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This Week’s Photos:
This week’s photos come from the website of Lithuania-based Baltnautic Shipping LTD:
Baltnautic Shipping Ltd was established in 1998 and successfully develops itself for almost 10 years. The result of productive cooperation with local and foreign ships Owners is our constantly growing fleet, which presently comprise 15 vessels of sea-river type.
The main reason of company success is highly educated and well-experienced staff. Most of them graduated from St. Petersburg State Maritime Academy, which allows to use their skills and knowledges in accordance with highest standards and requirements of IMO, Flag States and other authorities of Maritime Industry.
Baltnautic Shipping Ltd is a member of Lithuanian Ships Owners Association, as well as Lithuanian Association of Agents and Brokers. In 2001 the company was certified by Lloyd’s Register.
The document is a plan of attack for making the public think the cruise industry is a knight in white shining armor and for getting favorable treatment from high ranking U.S. officials.
As I read through the document, one particular section jumped out at me. It appears the industry is going to be bribing certain people with “perks” to act as CLIA agents, all with the help of the White House, the U.S. Department Of Defense, the U.S. State Department, key U.S. Senators and “Top Administration Officials”.
It sounds illegal to me, and if not, it’s probably only because the lobbying effort is being massively distributed to many people to keep under reporting limits.
It was revealed in August that Japanese fishers and their suppliers from other countries plundered world southern bluefin tuna stocks, secretly catching up to three times the annual Japanese quota each year for the past 20 years.
Marketplace.org has “Pacific salmon supply drying up” noting that the US West Coast Salmon fleet has already been docked for the season due to a fishing moratorium. (As previously reported in Maritime Monday 109 and 106.)
The Astute Bloggers has “OFF SHORE DRILLING IS MAKING BRAZIL RICH“. The Democrats keep pointing to Brazil as an example for turning to ethanol. Drilling for oil is the other (less-publicized) half of Brazil’s ethanol success story. Their goal was independence from foreign energy, never independence from oil.
The well was drilled offshore Qatar in 36 days and incident-free. The new record of 7.6 miles is also the first well in the history of offshore drilling that exceeds 40,000 ft (12,191 m).
Bob Couttie’s Maritime Accident Casebook has “In Philippine waters? Keep your cellphone” noting that ‘Philippine Coastguard officials rely on cellphones and text messages to get the co-ordinates of ships in trouble because they don’t have the capability of receiving EPIRB signals’. Maybe they are waiting for the international community to buy them the capability.
The Falls of Clyde is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Before it was de-rigged last month, it held the distinction of being the world’s last remaining four-masted, steel-hulled, full-rigged ship. – CHRISTINA FAILMA | The Honolulu Advertiser
And just to note that the conspiracy theories are still active, Boycott Hawaii Superferry News has “Superferry Military Link“. Seems that one of the longstanding objections to the Superferry (of many objections) is that the ferry can be used for military operations.
Strategypage has another of Russia’s never-ending projects in “Son Of Kilo Stumbles Along“. They are referring to the planned replacement for the KILOs, the LADA class submarine. Who named them LADA?
Greenpeace is causing trouble in the Mediterranean Sea with their latest antics: “Putting a stop to dangerous cargo in the Mediterranean“. As you can see from the photo below, they are hardly acting responsible themselves. It’s not like the ship’s bridge crew can even see what this little rib boat of theirs is up to.
BitterEndhas photos of an interesting vessel in need, a seaplane that was forced to land due to an engine fire. More here and press coverage of the story here.
The Stupid Shall Be Punished also has a post with lots of discussion in the comments concerning the use of capstans and anchors on submarines. Never thought of a sub having an anchor and when reading the comments, you’ll see that a couple subs returned without their anchors. On my first ship we anchored once. It was just after passing under New York’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. I assisted the Bosun when this happened at about 2 in the morning. Unfortunately, I was real eager to get to the dock as I was signing off the ship that morning. (That was the Car Carrier NOSAC RANGER.)
Tugsterhas photos of the recent Dragon Boat Races in New York City. Dragon boat races give me nightmares.
CDR Salamander has for his weekly series Sunday Funnies the list “HOW TO SIMULATE LIFE IN THE NAVY“. Looking at some of those items on the list, makes me wonder how over manned some Navy ships might be these days, or overworked with tasks just to stay busy.
52. Every so often, throw the cat in the pool and shout “Man overboard, starboard side” Then run into the house and sweep all the pots and dishes off the counter. Yell at the wife and kids for not having the kitchen “stowed for sea.”
THE PRIVATE ISLANDS BLOG has “Scottish island on market for £100,000“. Small problem in that the island is ‘protected’ which might limit your ability to enjoy your new purchase, unless you don’t mind not having a home built there. No word on whether you can rename the island or not.
