Maritime Monday 205

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March 14, 2010

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imageDeep Water Writing has been Girl Watching in Singapore Harbor – “This boat would circle us every evening as curious Singaporeans looked on from their tacky dinner cruise experience. A steel hull with fake cannon ports and a dirty exhaust stained transom, this motorized replica of a Junk never inspired me to buy a ticket.

“The dinner cruise sets out from Marina South Pier with the skyline of Singapore behind. The three towers to the right are currently under construction to become Asia’s most spectacular entertainment destination, Marina Bay Sands. The tops of the three buildings are to be joined by a ship like structure complete with rooftop gardens. While it would be free for you or I to have a go at the roulette tables here in a year’s time it will cost each Singaporean $100 to enter.”  See Ship Spotting on Deep Water Writing »

imageWake Turbulence – Chasing the Queen Mary 2 in San Francisco Harbor See full size »

imageAbandoned cruise ship SS Aquarama, formally known as the SS Marine Star, was a World War II troop ship for the United States Navy. In 1952, it was converted into the largest passenger ship ever to operate in the Great Lakes – See full sizeMaritimeDigital Archive

imageCalliope of the America Queen. Photo by Peter Knego 2007 See: Paddlewheel Blog AMERICAN QUEEN: Cincinnati to Pittsburgh »imageMore photos: Maritime Monday 205 A , Maritime Monday 205 imageimage 

Abu Dhabi Ship Building Opens Talks with STX

South Korea’s STX Offshore and Shipbuilding, the world’s fourth-largest marine builder, plan to open talks this year with Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) to help it break into the regional market for offshore support vessels.

The budding alliance between STX and ADSB, based in Musaffah, is part of a wave of new connections between UAE and South Korean companies after the US$20.4 billion (Dh74.92bn) nuclear plant contract that Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation awarded to Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO) in December.

imageA Russian seaman directs a French Mistral warship on the Neva River in St. Petersburg. Russia is in talks to buy four such vessels from France.  Dmitry Lovetsky/Associated Press

As Its Arms Makers Falter, Russia Shops Abroad

In today’s Russia, the $40 billion military equipment industry is withering alongside civilian manufacturing.

Once-legendary Russian weapons are suffering embarrassing quality-control problems. Algeria, for example, recently returned a shipment of MIG jets because of defects.

An aircraft carrier refurbishment for India is four years late and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget.

In perhaps the most poignant sign of trouble, Russia’s own military is now voting with its rubles: Moscow is in talks with France to buy four French amphibious assault ships. If a deal is struck, it would be Russia’s most significant acquisition of foreign weapons since World War II.

Australia News Site Posts Regular Reports on Somali-Seized Vessels, Crews

Brazil Start-Up Eyes $5.6bn Public Offering

image OSX Estaleiros, a start-up company aiming to supply ships and other equipment to the oil and gas industry, is to raise up to R$9.9bn ($5.6bn) in the second big Brazilian initial public offering in five months.

OSX will use part of the proceeds to build a shipyard in Biguaçu in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. Last month it signed a technical co-operation agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea under which Hyundai will provide technology and training to help build and operate the shipyard. Under the agreement, Hyundai will buy 10 per cent of OSX’s shares.

imagePuerto Angamos, Chile

Chile’s Port Capacity Restored

Much of Chile’s port and terminal capacity is back in operation following the earthquake, according to Hamburg Sud, one of the larger carriers serving the country. The northern ports of Iquique, Antofagasta and Port Angamos are fully operational, Hamburg Sud said in a report.

The TPSV terminal where Hamburg Sud calls in the Port of Valparaiso is 90 percent operational. Several older berths at the port can not be used due to structural damage. TPSV will temporarily suspend its assigned berthing windows and vessels will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dock structures at the Port of San Antonio have not been damaged and will be put back into service when power is restored to the facility.

imageFrio Hellenic on the Port of Valparaiso, Chile – from Shipspotting »

Chittagong: Worker Dies in Ship-Breaking Accident

image Mar 12 – A worker was killed early Friday as a steel plate fell on him at the Bhatiari ship-breaking yard in Sitakundu. The accident refocused attention on the precarious working conditions in the ship-breaking industry, which claimed around 500 lives since 1990.

The latest casualty is almost certain to further step up demands from the rights group to improve safety condition in the yards.

