The following is posted by the gCaptain team. Unfortnately, Fred Frey contacted us earliersaying he would not be able to put together this weeks edition of Maritime Monday. But dont worry, we are going to see what we can put together for you and, perhaps of bigger worry, Fred will be returning next week.
So without further ado, welcome to this 152nd edition of Maritime Monday.
You can find Maritime Monday 102 here. (Published 17 March 2008)
You can find links to all the previous editions at the bottom of this post. You are encouraged to participate using the comment link/form at the bottom of the post. If you have photos or stories to tell, do email me at [email protected].
This Week’s Photos:
This week’s photos are the photostream’s from some of our favorite groups on the photo sharing site, Flickr:
In the past year we have worked with Faststream to find jobs for shoreside personnel and the feedback we have gotten from our readers has been nothing short of exceptional. What we enjoy most about working with Faststream are the people. From fellow SUNY Maritime alumni and Chief Engineer Tim Klaybor and gCaptain contributor Matt Fuhrman in their Florida office to my former sailing partner Rob Almeida handling Offshore recruitment in Houston, working with Faststream has been an enjoyable experience because they, like us, are mariners and have a robust knowledge of the shipping community.
gCaptain also announced the “YOUblog” feature on their forum.
Have a great idea you’d like to share with the industry? Ever think to yourself , “I could do a better job than these gCaptain guys“? Now is your chance to prove your worth.
Created by gCaptain readers, the YOUblog forum features subjects of discussion that are of interest to our members. Anyone can contribute and the best submissions are promoted to the main gCaptain blog!
So, do YOUblog?
Lloyd’s List Newsroom Blog has “Big Mistake“. As empty boxship tonnage fills up the world’s anchorages, it begs the question of whether the ultra-large containership will go the way of its older cousin, the ultra-large crude carrier.
iCommandant had full coverage of “State of the Coast Guard Address” including an email distributed to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard by Admiral Thad Allen. They also have video of the address and the Q & A session that followed.
In 1988 Dr. Charles Czeisler and colleagues at the Center for the Design of Industrial Schedules conducted a sleep study of the Philadelphia Police Department. They reported astonishing results. Noticing that long, erratic work hours and shift work left police officers overly fatigued, he induced the Philadelphia Police Department to implement a new shift schedule. The result: a 21% drop in personnel falling asleep at work and an astounding 20% reduction in on-the-job motor vehicle accidents. Interestingly, daily alcohol usage dropped from 17% to 9%.
The satellite-based AIS that we’ve been doing right now is really more on the research and development side. As you know, we have paid for some sensors to be put on commercial satellites. The jury is kind of still out on how accurate it is and how much information it can provide. We’re still doing the analysis to see how the correlation works with, you know, terrestrial antennas we have that are picking up the same signal. But I think there’s, you know, high hope that, you know, satellites — if you chose to use that technology — have the capability to cover, you know, vast swathes of water, you know, much more so than you can with terrestrial antennas.
Today Ship of the Day is the semi-submersible heavy load vessel Swan (IMO: 8001000, Port of Registry: Willemstad, Dutch Antilles). The ship is 180.5 meters long, 32.3 meters wide and has a maximum draught when submerged of 21.6 meters. The Swan provides a deck space of 126.8 meters by 31.6 meters with a deck load of 16-20 tonnes/sq.m which ensures the vessel to carry heavy cargo up to 25,000 tons. She is equipped with 4 ballast pumps, electrically driven, with a total capacity of 2,800 cu.m/hr and 3 cargo pumps, also electrically driven, with a total capacity of 3,000 cu.m/hr. The Swan was built in 1977 as the Swan Arrow and was converted into her current state in 2003. She is currently operated by the Dutch based company Dockwise Shipping B.V.
The Civil Air Patrol has launched a campaign to alert 121.5 beacon owners on the proper way of disposing of their old beacons. Read more about proper disposal procedures here. Improperly disposed of beacons means a volunteer air crew may have to risk their lives to search for a false alarm.
How do you dispose of a beacon?
Remove the battery!
Dispose of the device at an approved electronic disposal facility.
The good? Yep, I’m more of a sliver-lining type of guy. There are several stories I’ve seen both on the boob-tube and on line about people madly dashing to get survival gear for their vessels; particularly EPIRB’s.
There’s the once-mysterious AlborÃ¡n Gyre, for example, an unusual swirling current in the Mediterranean Sea that looks like a bulls-eye on maps and acts like a washing machine in the ocean. Or, the relatively fresh water that pours out of the Baltic Sea into the Skaggerat and noses along the south coast of Norway, floating above saltier, heavier North Sea water. Or, the cold, dense masses of water that shrug along the ocean bottom, occasionally hitting a mountainous seafloor “bump,” rising up, and cascading down the other side, like waterfalls within water.
Port Engineering News has “London Gateaway mega port put on hold” as its owner, DP World, reviews its expansion plans. Work on the site in Essex is still expected to go ahead, but its anticipated opening in early 2011 is likely to be delayed.
After a decade of fighting red tape and disgruntled competitors Atlantic Pacific S. A. (APSA) might be able to build a port to load and offload fuel in the area known as Oil Crib, in Balboa.
Two companies Port & Harbour Marine Services Corp and Transiberica Terminal & Services were competing for the concession and opposed to the project saying that they were unfairly treated.
Port and Transiberica put forward a request to construct marinas but the Panama Maritime Authority AMP did not give them an answer.
SteelGuru has “Slowdown signs – Chinese small shipbuilders to get hit more“. China Daily quoted an industry insider as saying that despite the positive impact of a stimulus package announced by the government recently, China’s shipbuilders, especially the mid and small scale players, would be deeply affected by the financial crisis.
Capt. John Cota, 61, admitted in a San Francisco courtroom that he acted negligently in piloting the 901-foot-long Cosco Busan in a heavy morning fog Nov. 7, 2007, without using the ship’s radar or discussing his plans with the captain and crew. He also admitted failing to disclose all the prescription drugs he was taking when he renewed his federal and state pilot’s licenses in 2006 and 2007.
According to the article, the guilty plea agreemtent calls for him to serve two to 10 months in prison.
So that does it for this edition of Maritime Monday, and I have to say, this was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. We can’t thank Fred Frey enough for all the hard work he puts in on a weekly basis to provide us with this column, and I think I am going to be the first to say – We can’t wait to have you back, Fred.
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