Kennebec Captain calls “Singapore” and notes ‘Agents usually bring a newspaper. This one brought two copies of “The Straits Times”, a Time magazine, a copy of “The Economist” and a small box of Godiva chocolates.’ On my first ship we called Le Havre, France as our first European port call after crossing the Atlantic. The pilot neglected to bring our Captain a newspaper. The Captain was on his ass for the next hour about this, suggesting that the French must be doing really bad in the Olympics, which were being held there at the time. (Among other things.)
Skipper’s Scrivenings (USNS MERCY) has “Goodbye Dili – Hello Darwin” as the crew gets some shore leave prior to heading off to Papua New Guinea.
Al Santana is working on a documentary film “Merchant Marine: From Provincial To Global Citizens” which ‘looks at men and women of color in the U.S. Merchant Marine from 1938-1975. It is a work in progress that will examine their development as a multi-racial/international labor force’. He has posted a video preview at the bottom of the page.
California threatens to sue EPA for failing to regulate ship emissions – California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr. issued anews release stating that he plans to sue the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failure to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) from ocean-going ships, as well as from aircraft and construction/agricultural equipment. The news release states that the IMO has failed to adopt controls on GHG emissions from such vessels and that the right of innocent passage does not give ships the right to pollute the air and water in California. Mr. Brown has sent the EPA aformal notice of intent to bring suit if appropriate action is not taken within 180 days. California expects to be joined in this action by Connecticut, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and the City of New York. (7/31/08). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage(Used with Permission)
Black Tom Island incident – Early (about 2 a.m.) on the morning of July 30, 1916, the Port of New York and New Jersey experienced the first act of maritime terrorism in US history. A major explosion occurred at the munitions loading facility onBlack Tom Island, across the Hudson River from Manhattan. While the United States was still officially neutral in World War I, weapons and explosives were shipped from the railhead on Black Tom Island to allied forces in Europe. That night, a suspicious fire was discovered in a railroad boxcar on the island. Most guards fled the island, but several people were killed by the explosion, which blew out windows in buildings in lower Manhattan and parts of northern New Jersey and leveled the island. A Claims Commission later determined that German agents had set off the explosion and Germany eventually paid reparations. This incident provided the genesis for the Coast Guard’s port security program. – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage(Used with Permission)
Fairplay Daily News has:
Red Sea ferry owner acquitted – THE OWNER of ferry operator El Salam Maritime Transport, Mamdouh Ismail, has been found not guilty of manslaughter by an Egyptian criminal court.
Several news outlets have reported Sunday’s verdict. Al Salam Boccacio 98, owned by El Salam, sank in the Red Sea two years ago, killing more than 1,000 people.
Ismail’s son, also a company executive, and three other defendants were also acquitted.
But the captain of a ferry who failed to conduct a rescue of survivors was given six months in prison.
Angry relatives of the dead struggled with security forces after the verdict and denounced judges and defendants, the BBC reported.
Fairplay 24 has been unable to reach anyone at El Salam for comment. But Jon Whitlow of the International Transport Workers’ Federation called the acquittal “inexplicable”.
He added: “The investigation into the disaster revealed a trail of incompetence, greed and flagrant disregard, not just of national and international legislation but also common sense.
“The decision to let the owners and company executive decision makers off without having to take responsibility for the consequences sets a dangerous precedent.”
Al Salam Boccacio 98 sank in the Red Sea on 3 February 2008 after a fire broke out. Water from firefighting reactions caused the starboard side to become flooded; the drain pipes were blocked with trash.
The ship began to to list and eventually capsized and sank. An Egyptian parliamentary report in April 2006 concluded that the ship’s owners and the maritime authorities had entered into a “wicked collaboration”. – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
Court hears how captain turned away – DRAMATIC details have emerged about the sentencing in Egypt of a ferry captain for his failure to rescue the survivors of the Al Salam Boccacio disaster.
More than 1,000 people were killed and nearly 400 were injured two years ago when Al Salam sank in the Red Sea between Safaga, Egypt, and Diba, Saudi Arabia.
Expert testimony indicated that weather conditions and the proximity of the ferry St Catherine put its Captain Salah Gomaa in a prime position to help. But he was allowed to escape jail by paying a fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($1,883) on Sunday by Judge Ahmad Rifaat Al Najjar.
Gomaa, according to a translation of a court account, defended his failure to attempt a rescue while en route to Diba by claiming that he feared for the safety of the 1,800 people aboard his ship.
He indicated they might have gone on to one side of the deck to watch the rescue, thereby causing his ferry to capsize.
The court declared that Gomaa could have ordered his passengers to remain inside, then ordered the rescue.
Gomaa was in contact the Al Salam’s second officer Abdul Munem Al Sayyed, who told him – while clinging to a life raft along with other victims near St Catherine – that the Al Salam was sinking, evidence indicated.
“But the accused left the victims mercilessly, giving all sorts of devious excuses, to face their fate fighting the waves. His action was an act of the devil as he left them to die,” a translation of the court account read. – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
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