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This Week’s Photos:
This week’s photos come from the website of GPS Marine:
The General Port Services group (GPS) was founded in 1964 and has now developed into a diverse organisation covering all aspects of the marine industry.
The company’s commercial activities include a variety of floating plant, dredgers, tugs, barges and heavy lift equipment, all of which is available for employment throughout Europe and the UK. Our own fleet of tugs can be employed in coastal or international towage and are available to deliver marine plant to projects and assist on site in connection with your specific requirements.
In 2005 GPS founded a new company in Sliedrecht, The Netherlands to expand it’s business on the Continent.
Three floating sheerlegs and tugs are available to carry out heavy lift projects, salvage, wreck removal, marine demolition and diving activities.
An experienced team is available 24 hours per day to meet your expectations. – Link
GPS Marine Services also lifted on july 6 a brandnew yacht from the shore at Krimpen aan den IJssel with 3 sheerlegs. Photo: GPS Marine Services.
GPS Marine shifted 2 cranes at the ports of Nantes and Saint Nazaire on request of Port Autonome Nantes-St. Nazaire. The request followed after the successful salvage of the MAN ship’s engine at Saint Nazaire. Photo: GPS Marine Services
“The problem isn’t boxes,” he said. “If I suddenly got 10 times more equipment in North America, exporters might get boxes, but they’re not going to get more space on ships. The problem is vessel capacity, and the capacity is what it is because the inbound market has turned negative in terms of growth.”
He said carrier capacity in the Pacific is driven by the more lucrative import market, and that export volume alone can’t justify investment in new services.
What’s needed is a ship that can carry containers in one direction and containers and bulk in another, since a good part of the demand for export is for grain, hay, waste paper and other low-value bulk cargo that does not need to go into a container.
Information Dissemination has a rumor that a shipbuilding program is going to be cut short in “DDG-1000 Hits an Iceberg, Taking on Water“. The rumor mentions bringing back construction of new DDG-51 class Destroyers….
SAILORS, MARINERS & WARRIORS LEAGUE has the bizarre “Ship’s Cat Thrown Into River“. The ship is the UK’s HMS BELFAST. They are looking for two girls and a boy (teenagers) and if they manage to find them, I think a fitting punishment would be to toss them into the Thames as well.
By September, any water running off the decks will be considered “incidental discharge” — if the Clean Boating Act gets the nod from Congress.
“Hosing off your recreational or fishing boat would be subject to EPA regulation and permitting. We don’t think this makes sense,” said Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, adding that it also applies to bilge water, cooling water and ballast discharges.
All recreational boaters are lined up to get a pass on the EPA permits, but not America’s small fishing boats. Murkowski is taking heat from the huge sport-boat lobby for holding up the bill last week.
“We’ve got some 9,700 vessels in the Alaska fleet, predominately small boats with an average length of 36 feet. I think it is absolutely appropriate that if we exclude recreational vessels, as I believe that we should, that it is reasonable to also provide for permit relief for the smaller commercial vessels,” she said in a phone interview.
The Marine Exchange of Alaska calls it “a nightmare for anyone who operates a watercraft, from a 950-foot container ship to a 14-foot outboard.”
On July 3, 2008, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) denied Totes-Isotoner Corporation’s (“Totes”) claim alleging that the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) violated the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution by setting higher duty rates on men’s gloves than women’s gloves.
Skipper’s Scrivenings takes the USNS MERCY south of the Equator in “Neptunus Rex” on their way to East Timor.
ST. PETERSBURG – The construction of the Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant, the Mikhail Lomonosov, has been ceased because its main contractor – the Sevmash factory – spent the money earmarked for the plant on other project, and have not even begun the realisation of the floating nuclear facility, sources at the plant told Bellona Web.
UK – report on fatal confined space entry – The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of work undertaken in a dangerous enclosed/confined space and the consequent attempted rescue on board an offshore supply vessel resulting in the loss of three lives off the East Yorkshire coast on 23 September 2007. One crewmember entered the chain locker to do some work and collapsed. The crewmember standing by raised the alarm, entered the chain locker, and also collapsed. A third crewmember donned an Emergency Escape Breathing Device (EEBD) before entering the chain locker. The EEBD became dislodged and the third crewmember collapsed. All three died. There was a failure to recognize that the atmosphere in the chain locker could become oxygen-deficient over time and appropriate precautions were not taken. Report No. 12/2008 (7/9/08). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage(Used with Permission)
Yard spying evidence mounts – BUSAN prosecutors say they have sufficient evidence to charge a Chinese surveyor with illegally obtaining shipbuilding technology from a South Korean shipyard.
According to a statement from prosecutors obtained by Fairplay 24, the Chinese citizen known only as ‘Mr J’ stole “core technology” while stationed as a ship surveyor at the yard on behalf of a Chinese shipping company that had ordered container ships.
The prosecutor’s office, which said today that it has completed its investigation, added that the suspect is from an unnamed American classification society and that 1,500 files with information relating to vital technology for construction of LNG carriers and drill ships had been downloaded into a notebook computer last year.
‘Mr J’ was arrested just before he was about to leave the country. Prosecutors have revealed two other instances of what they termed illegal downloads relating to construction of LPG carriers and large product tankers.
But they are not pursuing those cases because the two Chinese ciitzens involved were operating from China and Hong Kong at that time. – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
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