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Maritime Monday 153

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March 16, 2009

The following is posted by Fred Fry:

Welcome to this 153rd edition of Maritime Monday.

You can find Maritime Monday 103 here. (Published 24 March 2008)

You can find last week’s edition here.

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].

Thanks to Mike for going through the pain to get last week’s edition out! I am still on vacation until Thursday, but you can expect next week’s edition to be fully back to normal. At the moment I am still operating in a vacuum of information.


This Week’s Photos:

This week’s photos come from Capt. Bill Palmer of the ATB PACIFIC RELIANCE taken on 11 March of the SAXONIA EXPRESS with the vessel’s bow aground at Shingle Pt. As the good Captain puts it: a “New Container dock on the mighty Mississippi”:


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This Week’s Items:

EagleSpeak has “Somali Pirates: Sea of Legal Issues“. Surely, all these discussions by the various governments is going to be a good starting point for the defense to claim that the courts the pirates finally do end up in lack jurisdiction.

gCaptain has the passing of the first licensed female ship captain in North America with “Passing The Bar – Molly Kool“.

gCaptain also has “Left Coast Lifter – Biggest floating crane ever to hit the West Coast arrives in San Francisco“.

Hellenic Shipping News has “U.K. Targets Port-Smuggling Risks After Mumbai Terror Attacks“. As long as illegal aliens can get into a country easily, so can terrorists.

Never Sea Land has a photo of what it can cost to not pull your boat out of the water for the winter.

The Maritime Executive has “COSCO BUSAN (almost) in the Rearview Mirror“.

Last week, John Cota, the California ship pilot who was on the bridge of the COSCO BUSAN when it hit the San Francisco Bay Bridge in November of 2007 pled guilty to negligently causing the discharge of approximately 53,000 gallons of oil into the bay, as well as “violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for the death of protected migratory birds.” The latter charge has become an increasingly popular arrow in the quiver of federal prosecutors as they pursue bad guys on the water. I’m pretty sure that the original intent of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act wasn’t to provide this sort of vehicle for lawyers, but it sure has come in handy for the Department of Justice in recent years.

Voice of America has “Egyptian Owner of Sunken Ferry Sentenced to 7 Years“. The ship was the AL-SALAM BOCCACIO 98

An Egyptian appeals court has sentenced the wealthy owner of a ferry that sank in 2006, killing more than 1,000 people, to seven years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

Wednesday’s ruling overturns last year’s acquittal of Mamdouh Ismail, which had outraged many in Egypt. Ismail, a wealthy, former member of parliament, was absent during the ruling and is believed to be in Europe.

ABC News (Australia) has “Union blames foreign crew for oil spill“. The spill is from the ship PACIFIC ADVENTURER. This is a growing story sure to feature in future editions of Maritime Monday.

StrategyPage has shipping companies adapting to the pirate threat with “Prepare To Repel Boarders“.

Space War has “Mechanical fault puts French aircraft-carrier out of action“. The carrier is the CHARLES DE GAULLE which might be suffering from a shipyard-period-related casualty.

Master of Towing Vessels Association Forum has “Coast Guard Needs To Get Their Hearing Checked…..

The traditional, formal Merchant Marine Officer’s License as we have always known it, the actual paper certificate, is now on the fast track into the the waste bin of history as the Coast Guard, like a bull in a china shop, blunders into the implementation of their Merchant Mariner Credential final rule, which was published yesterday in the Federal Register.

Puget Sound Maritime has “Wawona dismantling progress photos, drawings” and “Salish Sea name gaining momentum“.

MarineBuzz has “Somali Piracy: JMSDF Ships Sazanami, Samidare on Anti Piracy Mission“. (JMSDF = Japanes Maritime Self-Defense Force)

MarineBuzz also has “Floating Security Barriers to Protect Coastal Assets“.

IceNews has “Only international law can resolve Arctic issues“. Given this extract, sounds like the referenced meeting didn’t go well

After sitting down for talks with Russia over the inevitable battle for the vast oil and gas reserves lying under the Arctic Sea, Denmark has concluded that only international law can ultimately resolve the issues of ownership. Five nations lie along the Arctic coastline – Russia, Norway, Denmark, Canada, and the US – and all have competing claims to the area.

Japan Probe has “Obama wants tougher US stance on whaling“.


BarentsObserver has “New shipbuilding to boost Russia offshore“.

Russian shipyards are inefficient and in need of “comprehensive modernization”, Russian PM Vladimir Putin said in a meeting last week. He now calls for the construction of brand new shipyards, which are to help Russia meet demands within shipping and on the shelf.

Am I the only one who thinks that the shipyards are not the problem?

