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March 21, 2010


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Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Celebrates Keel Laying for 11th Product Tanker

imageAker Philadelphia Shipyard held a ceremonial keel laying recently for Ship 015, the 11th product tanker being built at the yard.

image Aker said the vessel will be sold to OSG America after delivery from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and will have shuttle tanker features installed for use in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Shuttle tankers transport crude oil from deepwater areas where there are no available pipelines.

Alternative Power Could Bring Further Heavy Lift Activity to Antwerp

imageThe construction of a large wind farm within the perimeter of the Port of Antwerp itself could prove a boost in heavy lift activity at the port, with materials arriving by ocean shipping, barge or road services.

The Antwerp Port Authority and the Left Bank Corporation aim to build a large wind farm in the port on the left bank of the Scheldt in collaboration with private partners. There is a similar initiative being considered for the right bank.

Annual MP Conference Leads the Way for Ship Owner Attendance

image LONDON – The 2010 Annual Marine Propulsion Conference attracted 28 shipowner representatives to this year’s event, a 16.7 per cent increase over 2009.

The conference, held on 10-11 March built on its reputation as the meeting place for anyone involved in the marine propulsion industry, with a total of 157 delegates attending the two day forum.

This year’s conference was also the first time the programme was developed following consultation with an advisory panel of experts drawn from many facets of the industry. The panel consists of: Duncan Forbes, executive vice president of engineering and technology, Rolls-Royce Marine; Dr Zabi Bazari, ship energy services manager, Lloyd’s Register EMEA; Professor Lars Nerheim, University College of Bergen, Norway; Jan Otto de Kat, head of innovation department, A P Møller-Maersk; Ari Rakkola, senior marine engineer and naval architect, STX Europe; Andrei Ludu, deputy product line manager and head of product management, large engines, AVL List; John Smythe, technologist in the marine and large engine lubricant additive area, Infineum; and Niels Bjørn Mortensen, marine department head, BIMCO.

Books: A Captain’s Duty by Richard Phillips


Capt. Richard Phillips, who was rescued from Somali pirates after they seized his cargo ship last spring, is again entering unfamiliar waters: this time a nationwide book tour and interviews with the likes of NBC’s "Dateline," NPR’s "Fresh Air," and "The Daily Show."

His book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and My Dangerous Days at Sea, is due out April 6.

Published reports say he got a $500,000 advance. Columbia Pictures bought the movie rights.   According to Yankee magazine, Phillips has been meeting occasionally with a speech coach who helps him with his delivery of the tales that come naturally to him.  (TimesArgus)

Discuss:  Who should be cast to play the captain in the film?

Bridge Technology Poll – Most Wished for Gadget

Two weeks ago, in cooperation with 59-56, we asked you to design the ship of your dreams in a feature called “Pimp My Ship“. Not suprising we had a few really good ideas posted to the forum. Considering the amount of time the average gCaptain reader spends standing nav watch I was also not surprised that most of you picked systems you would like installed on the bridge of your ship.

SS Cape May Returns Home from Haiti Mission

image NORFOLK, Va. (AP) ― One of three Maritime Administration cargo ships that sailed to Haiti after an earthquake devastated the island nation is returning to Virginia waters.

The SS Cape May is due back Friday in Norfolk after delivering relief supplies and military cargo to Haiti. That cargo included equipment used to reopen the damaged seaport at Port au Prince. The Cape May, the SS Cornhusker State and the M/V Huakai were activated by the US Dept. of Transportation’s Maritime Administration at the request of the Defense Department. The Cape May is last of the three to return from Haiti.

Cosco Shipping Plans Rights Offer to Purchase Vessels

Bloomberg — Cosco Shipping Co., controlled by China’s biggest shipping company, plans to raise almost 4 billion yuan ($586 million) in a rights offer to buy new vessels amid a recovery in cargo rates.

The shipping line will use the funds to help pay for 18 multipurpose and heavy-lift vessels and two semi-submersibles, according to a Shanghai exchange filing today. The Guangzhou- based company will offer three shares for every 10 held.

Criminalization & Piracy Damaging Seafarer Recruitment

image "Legislative measures following an accident or incident have made the seafarer increasingly susceptible to criminalization, and a rising incidence of piracy has led to correspondingly high personal risks," Brian Martis, Chairman of the InterManager’s Criminalization Committee told delegates at today’s India Manning & Training Conference in Mumbai.

