Maritime Monday 207

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    Maersk B Class ships’ accommodation blocks, from water, Loch Striven by wrightrkuk

    imageAlexander Grin at Barrow Haven – D H Wright

    imageCogiendo cabos РJose Angel Salobre̱a on Flickr

    imageTeekay Shippings’ Kaveri Spirit, Tranmere North Oil Jetty, River Mersey, 16.03.10, discharging a cargo of Nigerian crude loaded at Qua Iboe. Photographed from Priory Wharf, Birkenhead. She left the following day, bound for Rotterdam.  By dazzy1960 on Flickr

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    Alaska Sues Fast Ferry Contractor

    Juneau Empire – ANCHORAGE: The state of Alaska has filed a lawsuit against Robert E. Derecktor Inc, the contractor responsible for the design and construction of the fast ferries Fairweather and Chenega. The lawsuit also names the companies responsible for the propulsion system on the ferries.

    Transportation officials say the propulsion systems have had recurring problems since the state took delivery in 2004 and 2005.

  • Ambitious Plans for Earthquake Struck Port-Au-Prince Terminal

    New jetties and increased depth, along with state-of-the-art container terminal facilities

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    PORT STRATEGY РResponding to the desperate need for new and expanded port infrastructure to serve earthquake recovery efforts, as well as to address the long-term shipping needs of the country, Haiti-based WIN Group and South Florida-based Sant̩ Holding have announced an agreement to re-develop Terminal Varreux, SA in Port-Au-Prince, the largest privately-owned shipping terminal and port facility in Haiti.

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    Books: Oregon’s Own Deadliest Catch; “Salt In Our Blood: The Memoir of a Fisherman’s Wife”

    image Trawlers & Tugs Blog – Amazing to me–but maybe it shouldn’t be–that professional librarians put a book about a Pacific fishing family into the class of “literature about women in the West!”. They gave the WILLA Literary Award to Salt In Our Blood: The Memoir of a Fisherman’s Wife by Michele Longo Eder, published in summer 2009 and honored in fall 2009.

    Beware, this true story is like another episode of Deadliest Catch. She, an attorney, and her husband, a Newport, Oregon fisherman, had great days of great catches–until the day their elder son Ben was lost when their fishing boat the Nesika went down. Bob had skippered there for more than thirty years, fishing for Dungeness crab and sablefish.

    Brazil: Hermod Completes Peregrino Heavy Lift

    image Norwegian explorer Statoil has completed heavy offshore lifting of two wellhead platforms on the Peregrino oilfield off Brazil.

    The platform installation work was carried out by Heerema’s heavy lift vessel Hermod. The two jacket substructures for the platforms were installed on the field late last year. The Peregrino field’s floating production, storage and offloading vessel is scheduled to arrive on the field for hook-up and commissioning later this year. The unit is being built by Maersk at the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.

    imageLooking very unarmed yet very potent is the Canadian guided missile destroyer HMCS Algonquin, a Tribal class warship.

    Canada’s Destroyer Replacement

    NEW WARS – Previously, New Wars has offered suggestions for low-cost alternatives to restore the Canadian Navy, suffering as many Western fleets from difficulties in replacing aging Cold War equipment stocks.

    Proposals have included off the shelf versions of foreign designed corvettes, submarines, and motherships, which shouldn’t be considered less capable than high end destroyers and frigates, but the right choices for current threats facing modern militaries. Thanks to new technology, small warships can also perform many of the varied function once expected of high performance multi-mission platforms.

    See also: Jacmel, Haiti – The troops have gone and taken their heavy equipment with them; now the airport is closed to international traffic and the flow of aid has slowed through the seaport.  Departure of Canadian Forces hampers reconstruction »

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    Экраноплан "Лунь" проект 903 – massive photo essay on Live Journal

    Captain Richard’s House of WIGS

    imageBitterEnd – You may think that WIG boats are a new invention when the opposite is true. The phenomenon of ground effect has already been known since the early days of aviation and just before the Second World War, some experimental WIG craft were built in Scandinavia.

    It was not until the 1960’s however, that the first serious wingships were developed. The contri-butions of two individuals were very significant: the Russian Rostislav Alexeiev and the German Alexander Lippisch. They independently worked on WIG technology coming from entirely different backgrounds, yet encountered the same problems and came to very different solutions.