Kings Point Waterfront has a photo “Harbor Seal Makes Rare Appearance at Kings Point“. I was there for four years and never heard of a harbor seal ever making an appearance. Not to mention growing up on the North Shore of Long Island, never seeing one either. has “Happy Birthday ISM“. Wikipedia has a simple summary of what the ISM Code is: “The ISM Code provides an International standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention.” Click to read more.

Mr. Boat Blog has the photo “Walking under ice.” It’s in Norway.

US Naval Institute Blog has “A Wise Admiral’s Advice To China“.


Jakarta Globe has “Pirate Arrested in Malaysian Seas Is A Police Officer“. Not only that, but he was part of an anti-drug unit.

One of seven alleged Indonesian pirates arrested after a dramatic shootout on the high seas with Malaysian Marine Commandos about three weeks ago is an Indonesian police officer.

AFP has “Spaniards lobby Madrid on shark protection: campaigners“.

According to these organisations, Spain is fourth in a world league table for shark fishing, with the European Union, “principally due to Spain,” a global hotspot for shark “capture, consumption and commercialisation.”

Trade and Logistics Malaysia has “Cabotage policy affecting Sabah & Sarawak” as people look for an explanation why domestic shipping rates have not benefited from the global drop in freight rates.

CDR Salamander covers the nautical background of the HMS GANNET, which was the source of some wood which the UK used to make a symbolic gift for the new US President in his series “Fullbore Friday“.

Tugster has photos of South Street Seaport’s “Peking 80 Years Ago“.

THE ISLOMANIAC has “Oliver Messel, Island Architect“.

Modern Day Pirate Tales has “Are Somali pirates helping al-Qaeda?

Shipgaz has “WWL vessels in lay-up“.

Bob Couttie’s Maritime Accident Casebook has “Is BO The Answer To Fatigue?” (BO = Bridge Odor)

First, let’s take a look at fatigue. It’s part of the territory. Unrealistic minimum manning standards, especially in coastal waters where regulations often require lower manning levels than on deep sea routes, are partly to blame: The more likely you are to hit a rock the fewer warm bodies you need on the bridge. Working hours, especially 6/6 schedules, contribute to fatigue particularly when only two officers handle watches. One man watching keeping contributes to fatigue.

If your are alone on watch during a 6/6 schedule at night you are at risk.

HAWSEPIPER: The Longest Climb has to take care of a myriad of issues while off his ship in “Old stress, new stress.

The Old Salt Blog has history with “Real Pirates – The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship“.

SAILORS, MARINERS & WARRIORS LEAGUE has “Luck saves sailor James Palmer from Cyclone Hamish“. He was bobbing in the water for 25 hours.

Sea * Fever has “Preserving Maritime Heritage: The Port Society Website“.

Casco Bay Boaters has “Safety Costs May Derail Sail Boston 2009 event“.

It has been a majestic rite: tall ships from across the world dotting Boston Harbor in July, recalling the city’s maritime history in a parade of billowing white sails and crisply attired sailors.

Deep Water Writing has a report of a transit through pirate-infested waters with “From the Front“. Must be nice to have an armed team onboard.

NY TUGMASTER’S WEBLOG has “Are You Here?” noting the attention required of those working on the sea pointing out that sometimes it might be better for all that you go back home if that’s where your mind keeps wandering.

Freaque Waves has “Another fisherman lost“.

Maritime Compass has a post covering the WWII female unit “Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service” with “WAVES“.

BitterEnd has a confirming sign of the coming end for LORAN-C in “Finally, No Loaran-C Lattices“.

Panbo – The Marine Electronics Weblog has maritime thermal imaging with “FLIR M-Series, “game changing”?

Steeljaw Scribe has “Midway – 67 Years Later and Controversies Still Abound“.

Neptunus Lex has an expected upcoming cut in the US Navy’s Aircraft Carrier capabilities in “And Then There Were Ten“.

Information Dissemination puts the fleet carrier number into perspective with current events forced by China in “Impeccable Escort and Global Observations“.

Breakbulk Industry News has “NSCSA initiates call at Port of Charleston“. That would be the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia. Good thing Congress does not know that the Saudis are bringing their ships into US Ports looking at how they freaked out at the mere thought of a UAE Company owning shipping terminals in the US. has wood boat building with “Marc Chivers and helpers build a 13ft clinker pilot punt“.


Fairplay Daily News: Back with this section next week. I have not had access to their daily email while on vacation.


Submissions for future editions:

Please submit articles for inclusion in next week’s edition using the following submit form at Blog Carnival. You are also welcome to email stories and photos to [email protected] for inclusion in future editions as well as suggest areas of coverage.


Previous Editions: As linked below or click on the tag ‘Maritime Monday’ for all gCaptain editions. (I just noticed that a couple of these links have gone bad. This will be fixed next week as well.)

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