In addition, "A one-sided view of public interest coupled with political expediency has severely curtailed the human rights of the seafarer," he said. "These factors have had a direct, negative impact on crew retention and the natural replenishment of the work-force: potential recruits are hesitant to take up a career at sea. The current shortage of skilled and qualified seafarers, already a significant crisis in the maritime industry, is further exacerbated."

Cochin Shipyard Converts Second Vessel for NIO

KOCHI: The  CSL completed the conversion of a fisheries vessel into an oceanographic research vessel named RV Sindhu Sankalp and delivered it the other day. This is the second project the CSL has successfully completed for the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa. The vessel, originally of “Japanese Government class” was converted into IRS class.

Setting up of three laboratories, installation of new deck machinery, providing upgraded accommodation facilities as well as fitting of gondola, housing bottom profiler, navigational echo sounder and sound velocity probe were other highlights of the project.


East Met West for the First Time in San Francisco in 1860

San Francisco Exhibits Celebrate Historic Visit

imageLA TIMES – America’s first fascination with Japan flared — and disappeared — like fireworks. Before J-Pop, or the American discovery of Zen, or even the reshaping of Impressionism by the Japonisme aesthetic in the late 1800s, the United States was seized by a wave of Japan mania that started in California 150 years ago this month and that is barely remembered today.

Anniversary events in San Francisco and on the East Coast are commemorating a strange East-plops-into-West odyssey that began when a large group of Japanese samurai stepped out of more than two centuries of cultural seclusion, boarded two ships and steeled their courage to make history’s first official Japanese visit to America.

To mark the historic encounter, San Franciscans dedicated a bronze plaque Wednesday at Pier 9 to honor where the samurai from the Kanrin Maru stepped ashore in their hemp sandals on March 17, 1860, after 37 stormy days at sea. Other anniversary events in San Francisco include a campaign to plant 150 cherry trees in Japantown, a visit by a Japanese tall ship beginning May 5 and an Asian Art Museum exhibition starting May 4, "Japan’s Early Ambassadors to San Francisco, 1860-1927."

imageENGLISH RUSSIA – In the town of Porchnikha apart from an abandoned military base there are also some remains of an old boat that was probably tied up in the remote past and there is no chance for it to be set free anymore.  more photos »

Ezra Orders Two Large MacGregor Subsea Knucklejib Cranes from Cargotec

image Cargotec is to deliver two large offshore cranes to Singapore-based Ezra Marine Service Pte Ltd in 2010 and the beginning of 2011 respectively.

The cranes will be fitted to a deepwater anchor-handling towing/supply vessel and to a self-propelled accommodation barge. The value of the order is approximately Euros 12 million and it was booked in the first quarter of 2010.

Finland: Agreement Reached in Stevedores’ image Strike

The two-week strike by stevedores that has paralyzed Finnish ports and brought much of the forest industry and the country’s foreign trade to a standstill is over, and ports will gradually get back to work as quickly as possible, and by Tuesday at the latest, depending on the situation with specific stevedoring firms. Work at some ports will begin immediately.

The strike posed a serious obstacle to Finland’s recovery from what is seen as the biggest economic downturn since independence and the Civil War of 1918, and according to the Confederation of Finnish Industries it was costing the country an estimated EUR 110 million each day in lost foreign sales.

Finnish Shipwrights Studying Yamal Gas Fields

Managers of Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg Ltd are very interested in projects of Aker Arctic, a Finnish research centre. Tankers designed by the company in the future may be used for Parusovaya group of fields near the operating infrastructure of Yamburg oil and gas condensate field.

Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg Ltd is a Gazprom subsidiary which accounts for more than 40% of the holding’s production volumes. Total reserves of the Parusovaya group exceed 400 billion cubic metres of natural gas.

Gas as Ship Fuel – A Clean Alternative to Heavy Fuel Oil

Hamburg, 19 March 2010 – "Gas as ship fuel" was the topic of yesterday’s GL First Class Exchange Forum which highlighted GL’s approach towards the environmental concerns of the maritime industry. The forum addressed all aspects related to LNG as an alternative ship fuel.

