both starring John Wayne and “The Caine Mutiny” also starring Humphrey Bogart.

The Stupid Shall Be Punished has “Tracing Paper Over Nav Charts — A Lesson Re-learned“. Be sure to read the comments as well.

Cruise Bruise has new restrictions for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines passengers banning children less than six months on all cruises and under a year on longer ones.

Jamaca Gleaner News has “Jamaica’s flag is flying high in China with the launch of the 7545 gross tonne container ship, the M/V Panjang.

StarTribune has “Ruling: Judge wrongly tossed case so man could enter Canada“. Get convicted of drunk driving, lose your ability to work as a Merchant mariner. In this case, the problem is that the Canadians won’t let him into the country because of his DUI.

Never Sea Land has a huge post in “May gallery of misc pics

Tim’s Times has the Royal Navy’s stationary training ship “Sir Tristram” which participated in the liberation of the Falkland Islands, being badly damaged in the process.

Shipping Times has “Six foreign ships detained at UK ports in April

SAILORS, MARINERS & WARRIORS LEAGUE has “Panama Ship Carbon Dioxide Gas Leak Kills 3 Onboard“. The ship is the HAKONE.

Tugster has photos of navy ships arriving in New York for Fleet Week, here and here, noting that the NY Times didn’t seem to think that Fleet Week was a newsworthy event. Neptunus Lex also posts an impressive photo of an arriving ship.

IMC Brokers has video of “Kemps Milk Carton Boat Race

MarEx Newsletter has “Successful Coast Guard Inspections in the Shipyard

Captain Patri’s blog has “Seasteads provide flexibility for climate change

WebUrbanist has “10 Private Islands You Can’t Afford to Live On: Amazing, Exotic and Remote Luxury Retreats

The Yankee Sailor has wardrobe problem’s for Russia’s Navy in “And We Think The U.S. Navy’s Got Uniform Problems

Hellenic Shipping News has “Soaring tanker rates ‘not demand driven’“. The story notes how many additional ships are needed for every one knot slow-down of the tanker fleet, as they slow to reduce fuel costs.

Shenandoah has “J.I.I.T. (Just In Island Time)“.


Professional Mariner has “Aker Philadelphia Shipyard secures additional funding from Caterpillar Finance

The BBC has “Bravery awards for ship rescues

The Journal of Commerce has “10 Steps to Load, Stow and Secure a Freight Container“.

EU Referendum has confirmation in their post “It’s what isn’t said that matters” that the UK’s Royal Navy will shortly start construction of two new aircraft carriers, noting that no mention has been made of the design or capabilities nor which types of aircraft might operate from it. This is important given the earlier-reported suggestion that the UK and France share a carrier. If that is going to happen, the carriers need to be built with the ability to handle French jets.

EU Referendum also has ‘A jolly little spat is developing between the Scottish “government” and Whitehall over control of Scottish fish stocks.’

Samizdata has “Small island for sale, careful owner, excellent condition“. It is located in the Channel Islands, and it is only being offered for a long-term lease.

The Witness (South Africa) has “Technology: Durban port uses simulator to train crane operators “. (“MasterLift 4000” simulator product page here)

Offshore Magazine has “Delmar announces first gravity-installed vertical load anchor

Brisbanetimes has “Man ‘climbs Diamantina’s mast, threatens police’

The Astute Bloggers has “NORWEGIAN WIND POWER COMPANY TO DEPLOY FLOATING TURBINE“. This would make the limiting factor not ocean depth and the view from ashore, but just how far you are willing to lay power cables.

Christiaan Conover has a gumby suit training session photo.

Freight Dawg criticizes business analysts for ‘how little some analysts actually know about the shipping business’ in “Stocks: Betting on Dry Bulk Shipping

Greenpeace has “How to survive cabin fever“. It’s called work, but she only mentions that ‘dirty’ word as something to be avoided.


Haight’s Maritime Items has:

Apportionment of liability in complex collision case – The US District Court for the Southern District of New York issued its decision in the Tricolor/Kariba collision case. The Kariba collided with the Tricolor, causing the Tricolor to capsize and sink at about 2:12 a.m. on Dec. 14, 2002 in the English Channel. A third vessel, the Clary, maneuvered in such a manner as to have embarrassed the navigation of Kariba causing Kariba to turn into Tricolor, ram Tricolor, and sink her. Judge Baer, in an opinion that explained in detail how he analyzed liability, apportioned 63% liability against Kariba, 20% against Clary, and 17% against Tricolor. He also determined that Tricolor had no liability to cargo because of the error in navigation defense of the US Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and that Tricolor could limit her liability according to the 1851 US Limitation of Liability Act. He denied Clary the right to limit under the same act. This decision is one of the most detailed and comprehensive in regard to allocating exact percentages of blame in any US collision case since the 1975 Supreme Court decision of Reliable Transfer established the principle in federal maritime law of comparative fault in collision cases. Tricolor was represented by Holland & Knight LLP. Chet Hooper of the firm’s New York office served as lead counsel. In re Otal Investments Limited, 03 Civ 4304 (SDNY, May 21, 2008). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage (Used with Permission)


Panama Canal – transit of HMS BOUNTY – The Panama Canal Authority issued a press release stating that the H.M.S. BOUNTY transited the Panama Canal en route from St. Petersburg, Florida to the US West Coast. Some people, myself included, had assumed that the ship was wrecked at Pitcairn Island after the mutiny led by Fletcher Christian (or Marlon Brando, whichever). (5/8/08). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage (Used with Permission)

Fairplay Daily News has:

STRIKING French fishermen have blockaded ports and prevented ferry sailings at Calais, Dunkirk and St Malo today. – French fuel depots in the Mediterranean near Marseilles have also been affected by strike action over an alleged government failure to provide hand-outs to fishermen who claim they can no longer work because of the rise in fuel costs. Fishermen have been on strike intermittently since last weekend. But strike action has intensified since Monday with fishermen paralysing maritime trade at Atlantic, Mediterranean and English channel ports. – 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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