Maritime Monday 195

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January 3, 2010

Welcome to this 195th edition of Maritime Monday.

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imageReplica engines aboard the SS Great Britain by RPMarks Magnificent Ships Flickr Pool »

imageENGLISH RUSSIA: Kiev, Moscow Bridge; There is one thing that every big city cannot be borne and live without. Water is the only vital source that exists on the Earth and we cannot hold out even a day without it. Therefore every capital city has a river flowing through the very center of it. And so Dnepr the Great streams through the center of Ukraine’s capital, the city of Kiev. There are lots of bridges that are built in Kiev but today we will tell you about the longest and busiest one. Moscow Bridge. SEE FULL SIZE »

imageTOWMASTERS: Gets a great series of shots as the dredge New York digs deep into the MOT Channel in New York’s Upper Bay and grabs another bucketful of Appalachian silt from the Catskills, Adirondacks, Taconics, and Greens to fill the dump scows  SEE MORE »

• also: Making The Cut: Work Knives For Seafarers – Part II »

imageLe Havre, France; 27/12/2009 Le Havre Ships photostream on Flickr  FULL SIZE »

imageBANDA ACEH: During the tsunami, this boat, swept onto the rooftops of people homes, became a safe refuge for 59 people as the sea rose dangerously high. The boat has now become a permanent tsunami memorial. Five years since the Tsunami Photo Essay on The Boston Globe »

imageLantern slide: “Here we have a fine view of a ship in process of construction.” from the flickr page of the Oregon State University Archives. From JOURNEY ROUND MY SKULL »

And the Winner is…

image The International Maritime Organization has decided to dedicate next year to you by choosing, as the theme for World Maritime Day, “2010: Year of the Seafarer”. Our intention is to pay tribute to you, the world’s 1.5 million seafarers – men and women from all over the globe – for the unique, and all too often over-looked, contribution you make to the wellbeing of all of us.

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Aukland, NZ: A Special Port of Call Beyond the Red Fence »

image AUKLAND STUFF: Ports of Auckland provides a range of cargo-handling services at three ports – only two of them seaports. The one most are familiar with is on the east coast next to the Auckland central business district, another on the west coast at Onehunga, and the third is a strategically located inland port at Wiri.

The operation, in terms of the value of trade handled, is New Zealand’s most significant port, handling half of all imports and nearly a quarter of all exports. Ports of Auckland handles 35 percent of New Zealand’s total annual trade by value.

Australia: Hutchison Wins Freight Container Port Contract For Sydney »

image Handy Shipping Guide: Hutchison Whampoa, the largest by tonnage port management operator in the world, have been awarded the contract for running the third container terminal for Port Botany. The New South Wales State Government first identified Hutchison as a likely contender in a report in November 2007, when the Asian group were identified as preferred bidders for the Port of Brisbane’s two new Fisherman’s Island Berths which will become operational in 2012 and 2014.

Bangladesh: Ship yard owner, contractors sued after deadly blast »

image DHAKA, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) — Bangladeshi police has lodged a case against the owner and the labor contractors of a ship breaking yard at Sitakunda in South Asian country’s southeastern Chittagongport city after an explosion aboard a scrap oil tanker killed four workers on Saturday.

Quoting police at Sitakunda, some 242 km away of capital Dhaka,local news agency Monday reported that the case was filed Sunday against Md Israfil, the owner of Rahim Steel and Ship Breaking Yard, and five labor contractors for failing to ensure safety of workers. The explosion aboard the out-of-commission oil tanker killed four ship breakers and injured 10 others in Sitakunda Saturday, it said.

Bath Iron Works: After 2-Plus Decades, Navy Destroyer Breaks Record »

Destroyer’s production run surpasses two decades, setting Navy record

imageABC NEWS: Cruising through the darkness in rough seas, the USS Ross encountered a rogue wave that smashed into the destroyer’s bow, sending a shudder along the entire ship that knocked sleeping crew out of their bunks and damaged the sonar housing. As alarms sounded, sleepy sailors scrambled to shore up the leak.