    Christensen Launches 162 ft. Megayacht “Remember When”

    Built for well known yachtsman John Rosatti, who currently also owns the 157ft Christensen Nice N Easy.

    imageRemember When has many innovative features and she will be one of the first megayachts of her size to be equipped with an integrated dynamic positioning system (DP). The megayacht is equipped with the latest navigational equipment; aside from standard sonar, she also comes with forward-facing sonar, 2 FLIR infrared cameras with a split screen for a 180-degree view, 2 96-nautical mile S-Band radars, and one X-Band radar.  Photo courtesy SuperYacht Times – Christensen Yachts

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    Congestion Chokes Chilean Ports After Earthquake

    STEEL GURU – Break Bulk reported that the massive earthquake and tsunami that killed approximately 500 people in Chile on February 27th 2010 also destroyed one Pacific port and seriously damaged three others, all on the Bay of Concepcion, a key pulp and salmon exporting area. Farther north, backlogs have choked Chile’s Port of Valparaiso and Port of San Antonio and sent costs spiraling for shippers.

    The 8.8 magnitude quake and a series of powerful after shocks shut Chile’s ports along the central and southern coast for four days in a country that depends heavily on exports to the Americas and Asia. The Port of Valparaiso was first to re open, followed by the country’s main port for cargo, the Port of San Antonio. Both are now operating at 90% capacity.

    Doha: Defense Expo Starts Tomorrow

    Naval ships from several countries will call on Doha Port to mark the second Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition (Dimdex 2010).

    image GULF TIMES – The three-day expo will feature delegations from at least 45 countries, according to the organizers. Besides representatives of the navies, those specializing in the designing and manufacturing of ships and several others associated with the global maritime industry will also arrive in Doha.

    At Doha’s commercial port, 13 naval vessels from nine countries will be calling on.  Sailors from Australia, the US, UK, France, India, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Pakistan and Turkey will be part of a display of the most advanced sea equipment.

    Fiji: Shipping Rates May Decrease

    image Rates are expected to decrease with the launch of 12 ships by Carpenters Group to service the region. Carpenters Group chief executive officer Sir Mogan Lourdenadin said the first ship, MV Osnabruck, a 10,000 ft container ship, was expected to be in the country in the next 15 days.

    "Carpenters will launch 12 ships in the region, principally for a complete footprint of services right from Australia and New Zealand, into South East Asia, covering the entire Pacific countries right up to China," he said.

    Historic Riverboat Robert E. Lee Destroyed by Fire

    imageST. LOUIS, March 22 (UPI) — Fire destroyed the Robert E. Lee, a riverboat that for years was a popular tourist restaurant on the St. Louis waterfront, officials said.

    The riverboat burned Sunday at the Beelman River Terminal, where it had been towed for renovation. No one was injured.

    In Response to California Fuel Regulation, Cargo Ships Chart More Precarious Routes

    imageNew York Times -  In an apparent effort to skirt a new clean-fuel regulation in California, an increasing number of ships traveling to and from one of the nation’s busiest port complexes — at Los Angeles and Long Beach — are abandoning a long-established shipping lane, choosing instead to travel along a riskier route that traverses a Navy weapons testing and training area.

    The fuel regulation, established by the California Air Resources Board, requires that all ocean-going vessels within 24 nautical miles of the California coastline use a cleaner-burning diesel fuel, called lower-sulfur marine distillates, rather than heavy-fuel oil.

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    iCommandant – Long Range Identification System: Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner’s Commendation

    Guardians,
    On March 19th I had the pleasure of recognizing CDR Kevin Keast, LCDR Chris Shivery and though not in attendance Mr. George Weller for their outstanding contribution to the development of the international Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system. The Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner’s Commendation was awarded during the brief ceremony.

    Their leadership, teamwork and expertise was invaluable to the Canadian Coast Guard during discussions at International Maritime Organization (IMO) meetings and through the development of the technical specifications for the International Long Range and Identification system. The United States LRIT team’s efforts were instrumental to the success of the project which allowed Canada to fulfill its commitments to the international community while providing increased Maritime Domain Awareness worldwide.

    International Landmarks Darken Around World for “Earth Hour”

    imageVOICE OF AMERICA – International landmarks went dark Saturday as lights were switched off in thousands of cities around the world for "Earth Hour," a global call for action on climate change.  Hundreds of millions of people were asked to turn off non-essential lights at landmarks, businesses and homes from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time in each of the world’s time zones. 