Workers said the heavy plate fell on Saroj at around 2.30 am when he was working at the Bhatiari Steel and Ship Breaking Yard. He was immediately admitted to the Chittagong Medical College Hospital in a critical condition. He died in the morning.  (

With India and Pakistan also tightening regulations for ship breaking following a recent IMO ruling one school of thought suggests this industry will simply move continents. Ingvild Jenssen from the NGO Platform on Shipbreaking has told the Ecologist magazine how tougher regulations simply relocated the ship breaking industry in the past from East Asia to south Asia and could see the industry shift to Africa soon.

keep reading on Steel Guru »

City of Amsterdam to be Prosecuted Over Dumping of Toxic Waste


AMSTERDAM – The city of Amsterdam must face full responsibility for failing to supervise a ship that later dumped toxic waste in the economic capital of the Ivory Coast, the Dutch supreme court ruled on Wednesday.

In 2006, slops from the cargo ship Probo Koala, chartered by commodities trader Trafigura, were dumped in the West African city of Abidjan, the main city in Ivory Coast.


imageMarch 10 – The Coast Guard Cutter Elm pulls a buoy out into the ocean that had been beached on the northern part of Pleasure Island since late January.

Coasties Rescue Beached Beacon

And just like that, every visitor’s favorite photo prop is gone from Carolina Beach.

A little more than an hour is all it took for two Coast Guard crews and a cutter to haul the washed-up Carolina Beach sea inlet buoy back to sea Wednesday afternoon.

The project originally was scheduled for Thursday, but Wednesday’s calm sea and warm weather proved perfect for the job. About a dozen bystanders gathered to watch as the 225-foot Coast Guard cutter Elm maneuvered close to shore about 2 p.m. to start buoy-rescue procedures.


imageWork started Monday morning on the demolition of the Becky Thatcher

Crews Begin Demolishing Historic Ship on Ohio River

Demolition crews began the sad task of demolishing 111 years of history that lay tipped over in the Ohio River as a clamshell scoop tore into the upper decks of the Becky Thatcher, a steamship lost to the same waters she once surveyed.

"You can replace boats, but you can’t replace a ship that was built in 1899. It was the largest one left that was on the river," said Jeffrey Levin, the Nashville property investor who bought the Becky Thatcher in 2004 as a floating restaurant.

Burdened with snow and listing, she began to take on water Feb. 21 and tipped into the river. Monday, the pilot house, the small chamber atop riverboats from which the captain steers, jutted from the water until the giant scoop tore into it as the historic vessel was slowly ripped apart.

Crowley Lands Haiti Shipping Contract

Crowley Liner Services Inc. has received a contract worth up to $22 million from the U.S. military to provide emergency port services in Haiti.

The Jacksonville-based shipping company will repair Port-au-Prince’s piers and beaches, provide warehousing, cargo consolidation, and transport cargo, according to the U.S. Transportation Command contract. The contract runs until April 15.

Expect a Rough Ride on the Baltic Sea

Like the Sea Shepherd’s crew before she rams a Japanese whaler, the  world’s dry bulk shipping industry continues to brace for impact.

image Ahead, off the bow, lies a massive oversupply of new vessels due to join the global fleet … and not even the seemingly insatiable demand for bulk goods for import into China and India appears sufficient to absorb the gargantuan glut.

Into this highly uncertain and likely volatile business environment steams a new IPO launched by Genco Shipping & Trading. Shares of Baltic Trading drifted onto the Big Board on Wednesday at the low end of its targeted pricing range between $14 and $16 per share.


imageStuck in Port – When ships make fewer calls in US ports, producers must wait longer to get their goods abroad.

Export Revival Threatened By Shipping Bottlenecks

Minnesota farmer Wayne Knewtson has 2,000 acres of soybeans, and soy-milk makers in Vietnam eager to buy his crop. The only problem: delays of three and four weeks in shipping them. His customers "are not happy," Mr. Knewtson says. And because he doesn’t get paid until the beans arrive in Vietnam, he has had to take out a loan to cover expenses on his farm.

The U.S. finally is enjoying some strength in exports, thanks to economic recovery in Asia and a generally weak dollar. But just as U.S. goods find demand abroad, there’s a problem getting them there.