“We cracked the hull and kept on going like it was nothing,” said retired sailor Jonathan Staeblein, of Hagerstown, Md.

Over the 22 years since construction of the first one began at Bath Iron Works, the ship has steamed into the record book: The destroyer’s production run has outlasted every other battleship, cruiser, destroyer and frigate in U.S. Navy history.

BBC: Ship Protester Hails Breakthrough »

image A campaigner trying to save one of the world’s oldest passenger clipper ships claims he has had a breakthrough. Peter Maddison, who hit the headlines last year when he staged an occupation on board the City of Adelaide, said an engineering firm was willing to help.

It plans to take the ship from Irvine, Ayrshire, to Sunderland, in the north east of England, where it was built. Mr Maddison wants to stop the Scottish Maritime Museum scientifically deconstructing the 145-year old vessel.

“Best Job in the World” No Picnic »

Remember how envious you were of the lucky person who got the best job in the world? Ben Southall, who beat 35,000 job applicants to live in a luxury island home and blog about the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia was stung this week by an Irukandji jellyfish.

imageThe venomous jelly is tiny, but its sting can cause shooting pains, vomiting, and (in rare cases) death. Southall was taken to a hospital where he spent the night, but recovered enough to enjoy the final week of his six month assignment.

Black Pig talks about the weather »

imageIf I may, I’ll use this brief piece to explain and excuse us British for our ambivalent attitude toward snow and weather in general. We get a lot of weather. That basically is that. It changes day to day and often hour to hour and that’s why it is an Englishman’s favourite source of conversation.

For the average, town dwelling, man in the street the only time he puts a shovel in the boot of his car is when he is burying his cat (or more likely next doors cat)

May I also point out that, at some point leading up to and during the weekend, the ferries stopped running… because of bad weather in France.

Breakbulk Industry News reports China steel glut to continue »

China’s steel industry currently faces excessive capacity and high social inventory, according to Qi. The nation’s steel product stock has reached 11.5 million tons, up 80 percent from a year ago.

imageWuhan Iron & Steel to Expand Output by 24% Next Year »

Wuhan Iron & Steel Group (Wugang) plans to boost production by 24 percent next year as demand recovers and the economy continues to strengthen, the steelmaker said Friday on its website.

British Columbia: From fugitives to Barbra Streisand, the ferry that’s seen it all »

image THE GLOBE AND MAIL —  The MV Coho, which carries passengers from Victoria to Port Angeles, Wash., marks its 50th birthday with a rich history but little fanfare. Twice a day, Captain Steven Banfill’s vessel eases into its berth in the Inner Harbour, an operation run with stopwatch precision.

Fifty years ago today, at 10:34 a.m. on Dec. 28, 1959, MV Coho arrived here 11 minutes ahead of schedule. It was a maiden voyage to inaugurate a ferry service across what was then often described as the world’s largest undefended border.

• The Black Ball Line and The Pacific Northwest; Tribute to a Dynasty »

Chennai Sea Affected by Oil Leak »

A thin film of oil around five nautical miles along the coast and two nautical miles into the sea is being investigated by the Indian Coast Guard here, an official said Saturday.

“Today (Saturday) we conducted two air sorties and found a thin film of oil on the sea for around five nautical miles along the coast and two nautical miles into the sea from the shore. We have informed the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board which will investigate and suggest appropriate action,” A. Rajasekhar, inspector general, Indian Coast Guard told IANS.

He said the source of the oil leak has not been identified, adding a ship might have discharged its bilge oil – waste oil that accumulates inside the lower areas of a ship.

China denounces U.S. trade ruling on steel pipes »

imageBEIJING — China condemned on Thursday a U.S. agency ruling that clears the way for tariffs on imports of steel pipe from China and asserted that the global economic slowdown was the real reason for lower demand for U.S.-made steel pipe.

China’s Ministry of Commerce said that China was “strongly dissatisfied” with the U.S. International Trade Commission’s Wednesday ruling that Chinese subsidized imports had harmed or threaten to harm U.S. steel pipe manufacturers.