    Brazilians celebrated the start of Earth Hour Saturday with a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro in which officials turned off a giant light switch to darken major landmarks for 60 minutes.

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    Korea: Questions Swirl Around Sinking of South Korean Navy Vessel

    Rescue Efforts Continue – 46 Missing

    Seoul, March 27 (Xinhua) — A South Korean naval vessel with 104 crew members onboard sank into waters off the west coast of the Korean peninsula late Friday due to an unknown cause, alarming the nation that anxiously watched the overnight rescue process of what is called one of the biggest tragedies of the country’s naval history.

    The news of the 1,200-ton warship sinking off the South Korean island of Baekryeongdo, located near the disputed maritime border between South Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), initially sparked much speculation here that the cause of the incident was possible attacks from the DPRK, which quickly died down as authorities scrambled to determine a cause of the incident.

    imageSouth Korean Navy’s Ship Salvage Unit members return from their search for possible survivors from sunken naval ship Cheonan as a Marine (front) stands guard at the seashore on Baengnyeongdo March 27, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

    Kuala Lumpur: Petra Perdana Secures Financing for Purchase of Vessel

    PPB on Thursday, March 18, said its subsidiary Intra Oil Services Bhd (IOS) has secured funding of RM49 million for the acquisition of a 169-man workboat, Petra Sovereign.

    “The vessel, which is part of our fleet renewal programme, will be used in Malaysian waters for brownfield maintenance services,” he said, adding that the fleet renewal was on track to be completed by year-end.

    Maltese Registered Vessel in first EMSA Oil Spill Exercise off Bulgarian Coast

    image MT Santa Maria, a European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) oil recovery vessel flying a Maltese flag recently conducted an international oil spill recovery exercise in the Black Sea, in conjunction with the Bulgarian Maritime Administration.

    A Falzon Group tanker, Santa Maria was docked at the Odessos ship repair yard in Varna, Bulgaria.

    Earlier this month, the EMSA participated in an oil pollution response exercise organised off the port of Varna. Santa Maria was one of two EMSA-contracted oil spill recovery vessels taking part. The other vessel was GSP Orion.

    Mercator Lines: Vessel Buying Resumes

    image Singapore based subsidiary Mercator Lines (Singapore) Ltd. Listed on SGX has recently contracted to purchase a modern gearless Panamax Dry bulk carrier for approximately Rs. 175 Cr. The vessel is less than 3 years old, built in 2007 and has a capacity of about 74,483 DWT.

    The vessel is expected to join the fleet in April/May 2010 with an attached charter with a reputed company for a period of 3 years of an aggregate amount of about Rs. 110 cr. Mercator Lines has an uninterrupted dividend record since its listing on the Stock Exchange in 1993.

    Military Bases Get New Names in Realignment

    Some military installations are consolidating and getting new names as joint basing becomes a reality.

    Coast Guard News: WASHINGTON – “One of the benefits of joint basing is in learning how to talk to each other,” he said. “We all had different languages. If you say ‘emergency response’ to a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine, you may get four different ideas of what that means.”

    Joint basing isn’t new, Addison pointed out. The military has used it for years in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia. Still, he said, the concept met with some resistance stateside.

    “We know how to fight jointly,” Addison said. “We’ve gotten really good at that in the past 10 or 20 years. What we aren’t as good at yet is living together back in the continental United States.”

    National Ocean Service Video: The Surveyors, imagePart One

    Travel through time and across a growing nation with the visionary scientists and intrepid explorers of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey in The Surveyors: Charting America’s Course.

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    New Life for Old Spectra – Part I: Hanging Tires on a Tractor Tug

    TOWMASTERS – Most of us never cease to be amazed by the increasing strength and decreasing size of modern synthetic lines. What used to require a length of manila as big around as your thigh can now be achieved with a piece of spectra the size of your little finger.

    The worn hands and aching backs of many sailors have found welcome relief in ditching wire rope and instead utilizing lightweight softlines where appropriate. While wire rope hawser (steel cable) is still used for long towing astern there has been some discussion about the use of soft towlines if the same catenary could be duplicated.

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    NY: Slow February at the Port of Albany

    ALBANY TIMES UNION – Just two ships docked at the Port of Albany during the month of February, according to data from the Albany Port District Commission. That’s perhaps one of the slowest months on record for the port, which hasn’t been spared the effects of the worldwide recession.

