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This Week’s Photos:
This week’s photos come from the website of Aker Yards ASA:
Aker Yards ASA is an international shipbuilding group focusing on sophisticated vessels and being one of the world’s largest shipbuilders. The group is organised through three business areas; Cruise & Ferries, Merchant Vessels and Offshore & Specialized Vessels. Aker Yards comprises 18 yards in Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Romania, Vietnam and Ukraine with some 21,000 employees. – Link
080608-N-XXX0-003 GULF OF ADEN (June 8, 2008) Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Nicholas Mason, takes vital signs of a patient brought aboard USS Russell (DDG 59) as Ensign Melanie Chambers, Ensign Lisa Bydairk and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Matthew Thompson assist. – Found on The Destroyermen
The American Spectator has “Stephen Hopkins vs. the Germans” noting ‘This is the story of a forgotten ship with a prosaic name. But when I came across it accidentally in the course of some other research I thought it a story that it would be good for America to be reminded of. And, possibly, good for America’s enemies to be reminded of, too.’ Go read it if you are not familiar with the heroics of Cadet Edwin O’Hara and the rest of the merchant sailors and Navy Guard onboard the Liberty Ship STEPHEN HOPKINS when they had the misfortune of running into a German armed cruiser. After reading the story, go and read the ‘Reader Mail‘ comments on the story.
thisishampshire.net has murder charges for four UK teenagers in the beating death of a merchant seaman in “Attack on sailors – fifth teen charged“. It seems that teenagers attacking adults is the newest cool thing to do, both in Washington, DC and the UK. In Finland a group of 100 teens at an open concert suddenly attacked the police stationed at the event. So be aware of your surroundings. (and when in doubt, strike first. It might be your only opportunity to ‘hit back’.)
CDR Salamander has a must-watch Navy video in “My Navy“. Be sure to read the comments as well.
Christiaan Conover has the 2009 Massachusetts Maritime Academy school ship ‘Sea Term’ ports of call noting that high fuel costs have limited their voyage to the Caribbean.
Wikipedia has the history of the first single-handed round the world sailing race: the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Nine entered, only one finished, and one, Donald Crowhurst, committed suicide near the end of the race, after hanging out off South America in an attempt to fake sailing around the world. He killed himself after going mad with the realization that he was going to win and his deception was going to be found out. The winner of the race, Robin Knox-Johnston, was covered in Maritime Monday 51 for being stupid during a recent solo round the world race.
Notwithstanding the National Transportation Safety Board’s recent, callous and casual disclosures of the most intimate details of pilot John Cota’s life, the counterclaim alleges that the pilot was medically unfit and incompetent to perform the duties required by his United States Coast Guard license. If the ship owner can demonstrate this accusation to the satisfaction of judge or jury, then they also may be on their way to getting off the hook. The irony of this situation may rest in the fact that the NTSB has already done most of the hard work that will be necessary to do just that.
I have to say that I was initially dismissive of the Shipowner’s claim, but after reading this article I better understand the argument and agree that they have made a good point. Something tells me that the public disclosure of the pilot’s medical details will probably allow him to collect damages as well.
THE PRIVATE ISLANDS BLOG has a real life “Robinson Crusoe Seeks Girl Friday” So, you might want to consider clicking the link, if you are a lady looking for a man who owns his own island off Australia.
Mr. Boat Blog has “Shipping a boat” by cargo plane. It is a large sailboat.
Alibris booksellers has a copy of “South from Corregidor” available for $15. A second copy is available for $50. I finally got my copy (with dust jacket) for the bargain price of $9 on eBay. It only took 6 months of hunting. I am currently reading FAREWELL MILAG, which is the story of Merchant seaman Arthur C. Bird concerning his capture by the German Raider KOMET in the Pacific and of his escape from the German Prison Camp MILAG for merchant seamen. He was the only one to ever successfully escape from the camp. I am about halfway through the book and it is a good read so far. Alibris has a number of affordable copies available. So get yourself a copy if you like good sea stories. (Post a comment if you manage to get one of these books.)
Lloyd’s List Newsroom Blognotes problems with ports in Europe taking the 100% US bound cargo scanning seriously due to the limited cargo that they are sending to the US not justifying the cost wondering if it is shortsighted thinking.
Hearing on 100% scanning requirement – The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted a hearing onSupply Chain Security, focusing on the international container security pilot program and implementation of the 100% scanning requirement. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) expressed concern about delays in the implementation of these programs. Mr. Jayson Ahern, US Customs and Border Protection, discussed the various challenges identified during the pilot program. Mr. David Huizenga, National Nuclear Security Administration, explained that transshipment presents a major challenge to the 100% scanning requirement. He further stated that scanning every US-bound container at a foreign port presents significant operational, technical, cost, and diplomatic challenges. Mr. Stephen Caldwell, Government Accountability Office (GAO), cited the numerous logistical, financial, and technical challenges involved in the scanning program. (6/12/08). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage(Used with Permission)
Fairplay Daily News has:
Iran VLCC mystery – IRAN is thought to be hiding 14 VLCCs near an oil loading facility in Kharg Island, claimed today’s Iran Daily. The newspaper also publishes speculation that the Iranians are storing oil in the 14 VLCCs. By keeping those VLCCs out of the market, international tanker freight rates would be borne up both in the VLCC range and in other size ranges as charterers would be forced to cargo-split into Suezmaxes and Aframaxes owing to a current general scarcity of VLCCs.
The newspaper also reports three tankers have been chartered. Fairplay contacted the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) but no one was available for comment.
Research on AISLive.com today reveals that four NITC tankers were at anchorage around Kharg. These were the Damavand, the Daylam, the Huwayzeh and the Hoda.
There was also one Malaysian flagged VLCC, the Maliau, which is owned, managed and operated by Gagasan Carriers. – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
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