Denmark: exactEarth Signs Danish Maritime Safety Administration Up for Space-Based AIS Data Service »

image exactEarth Ltd., the data services subsidiary of COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV), today announced that it has entered into an agreement to provide its space-based Automatic Identification System (S-AIS) service, exactAIS(TM), to the Danish Maritime Safety Administration (DaMSA) on a paid trial basis. Under the agreement, exactEarth will provide DaMSA with an S-AIS data feed and value-added services for a limited time commencing with the launch of its first operational satellite in the second quarter of 2010.

EPA Compromise Saves Great Lakes Jobs & Protects Environment »image

Washington, D.C.The Environmental Protection Agency today finalized sweeping new air emission regulations for large ships in U.S. waters, including a temporary exemption for 13 U.S.-Flag steamships on the Great Lakes as part of a legislative compromise brokered by Representatives Dave Obey (D-WI) and Jim Oberstar (D-MN)

Galveston:  Port Holds Off Rate Increase »

image Houston Business Journal: A month after the Port of Houston raised tariff rates at cargo terminals in the turning basin, Bayport and Barbours Cut, the Port of Galveston‘s trustees have voted to leave its rates alone.

“The board (of trustees) recognizes the ever-challenging issues facing the maritime industry and the difficulties that many of its significant customers have experienced as a result of the state of the national and global economy over the last year, and feels it is of the utmost importance to act now and do what it can to support its tenants and customers as the economy slowly starts to turn around and improve,” said Steve Cernak, port director.

gCaptain Forums were buzzing over the holidays:

Houston: Port’s new CEO learns the ropes, delivers the message »

image Houston Chronicle: Alec Dreyer could have retired for good, even before turning 50.The former CEO of Horizon Wind Energy, Dreyer stepped down after a Portuguese company bought the wind-power developer in 2007. He had earned enough from that sale to simply enjoy life, get back into golfing and spend time with his new granddaughter.

But Dreyer is not the type to stay still. So even though he grew up in landlocked southern Illinois, he jumped at the chance to become the new CEO of the Port of Houston Authority. Dreyer took over in September as the port’s 10th leader, and the first to come from outside the maritime industry.

India moves to avoid major ports strike »

image Breakbulk Industry News: India’s Minister of State for Shipping says a meeting is scheduled to be held January 4th between trade unions and port authorities in hopes of averting a planned strike across 12 major ports.

Mukul Roy said he expects a solution will emerge and the strike will not take place. The All India Port and Dock Workers Federation had called an indefinite strike while demanding wage revisions. The government is expected to lose revenue of up to Rs1,000 (US$1,432) per day due to the strike.

Indian Freight Transport Infrastructure to Undergo Japanese Makeover »

Jacksonville, FL: Optimism High at Port Authority »

Jacksonville, FL: Optimism High at Port Authority JACKSONVILLE DAILY RECORD: Nearly two-thirds of the port’s container volume is cargo bound for or coming from Puerto Rico. That country’s economy has been in decline for several years and current Puerto Rican containerized cargo volumes are about 80 percent of what they were just three years ago. It appears that the Puerto Rican economy is anemic and any recovery will be protracted as consumer confidence slowly returns.

I am more optimistic about the economies of our South American trading partners, especially Brazil. While we saw some decline in our cargo traffic with Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela it was not precipitous and now appears to be beginning a recovery. I believe that the South American rebound will be quite robust.

John Vigor pushes for a return to the days  where sailors dressed with pride »

imageDressing the Part: We need to present a better face to the public. We need to follow the example of the world’s fighting navies, who insist that their crews be dressed in accordance with discipline, smartness, and cleanliness, the better thereby to promote a proper sense of their rank in society.

Most seamen in those days made their own clothes on board because they couldn’t afford to buy stuff from the ship’s store, or slop chest. “Worn canvas sails provided the basic cloth for home-made clothing,” says the Companion. “Almost all seamen of all nations made themselves canvas hats with a brim and coated them with tar to form a waterproof headgear known as the tarpaulin, abbreviated into ‘tar’ as the universal synonym for a sailor.”

