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This week’s photos come from the website of Denmark’s great Maersk Line:
About us: Maersk Line is one of the leading liner shipping companies in the world, serving customers all over the globe. A.P. Moller – Maersk Group headquarters at the waterfront in Copenhagen, Denmark
With a fleet numbering more than 470 container vessels and more than 1,900,000 containers, we ensure reliable and comprehensive worldwide coverage. Maersk Line is a division of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group.
The U.S. Treasury Department accused Iran’s national maritime carrier of helping the country’s nuclear and missile programs, a formal move designed to pressure Iran amid stalled talks over its nuclear work.
The Treasury, in designating the carrier as a “proliferator,” said the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and 18 of its affiliated entities were secretly “providing logistical services” to Iran’s military, falsifying shipping documents and using deceptive terms to describe shipments in order to hide their activities from foreign maritime officials.
The Pilot Boat has a clarification as a past post has resulted in an official investigation by the “Tax Man“. So for all those seafarers wondering why a shipping company would have a problem with blogging seafarers, well here is one reason. Luckily the tax man misunderstood what was written.
Independent Online (South Africa) has “Crewman’s log: I’ve a bad feeling about this” questioning the seaworthiness of the ship he is sailing on, the LOLA. Which is the same ship which lost over 600 logs a couple weeks ago.
blue water: news of my escape also rides through Hurricane Ike but runs into much worse luck than Merchant Marine Express: “Showdown“. Go read it, unless you get seasick easily or if you can’t stand blood.
Hurricane Ike has taken ass-kicking to a new level for me. Although we tried to get away, we ended up going right through Ike, riding through the Dangerous Semicircle, for any of you mariners out there… basically doing what we shouldn’t have. Ike packed a greater punch than anyone expected, as we encountered 40-50 foot seas, rogue waves, and other niceties associated with a Category 3 hurricane. The ship did not escape unscathed, nor did the crew. Things got toppled, things got ripped out of bulkheads, and one person got so banged up that yours truly assumed that he had witnessed a violent and instantaneous death… traumatizing stuff.
barentsobserver.com has a search for suckers in “Investors for Arkhangelsk Port needed“. Just where is all of Russia’s oil profits going? There is a growing list of foreign investors being stripped of their rights to the projects they helped fund in Russia. Why would this project be any different? At the very least, there are a number of less risky port projects worth investing in over this one.
America’s ports are not generally thought of as the most ecologically advanced places on the planet. But a green wave is lapping at their shores. This summer, officials at the polluted twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began a program to convince container-ship captains to wean their engines off dirty-burning “bunker fuel” and instead use relatively clean marine diesel oil while idling in port. Up until recently, that hasn’t been an easy sell. While marine diesel has just one tenth the sulfur, it costs an extra $650 a ton. That can add up quickly, especially during a typical three-day port of call. As an incentive to participate in their alternative-fuels program, port officials are making up the cost difference.
Sailor Girl has photos of the Romanian Navy training tall ship MIRCEA. Tims Timesalso has pictures as he spots the ship in the Mediterranean Sea
Minister of Merchant Marine & Island Policy George Voulgarakis resigned on Friday amid a political frenzy over his use of offshore companies to reduce his tax load from real estate holdings and related transactions.
Well, they went and did it, and we always had faith in them that they would. The Coast Guard published their Final Rule for “Training and Service Requirements for Merchant Marine Officers” that serve on towing vessels last Thursday in the Federal Register, and it’s quite a statement. Sea-time earned on actual towing vessels is, to the Coast Guard and the supporters of this rule-change, not terribly important if you want to “lateral” over into the towing industry from other sectors of the Merchant Marine.
by 1986, all of the Chesapeake’s lighthouses were automated, with Thomas Point being the last to make the switch. Today, this lighthouse, much admired for its design — a red-roofed, white-clapboard cottage perched near the mouth of the South River — has opened its door so that curious travelers like me can go inside.
I received an email with a photo of the current state of the WWII Liberty ship SS ALBERT M BOE. It had been renamed the STAR OF KODIAK and converted into a landlocked cannery in Alaska. Might other ships find similar use other than being scrapped?
Artificial Reef (Canada) has a photo of the former Canadian Victory Ship, RAME HEAD berthed in Portsmouth England.
Haight’s Maritime Items has:
UK – asleep on the bridge – The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued apress notice stating that the company that managed a small freighter was fined £10,500 plus costs after being convicted of breaches of the Collision Regulations, the ISM Code, and the UK Carriage of Cargo regulations. The prosecution related to the o44o, January 10, 2007 grounding of the freighter on Swona Island in the Orkneys. The mate was standing watch alone and fell asleep. Investigation revealed that the ship sailed with minimal crew and that seamen were not used to stand watch so that they would be available for day-work. The master was earlier convicted of failing to keep an adequate look-out and was fined £2,500. (9/10/08). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage(Used with Permission)
Celebrating the heroism and sacrifice of 9/11 – Today marks the seventh anniversary of the horrific attacks of 9/11, when a small group of terrorists used commercial airliners to crash into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon outside Washington, DC. A fourth airliner attack was thwarted by brave passengers and crashed in Pennsylvania. We remember not so much that attacks as the heroism and sacrifice of the many victims and response personnel. Holland & Knight, in particular, celebrates the selfless actions of one of its own. Glenn J. Winuk was a partner in the New York office and a long-time volunteer firefighter. When the Twin Towers were attacked just blocks from the firm’s New York office and everyone was seeking safety, Glenn went into the South Tower to render assistance. His remains were found months later in the rubble. The firm sponsored aMemorial Wall at FDNY Ten House, adjacent to the World Trade Center to honor his memory and that of all the response personnel involved. – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage(Used with Permission)
In the 12 hours since the closure, more than 3,000 cars were ferried between the UK and France; the number of passengers increased from 500 to 17,800.
An additional 250 freight vehicles also travelled through the port.
Port spokesman Keith Southey said that the morning after the closure, all tourist traffic was getting away to France without delays.
“We are making inroads into the queue which is developing on the M20,” he also said. “This just goes to prove how important the Port of Dover is for Europe’s tourism and trade.”
The tunnel was closed by a fire on a freight train carrying trucks from the UK to France. It remains unknown when it will reopen. – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
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