Maritime Monday 187

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November 9, 2009

The following is posted by Fred Fry:

Welcome to this 187th edition of Maritime Monday.

You can find Maritime Monday 137 here. (Published 24 November 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]


NOTE: It is with mixed emotions that I announce that I will be ending my weekly involvement with Maritime Monday. I expect my last edition to be number 190 which is scheduled for publication at the end of the month. While I really enjoy working on it every week, I am ready to take a break from this non-stop weekly schedule after the 3+ years that the series has run.

The gCaptain crew is evaluating some options in how best to keep the series going. With that said, if putting together a weekly roundup of maritime news and events is something that interests you and is something that you have the time for, then feel free to contact any of us.


This Week’s Photos:

This week’s photos come from the website of Norway’s Tschudi Project Transport:

Tschudi Project Transport offers complete logistic solutions – pre- and on-carriage including documentation, as well as ocean transportation – of non containerised cargo; including over dimensioned and heavy lifts. Geographically, we work globally, but with a focus on Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS.

By drawing on and linking the Tschudi Group competencies within the key elements of logistics ( ocean towage and heavy lift transportation ( and traditional shipping ( plus the respective companies huge global networks, we will be able to cover the complete chain of transport from Works to Site and thereby offer a “one-stop-shopping” facility with a view to achieve the most competitive transport solutions for our clients.

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Shipload of Project Cargo

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Their homepage can be found here.


This Week’s Items:

EagleSpeak has “MV Arctic Sea: Inside Story?

gCaptain has “Class Action Suit Filed in Hawaii to Declare Jones Act Unconstitutional“.

USA Today has “World’s largest cruise ship rocked by ‘extreme’ seas in North Atlantic“. See video here. Gives another good example of the power of the sea in how it can move the world’s largest cruise ship as it does. Then think of all the smaller ships out there, most all without stabilization equipment. You can find the OASIS OF THE SEAS website here with lots of video including updates of the vessel’s Atlantic crossing.

Reuters has “U.S. requests talks with Mexico over tuna dispute“.

In March, Mexico filed a World Trade Organization complaint challenging U.S. labeling rules for tuna caught using methods less harmful to dolphins that swim near the fish.

The United States bars the “dolphin-safe” label on tuna caught by boats using purse seine nets that also snare dolphins — a technique used by Mexican vessels, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said.

FIS has serious Government overreach in “Senators aim to block proposed raw oyster ban“.

Miami Herald has “Cuban crewmen stuck in Africa after ship begins to list“.

“Cuba is selling cheap labor to people who have no scruples, so Cuban crews have been stuck all over the world,” said Casañas, who first reported the Medea case Tuesday on Faro de Recalada, a Cuban naval forum on the Web.


IMOWatch links to “Waste Stream Analysis for Platinum II (SS Oceanic, SS Independence)“.

Flags of Convenience has another Iranian weapons shipment handled by German shipping in “Francop: advanced AA platforms aboard“.

Freaque Waves has “Star fish tragedy“.

Hunt of the Sea Wolves has “Spain refuses prisoner exchange with pirates“.

The Merchant Marine Express has “Onward, Crew!

The Maritime Executive has “Politics, Pilots, Pay – and Predictably, Problems…

It is, apparently, a very good time to push back against state-sanctioned harbor pilots who are seeking to get rate increases of one sort or another. The weak economy notwithstanding, port authorities, local stakeholders, pilot commissions and state legislators are now regularly eschewing the usual rubberstamp for calls to hike rates and it’s not always about the money, either.

Life Magazine has photos of Sea Shepherd’s newest boat in “Superbad Anti-Whaling Stealth Boat“.

Sea Shepherd News has ‘Capt’ Paul Watson’s reaction in “Fears, Jeers, Cheers, and Loathing for Sea Shepherd In South Park“. Actually, it is a good editorial overall.