Kenya: Regional Trade Set for Boost with Ferry Re-launch »

image BUSINESS DAILY AFRICA: A leading marine surveyor has moved on site to assess the giant cargo ferry MV Uhuru in readiness for its re-launch into the Lake Victoria waters in early January, raising hopes of cheaper cargo transport after a three-year layoff.

Mombasa-based Protecting & Indemnity Kenya Ltd which is acting on behalf of an undisclosed insurer was at the Kisumu dry dock last week to value the vessel and establish the cover commensurate to the ferry’s worth. The vessel has been undergoing refurbishment at the dry dock in Kisumu where it has been lying since 2006.

Manu’s Scripts reports that the chickens image have come home to roost »

To compound the usual myopia, everybody forgot that it is not easy to get rid of assets when markets crash, especially large assets like ships. They even forgot that ship-owning is a long term commitment and that shipping has always been a cyclical industry.

Whatever the experts say, it is clear to anybody that there are simply too many ships around today for the cargo on offer, and that this mismatch between demand and supply will not vanish next Monday…

See also: Don’t laugh, but the Philippines Department of Labour and Employment reportedly announced last week that an antipiracy course would now be part of the requirements for all Filipino seafarers »

MarEx: A Report Card on DHS Security Policies, Standards and Programs »

Part 3 of 5: a look at CBP’s Sealed-Door Standard and the RFID Standard. By Dr. Jim Giermanski, Chairman of Powers Global Holdings, Inc. and President of Powers International, LLC, an international transportation security company.

Mediterranean Shipping Company Revises Container Shipping Service and Europe/Africa Rates »

Model Ship World has a “This Day in Nautical History” thread that is quite voluminous »

(Name Redacted) Northern European freight distributor eyes Austal trimaran »

BYM: A large, Scandinavian based freight distributor has expressed strong interest in Austal’s newly launched 102 metre trimaran. The organisation’s North Pole-based Chief Executive Officer, known for his permanently jolly demeanour, recently visited Austal’s shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia to inspect the vessel. He stated that the vessel’s passenger and freight capacity together with its high service speed, have the capability to effect a major transformation of its seasonal parcel distribution business.

Due to a confidentiality clause, Austal is unable to publicly confirm the identity of the interested party at this stage.

• See also: Austal’s Next Generation Trimaran on gCaptain »

Nassau: Freeport Container Port One of World’s 100 Busiest »

image NASSAU GUARDIAN: Director of the Freeport Container Port Godfrey Smith said the company has excelled among the top 100 busiest container terminals in the world, during the 12 and a half years it has been in existence. The port is moving to add to increase is size with the construction of a new building.

“Today, the terminal is around four times its original physical size of some 12 hectares, with three times as many cranes and more than 12 times as many team members with payroll expanded around $3M to as high as $31M annually,” Smith said.

NOAA: Nation’s Ocean Observing System Completes Year-Long Data Standardization »

imageAs of this month, mariners, coastal managers, and many other users seeking timely and tailored ocean and Great Lakes conditions are now able to access standardized data sets across all U.S. regions. This marks the completion of a milestone in a national effort to link federal and non-federal sources of ocean and coastal observations and forecasts, to include water level, salinity, temperature and wind and wave data.

NY Bridge Gets Blowed Up: Creaky Champlain span blown into history »image

CROWN POINT, NY: ( The Champlain Bridge comes apart as it falls into Lake Champlain Monday morning. Explosive charges took down the 80-year-old span within seconds. The 80-year-old bridge was closed Oct. 16 after an inspection found deep cracks and erosion to its concrete pillars. Engineers said it was too dangerous to repair, so a new bridge will be built where it stood. The U.S. Coast Guard is requiring all debris to be cleared from the navigational channel by April 15. SEE THE VIDEO »

Oh, Canada: Shipping on the Seaway Continues »

imageTHUNDER BAYShipping on the Great Lakes is running longer seasons each year. Over the Christmas season, ships continued to arrive in both Thunder Bay and in Duluth / Superior. The Herbert C. Jackson is currently headed to Detroit.

