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This week’s photos come from the website of The Port of Seattle:
The Port of Seattle plays a key role in bringing international trade, transportation and travel to the Pacific Northwest, and supports industries as diverse as tourism and commercial fishing. The Port is also a key builder of road and rail infrastructure, partnering with other agencies to improve freight traffic from Tacoma to Everett.
The Port owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport – the nation’s 18th busiest – handling more than 31 million passengers in 2007. The Port’s passenger cruise terminals at Pier 66 and Terminal 30 handled 190 ship calls and nearly 755,000 passengers during the 2007 season.
State-of-the-art cargo handling facilities helped rank Seattle as the nation’s 7th busiest U.S. seaport in 2007, serving 21 international steamship lines. The Port also operates four public marinas, and manages a number of real estate assets for financial return and broad economic advantage.
The Port’s vision is to be the cleanest, greenest, most energy-efficient port in the nation, and uses the tagline, “Where a sustainable world is headed” to communicate that goal. The Puget Sound region is already in attainment of federal air quality standards, and the Port’s many environmental programs are designed for real benefits to the community and a competitive edge for our customers.
The Port of Seattle’s economic impact is strong. Seattle’s Seaport and Airport generate nearly 200,000 jobs throughout the region with payroll in excess of $6.8 billion. Five commissioners, elected at large by the voters of King County, Washington, serve four-year terms and establish Port of Seattle policy. The chief executive officer, in carrying out these policies, leads 1,600 employees and oversees Port programs. – Link
* Containerized shipping changed the industry in the late 1950s and early 60s. Port of Seattle was one of the first U.S. ports equipped to accommodate container traffic. *
* Pier 86 *
* Pier 86 *
* Night falls on Terminal 18 but the work does not stop *
Whale Wars is back for season 2. YouTube has my favorite part from this season’s first episode in where the ship’s chief mate does nothing to cast off my comment from last year that he is the most dangerous Chief Mate afloat: “Iceberg Collision“. What you don’t see in this clip is his complaint that he does not know how to steer steer to a compass point (i.e.Steer 1-8-0) I wonder if the Japanese have planted him on the ship as a mole…
The Huffington Post has “Whale Wars – Eco-Terrorism as Reality TV” which is written by the author of The Old Salt Blog. The comments on the story are interesting in that instead of debating the facts as presented, noting that the whaling is legal and that the targeted whales are not endangered, those who disagree simply resort to attacking the author. Sadly this is prevalent in current US society, where the ignorant simply yell louder.
Many classic cruise ships may sail to the scrapyard by October 2010 when the new SOLAS rules come into effect. SOLAS, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, was first drafted in 1914 as a direct response to the RMS Titanic sinking. The SOLAS regulations have been progressively updated over the years and the latest regulations which largely prohibit combustable materials on cruise ships may finally end the economic life of many of the remaining classic cruise liners. Very few ships built before 1980 will meet the new standards without significant retrofitting.
Kennebec Captain has “Armed Security Teams Unregulated.” This will surely correct itself in short order. After all, most everyone is allowed to make mistakes in America, except for a select few, like Policemen, pilots, train engineers and merchant mariners. The easiest solution I think is embarking professional teams from the Military.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the collision between a fishing vessel and a container ship off Bowen, Queensland on 21 January 2008. The officer of the watch on the container ship had sent the helmsman/lookout below and then was distracted by navigation duties. The master of the fishing vessel was alone on the bridge and turned on the interior lights so as to tally the catch. The container ship first observed the fishing vessel immediately prior to the collision and took evasive maneuvers. The officer of the watch assumed that the maneuvers avoided a collision because he observed the fishing vessel, with its lights on, astern of the ship. He did not notify the master of the incident and continued on the voyage. The fishing vessel incurred severe damage to its bow, activated its EPIRB, and was escorted into port. Because the master of the container ship did not learn of the incident until investigators arrived some days later, information on the ship’s voyage data recorder (VDR) was not preserved. The report noted that the officer of the watch on the container ship disregarded his legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety of the fishing vessel’s crew following the incident. MAIR No. 249 (6/3/09).
In his May 31st editorial, Richard K. Bank tells his readers that “GM Is Sunk. Just Ask the Merchant Marine.” He then goes on to tell us why GM’s financial problems can be compared with the current plight of the U.S.-flag merchant fleet and then claims, “And in its demise lies a lesson for the U.S. auto industry.” We can all no doubt learn a lot from the slow death of a once-mighty domestic auto manufacturer. Using the U.S. merchant marine as a model for that collapse, however, is beyond ludicrous. It’s also unfair.
TAMPA, Fla. — Florida deep-sea explorers who raised an estimated $500 million treasure from the 200-year-old wreck of a Spanish galleon should give all the loot back to Spain, a federal magistrate judge said.
But the two-year tug-of-war over the 17 tons of silver coins and other artifacts from what is believed to be the Nuestra SeÃ±ora de las Mercedes y las Animas is likely far from over.
