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This week’s photos come from the website of the Dutch company SMIT:
SMIT has a proud tradition of more than 165 years of service in the maritime sector. The company has earned an excellent reputation by combining expertise and experience with high-quality materials and equipment in the nearly 50 locations around the world where SMIT is active. SMIT aims to provide its services in the main to shipping companies, producers in the oil and LNG industries, insurers and governments. SMIT maintains the highest standards in respect of Safety, Health, the protection of the Environment and Quality.
SMIT’s services are divided into four Divisions: 1. SMIT Harbour Towage: harbour towage services and related maritime services.
2. SMIT Terminals: towage services and related maritime and management services to offshore and onshore terminals.
3. SMIT Salvage: salvage, wreck removal, environmental protection and consultancy.
4. SMIT Transport & Heavy Lift: chartering, barge rental & transport, ocean, coastal and river towage, heavy lifting and marine support to a variety of civil and offshore projects.
I am now convinced that this program is not much more than busy work to drain the wallets of seafarers and port workers as well as to be used as a whacking stick against the same persons later on. Anyone agree? Disagree? Was this a total overreaction to port security?
Over at the gCaptain Maritime Forum‘stellarseas has asked “TWIC whats it good for?” noting that it appears that Port Security in the US are unfamiliar with TWIC cards, often demanding other forms of identification instead. Others have commented on similar experiences.
The Two Malcontents has “First Test for AFRICOM: To Whom do the Tanks Belong?“. Could it be that out of all the ships currently held by the pirates, at least two of them are involved in transport of questionable/illegal cargo/weapons? Were they lucky picks or is this a sign of a much bigger problem than piracy?
The senator said German influence might stand behind the European Commission’s hostility to Poland’s ship-building yards in Gdansk, Gdynia and Szczecin, with German competitors in Rostock and Straslund in line to pick up contracts from potential Polish closures.
The U.S. and Canadian coast guards have a long history of cooperation. On the Great Lakes, the buoy tending and icebreaking duties are divided up based upon logical geography, rather than national boundaries. U.S. icebreakers escort Canadian ships, and Canadian icebreaker escort U.S. ships. In the Arctic, the Canadian Coast Guard conducts the icebreaking for resupply of Thule Air Force Base, Greenland. In return, the U.S. provides icebreaker support for Canadian missions in the Western Arctic. Together, we use our combined resources much more efficiently and effectively. Ship transits are significantly reduced, putting the icebreakers of both nations on-station longer.
For all this social networking the Coast Guard is working towards, how about a RSS feed for this journal…
Robin Storm – In Search of Severe Weather has for his maritime note “The New Maritime Arctic“. (scroll down to the maritime note story)
Skipper’s Scrivenings makes a final post in “…and home!“
080925-N-3570S-024 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 15, 2008) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives at Naval Station San Diego after a four-month deployment participating in Pacific Partnership 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy M. Starr (Released) – Navy Newsstand
For those of us who remember the announcement of Ekofisk as the first oil discovery in the North Sea, watching the ongoing removal of the Ekofisk complex holds more than a touch of nostalgia. Phillips was the first to discover oil in the North Sea with its eighth well in an eight-well program. That came at a time when many prominent geologists still believed there were absolutely no hydrocarbons to be found in the North Sea. Ekofisk was a true breaktrough.
Shirlaw News Group has “Three die in Ukrainian ship’s wreck in Georgian seaport” noting that despite the worst intentions of the Russian military to sink and steal all the ships of the Georgian Coast Guard, they still remain a functioning organization, responding to the sinking.
Lloyd’s List Newsroom Blog comments on the lack of concern for the over 200 seafarers currently held by Somali pirates in “Out of sight, out of mind“.
A little unknown self styled East Africa Seafarer’s Assistance Program founded by its head Andrew Mwangura, a former seaman has for the past decade been the only source of contact for shipping companies in the event of a hijacked ship off Somalia.