The Port of Thunder Bay Authority reports, “Both the Port of Thunder Bay and the Seaway System operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from the end of March through to late-December. However, in recent years, the season has been extended as weather permits”.

Ottowa: Canada Announces New Procedures for Detecting and Preventing Security Threats to Domestic Ferries »

image B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall says the company has been working with Transport Canada for the past few years in anticipation of the new rules. She says the company has been adding surveillance cameras and improving fencing, lighting and employee training.

Marshall says some areas of ferry terminals have been closed off to the public, bomb sniffing dogs have been deployed at some terminals and there are other security enhancements she can’t reveal. B.C. Ferries is the largest domestic ferry service in Canada, with 36 vessels and 47 terminals linking the mainland to Vancouver Island and other coastal islands.

Past Decade Suggests Surprises Aplenty in Shipping »

So it is the start of a new decade and one wonders what surprises imageit might bring in the shipping world?

There have been plenty of them that gained attention worldwide and also on the local scene, but the downturn in the global economy last year was far from good news for the industry.

Major container ports throughout the world recorded a significant drop in the number of containers handled. And, at times, there were more than 550 boxships laid-up for varying periods at anchorages and ports in Europe or the Far East.

Other sectors of the industry were also affected and, at one stage, 12% of the world fleet of pure car and truck carriers were in some form of lay-up…

Philippines: Ferry in Batangas mishap not designed for sea, say officials »

image MV Baleno 9the second-hand roll-on, roll-off (RORO) vessel that sank off Batangas province last Saturday night – was not designed to sail on open sea, officials said Tuesday. “It was built in Japan in 1992, for bay use [or for] inland waters,” Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) chief Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo told a Senate hearing on the recent sea tragedies.

“These are second-hand vessels from Japan and they are really designed for inland waters but we classed them, and if they pass the class standards then they are allowed to sail. If we don’t allow them, there will be no ships left in our country,” she said.

Also found out during the hearing was a big discrepancy between the number of passengers as listed in the manifest initially submitted to the Coast Guard, and the number of actual passengers…

Philippines: US to Help Prevent Future Maritime Accidents »

MANILLA BULLETIN: A United States Coast Guard expert may be stationed at the US embassy here to help map out rules that would prevent future maritime accidents similar to the two incidents in the last couple of days, US Ambassador Kristie Kenney told reporters.

Asked if the US Navy might help retrieve the bodies or the boats that sank off Mindoro and Cavite recently, Kenney said the US Navy does not have any deep-water retrieval equipment. She said the US Navy normally contracts out such activities.

Port Huron, MI: Docked Freighter Draws Spectators »

image TIMES HERALD: Blue Water Area residents are getting an unusual opportunity to get a close view of a large lake freighter. The Algosea, owned by Algoma Tankers Limited, docked shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday at the Port Huron Seaway Terminal.

“It’s amazing how many people have called the Maritime Center asking why it is there,” he said. “It’s exciting because there’s a lot of freighter heads in the area, people like going up and looking at ships. She’s an ice-class ship, well suited for winter operations,” he said. The Algosea worked much of last winter along the Canadian East coast.

• See also: Captain’s Jim and Thomas Reid, Port Huron Brand!

Putting the “Port” in Portland »

image OREGON LIVE: In the Business section of The Oregonian each day is a box called Port Calendar, where ship arrivals, departures and locations are posted. Ship names listed there — such as the Maja Vestida, African Joy, Orient Hope and Humboldt Express” — are like music to my ears. Some are irregular visitors, others are regulars to the Columbia River.

To those of us in the local maritime industry, they signal employment for pilots, towboat companies, ship handlers, longshoremen, stevedores, ships’ agents, port employees, freight forwarders, customhouse brokers, surveyors, bunker companies, ship repair companies and many others who are direct beneficiaries of every ship entering the river.

Rotterdam: Container Traffic Falls 10 Percent »

imageTotal cargo volume drops 8.5 percent in first decline in seven years

JOURNAL OF COMMERCE: The Port of Rotterdam’s container traffic fell 10 percent in 2009 from a year ago, but Europe’s biggest box hub boosted its share of the key Asia-Europe liner shipping trade.