Dr. Pierre C. Sames, GL’s Senior Vice President Strategic Research and Development, mentioned that there appears to be general consensus on developing gas engines that can be used on vessels operating regular or shorter routes. Coastal shipping, which accounts for more than 33% of the world’s fleet, will be subject to more stringent controls than liner container vessels. "LNG fuel is a viable alternative to heavy fuel oil," he said.

Hawaiian Chieftain Drops Anchor in Coos Bay

image OREGON – The tall ship, reminiscent of the turn of the 19th century vessels that plied waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, will be open for dockside tours and sailing tours through Wednesday.

The wood-hulled ship’s primary mission is to provide living history education for young people. The crew invites schools and home-school groups to register for one-hour or three-hour educational programs.

Three-hour Adventure Sails are tentatively set for 2 p.m. today and Sunday. Tickets are $55 adults, $45 students/seniors/active military, and $35 children under 12. A detailed sailing schedule is available at

Honeymoon From Hell: Don’t Say We Didn’t  Warn You

imageGOLFO DE PENAS — Well before we boarded the old cargo ship, before it plodded past the protection of the mountainous fiords, before the skies turned stormy and the seas swelled, we were warned.

We were warned not to expect a cruise, and about the smell of the cattle often herded below deck, and the inevitable nausea.

So when the smoky diesel engines of the 360-foot ship prodded us into the open sea and the waves began sloshing us around, we expected to feel it in our stomachs. What we didn’t expect was that the pummeling would last nearly a full day — through difficult-to-digest meals, perilous showers, and a lot of restless sleep — and that Dramamine would be no cure for the persistent urge to hurl.

“It’s called the Gulf of Punishment for a reason,” said German Balboa, the ship’s second mate, who like most of the crew seemed impervious to the queasiness as he monitored our course for southern Patagonia.

How to Run a Maritime Militia

LAWYERS, GUNS & MONEY – The UNSC-mandated Monitoring Group on Somalia presented its report to the Security Council Tuesday. The part of the report detailing corruption in the distribution of humanitarian aid is getting all the press, but for my money the most interesting part of the report is the discussion of piracy, which has morphed into a multi-million dollar business replete with investors and an informal business model.

India: Country’s Top Maritime Orgs to Float Common Federation

MUMBAI – Three of country’s leading maritime professional organizations, namely, Institution of Naval Architects (INA), Institute of Marine Engineers (India) (IMEI) and Company of Master Mariners of India (CMMI) have come together to establish Federation of Maritime Professional Organisations (FMPO) as “a common platform to help the growth of the long neglected but important sector”.

imageIndian Navy deploys INS Nirdeshak for hydrographic assistance to Mauritius »

India Sends Naval Ship to Mauritius for Hydrographic Survey

TIMES OF INDIA – India has sent a naval ship to Mauritius to undertake a four-week hydrographic survey, as part of its continuing policy to further bolster ties with Indian Ocean Region (IOR) countries and counter Chinese strategic moves in the region.

"The survey ship, INS Nirdeshak, set sail for Mauritius on Wednesday. During the last four years, we have conducted around 10 hydrographic surveys in the Mauritian waters of important ports, harbours and designated sea areas around islands,” said an officer.

imageThe temporary Lake Champlain ferry operates while demolition crews continue to retrieve portions of the bridge from the lake on Monday, March 15, 2010. Photo courtesy of Ken Hoeg

Lake Champlain Ferry Brings Jobs, Costs

The temporary ferry has brought temporary jobs — and a large contract for the company running the ferry.

Since the opening of the temporary ferry crossing just south of the former Lake Champlain Bridge in February, Heather Stewart, operations manager for the Lake Champlain Transportation Co., said the company has hired more than 50 new full-time employees.

“We’re about to hit the 75 mark. We’ve hired deck hands, dock attendants and dock masters,” she said. “With summer coming I wouldn’t be surprised if we go over 75 new employees.”

imageOn 12 March 2010, Fugro formally took delivery of a new-build survey vessel, the M/V Fugro Searcher which it commissioned in 2007.

MV Fugro Searcher; Most Advanced Survey Vessel in the World

Fugro took the opportunity to look at all aspects of overall survey vessel design in detail and install the latest equipment, making it the most advanced vessel of its type in the world.

