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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:
On the evening of June 8, the large sailing ship, Swedish Ship GÃ¶theborg, 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.
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.
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 SeaWrites about joining the Fishery Patrol Vessel NORNA. He also comments about life onboard a fishery patrol vessel, or more like the lack of life.
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)
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