Farrell Lines Adds Two Ships to Fleet

Maersk Lines Limited is breathing new life into a time-honored name in U.S. shipping.

imageIt has added two U.S. flag roll-on, roll-off vessels to the fleet of its Farrell Lines subsidiary. The two new additions — the Alliance Beaumont and Alliance Charleston — complement the Alliance St. Louis and Alliance Norfolk, which have been U.S. flag vessels since February 2008.

The Farrell Lines fleet now consists of four roll-on, roll-off vessels. The Alliance Beaumont was brought under the U.S. flag on February 21 in Dubai, and this vessel will participate in the Maritime Security Program (MSP). The Alliance Charleston was reflagged on February 12 in New York.

Both vessels have 710,000 square feet of total stowage capacity, representing 7,900 car equivalent units and over 250,000 square feet of deck space for military cargo.

Former Mariner Now Navigating the Art World

image He’s a self-described “bubba” who spent 30 years in the maritime industry, never thinking of art as something he might do. Then he visited the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Soon after his National Gallery visit, McDonald bought a “few little colored pens” and tinkered around with sketching. An article in a local magazine brought him to a metal embossing class. That set him on a path to study and learn the ancient art form of repousse; copper embossed into three-dimensional figures.

“The learning curve included a lot of very bad Navy language” and some nights that didn’t end until 2 a.m., he said. Now “Works in Metal,” McDonald’s solo shows, hang in galleries.

French Navy Hands Suspected Pirates Over to Somalia

French navy officers handed over 22 suspected Somali pirates to semi-autonomous Puntland’s authorities and they will be arraigned in local courts, officials said on Saturday

image"The French navy handed over these pirates, two skiff boats and video evidence showing the kind of weapons they were carrying," Mohamed Sicid Jaqanaf, Puntland’s deputy police commissioner, told a news conference at the Bossaso port while receiving the suspects.

"This video shows their intention was not fishing…or other civilian work. They (the French) threw the confiscated weapons and ammunition into the ocean. The pirates will be taken to court soon." The French frigate spotted and seized the suspected pirates 85 miles off the Mogadishu coast last week.

French Shipping Line Seeks Outside Investors

image The world’s third-largest container shipping line is seeking capital from outside investors for the first time in an attempt to tackle a liquidity crisis that has dragged on for months and left it unable to complete payments for new ships.

Marseilles-based CMA CGM has held talks with Louis Dreyfus Group, France’s only other large shipowner, Goldman Sachs and Butler Capital Partners, among others.


imageVoxEfx’s (very nice) Baltimore Gallery on Flickr »

Governor Leads Groundbreaking for 50-foot Berth at Port of Baltimore

Project will support 5,700 jobs in Maryland; make Port more competitive

ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 8, 2010) — Governor Martin O’Malley was joined today by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as he led a groundbreaking for construction of a new 50-foot berth at the Port of Baltimore. When completed, the project will accommodate larger ships and attract more cargo to Baltimore.

The 50-foot berth is a key element of the 50-year agreement between the Maryland Port Administration and Ports America Chesapeake to lease and operate the 200-acre Seagirt Marine Terminal. Under the agreement, Ports America Chesapeake took over operational control of Seagirt in January. The state continues to own the facility.


imageThe subs need a 36-foot draft and the depth must be correct to ensure they don’t run aground and to allow the base divers to perform maintenance and inspections underneath.

Groton Navy Sub Yard Dredge Completed Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) recently completed its scheduled comprehensive, maintenance dredging project, 11 days ahead of schedule and more than two million dollars under budget.

The project entailed removing more than 97,000 cubic yards of Thames River sediment from the areas around each of SUBASE’s piers and quay walls.

Performed by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, the effort brought down the berthing depth of the piers at SUBASE to the original design depth of 36 feet, plus two feet over-dredge.

Gulf of Aden Pirates Having Less Success

As shipping companies employ defensive tactics, the percentage of successful attacks falls slightly despite a 62% increase in the number of attempts in the Gulf of Aden in 2009.

imageAlthough pirates last year made many more attempts to board ships in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia, the number of successful seizures was about the same as in 2008, according to the U.S.-organized multinational maritime force here.

There were 198 attempts at piracy in the vast region last year, a 62% increase from 2008, but only 44 attempts were successful. In 2008, there were 122 attempts and 42 successful acts of piracy.

Guyana: New Vehicle Carrier Rolls Out Operations

image A greater number of vehicles will be heading to Guyana’s shores as the largest roll on/roll off vehicle carrier to ever visit Port Georgetown begins operations between here and the Far East.