Total cargo volume fell 8.5 percent to 385 million metric tons from a record 421 million metric tons in 2008, the first decline in seven years that was driven by a 29 percent slump in dry bulk shipments.

Rutgers: Glider Completes Historic Ocean Crossing: New Technology Advances Climate Understanding »

image The first-ever 7,300-mile Atlantic Ocean crossing by an unmanned underwater glider is opening up a new world of ocean technology. A ceremony on Dec. 9 in Baiona, Spain, will celebrate the partnership effort among the U.S. interagency Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) through Rutgers University, NOAA, Puertos Del Estado (Spanish Port Authority), the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, and other European partners.

San Diego: Coast Guard Boat Going Too Fast, Witnesses Say »

image Union-Tribune: As investigators scrutinize a fatal boat crash that occurred during Sunday’s iconic holiday parade on San Diego Bay, witnesses yesterday blamed a Coast Guard vessel for traveling too quickly in the congested waters when it hit a pleasure craft.

“What were they doing going furiously fast like that? I couldn’t believe it,” leisure boater Breck Schoch, who rushed to the scene right after the crash, said last night. “I think the Coast Guard has a lot to answer for what happened. I’ve never seen a boat at such a blazing speed in that area.”

San Francisco: Work Under Way to Clean Old Warships Near SF Bay »

image MERCURY NEWS: Work is under way to clean the first vessels removed from a fleet of decaying warships shedding toxic paint into waters near San Francisco Bay.

Barnacles and other marine species are being water-blasted this week from the World War II-era Earlham Victory at a San Francisco dry dock. The first cleaned vessel was towed through the Golden Gate last week. Most of the 70 ships in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet are slated to be scrapped. They must be cleaned of invasive species before they can be towed to Texas for dismantling.

State regulators concerned about additional pollution fought a Bush Administration plan to clean the ships at anchor. The Department of Transportation announced in October that it would pay to have the vessels scrubbed in dry dock.

Shipbuilders must navigate the recession »

image FINANCIAL TIMES: There is no missing the empty space at the vast shipyard on the outskirts of Wismar, on Germany’s Baltic coast.

The workers welding plates in the fabrication halls – each hundreds of metres long – are surrounded by large, unused areas that reverberate with the long echoes of hammers banging on steel. The yard’s conditions are a microcosm of the crisis facing the shipbuilding sector worldwide…

Singapore still busiest container port in the world »

image STEELGURU: It is reported that, despite upheaval in the global economy and significantly reduced container throughput, Singapore is still the world’s busiest container port ahead of Shanghai, judging by statistics from both port authorities.

According to statistics from the Shanghai International Port Group, container throughput at Shanghai for this year up till November has been 22.6 million TEUs. Singapore however, handled more over the first 11 months of this year with throughput of 23.6 million TEUs.

A Staten Island ferry goes to war: The Civil War-era tale of the USS Westfield »

Photo Courtesy NY Public Library A 10,000-pound crusted Dahlgren cannon and other artifacts from a Staten Island Ferry used as a gunboat during the Civil War have been salvaged from the bottom of a Texas shipping channel and are being preserved for display at a museum.

The Staten Island ferryboat Westfield was taken out of passenger service and sold to the U.S. Navy in 1861. It was commissioned the USS Westfield in early 1862, and sent to the Gulf of Mexico, where it engaged in a campaign to capture New Orleans, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which funded the salvage as part of a project to deepen the Texas City Channel.

• On This Day: Staten Island Ferryboat Explodes »

Tour a Swedish Tall Ship sailing school in Tampa Feb 1st- 7th, 2010 »

image WMNF Radio: On February 1, 2010, the Swedish Tall Ship Gunilla will sail in to Tampa Bay. The 165 ft. ship is crewed by 11 professional sailors and 44 Swedish high school students. Part of the Swedish school system, this sailing classroom educates a new generation and fosters a more sustainable future through cultural exchange and experiences at sea


Tugster discovers it isn’t always people looking at ships, but that sometimes ships look at people »

USNI asks “What’s Really Wrong Here?” »

imageIn an article entitled “New peril in war zones: Sex abuse by fellow GIs”, this gem from the New York Times:

BAGHDAD – Capt. Margaret H. White began a relationship with a warrant officer while both were training to be deployed to Iraq. By the time they arrived this year at Camp Taji, north of here, she felt what she called “creepy vibes” and tried to break it off.In the claustrophobic confines of a combat post, it was not easy to do.