    The massive Cargill grain elevator at the port remains full, too. But better times may be on the way. This afternoon, two heavy-lift ships, which usually move cargo produced at the local GE Energy plant in Schenectady, were at the port, and more ships are expected throughout this month.

    “We have a good run of ships coming up, including grain,” said Anthony Ferrara, the port commission’s treasurer. The port has taken advantage of the lag in traffic with a rebuilding of some of the oldest portions of its wharf, a project that will be done later this year.

    Nigeria: Anti Bomb & Terrorist Squad Now at Nation’s Ports

    image As a result of these huge investments and most importantly the need to protect lives of both Nigerians and foreigners who do business within and around the ports, the Federal Government came up with the idea to introduce an anti-bomb and terrorist squad to beef up the existing securities at the ports. However, in 2004 Nigeria ratified the International Ship and Port facility Security (ISPS) Code, which was design to secure the ports after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States of America.

    According to the Commissioner of Police, Port Authority Command, Hillary Okpara, the Inspector General of Police is introducing the squad because it does not want the terrorists to take Nigerians unawares, stressing that the only way to avoid it was to be on guard.  He cited examples of the Nigerian who intended to bomb an American bound airline and the increasing activities of terrorists in the country which calls for adequate security especially in the critical areas such as the ports.

    Old Sailor Bids Farewell to Harbour Role

    imageCaptain Ray Barlow, Port Taranaki’s long-serving harbourmaster and operations manager, retires next month after more than 50 years in the maritime industry. He talks to Rob Maetzig about his career.

    The harbourmaster role has already been handed over to the port’s marine services manager, Captain John Ireland. On his retirement, Captain Barlow’s operations manager role will be incorporated into a new management structure within the port company. Then it will be all over – almost…

    "There are a few bits and pieces people still want me to do, so I won’t be gone completely and I’m going to carry on as the patron of the New Plymouth Yacht Club, where I intend doing a lot more sailing. But I think at my age I’m going to be more like ballast than sailor," says Captain Barlow, who turned 67 on Friday.

    Operation Sweeping Broom; Taking a Bite Out image of Piracy

    Information Dissemination – Off the coast of Somalia HNLMS Tromp is busy with operation Sweeping Broom. Well, of the coast of the Seychelles would be more accurate.

    According to legend the namegiver of the ship, admiral Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp, raised a broom in the mast at one time, to indicate he had swept the English from the sea. Since then every naval ship with the name Tromp has a broom on board. And at special occasions it is raised, to indicate the vessel is busy sweeping the ocean clean of everyone standing in the way of peace.

    Pirates Demand $ 3 M to Release Libyan Cargo Ship

    image NAIROBI – Somali pirates, holding since early February a Libyan freighter flying the North Korean flag, demand a ransom of 3 million dollars for its release, threatening otherwise to execute the crew, according to a marine source Sunday.

    The M/V RIM, small cargo of a capacity of 4,800 tons, had been captured in the northwestern Gulf of Aden on the southern coast of Yemen, by thirty attackers.

    "The pirates on board are asking 3 million dollars to release the ship and its ten Syrian crew members," said an official of a program for assistance to seafarers, Andrew Mwangura, based in Mombasa.

    imageProfit-Sharing Arrangements Among Somali Pirates

    BOING BOING – The UN Dispatch went digging through the Security Council to Somalia report on Somali pirates, and discovered a fascinating and corporate arrangement for dividing the spoils:

    To be eligible for employment as a pirate, a volunteer should already possess a firearm for use in the operation. For this ‘contribution’, he receives a ‘class A’ share of any profit. Pirates who provide a skiff or a heavier firearm, like an RPG or a general purpose machine gun, may be entitled to an additional A-share. The first pirate to board a vessel may also be entitled to an extra A-share.

    Replica of U.S. Slave Ship Sails into Havana

    imageREUTERS – A replica of the 19th century slave ship Amistad, made famous in a Stephen Spielberg movie, sailed into Havana Bay on Thursday with U.S. and Cuba flags flying side by side in a hopeful display of friendship.

    The double-masted, black-hulled schooner arrived at a stormy time in U.S.-Cuba relations, but it cruised through smooth waters before tying up at a pier opposite Old Havana, the Cuban capital’s historic centre.