The maiden voyage of the Hoegh Caribia was celebrated with a cocktail reception on the ship’s decks yesterday. It is owned by Hoegh Autoliners, one of the world’s largest vehicles carriers. Guyana National Industrial Company (GNIC) is the local agent/terminal operator for the company.

Hospital Ship Comfort Returning Home from Haiti Mission

image The hospital ship Comfort has been released from duty off the coast of Haiti and will begin its journey home to Baltimore this week, the Navy announced Tuesday.

The Comfort discharged its last patient Feb. 27, but at the height of the humanitarian relief effort the ship was taking aboard critically injured people as often as every six minutes. The ship’s master, Capt. Bob Holley, said helicopters brought Comfort its first patients before the hospital ship had even sighted land.

Statistics from different sources have varied, but an announcement Tuesday from 4th Fleet put the total number of people treated by Comfort at 871. The ship performed 843 surgeries over the course of its Haiti mission, according to the latest numbers, and nine babies were born on the ship, including one set of twins, Holley said.

Hudson River Dredging: EPA Tells GE to do Better Next Time Around

image Levels of PCB contamination in the Hudson River are far greater than first estimated and General Electric’s dredging operation must improve before the next phase of the toxic cleanup starts in 2011, according to a new report from federal regulators.

In the 272-page document, the Environmental Protection Agency analyzed GE’s work nearly 200 miles north of the Tappan Zee Bridge, to clean up decades-old contamination from the polychlorinated biphenyls.

GE, which is responsible for the pollution, also analyzed the first year’s operation and has released its own 247-page report.


imageA Metropolitan Police Department boat, foreground, escorted the Shonan Maru No. 2 to Harumi pier in Tokyo on Friday.  Itsuo Inouye/Associated Press

Japanese Coast Guard Arrests Anti-Whaling Skipper

TOKYO — The Japanese Coast Guard on Friday arrested an anti-whaling activist from New Zealand who had boarded a whaling ship in the southern Antarctic last month.

Peter Bethune, a member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, was brought back to Tokyo by the whaling ship, the Shonan Maru 2, after he boarded it without permission on Feb. 15. Coast Guard officials were waiting for him at the docks in Tokyo, along with a throng of Japanese reporters and television crews.

Mr. Bethune, 44, was being held in Coast Guard custody in Tokyo, said a guard spokesman, Tomoyuki Suzuki, who added that Mr. Bethune had been formally charged with “vessel invasion.” A Coast Guard investigation was under way, he said, and it was expected that Mr. Bethune would be transferred to police custody on Sunday.



Liberty Cuffs

Cold is the Sea explores an old school Navy tradition where sailors had handmade patches sewn inside the cuffs of their jumpers. SCPO Daniel D. Smith’s article on "Liberty Cuffs" can give you a full rundown on the history of this sartorial practice. Navy uniform threads on Military.Com and the US Militaria Forum have some personal photos of Liberty Cuffs and anecdotes about getting and wearing them by real, gen-u-ine sailors.

For these cuffs I decided to illustrate the submarine warfare badge (because it’s so cool) and a mermaid (how could I not)… and painted in red and green stitching on the wearer’s port and starboard sleeves to mimic running lights.

Major Red Sea Research Expedition Planned

image SAUDI ARABIA – The world renowned King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Kaust) will launch March 10 a major marine research expedition in the Red Sea.

The expedition, the second of its kind, will be undertaken in the Greek research vessel R/V Aegaeo to expand on the "inadequate knowledge" of the Red Sea’s hydrography, microbial diversity and physicochemical properties, according to the expedition’s website. One aim is to conduct research on how to preserve life in the Red Sea, which is threatened by industrial pollution, excessive fishing, and the anchors of diving professionals which damage the coral reefs.

Maritime History Buff Embarks on Mammoth Project: Creating Database of Every Vessel Ever Built in the U.S.

image Long New England Winter Drives Man to Madness

Thousands of ships over hundreds of years have navigated the rolling waters of Maine’s Penobscot River across the street from Jon Johansen’s home. Inspired by that history, Johansen set about documenting every ship ever built along the shores of the state’s largest river.

What started as a modest endeavor has turned into a gargantuan undertaking: Johansen is attempting to create a database of virtually every vessel built in the United States.

Ngqura – Container Port for the Future of African Shipping

image SOUTH AFRICA – Anyone who came across the developing port of Ngqura, as one of our staff did in 2005, was staggered by the scope of the development.