But wait, there’s more…

Wall Street Journal: Diana Shipping Buys Dry Bulk Carrier For $35.1M »

image DOW JONES NEWSWIRES: Diana Shipping Inc. (DSX) agreed to purchase a Panamax dry bulk carrier for $35.1 million, as the Greek shipping company said it is trying to take advantage of prices amid a weak market.

Diana, which specializes in the transportation of dry bulk cargoes including commodities, expects delivery of the five-year-old ship, which has a capacity of 76,436 dead-weight tons, at the end of next month. The seller of the MV Teresa Hebei wasn’t disclosed. The vessel will be renamed Melite.

Washington, DC: Climate Right for US Joining Law of Sea Convention »

image Delegates unable to strike a grand compromise at the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen last week should look to the UN Law of the Sea Conference for inspiration on how to successfully negotiate a complicated global accord. Settling on an agreed set of rules for the world’s oceans was also a massive undertaking, requiring decades of patience, hard work, and deft diplomacy to iron out an agreement that would be acceptable to a diverse community of nations.

Facilitated by principled leadership by the United States, ultimately 157 countries have now signed and ratified the Law of the Sea Convention, which provides the overarching framework for managing the world’s oceans and what lies above and beneath them. This year marks the fifteenth anniversary since the treaty has come into force.

• Text of the treaty | United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea blogger Joel Milton reminds us that “Safety is our top priority” is more than just a sign on the break-room wall »

image Marine operating companies in general are a lot like breweries. Almost every brand claims to use only the finest barley and hops, the purest spring water, the most painstaking of brewing procedures, blah, blah, blah. None of them ever say, “yeah, we use crappy ingredients and we aren’t too particular about how we make it. But hey, it’s cheap, right?”

So don’t pay too much attention to what marine companies say in their press releases or ads, just watch what they do…

Historic Ship of the Week: U.S.S. Leviathan

imageFormerly the Vaterland, she was taken from Germany when the US entered the war. This appears to be the most-photographed troopship. She was the world’s largest liner from 1914 to 1922. This illustration clearly shows the striking dazzle paint scheme. From RV Bob’s First World War Flickr set » More information on troopships of WW I at: my troopship pages More information on dazzle paint at:

  • Builder —  Blohm & Voss at Hamburg, Germany
  • Launched —  13 April 1913
  • Class and type —  Imperator class ocean liner
  • Tonnage —  54,282 gross tons
  • Length —  950 ft (289.6 m)
  • Beam —  100 ft 4 in (30.6 m)
  • Draft —  37 ft 9 in (11,51 m)
  • Speed —  26 knots
  • Capacity —  1,165 as originally configured — 14,000 as a troop transport
  • Sold for scrapping and broken up 6 June 1938
  • MORE »


imageCold is the Sea takes time out to sketch a fellow sailor Chipping Paint »


BOWSPRITE: Every new year’s eve, Conrad H. Milster, chief engineer of the Pratt Institute Power House, gives a steam whistle concert from the campus of Pratt Institute. 120 pounds of steam pressure release into the air, making the area resonate with a sound and power of a time now gone, and yet, preserved.


Milster was an engineer working on the ferries of NYHarbor in the ’50’s, and he has beautiful photographs of the old ferries. However, whistles are his passion. He has hours upon hours of recordings of whistles, and a collection of steam whistles of locomotives, factories, and ships–most notably, the whistle of la grande dame, the ocean liner S.S. Normandie.

The engines are beautifully tended, “machinery that was built to be art.” SEE THE VIDEO »

See you next weekchain illustration by Bowsprite

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