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Maritime Monday 113

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June 2, 2008

The following is posted by Fred Fry:

Welcome to this 113th edition of Maritime Monday, posted from Finland, which is the summer HQ of Fred Fry International.

You can find Maritime Monday 63 here. (Published 11 June 2007)

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 public Picasa Gallery of Kami’ who was a deck officer on a bulk ship carrying grain to The Sudan in February, 2006:

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More photos of the discharge can be found here.


This Week’s Items:

EagleSpeak has “Preventing Pirate Attacks- the Old-Fashioned Way

Chaotic Synaptic Activity has for his weekly series ‘Monday Maritime Matters’ his personal memories of CDR David Martin, USN, a shipmate/mentor of his back in his days onboard the USS MILWAUKEE.

gCaptain has a video “Safety Reminder – Never Stand Under A Load“.

gCaptain also has models of “The Human Impact On Marine Ecosystems“.

Danish Maritime Authority has a report: “Stowaway died after fumigation

The Guardian has an unrelated stowaway case in”Stowaways found dead on cargo ship in Ayr

MarEx Newsletter has “Help Wanted: U.S. Maritime Industry – American Operators Report Trouble Finding Enough Qualified People“. Keep in mind too the Maritime Administration’s agreement to supply Foreign-Flag LNG ships with American seafarers.

Bob Couttie’s Maritime Accident Casebook has “The Case Of The Bosun’s Omen

Robin Storm provides more details in the investigation “EPIRB failures, where’s the beef?

Robin Storm also has two stories of discarded EPIRBs triggering expensive rescue operations only to have the rescuers end up digging through garbage.

CNN has “U.S. ports vulnerable to terrorists, probe finds“. The report was done by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Kennebec Captain has “Ships, networks and safety at sea

Never Sea Land has “British sailors trapped by French port blockade

Shirlaw News Group has “70 Dead On Italian Shore

CNN also has “60,000 pounds of lobster lost in Boston fire

Lloyd’s List has bad news for Poland in “Szczecin and Gdynia face bankruptcy over aid“. The EU wants its money back. This should serve as a warning to all when the EU extends its hand offering aid money.

Hellenic Shipping News has “Posidonia reaches historic heights: World’s shipping showpiece opens in Athens next week


The Swedish Tall Ship GÖTHEBORG arrives in Helsinki, Finland on the evening of 8 June and will be met with a cannon salute.

On the evening of June 8, the large sailing ship, Swedish Ship Götheborg, a replica of an East India trading vessel from the 18th century, will arrive at the South Harbour of Helsinki. Her arrival will be marked by cannon salutes fired from both onboard the vessel and the shores as well as by an impressive procession of vessels comprising some fifteen sailing ships and three old steamers.

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden as well as two Swedish government ministers and the Stockholm County Governor will come to Helsinki onboard the wooden vessel, which is almost 60 metres long. A reception ceremony for these high-ranking guests at the South Harbour will launch a week of events filled with unique historical and artistic experiences for both invited guests and the general public. Some of these happenings are associated with the year 1809 – an important milestone in Finnish-Swedish relations – as well as with the long common history and shared cultural heritage of our two countries; others are part of the City of Helsinki´s Helsinki Week.

I will be observing from ashore on the evening of the 8th. If you have a good vantage point for the arrival ceremonies and are looking to share, feel free to email me. Their website has some video posted here. You can find some details about the ship here.

The Yankee Sailor has “Big Navy Is Broken. This Is News?

Shipping Times has “Relief as world’s oldest complete steamship avoids scrapyard

A reminder of Britain’s proud maritime history, Robin is the oldest remaining complete steamship in the world, still boasting its original engine, lifeboats and winches.

The Last of the Few has episodes two, three and four-five six of WARSHIP (Carrier UK) posted.

Freaque Waves has “Deadliest Catch in the Southern Ocean

Sea * Fever has ““One year of NASA’s exploration budget would allow us to explore the ocean for 1,600 years”“. Sounds like a great opportunity for other nations of the world to step up and contribute.

Maritime Compass has “The Changing World: Pirates

MarineBuzz has “Posidonia 2008:The Heart of International Shipping” and “Flying Angel: Worlds First Floating Seafarers Centre“.

The Monitor has “Tug Porn” and includes a link to a tractor tug simulator you can play with.

An Unofficial Coast Guard Blog covers a celebrity vessel boarding in “Martha Stewart: Picture perfect example of safe boating“. He also points to Martha Stewart’s blog where she writes about the experience here and includes photos of the inspection.