Sitting upon the shoulders of Port Elizabeth at the mouth of the Coega River, the huge industrial development within which the new port exists, itself carries the weight of expectation of the indigenous population in terms of a new source of employment. Now the vast investment of time and resources is starting to pay off.

Noordhoek Takes Delivery of DP2 Diving & Construction Support Vessel

image Noordhoek in The Netherlands has taken delivery of the DPII DSV Noordhoek Constructor from Niigata shipyard in Japan. The company said the vessel is currently on route to the North Sea.

The new vessel is specifically designed for efficient diving operations in the harsh North Sea environment, has an overall length of 76m with an 18m beam, and a 12-man single bell saturation diving system with the latest technology; complete with a self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboat.

Panama Canal Expansion Holds Opportunity for U.S. Agriculture

A container ship full of grain moving through the Panama Canal today will hold about 200 million bushels. When the massive Panama Canal expansion project is complete in 2014, that number will more than double, and potential efficiencies for moving U.S. agricultural products overseas will be astounding. 

About 6% of the Panamanian GPD is derived directly from the canal. With 40% of ships moving through the man-made waterway originating in the United States and 27% being destined there, interest in the canal from both countries is easy to understand.

Pioneering Deep-Sea Robot Lost to a Watery Grave

image A pioneering deep-sea robot, which could function unmanned and un-tethered to a surface ship, was lost at sea this week. The loss of the 15-year-old Autonomous Benthic Explorer, or ABE, comes as a blow to scientists who study the ocean’s floor.

ABE could stay under water for an entire day; it ventured into some of the most remote and risky places on earth, making detailed maps of mid-ocean ridges and was the first autonomous vehicle to locate hydrothermal vents. That’s why it earned a spot on Wired magazine’s list of The 50 Best Robots Ever.

Port of Los Angeles: What February Traffic Says About the Economy

image Sometimes port traffic gives us an early hint of changes in the trade deficit. Although containers tell us nothing about value, container traffic does give us an idea of the volume of goods being exported and imported.

Loaded inbound traffic was up 33.8% compared to February 2009. (up 9.5% compared to last year using three month average). Loaded outbound traffic was up 32.7% from February 2009. (+33.5% using three months average) This was also an easy YoY comparison for exports, because U.S. exports fell off a cliff in near the end of 2008.

Shaped by Our Shipping Pt. 2: Thinking Inside the Box

Anyone who’s ever moved house knows you’ve got to put everything in boxes, which is why U-Haul sells them.

Shipping companies figured this out as early as the 1700s; prior to that you had the "break bulk" cargo system, which meant scores of dockworkers going up and down gangplanks with bolts of fabric and sacks and whatnot across their shoulders. The boxes and crates loaded onto ships differed in size, shape and composition depending on where they came from.

In the 20th century, organizations ranging from British railroad consortiums to the U.S. Army all made efforts to standardize their own shipping boxes, but it wasn’t until 1956 that an innovation appeared which has taken root around the globe and is still with us today: The invention of the shipping container.

Silent But Deadly Undersea Threat: Four Billion Gallons of Oil

image Slightly off your radar screen, the Wrecks of the World: Hidden Risks of the Deep (WOW) conference held in Linthicum, MD in September highlighted a ticking time bomb. As industry and the regulatory arms converged at MITAGS to contemplate the mitigation and removal of as many as 4.3 billion gallons of oil lurking on some 8,500 shipwrecks around the globe, an emerging environmental threat became apparent.

For those who did not attend the conference, this is also probably a good time for you to turn up the “gain” on your radar. Those dots on the screen are not clutter…



Spirit of Victoria Takes the Tiara on UglyShips

Stranded Cargo Ship Dislodged from Clipperton Island

The French High Commission in French Polynesia says efforts have succeeded in dislodging a chemical tanker, which had run aground on Clipperton Island. The vessel was stuck since February the 10th on the uninhabited French island, which is about 1,300 kilometres southwest of Mexico and administered from Papeete.

The high commission says about 40 percent of the cargo of the Maltese-registered Sichem Osprey, carrying soy sauce, animal oil, and10,000 tonnes of toxic xylene – a solvent for the print, rubber and leather industries, was offloaded before two tugs managed to use the high tide to free the vessel. There are no signs of any pollution.  (Radio New Zealand Intl.)