The vessel will operate in the offshore oil and gas industry and the offshore renewable energy sector. It will be able to carry out the full range of site and route survey tasks to obtain the high resolution data necessary for safe, efficient and cost-effective planning, design and engineering activities involving the seabed and the installation of pipelines, platforms, wind turbines, subsea structures and other seabed furniture.

imageITS Scirocco operating with Standing Naval Force Mediterranean  source

NATO Forces Pirates to Release Ship

LONDON — (ENEWSPF) —19 March 2010: Nineteen crew members from a small Iranian cargo ship, SAAD 1 are now free from their pirate captors after being held for 5 months.  Their release followed intervention by the Italian warship ITS Scirocco, one of five NATO warships operating in the region as part of NATO’s counter-piracy mission, Operation Ocean Shield.

The Commanding Officer of ITS Scirocco, Cdr. Massimilliano Giachino said: "The success of this operation demonstrates the professionalism and determination of the crew of Scirocco in combating piracy.  SAAD 1 is now free and we have provided assistance to the crew to ensure their safe return home."

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New Pirate Group Kidnaps Chinese Sailors Off West Africa

Cameroon — A previously unknown gang of maritime criminals, calling themselves "Africa Marine Commando", kidnapped seven Chinese fishermen last Friday in international waters off the Bakassi Peninsula in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea. The pirates are said to be demanding a ransom of between $15,000 and $20,000 for the release of the fishermen.


Obsolete Occupations: the Jobs of Yesteryear

NO TECH MAGAZINE – Overview of endangered professions at the National Public Radio (via Obsoletos): "As computers and automated systems increasingly take the jobs humans once held, entire professions are now extinct".

I would like to add to this: As fossil fuels run out, some of these professions might return. And then I want to become a River Driver…

Offshore Wind a Boon to the Shipping Industry

NY TIMES — With ocean-going trade slackening amid the global recession, shipping companies and shipyard operators in Europe are finding the offshore wind industry to be a welcome ally in weathering the bad times.

In a deal struck earlier this month, for example, the shipping giant Maersk has agreed to lease about 100,000 square meters of its Lindo shipping facility on the Danish island of Funen — about 10 percent of the total area of the shipyard — to Skykon Offshore, a maker of wind turbine foundations.

imageOneEighteen’s photostream – Ship Portrait – "Bow Fagus"; Houston Ship Channel

Panama Canal Expansion: FL Lawmakers Propose Way to Help Ports Get Cut of New Business

Expansion of the Panama Canal means that Florida is poised to seize on new trade opportunities, say state lawmakers who want to pour $85 million into Florida’s 14 ports.

imageTALLAHASSEE – Rep. Lake Ray, a Jacksonville Republican, is working with Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, on an initiative to upgrade infrastructure and expedite improvements at the state’s 14 ports, including the Port of Tampa. "Our ports, while they’re doing a great job, have an opportunity to catch an expanded market," he said.

Other states are already beefing up their seaports, said Ray, warning that Florida will lose trade and jobs if it does not do the same. Already, more than half of the goods that arrive from outside of Florida for purchase here have travelled through some other state’s port.

Pegaso: Top Secret 73m Expedition Superyacht is Launched

image SUPERYACHTS – Pegaso is claimed by builders to be the worlds largest and most advanced private research vessel. The 73.1m oceanographic superyacht, equipped with submarine, has been kept top secret and recently launched at a private ceremony welcoming 150 guests.

Launched by the Freire Shipyard in Vigo, Spain, Pegaso holds many outstanding features, one of which is that the magnificent expedition yacht is capable of traversing 10,000 nautical miles, which is the equivilant of sailing from Spain to Australia and back without refueling. She is equipped with enough engine power to reach a maximum of 17 knots with a capacity for 32 people, including crew and scientists.


Pegasus Refloated

With all the talks complete and papers signed and MOST important, Pegasus t-shirts passed along to yard crew who treasured them, twelve or so  men choreographed the sinking of the drydock.  Some on valves, some on lines, all coordinated by a foreman who watched, ordered, and cajoled his men, who spoke a delightful mix of diversely accented English.