Russia Profile has “Trading Under Russian Flag

Over the past decade, Russia’s commercial armada, once one of the strongest in the world, has been reduced from 1,800 ships to 172. When Peter the Great laid the foundation for the Russian merchant fleet more than 300 years ago, he could not have imagined that his plans would meet such a fate.

SeattlePI has “Seamen’s Club is a voyage back in time” noting that many of the Asian shipping companies are too cheap to pay for visas for their crews to allow them to get some shore leave in the US.

Yokwe Online has “Congress to Consider Micronesian Eligibility for US Merchant Marine Licenses” (Anyone have any additional info on this?  I think it most odd considering that they are not US Territories.)

TRITON-Megayacht News has “Organotin ban in hull paint begins Sept. 17

SAILORS, MARINERS & WARRIORS LEAGUE has “Ship rams & Topples Rajang River Pavilion

Patri’s Blog has “Jim Lee: Floating Villages in Cambodia

The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency has “RIVERDANCE – PROGRESS ON DISMANTLING

blue water: news of my escape has some final thoughts about his last ship including comments concerning appreciation that some of the younger crew on board care about flying the flag properly.

CDR Salamander has for his weekly series ‘Fullbore Friday’ the interesting read ‘The Battle of Midway – the Japanese side.’

WebUrbanist has “10 Clever Architectural Creations Using Cargo Containers: Shipping Container Homes and Offices

IMC Brokers has video of small “Boat Bloopers“. It is a good reminder to be careful when boating.

BitterEnd answers a question concerning setting the speed of tow.

Greenpeace has “Whaling fleet crew told to “stay at home”

Helsingin Sanomat has “Americans launch search for Finnish passenger airplane Kaleva shot down in 1940“. More details on the back story and the search can be found on CNN in “Navy hopes to solve WWII plane mystery


The Jawa Report has “Learning the Lesson of Islamist Appeasement: The Barbary Pirates

The Hourse’s Mouth has a video report on 16 year old Zac Sunderland, who is getting ready to sail around the world, solo. The current departure date is 14 June. Yahoo has more details at “L.A. teen embarking on crazy around-the-world voyage“. As stated before, I think solo circumnavigation of the globe as a dangerous stunt, at any age, not at all in lines with professional seamanship, other than it takes professional seamanship to avoid certain doom.

Kiwi at Sea Writes about joining the Fishery Patrol Vessel NORNA. He also comments about life onboard a fishery patrol vessel, or more like the lack of life.

Mr. Boat Blog has a video compilation of “Sinking and Burning…“.

Information Dissemination has “Details of the Sea Basing Evolution Off Monrovia

Tugster has a pair of posts with river traffic in “Ohio River Northbound” and “Ohio River Northbound 2“. Looks like the tug’s bridge has it’s view totally obstructed in the first post!

The Stupid Shall Be Punished has news of yet more maritime coverage in “Royal Navy “Perisher” News Reports“. The filming is on the submarine HMS TRENCHANT.

Lloyd’s List Newsroom Blog has “Reforming a giant” in regards to AP Moller-Maersk’s ‘central planning’ problem. It’s costing them money.

THE PRIVATE ISLANDS BLOG has “Xavier Rosset, 300 days alone on an island

Popular Mechanics has “Inside the Marines’ High-Meets-Low-Tech Kearsage Assault Ship: Live From Fleet Week 2008“. (Found at Instapundit) has “Spratlys on my mind“. You do know about the Spratly Islands, right? These islands have long been seen as one of the flashpoints of WWIII. (Found at THE PRIVATE ISLANDS BLOG)


Haight’s Maritime Items has:

Washington – refueling spill leads to $12,000 civil penalty – The Washington State Department of Ecology issued a news release stating that it fined a vessel owner $12,000 for a 90-gallon spill of diesel during refueling. The company had protective booms in place, but the operation was determined to be negligent. (5/29/08). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage (Used with Permission)

Fairplay Daily News has:

Norwegian owners ‘have been duped’ – NORWEGIAN shipowners have a “sense of being duped [that] turns to anger” over last autumn’s changes to tax rules in Norway, says the president of the Norwegian Shipowners Association, Trygve Seglem.

Writing in the NSA’s annual report, published this week, he says that “being presented with a tax demand which was neither anticipated nor planned for is unforgivable”. Some companies find themselves facing “a billion-kroner tax bill”, he says, and warns that “some companies face a struggle to survive.” Some companies, he says, are planning to “test the legality” of the government’s tax changes and urges NSA members to “rally forces” to support them. “It serves no-one’s interest to have a constitution that permits laws to be made with 11 years retroactive force”, Seglem says. – 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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