I knew as soon as I heard that South Park would be lampooning Sea Shepherd and Whale Wars that it would be viciously brutal. No one gets a free ride with Trey Parker and Matt Stone. But, I also knew that whatever they were planning it would be good for the whales, and that was all that I was really concerned with, so I was not disappointed.

Okay, so I get a harpoon through the head! Hey, s*@# happens!

ryanerickson has “Coast Guard Desktop Wallpaer: A tribute to CG-1705“.

The Malta Independent has “Largest ever seabed clean up yields unusual items“.

The Wall Street Journal has “Panhandling: Florida’s Debate Over Offshore Oil“.

HAWSEPIPER: The Longest Climb gives an idea of how important seafarers view their vacation time in “home again.

If this vacation is as dreary as the last one was, I will light myself on fire.

Casco Bay Boaters Blog has “Photo: The Dory Shop; Cape Ann, Massachusetts“.

BarentsObserver has “Difficulties ahead for Norwegian shipbuilding industry“.


Bryant’s Maritime Blog has “USCG – Navigation Rules – updated and corrected“.

The US Coast Guard issued an updated and corrected version of the International and Inland Navigation Rules (COMDTINST M16672.2D). The publication is a compendium of: the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), the Inland Navigation Rules, their respective technical annexes, a listing of the COLREGS Demarcation Lines, the Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Regulations, and various other legal provisions regarding compliance and penalties associated with the Navigation Rules. The original version was published on March 25, 1999, by the US Coast Guard Navigation Standards Branch at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC 20593-7856. This updated version has corrected typographical errors and omissions and includes post-publication 2003 amendments to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS). (10/19/09).

Danger Room has “Can Killer Drones Land on Carriers Like Human Top Guns?

Greenpeace has a video tour of their vessel the ESPERANZA including a good look under the hull in “On board the Esperanza“. Interestingly enough the two cleanest spaces appear to be the bridge and the engine room.

US Naval Institute Blog has “A Rally for the Underdog: Valour IT“.

CNN Justice has an example of what you can find in a container in “Stolen 1965 Volkswagen van recovered after 35 years“.

A 1965 Volkswagen van stolen 35 years ago in Spokane, Washington, was found by customs agents in a shipping container in the Los Angeles port last month, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official said.

Tugster has photos: “USS NEW YORK“, with parts 2 and 3.

Springbored’s Springboard has “Coffee At Sea: Canada Arms Up!

The BBC has “Three Gorges water plan postponed“.

China has postponed a plan to raise the Three Gorges reservoir to its ideal height of 175 metres due to a lack of water, the firm running the dam said.

There has been less water than expected flowing into the reservoir from the upper reaches of the Yangtze River.

More water than anticipated has also been let out of the reservoir because of drought further down river.

MarineBuzz has “Mistral: French Amphibious Assault Ship to Visit St. Petersburg” and “Indian Coast Guard Station at Karwar Commissioned“.

Lloyd’s List Newsroom Blog has the problem of shipbreaking in “Urgent solution needed“.

SHIPBREAKING on beaches is nasty and brutish, shortening some of the lives of workers who toil at shipbreaking for a living. It also, by reliable accounts, adds seriously to environmental pollution, as toxic chemicals are washed out to sea.

Therefore it came as a surprise that a former Bangladeshi official defended the practice at a London conference last week.

The defence by AKM Shafiqullah, former director general of Bangladesh’s Department of Shipping, opined that environmental damage due to ship recycling in Bangladesh is greatly overblown.

CargoLaw has running aground in Croatia in ““Make 25 Knots, Then Sit” – M/V Marko Polo“.


Arctic Focus has “Commerical fishing ban in Arctic set for Dec. 3rd“.

In August, American Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, approved a plan that will see a large part of the Arctic remain off-limits to commercial fishing. Federal officials have announced that that plan will go into effect the 3rd of December.

Information dissemination has “USS New York“.

Kennebec Captain has “Cautious Optimism about Right Whales“.

Naval Open Source INTelligence has “HMCS Chicoutimi moving costs secret“.

Trade and Logistics Malaysia has “Shipping companies anchor vessels near Pengeran to save costs“.