Pensacola: New Maritime Contract Bringing Welcome Business to Port, Downtown

image On his daily commute from Gulf Breeze to his downtown Pensacola restaurant, Buddy McCormick couldn’t help but notice something big missing from the Port of Pensacola. Namely, ships.

As a former top executive in the maritime industry, the port’s nearly empty docks during much of 2008 and 2009 not only stirred McCormick’s imagination but also his business savvy. "Going back and forth to Gulf Breeze, I kept thinking ‘What a great location that is for a port,’ " he said. "It would be a great spot for deepwater support boats because it’s so close to the Gulf."

Rockaway Ferry Gets Last-Minute Lifeline

A last-minute deal between City Council members and the mayor’s office has allowed ferry service from Manhattan to the Rockaways, Queens to be extended through July.

NEW YORK – The service is heavily subsidized by city money, but that money ran out. The New York Water Taxi operates the service, which takes riders from Breezy Point to Pier 11 near Wall Street, in about an hour for $6 each way.

In order to keep it going, the city came up with nearly $200,000, the ferry’s operator agreed to take in less money, and the ferry will now make one trip a day instead of two from Monday through Friday.

Rodriguez Named to Zenith Maritime Board

image Seattle, WA – John Baird, founder of Zenith Maritime, has announced that Capt. Richard Rodriguez has been elected to the board of Zenith Maritime and will serve as Managing Partner and Director of Operations.

Zenith Maritime offers United States Coast Guard approved Merchant Mariner Training at 30 locations across the country using a group 24 independent licensed instructors.

Scotland Aims to Be the “Saudi Arabia of Marine Energy” with Tide and Wave Power

Scotland is getting ready to capitalize on something the country has plenty of: fierce, stormy waves.

Some of the strongest tidal currents in the world race around UK shores and there’s some of the highest energy in the waves that roll in from the Atlantic. And while wave power is, to an extent, dependent on the weather, tidal power has the tremendous advantage of being totally predictable.

There’s a lot more going on beneath those huge sheets of Antarctic ice than you might think. NASA researchers say they uncovered a major surprise in December: The team drilled an eight-inch hole and stuck a video camera 600 feet down, hoping to observe the underbelly of the thick ice sheet. To their amazement, a curious critter swam into view and clung to the video camera’s cable. The three-inch crustacean in their video is a Lyssianasid amphipod, a relative of a shrimp. The team also retrieved what they believe to be a tentacle from a jellyfish.

Scripps Oceanography Dispatches Rapid Response Exploration of Chile Earthquake Site

image Scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will explore the earthquake rupture site of the Feb. 27 massive 8.8-magnitude Chilean earthquake, one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history.

Scripps scientists hope to capitalize on a unique scientific opportunity to capture fresh data from the momentous geological event by attempting to characterize structural changes in the seafloor that resulted from movement along faults and submarine landslides. The "rapid response" expedition, called the Survey of Earthquake And Rupture offshore Chile, or SIOSEARCH, will use Scripps’ research vessel Melville, which was conducting research off Chile when the earthquake struck.

Seismic Survey Now Underway in Camotes  Sea

imageCEBU, Philippines – The seismic survey which will determine presence of oil deposits and natural gas in the Camotes Sea begins today despite opposition from environmentalists and fisherfolk organizations. The survey, within the Petroleum Service Contract No. 69, covers 14 towns in the provinces of Cebu, Bohol and Leyte.

The vessel, BGP Discoverer II, operated by Chinese National Petroleum Corporation’s Bureau of Geophysical Prospecting (BGP), will cover a total of 100 line kilometers in Borbon waters or a distance of at least two kilometers from the town’s shoreline.

Shetland: Coastguard Battle to Rescue Cargo Ship in Storm off Cape Wrath

Emergency vessel from Shetland fighting to tow cargo ship from Barbados to safety in Orkney in 8m seas and storm force winds.

imageShetland Coastguard were notified in the early hours of Friday morning that the Wilson Dover, a 1993-built cargo ship that weighs 3,300 tonnes, was having steering problems after suffering a mechanical breakdown. The ship is trying to maintain her head by use of the bow thruster in ferocious weather, 45 miles north-east of Cape Wrath.