Conservation groups are now calling for the management of the bluefin to be taken out of Iccat’s hands and placed under the control of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), which is presided over by trade and environment ministers rather than fisheries ministers. Cites could then list bluefin under Appendix 1 of the Convention, which bans all international trade. This would be the first ever Appendix 1 listing for a commercial fish species, and is not surprisingly opposed by fishing nations.
Because Cites is an intergovernmental treaty, a member nation must first propose the Appendix 1 listing. Monaco, a non-EU member, is ready to champion the bluefin and propose the listing. But Monaco needs to be supported by other partners in what is sure to be a bitter fight. In 1992, the last time Cites attempted to protect the bluefin, the proposer, Sweden, eventually quailed under Japanese threats of trade sanctions.
If the listing is to succeed, Monaco’s main partner needs to be the United States. It would not be the first time that the U.S. has stepped in to help a Europe that is unable to help itself. An alliance needs to be forged this summer and a listing proposal made in October in time for the next meeting of Cites in Doha, Qatar, next March. If that is to happen, decisions need to be made soon by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. and embraced by President Barack Obama over the summer.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: L.E. BASKOW â€¢ The lower hull of the Dana is now serving as a floating dock at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 4. The ship was bought for scrap after the war, then purchased by the port.
Here are photos of the former Liberty Ship Memorial Park from before its destruction in 2006.
Operation Neptune is the amphibious assault portion of the better known Operation Overlord, the Allied operation to invade northwestern Europe and defeat Nazi Germany during the Second World War. It took approximately 3 years to plan, went through several versions of the plan, and was planned by numerous staffs both English and American.
AP has “Saltwater fishermen balk at national registry“. Coming from the Northeast, this whole registration requirement is just Federal overreach. The states in the Northeast have been managing their game fish and setting catch limits and so on. And it was all done without the states needing fishermen to register.
Starting in 2010, federal law requires all the nation’s saltwater fishermen to be registered, whether they fish from a boat, dock or the Cape canal’s rocky borders. In most states, the registration will come with an annual fee of about $10 to $25.
Fishery managers say the registry is needed because they don’t really know the number of saltwater fishermen or what they’re catching — but they could be reeling in enough fish to deplete popular stocks. A registry of anglers will help gather better catch information so fishery managers know if a species is being overfished and can make rules to protect it.
But the new requirement has met stubborn resistance in the Northeast.
The Merchant Marine Express discusses time home and family occasions, attended and missed in “The Luck of the Draw“. Being at sea is a little bit like pressing the pause button on a movie. The one difference in that the story changes while the movie is paused.
HAWSEPIPER: The Longest Climb also deals with being away from home during important dates, in this case a first wedding anniversary, with “Wicked good accents“.
My point is that if we can create laws to deal with terrorists, why not change or amend or improve those that deal with pirates? What are we scared of? Worst case scenario: A Somali guy ends up before a Canadian – or other – judge and is acquitted. So we send him home. And he knows, and will relate to others, that we did not look on him or his ilk well.
CDR Salamander has Danish shipping taking advantage of a lack of decisions in “Anti-piracy parallel universe” as they start placing armed guards on their ships.
Right up until his suicide, Adolf Hitler insisted that the war go on. The flood of evacuees eventually turned the operation into one of the largest emergency evacuations by sea in history (over a period of 15 weeks, somewhere between 494 and 1,080 merchant vessels of all types, including fishing boats and other craft, and utilizing Germany’s largest remaining naval units, would transport between 800,000 – 900,000 evacuees and 350,000 soldiers across the Baltic Sea to Germany and German-occupied Denmark.
Fleet Management fights back – FLEET Management, which operated the Cosco Busan during the November 2007 spill in San Francisco Bay, faces serious financial risk after conceding guilt in two misdemeanours.
The group had admitted guilt last month in violating the Migratory Bird Act and Clean Water Act in connection with the box ship striking a SF Bay Bridge pier in heavy fog off Oakland, sparking a huge spill of fuel oil.
In court documents filed Monday that were reviewed by Fairplay, Fleet Management said that the US government has made a “last minute” attempt to use the Alternative Fines Act to drastically raise penalties.
“The government apparently intends to ask the court to impose a criminal fine of up to $40M for Fleet’s guilty plea to the violation of the Migratory Bird Act (that would otherwise carry a maximum fine of $200,000) and the Clean Water Act (that would otherwise carry a maximum fine of either $25,000/day of violation or $200,000),” said Fleet Management.
If the $40M fine were actually levied, Fleet Management warned that it “would potentially cripple Fleet financially as well as fatally damage its reputation in the shipping community”.
The group argued that the “government should not be allowed to change the charge after Fleet has publicly committed itself to pleading guilty”. – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
The credit facility, provided by various commercial institutes and export credit agencies, will be used to refinance the existing $1Bn loan and for general corporate finances.
Terms of the loan are based on five years; it will be used for two ultra-deepwater, semi-submersible drilling rigs, one deepwater drill ship and one jack-up drilling rig.
Seadrill was particularly pleased that the loan was secured in the current gloomy economic climate. “This agreement reflects the quality of our assets and contract backlog as well as our long and outstanding relationship with our supporting banks,” added Seadrill CEO Alf C Thorkildsen. – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
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