Tanker, Drybulk Shipper Alma Files IPO Plans To Buy Vessels

Alma Maritime Ltd., a new international company founded to capitalize on the possibility of entering crude-oil and drybulk shipping on the cheap, filed plans Friday for an initial public offering to raise money for vessel acquisition.

It anticipates selling 11.3 million shares at a projected range of $19 to $21 each. Current holders have agreed to purchase another 3.1 million shares for $62 million. Alma said the prices to acquire vessels are at historic lows because of the recent financial crisis and developments in the seaborne transportation industry, particularly in the tanker and drybulk sectors.


imageTugster as Paparazzi – Will manages to snag a snap of the 103-year-old Pegasus during as much-needed visit to the beauty parlor, Caddell’s drydock for a repair involving the tail shaft. Pegasus came out of the Skinner Shipyard in Baltimore on the banks of the Patapsco. See also: Pegasus High and Dry and Pegasus High and Dry 2


USS Olympia Seeks New Caretaker

image During the Spanish-American War, Navy Commodore George Dewey stood on the bridge of the ship and uttered the words that became famous: "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley." The vessel’s mighty guns fired the first shots of the Battle of Manila Bay on May 1, 1898, announcing the United States as an international power.

More than a century later, this last surviving vessel of the Spanish-American War fleet and longtime Penn’s Landing attraction is looking for a new home and benefactor with deep pockets.


image Video: Celebrity Eclipse passing through very narrow canal. You Tube »

Washington Watch: Polar Icebreakers Under  “Looming Crisis”

imagePamela Glass / Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen was right when, in his final State of the Coast Guard speech on Feb. 12, he suggested that the U.S. needs to develop a policy toward the Arctic that will guide decisions on what to do about the country’s aging polar icebreaking fleet.

So far, despite several studies and congressional hearings, no policy consensus has emerged. Allen warned that we’re reaching the “tipping point” on making a decision on the future of the USCG’s three polar icebreakers, two of which have exceed their 30-year service lives. He called the situation a “looming crisis.”

World’s Largest Fireboat Undergoes Final Testing

image Water cannons fired thousands of gallons of water hundreds of feet through the air Wednesday in St. Andrew Bay during the pumping trials of the world’s largest fireboat.

The final testing will be concluded in the next three weeks, and the New York City Fire Department will take delivery of the of the fireboat in early March, project manager Justin Smith said. The vessel — named “343” in honor of the number of firefighters killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack and its aftermath — was launched in September 2009.

Engineers spent more than 10 years designing the fireboat, which includes a decontamination room, an emergency medial area, equipment rooms and crew quarters.

WTF of the Week: Bowsprite Puts Pen to Paper for Pimp My Ship


Inspired by gCaptain’s re-post of 59°56′N‘s Pimp My Ship, Bowsprite has created a true Maritime Nightmare, crewed by dancers wearing Grunden’s survival chaps.  MORE »


NEMO, the large green building, is the largest science center in the Netherlands. It is located in Amsterdam. The architecture is by Renzo Piano. The (Dutch East India Company) VOC ship Amsterdam ran aground near Hastings, England on January 1749, on her maiden voyage to Batavia. A replica seen in front of the NEMO. The Nederlands scheepvaartmuseum (Netherlands Maritime Museum) the large building to the right. The museum is housed in a former naval storehouse, ‘s Lands Zeemagazijn or Admiraliteits Magazijn, constructed in 1656.  Photo by Bâ„®nYou must see this full size »

imageEnglish Coast – Stricken ferry Riverdance left stranded on Cleveleys beach after being hit by a massive wave during a severe storm in early February.  More »

image Another view of the RiverdanceSee Full Size »

imageThis house is located on an island called Elliðaey near Vestmannaeyjar, a small archipelago off the south coast of Iceland. The house was given to singer, Bjork from her motherland as a “Thank You” for putting Iceland on the international map.  source

imageUn Vaisseu Fantome; 19 octobre 1913 – Le Pole Meurtrier »

image Lighthouse at the beginning of the North Sea Canal – The North Sea Canal is a Dutch ship canal from Amsterdam to the North Sea at IJmuiden, constructed between 1865 and 1876 to enable seafaring vessels to reach the port of Amsterdam. It ends at Amsterdam in the closed-off IJ Bay, which in turn connects to the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal. Photo by Ben »

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