Seems that the Kenyan Government was fine with the arrangement as long as they got a cut of every ransom paid. Unfortunately, the pirates grabbed the MV FAINA with its cargo of tanks and weapons which might implicate the Kenyan Government in arms trafficking.
Chaotic Synaptic Activity is now up to part XI of his “19 Years Ago – Life at Sea” as he covers his ships return to the Naval Port of Charleston in the wake of Hurricane Hugo. It is tough having to take care of hurricane damage to your property knowing that in a couple weeks you are heading back out to sea.
Hellenic Shipping News has “Cargo transport moving towards containerization“. It makes sense since much cargo is transported over multiple modes of transportation and taking cargo off a ship and throwing it onto a train is much easier when it is in a container. Items traditionally not seen as container cargo are also now ending up stuffed in them as well.
The Herald (Australia) has “Alarm raised over boating beacons” as the US gets ready to kill the monitoring of 121.5 megahertz EPIRBs, which will render all of them around the world dangerous paperweights. The story mentions that there are over 150,000 of them in Australia alone, so check your EPIRB.
When Colombian authorities boarded a ship in January 2006, they found more than just narcotics. They also discovered a map with crucial information: the current locations of Colombian and United States Navy and Coast Guard patrol boats.
THE PRIVATE ISLANDS BLOG has “Sanda Island” in Scotland. It is for sale for about $6 million. The island comes complete with its own lighthouse and pub.
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Starting Wednesday, all pre-1989 trucks will be banned from the harbor and motor carriers must display concessionaire stickers on their vehicles when they call at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Haight’s Maritime Items has:
TSA – TWIC update – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an update to its status report on the implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. TheTWIC Dashboard shows that (as of 26 September) 527,820 maritime workers have enrolled for a TWIC and that 347,876 cards have been activated. Note: The US Coast Guard continues to insist that it will commence enforcement of the TWIC program on 15 October in New England. While there are indications that maritime workers in New England have a higher participation rate than the national average, there will still be a significant shortfall when enforcement commences. There are rumors that the Coast Guard intends to exercise a broad range of enforcement measures as it considers appropriate, ranging from warnings to directing the shutdown of facilities that are seriously out of compliance. Fasten your seatbelts. We are in for a bumpy ride. (9/26/08). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage(Used with Permission)
The crewmen were aboard the Panama-flagged bulker Occam’s Razor as it cruised 750 n-miles north of Saipan. The US Coast Guard on Guam received a radio call on Friday from the master of the 144,348dwt vessel, asking for help as two of his crew had been badly injured when cargo shifted. But the vessel was out of the Coast Guard’s rescue range, so a para-rescue US Air Force team was sent on Saturday aboard a long-range aircraft from Kadena Air Force Base in Japan.
Six of them parachuted to the deck of Occam’s Razor and tended to the crewmen.
The victims needed further care, so two US Navy helicopters were dispatched from Guam on Sunday to rendezvous with the bulker, which was making top speed to an arranged meeting point 150 n-miles from Saipan.
The crewmen were lifted to the helicopters but not before one went into heart failure, requiring 70 minutes of CPR from one of the jumpers to revive him.
The two were then transferred to the US Naval Hospital on Guam, where they are being treated today. – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
Seafarer shortage hits shore jobs – THE SEAFARER shortage has now fed its way through to a serious shortfall in staff on shore, Bob Bishop, CEO of shipmanagement at V. Ships, said today.
Speaking at the ITIC forum in London, Bishop said the concern is being exacerbated by lack of experienced ship officers.
“Fewer young people are going to sea, and those at sea make enough money to leave earlier,” he told delegates. “A decade ago officers left for sea with 15 years’ experience – but now that’s down to 7½ years.”
Other problems are unrealistic promotion expectations and a lack of rule compliance among seafarers, he warned: “We can no longer rely on the fact that seafarers have gained sufficient experience at sea.”
Among the sectors with an experience shortage is surveying, especially when supervising newbuilding projects at Asian yards, he added. – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
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