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You can find Maritime Monday 85 here. (Published 19 November 2007)
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This Week’s Photos:
This week’s photos come from the website of BW Group:
The BW Group is one of the world’s leading maritime groups in the tanker, gas and offshore segments, operating a fleet of 141 owned, part-owned or controlled vessels. Our principal business areas are:
* LNG (liquefied natural gas) carriers
* LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) carriers
* Offshore floating production vessels (FPSO)
* Offshore technology (mooring systems for FPSOs and offshore LNG terminals).
Our businesses are managed by experienced teams that deliver high quality and safe operations, prudent financial management and high levels of customer service.
Our tanker assets are managed by Singapore-based BW Shipping, which is supported by a global network of affiliate offices. BW Gas is our gas transportation business and BW Offshore is the offshore oil and gas production business. Both BW Gas and BW Offshore are operated in Norway and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. APL, which produces offshore mooring systems, was acquired by BW Offshore in 2007 and operates as an independent subsidiary in Arendal, Norway. BW Bulk is engaged in the transportation of coal and iron ore, and these vessels are managed but not owned by companies in the BW Group.
The BW Group was formed in 2003 when World-Wide Shipping, a privately-owned tanker and bulk shipping company founded in Hong Kong in 1955 by the late Sir YK Pao, acquired Bergesen, Norway’s largest shipping company. Through its predecessor companies Bergesen and World-Wide Shipping, the BW Group has been delivering energy and other vital commodities for more than 70 years.
We employ more than 4,500 people including seastaff, with 130 in the Singapore office, 180 in the BW Gas shore office in Oslo, 95 in the BW Offshore shore office in Oslo, and 270 in the APL office in Arendal.
In celebration of the completion of America’s latest Presidential Election, gCaptain has “A Message For Barack Obama: Welcome Aboard!” and adds some nautical flavor to the ObamaLogo. While I would have preferred a different outcome, for now I will celebrate the process.
Seafarers (SIU) member John Dacuag put the extensive safety and rescue training he received from the union’s training center in Piney Point, Md., to good use in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and a typhoon when he jumped into the 24-foot seas to rescue a crewman from a sunken ship.
Kennebec Captain has a look at “Shipboard Manning and Workload” commenting on a post we linked to last week. Go read and be sure to add your comments either here or there concerning shipboard workload and manning. I am sure that every seafarer has an opinion on this!
Bubblehead at The Stupid Shall Be Punished is getting ready to undergo treatment for stomach cancer in “I Got My First Tattoo Today” so go wish him well.
Deep Water Writing heads back out to sea but first has to fly to meet the ship: “On the tarmac again“.
Marine Log has “What’s ahead for Lindenau rotor ship?” and includes video of the vessel’s launch in Germany. The name of the ship is E-SHIP 1. The ship will utilize vertical rotors to take advantage of the wind.
Forbes has “A year after SF Bay oil spill, crew still detained“. It is not fair. Then again, maybe the bridge crew should have given a little more attention to their departure. That is the best way to stay out of trouble. Oddly enough, over the last year, I have only heard of one incident where a pilot stopped a ship because of problems with the bridge crew, and that was because they were drunk and threatening each other with knives! Is anyone running into poorly operating bridge teams or was the COSCO BUSAN the worst or are the others just very lucky?
Capesizes that were attracting rates of $233,988 a day as recently as June are now available for $5,293, according to the Baltic Exchange in London. That’s about the same as the cost of paying for crew, insurance, maintenance and lubricants.
BitterEnd has the video preview/trailer of “Whale Wars Tonight“. At least according to one commentor, the Sea Shepard ‘crew’ is lacking in even basic nautical skills. Unfortunately I’m out of the country and missed it.
Houston pilot/photographer OneEighteen has “Sunlight“.
A report released this week by one of the government’s federal parliamentary committees concluded that the country’s shipping sector has declined so rapidly since the mid-nineties that it now only has 46 Australian-flagged ships under its registry.
The U.S. Coast Guard advises mandated AIS users that Class B devices do not meet current AIS carriage requirements
The Monitor has a summary of an accidental CO2 fire system gas release that managed to snuff the ship’s main engine almost causing a grounding (and almost snuffing out the lives of a couple crewmen). The ship was the Wallenius Wilhelmsen FIGARO.
When the financial crisis hit with full force in October, Arnarson got in touch with importers to see if the embassy itself could start to receive fish supplies, “which we got right away,” Arnarson said. “Now we are selling it to those with the money, and those who want it for free get it for free.”
Tugster has photos “Square Rig Sail” from onboard the replica of Henry Hudson’s sailship, the HALF MOON.
Neptunus Lexhas video of landing a float plane in Victoria Harbor, British Columbia. (That’s in Canada).
Haight’s Maritime Items has:
USCG – seafarers shore access – The US Coast Guard issued internal guidance directing its Captains of the Port (COTPs) to encourage, support, and facilitate vigorously any accommodations at regulated facilities, including but not limited to escort provisions, to make shore leave and access to seafarer welfare organizations possible. These accommodations should not impose an undue burden on the seafarer or seafarer welfare organization representative seeking access by way of exorbitant fees, extreme limitations in hours of availability, or other unreasonable restriction to the movement of these persons unless exigent, confirmed security concerns dictate such restriction is necessary. ALCOAST 529/08 (10/23/08). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage(Used with Permission)
New York – no discharge zone – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it has determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for Oyster Bay/Cold Springs Harbor Complex, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York. The harbor complex is thus designated a Vessel Waste No Discharge Zone. 73 Fed. Reg. 66042 (November 6, 2008). – Dennis Bryant Holland & Knight homepage(Used with Permission)
The master died after a fight this morning with a crewman, said Italian coastguards in Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain. Both were Italian.
A fight broke out 22 miles off Finisterre in international waters, involving the seafarer and the 50-year-old captain.
The ship – Paxi C, 8,615dwt, owned by Italtrag and registered in Genoa – was travelling from Alexandria, Egypt, to Gijon in northern Spain.
The chief officer alerted Spain’s maritime rescue agency, whose team boarded with a physician, who confirmed the death. – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
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