Conditions are so bad that an early-morning attempt by the Anglian Sovereign, a Coastguard Emergency Towing Vessel sent to try and tow the ship to safety in Kirkwall, had to be abandoned. Communications were also poor, with coastguard unable to reach the crew over the radio.

image Sri Lanka’s Colombo Harbor to Add Another 286 Hectares from the Sea

The project was undertaken in two stages after carrying out a feasibility of developing the Southern Zone of the Harbour. The building of infrastructure of the harbour and other constructions are due to be completed by April 2012.  Construction of the first breakwater which is 2100 meters in length has been completed according to schedule.

The construction process of the port is being carried out in four stages. The Chairman said the first phase of the construction work of the port will be completed by November and the work in the second phase will commence before the end of this year.

Steamship Company, Star Island Expand Contract for Ferry Service

image PORTSMOUTH , NH — Under a new contract with the Star Island Corporation, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company will provide ferry service aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton, its Victorian-style steamship, for guests attending summer conferences on Star Island’s Oceanic Hotel.

The new contract marks a major increase in ISSCO’s scheduled trips to Star Island that resumed in June 2009. ISSCO provided three trips per week, though conference-goers reached the island on the Captain’s Lady (Newport, Mass), which sails from Rye Harbor.

Suspected Iran Drug-Running Ship Detained

Yemeni forces have detained an Iranian ship suspected of trafficking drugs in its Indian Ocean waters, the defense ministry’s news website reported on Monday.

The ship, crewed by 15 Pakistanis and captained by an Iranian, was seized off the island of Socotra in the sea lanes into the Gulf of Aden after local fishermen reported it to security officials, the website said. The ship will be searched to determine if it is involved in drug trafficking or other activities, it added. Convicted drug traffickers risk the death penalty in impoverished Yemen.  (Maktoob News)

imageResort town of Southwold raises concerns that flotilla of oil tankers risks a spill that would spell disaster for tourism.

Tankers Bring Tide of Anxiety Off English Coast

Thousands of beachgoers flock each summer to the picturesque beaches of Southwold, an English resort town renowned for its mellow atmosphere, colorful seaside huts and old-fashioned pier. But if the price of oil doesn’t keep rising, next season’s vacationers will find the postcard-perfect coastal vistas marred by dozens of oil supertankers anchored off shore.

The tankers started appearing off the coast several months ago and on a recent day, six could be seen on the horizon through the cloudy, squally weather. That was just the tip of the iceberg, with ship-tracking websites showing about two dozen tankers moored in the sea between Southwold and Lowestoft, 16 km to the north.

This Little Lighthouse of Ours

imageSOUTH CAROLINA – This entire city is a testament to the notion that they just don’t build things like they used to, but one of the best examples of that is not technically in Charleston — it sits just outside the harbor.

The men who built the Morris Island lighthouse nearly 150 years ago were so good at their jobs that the tower is still standing, even though the island eroded out from under it more than 70 years ago.

Fortunately, the sort of spirit that built the light still exists in Save the Light. The group has stabilized the tower with a cofferdam, but the job isn’t finished. They could use more money.

The next step is reinforcing the wooden pilings that support the lighthouse. Those pilings were never meant to be exposed to the sea, or sea worms, and are rotting quickly. In fact, right now the lighthouse is leaning nearly as much as that tower in Pisa. One good hurricane could wipe out an entire chapter in nautical history.


This Ocean Cruise Presents Gritty Side of L.A. Coast

Corroded metal shipping containers, belching smokestacks, trash-strewn waterways and oil islands highlight this harbor cruise.

The 2 1/2 -hour excursion takes passengers through a seascape short on the picturesque but full of concrete and metal — a ride through exhaust-tinged air and past power plants, rusty warehouses and the Terminal Island prison that once housed Charles Manson and Al Capone.

On a drizzly afternoon, a group of tourists huddle aboard the Christopher sipping wine, nibbling cookies and gazing out at the ocean just off Long Beach. Cameras dangle from their necks, ready to record the sights.


