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She one of only two ocean-going vessels in the world still to carry the venerable title of Royal Mail Ship, held in the past by so many famous British passenger liners.
In addition to carrying passengers in well-fed comfort, she is almost the sole source of supply of all goods for her island namesake. From wind turbines to automotive parts; sheep, goats, and Christmas turkeys to furniture, food and paint, everything has to be carried by ship to the island. This is part of the fascination. RMS ST Helena is not just a passenger vessel; it’s a working ship, plying the Atlantic Ocean, carrying goods and people nearly halfway around the world. When you sail on the RMS, you are following in the wake of the generations of travellers and explorers who crossed the world’s oceans in the leisured days before air travel. A voyage on the RMS is an unforgettable experience: a blue water voyage on a working ship to lonely and remote tropical islands.
Quality, comfort and peace of mind – The Royal Mail Ship St Helena was built in 1989 specifically to supply the island of St Helena, the British Overseas Territory deep in the tropical South Atlantic. She is British registered, 6,767 gross tonnes and has berths for a maximum of 128 passengers plus 56 officers and crew.
She has all the most modern facilities; stabilisers, air conditioning and for those who worry about being too remote from their normal humdrum existence, fax, telephone, email and satellite communications.
She also carries a doctor and has well equipped medical facilities. Classified as A1+ at Lloyds and sailing under the British flag means that RMS St Helena is subject to some of the most rigorous safety regulations in the world. Her repeatedly high classification in the Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships is a sure indication of the high quality of her facilities, crew and standards. – Royal Mail Ship ST. HELENA Website
A GCC naval officer has called for a zero tolerance policy on pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden, an industry analyst claimed on Tuesday.
Dr Theodore Karasik, senior researcher at the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, said the officer advocated shooting pirates that attempt to board merchant ships. The officer’s name and nationality were undisclosed.
True, many masters quietly have a sidearm locked up in the ship’s safe. It’s not there for derring-do against today’s version of the Barbary pirates, however, more of a last option if the crew get too uppity.
Towmasters: the Master of Towing Vessels Assoc. Forum has “Back On Deck!“
He was there to serve as a roustabout: to assist the crews and do whatever needed doing with no task being beneath him. What he got was a valuable lesson and a solid reminder of what can happen to the thought process when you’ve become too far removed from the action, an inevitable occurrence once you decide to swallow the anchor or even, to a certain extent, when you move from the deck to the wheelhouse. For those who’ve never worked a day on deck it’s nearly impossible to relate or understand. This isn’t a character flaw or personal shortcoming, it’s just a fact of life.
What do you do with hundreds or thousands of pounds of useless rope? New federal laws are making lobster float-rope – the multi-hued ropes used by Maine lobstermen to tie underwater traps together – illegal. According to activists, the rope endangers whales by snagging and hurting them.
Float-rope, which rises just a bit above the ocean floor to prevent snags, must be replaced with sink rope by April. And hundreds –perhaps millions – of pounds of float-rope will become unusable.
Danos says the most pressing needs include specialized disciplines such as offshore and onshore crane operators, I&E technicians, mechanics, logistical personnel, production operators, welders, project managers, and a wide range of maritime positions. He adds that the skill sets of any number of workers displaced from other industries as well as soon-to-be-discharged US military personnel can be transferred with specialized training and development to the offshore and the onshore support environments.
The U.S. may have as many as 115 billion barrels of “technically recoverable” oil in federal waters, a report Friday from the Interior Department found. The report, prepared by Interior’s Minerals Management Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, also said the Outer Continental Shelf contains as much as 565 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and that the Pacific and Atlantic coasts hold more than 1,900 gigawatts of potential wind energy.
The assessment is part of a U.S. effort to reduce dependence on imported energy and respond to climate change brought on carbon emissions. The Obama administration is working to get an increasing share of electricity from coastal renewable resources, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said today.
IT seems that some of the industry’s more optimistic operators wish to register a complaint. As Monty Python once almost put it: shipping’s not dead, it’s just resting.
The newbuilding over-supply is not as bad as the headlines suggest, Seaspan’s buoyant chief executive Gerry Wang insisted last week. Reports that over 10% of the containership fleet are being laid up are plain wrong. They are not laid up, just “idling to be activated”.
Attackers failed in their attempt on Sunday to ambush a ship that turned out to be a German naval tanker. The vessel radioed for warship help after the pirates opened fire and tried to board the tanker.
They were soon outnumbered by German sailors from several warships. Naval defenders chased down seven suspects and arrested them, with helicopter support from a Dutch NATO warship.
The botched attack was on the tanker FGS Spessart, which is attached to EUNAVFOR. It was attacked 85 n-miles north of Bosasso, according to co-ordination centre MSCHOA.
The attack and arrest followed discovery of a migrant smuggling operation involving a nearby skiff. – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
Jones Act JV disintegrates – Lenders are foreclosing on the Golden State.THE FINANCIAL crunch at US Shipping Partners crisis has left an order for nine Jones Act product tankers at the San Diego yard NASSCO in disarray.
The first of the newbuildings, Golden State, was delivered in January to the joint venture between USS and private equity firm Blackstone.
In SEC filings this week, USS disclosed that Blackstone claims a termination event has occurred and has moved to remove USS Product Carriers LLC as the managing member of the joint venture.
USS countered that Blackstone’s action was improper.
USS also disclosed that the lender agent for the venture’s facility is asserting that an event of default has occurred and intends “to foreclose on the Golden State”. USS claimed that the foreclosure of Golden State is “invalid and unauthorised”.
The venture has financing responsibilities for the first five newbuildings, but declined to exercise its option for rights to the final four. USS has been advised by NASSCO that the yard is wants to sell and assign rights for the final four newbuilds.
A NASSCO representative previously told Fairplay that the second newbuilding will be ready for delivery this summer, the third by year-end. THE FINANCIAL crunch at US Shipping Partners crisis has left an order for nine Jones Act product tankers at the San Diego yard NASSCO in disarray. – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
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