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This week’s photos come from the website of ship recycler Esco Marine:
Esco Marine is a 88 acre full service marine yard and recycling operation located in Brownsville, Texas. We specialize in recyclable metals and the proper disposal of obsolete maritime vessels. Esco Marine’s vessel scrapping operations emphasize both worker safety and environmental responsibility.
Confining us and not allowing us to conduct the normal and legitimate business of our vessels (crew changes, grub shopping, delivery of stores, or just trying to get some exercise by walking to maintain our health and sanity) via their Coast Guard-approved facility security plans is also flat-out illegal. Nevertheless, marine terminals and facilities have simply ignored the law and regulations, specifically 33 CFR § 200(b)(9) and 33 CFR § 105.270, getting away with it because no one with the juice to do something about it would. But on August 17th at least one Coast Guard sector commander, in Houston, has taken a stance against these practices in Port Security Information Bulletin # 04-09 – Access to Ships Through Facilities. It’s a shot across the bow, warning the facilities that the required CG-approval of their security plans may be rescinded if they lack the required mariner-access provisions.
EU Referendum covers the US Coast Guard’s activities off Africa in “A force for good“. The ship mentioned in the post is the USCGC LEGARE.
In small measure, that help is there – not enough, but it is something. But it is not the EU that steps up to the plate … it could not and, even if it could, it would not. No, the help comes from another nation state, the United States.
Is this the same UAE whom we couldn’t trust to manage our own ports for fear they would compromise terrorist activity? Yeah. That’s what I thought. Looks like they might be more vigilant against real terrorists than most.
Shipping would benefit immeasurably if two phenomena driven by technology collided: e-wholesaling and pop-up retail. The upshot would be a boom in container shipping – a boom driven not by collossal multinationals but rather a half-billion new merchants.
Information Dissemination has more pondering on the ARCTIC SEA with “Update on Piracy“. Not in the post itself, but in the comments. Here is one comment by one of his readers in support of what I have mentioned before:
When was the last time the Russian/Soviet fleet scrambled ANYTHING out of the Black Sea – – – like they were sitting there, waiting for an EXCUSE to rip out through Gibraltar at >32kts – – – how many ships & submarines? Makes Clancey’s stuff seem plausable.
Barents Observer has “Last strontium battery to be removed” from the Barents Region. Of course Russian is excited to have others pay to clean up their mess. Good for the Norwegians that the Russians have more of these nuclear-powered lighthouses needing cleanup elsewhere.
As of January 2009, Norway has granted just over NOK 1.4 billion for nuclear safety work in Northwest Russia.
According to the Norwegian Action Plan on Nuclear Safety; Norway will continue to finance the removal of Russian RTGs from coastal areas. Now, when all RTGs are removed from the Barents Region, the work starts with the RTGs in the Leningrad and Kaliningrad regions. Here, 71 RTGs needs to be removed.
The Merchant Marine Express is dealing with everything on the ship breaking around him in “Meals on the Double!“
HAWSEPIPER: The Longest Climb has to return to his tug in “better than a hangover“. Traveling and working in one day. Been there. Done that.
The emotional Russian-Ukrainian tug-of-war over 100 disputed lighthouses heated up this week, as Russia’s Black Sea Fleet arrested a group of Ukrainian bailiffs who were trying to take control of the lighthouse in Khersones, on the outskirts of the Ukrainian Crimean port of Sevastopol.
The UK’s Environment Agency took swift action on 7 August 2009 (Friday) to stop a tanker ship – the Margaret Hill – from leaving the UK on the suspicion it was due to head abroad for illegal dismantling. This is the first time these powers have been used to stop a ship from leaving a UK port.
Britain’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch has appealed to the industry for information on the catastrophic failure of high pressure hydraulic anchor windlasses in its latest Safety Bulletin following several incidents since 2007, some of which have caused serious injury.
The First and Second Mates pick their watches onboard a sailing ship that has just left port, one chosen alternatively by each mate. I read of a very inexperienced Second Mate who picked the sober ones.
“This is really shocking. All through the Bush Administration the EPA took action every time we warned them of a pending TSCA violation and their record of enforcement was strong. Now we have elected an environmental president and his administration for the first time in ten years is willing to ignore the law and dump toxic waste onboard US flagged ships on developing countries,” said Jim Puckett, BAN’s executive director.
AP Moller-Maersk’s results ended up a little better than analysts expected. That does not mean they were good. But such is the nature of this troubled shipping environment that Maersk’s relative stability gives it an advantage, and the company’s chiefs have begun using it cannily.
Child protection authorities argued it would be irresponsible to let her depart, and the court in Utrecht agreed, saying the trip would put Dekker’s psychological development at risk. She will remain with her parents, who will share custody with the state.
The court voiced “serious concerns” about Dekker’s mental and physical development on the boat, and ordered a psychologist and child protection authorities to examine how she would cope with loneliness, sea winds, lack of sleep and schooling, as well as her general physical safety.
CG Blog has more on this interrupted adventure with “Was this a SAR case waiting to happen?” Hey, if she wants to risk her life once she becomes an adult, go right ahead. My position stands that these ventures are irresponsible regardless of age.
She has “lived on board” for the past years on the ms Zaandam and ms Veendam. And soon will be cruising mostly on the ms Ryndam. She has more than 5,000 days and cruises an average of 11 months in a year.
The Kremlin has announced it wants to buy a Mistral-class amphibious assault ship from France for $1 billion. Russia also wants to license-build several more Mistrals in its own yards. The 20,000-ton helicopter carrier is a basically a half-size, cheaper version of the U.S. Navy’s Wasp- and Tarawa-class assault ships. It has room for a battalion of Marines, their vehicles and enough landing craft to carry them ashore.
America’s flagship once again faces an uncertain future. We created this new extended trailer for Lady in Waiting as part of an ongoing push to get the film re-broadcast on American Public Television throughout the country. For more information, please visit www.bigshipfilms.com and www.ssunitedstatesconservancy.org
Fairplay Daily News has:
Ankara urged to protest seizures – TURKISH shippers and exporters are reportedly urging Ankara to confront Georgia over its commandeering of Turkish ships that call at Abkhazia.
Turkey’s Eastern Black Sea Exporters Association, which includes companies doing business with the breakaway republic of Abkhazia, said Georgia holds 10 such vessels – including cargo ships and fishing boats – and detains more than 20 Turkish seafarers, Turkey’s Referans newspaper reported.
Since 1995, Georgia has commandeered more than 100 Turkish ships, the newspaper added.
On 20 August, Fairplay 24 reported on the capture by Georgian border guards of the Cambodia-owned general cargo ship Afro Star, which was carrying 1,255 tonnes of scrap ferrous metal from the Abkhazian port of Sukhumi to Turkey.
A few days before, a 3,560dwt Turkish tanker, Buket, was detained after delivering fuel to Sukhumi.
Ankara officially supports Georgia’s blockade of the disputed Black Sea region, recognised as independent only by Russia and Nicaragua. – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
Nigeria tidies shipping register – AT LEAST 350 Nigerian-flag ships have reportedly been struck from the register of the Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency.
The move is an effort to update the register, removing many because their registration had expired or documents are invalid, the Vanguard publication reported. Included are tankers, passenger ships, cargo barges and fishing craft.
Ships on the register are required to renew their registration every five years – a contentious issue and source of complaint by Nigerian owners.
Captain Nivi Labinjo, president of Al Dawoo Shipping and secretary of the Indigenous Shipowners Association of Nigeria, pointed out that owners in other – Fairplay Homepage(Used with Permission)
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