TITAN Salvage Completes Removal of Collapsed Gantry Crane, Navigational Hazards in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

The largest and most hazardous obstruction removed was a 300-metric ton gantry crane, which was partially submerged and listing towards the harbor at approximately 15 degrees, blocking access to the northern dock. Using oxy/acetylene torches and a 300-ton capacity crane barge, under contract with Resolve Marine Group, TITAN removed the crane piece by piece from the collapsed pier. Large pieces were landed on shore and then cut into smaller, truck-able pieces. A local Haiti company handled the processing and sale of the scrap metal.

imageTIM’S TIMESPilot by night in the German Bight »

U.K. Says “No More!” To Undermanning & Fatigued Mariners. What Will The U.S. Coast image Guard Do?

TOWMASTERS – Paul Coley, MCA Assistant Director of Seafarers & Ships said: “Its been known for many years that tiredness caused by long working hours and low manning is dangerous to both ships and its crews. Shipping companies have been warned about the consequences of fatigue many times. This time it’s not just a warning. The MCA are determined to stamp out excess hours in UK waters and so significant breaches of the regulations will be reported to our enforcement unit and may result in prosecution.”

How’s that for a serious burst of cannon fire across the bow!

USS Gunston Hall Sailors Teach First Aid to African Sailors

SEKONDI, Ghana – Sailors from the Nigerian, Ghanaian and Benin navies took part in first aid training March 16 – 17 aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall.

The training, part of a curriculum for students participating in Africa Partnership Station West 2010, demonstrated how the U.S. Navy treats patients with serious injuries. The idea, according to Senior Chief Petty Officer Tom Guest, a hospital corpsman, is that the students will take the instruction and be able to apply it when necessary.

"The training being taught to the students are what every Sailor aboard Gunston Hall receives," said Guest, from Norfolk, Va., leading chief petty officer for the ship’s health services department. "These classes are just an introduction to help the students become familiar with the methods we use."

Video: Riding the Yangtze River Ferry: Zhenjiang to Yangzhou, China »

Why Japan Keeps Fighting the Whale Wars

image While the team behind The Cove, the hidden-camera documentary about dolphin slaughter in Japan, was in Los Angeles last week accepting an Oscar for Best Documentary, it took a detour to help carry out another undercover sting operation — this time at a Santa Monica sushi restaurant.

Together with federal officials, the team members discovered evidence that a restaurant called the Hump — really — was secretly serving whale meat, in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. When confronted, the restaurant accepted responsibility for serving whale, and now faces a fine of up to $200,000. As Andre Birotte Jr., a U.S. Attorney on the case, told the New York Times, "Someone should not be able to walk into a restaurant and order a plate of an endangered species."

imagePhoto by Joel Milton – click to see full size

Winds Stop Staten Island Ferry Service

March 13, 2010 – NotifyNYC issued an alert saying, "All service on the Staten Island Ferry has been suspended in both directions due to severe weather conditions and high tides." The suspension, ordered by the U.S. Coast Guard and captain of the docks ordered, began at 5:30 p.m., and the Staten Island Advance reports the high winds are "preventing the ferries from docking safely."

imageSeafarer’s Friend operates in Boston, Portland, ME, and Portsmouth, NH

A World on the Edge of the Water

Unseen laborers from all over the world travel to Portsmouth by ship to deliver cargo at the Port of New Hampshire. Seafarer’s Friend is there to greet them.

Jing Guo has been at sea for more than nine months now. Since leaving China, the 24-year-old cadet has traveled to ports all over the globe. He’s one of 25 crewmembers on the massive Jin Qiang, which arrived at the Port of New Hampshire last week with a shipment of salt from Chile. It’s his first international trip aboard a cargo ship.

Since Jing and the rest of the all-male Chinese crew have no visas, they are not allowed to leave the ship. They can stand on the deck and watch people stroll by on Market Street, or gaze at the brick buildings in downtown Portsmouth, but they can’t set foot on shore. They are here to complete their work as efficiently as possible and move on, and most city residents don’t even notice they’re here.

The Young Man’s Book of Amusement

image BOING BOING – From the title of this Victorian science book it’s not out of line to assume that there might be at least a few diy methods for accidentally electrocuting yourself, but that’s just the beginning.

The tome in its entirety is supposed to be available for free as a hi-res e-book sometime this month, but for now you can see a full list of some actually really beautiful sounding demonstrations, (like how to make phosphorescent displays using oyster shells), and some other cool heirloom science excerpts at Lateral Science.

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