EnglishRussia has photos “The Sea of Salty Lakes“.

Breakbulk Industry News has “WWL’s Orcelle Fund Seeks Green Maritime Projects“.

The Orcelle Fund, a grant-awarding body created by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, is looking for innovative new maritime projects to support. The fund provides seed capital for projects developing alternative maritime energy sources and energy-efficient technology. The goal is to find projects with potential commercial viability.

THE ISLOMANIAC has “Australia & New Zealand aid Remote Tongan island“.

HELLENIC SHIPPING NEWS has “South Korean shipbuilders overtaken by Chinese rivals“.

Shipgaz News has “2,000 ships to the breakers next year“.

BitterEnd Blog has photos of a marina nightmare in “Boats on fire at Roch Harbor this afternoon“.

The Horse’s Mouth has sea lion photos with “Great White Sharks In San Francisco Bay!

Inside GNSS has “Galileo Program Recalibrates Schedule, Budget, Open Signal ICD“.

Galileo program managers appear to have bowed to the unavoidable and acknowledged that completing the European satellite navigation system will take longer and cost more than their revised estimates of 2014 and €3.4-billion ($5.04-billion), respectively

70.8% has photos: “Paul Frankowski, sailing historian“.

The Old Salt Blog has “Schooner Mystic to be Sold at Auction“. Interestingly enough, one of the commenters points out that he is handling the sale of another schooner, the VICTORY CHIMES, which can be yours for only $1.5 million.

YouTube has “The Creation of a 21st-Century Expedition Ship“.

Come inside the shipyard for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the National Geographic Explorer.

Also, check out the National Geographic Explorer’s Inaugural Voyage! (Here)


Fairplay Daily News has:

Gunfights at sea? Look deeper – FIREARMS to protect merchant ships on the Indian Ocean will not alone solve piracy, a military analyst has warned.

Nick Davis – a military consultant and managing director of Gulf of Aden Group Transits, a provider of unarmed and armed maritime support services – commented on the Spanish government’s decision to allow fishing and merchant vessels under its flag to carry precision rifles while crossing the Indian Ocean.

“Arms onboard are not the solution in this type of area, although it is often the only choice,” Davis told Fairplay. “Armed patrol vessels maintaining a perimeter around the fishing fleets would be better than gunfights within 100m of a slow moving ship.”

Davis added that a subsidy by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission and the international fishing fleets to Somali authorities in places such as Galmudug/Puntland, in exchange for safe fishing, would be a better solution. “[Such a subsidy] would save €3M [$4.43M] per day in hardware costs for the military to be there,” said Davis, who added that piracy was “getting completely out of hand.”

“The whole solution is based around putting infrastructure and self-sufficiency into Somalia,” he emphasised.

“They need the ability and equipment to generate their own success. They are more than willing to sort themselves out – but they need help.” – Fairplay Homepage (Used with Permission)


Sunken ferry chief sidelined – JOHN JONESSE, the chief of the ferry company that owned the foundered Princess Ashika, has been stood down from his position and told to seek independent legal advice.

The sidelining of Jonesse has thrown a cloud over the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the 32-year-old vessel in the South Pacific on 5 August, with the loss of 78 people.

Tongans are suspicious about the move by the government-owned Shipping Corp of Polynesia, according to local media, fearing that Jonesse’s evidence has already proven damning of government policy.

After initially denying responsibility, Jonesse conceded he was solely in charge of recommending purchase of the former Japanese Inland Sea ferry from Fijian owners, even though he had no shipping experience.

The vessel was later found to have at least 40 major faults, but repairs were still under way when it was despatched on its fatal voyage from Tongan capital Nuku’alofa with about 180 people and cargo aboard. It capsized in calm seas and sank quickly, trapping many passengers below deck.

Jonesse told the inquiry that government surveyors failed to turn up for the pre-purchase inspection and no time limit had been set for the completion of repairs. – Fairplay Homepage (Used with Permission)


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