    The U.S.-built Amistad arrived on the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery as part of UNESCO’s Slave Route Project to remind the world of the consequences of slavery and to promote cultural exchanges.

    Scotland: Three Charged with Manslaughter in Ferry Sinking that Killed 74

    image News.Scotsman.com – Three people have been charged with manslaughter over the death of one of 74 passengers who died last year following the sinking of a ferry near Tonga.

    Among those who lost their lives aboard the Princess Ashika last August was Scot Daniel MacMillan from Islay, whose body was among only two recovered from the vessel. Police Commander Chris Kelley said a charge of sending an unseaworthy ship to sea had also been laid against ferry operator Shipping Corp of Polynesia.

    Secaucus, NJ – NJ Hotel Admits Dumping Raw Sewage into New York Harbor

    image VOSIZNEIAS – The owner of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Secaucus pleaded guilty Monday to unlawfully discharging wastewater contaminated with sewage into the Hackensack River.

    The corporate owner of the hotel, RD Secaucus LP, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree charge of unlawfully discharging a pollutant in violation of the New Jersey Water Pollution Control Act before Superior Court Judge Lourdes I. Santiago in Hudson County, according to Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor. The corporation, through its attorney, pleaded guilty to an amended count of a Sept. 2, 2009 state grand jury indictment obtained by the Division of Criminal Justice.

    Second TSA Nominee Withdraws

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    March 27, 2010 / NY TIMES – President Obama’s choice to lead the agency that guards United States airports abruptly withdrew his nomination on Friday night amid questions about his work as a defense contractor, the second time the White House has lost a nominee for the critical security post.

    Maj. Gen. Robert A. Harding, a retired Army intelligence officer, was selected to take over the Transportation Security Administration,  just two and a half weeks ago, following the withdrawal of Mr. Obama’s first pick under fire.

    Sierra Leone Port Authority to Privatize

    image The National Commission for Privatization (NCP) has commenced in earnest the privatization process of the Sierra Leone Port Authority (SLPA with six companies being pre-qualified for the concession of the container Terminal and or the bulk –break bulk license.

    The Chairman of NCP Abu Bangura disclosed that the privatization has been going on since 2006 but they are taking their time in doing it because they don’t want to rush into it, as rushing privatization “without due consideration and care in such circumstances could lead to failure with serious adverse consequences.”

    Somali Pirates Freed as Cargo Ship Crew Refused to Testify

    image 3/25/2010 RTTNewsEuropean Union military naval mission has released six Somali pirate suspects it captured after their attempt to hijack a cargo ship off Somalia failed.

    Cmdr. John Harbour, spokesman of European Union Naval Force EU NAVFOR, said it had no other option but to free the men because the crew of the cargo vessel refused to give evidence in the case.

    Statement by Vice-Chair of the International Whaling Commission on the Future of IWC

    image BYM Marine Environment News – A group of 25 member countries of the International Whaling Commission gathered in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida this week to review the Chair’s report on the Future of the IWC.

    All supporting documents and presentations from this meeting, and any future documents resulting from this meeting, are available at the International Whaling Commission’s Web site.

    Subic Bay: Cargo Operators to Sue Metropolitan Authority Over Alleged “Sweetheart Deal” with Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc.

    Mar 21 – SBMA approved the unsolicited proposal “Subic Agro-Industrial Logistics Port—A Proposal for Private-Public Partnership Between Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc.” of HCPTI on Nov. 20, 2009. Under the agreement, HCPTI will be SBMA’s exclusive cargo handler of bulk (excluding fertilizer), break-bulk and general cargo for a period of 25 years.

    The cargo operators are also protesting the SBMA’s approval of HCPTI’s 95-percent increase in rates.

    Tall Ships Go from Starring Roles to Wrecked

    SoCal: Old pirate ship & schooner were used to film movies, but either sunk or got stuck in Newport Harbor

    imageAn old pirate ship called the Fremont sunk just off Newport Harbor during the production of an early film adaptation of “Treasure Island,” according to a LA Times article dated Oct. 19, 1919.

    “But a few of the adventuring old ships are left, decrepit, obsolete, every timber reeking with tar and romance, and among them none has seen stranger sights, perhaps, than the scarred old Fremont,” the Times reported.

    The tall ship Fremont was launched in Philadelphia in 1850, the Times reported, and was first used in the slave trade, swapping rum, muskets and bolts of cloth for slaves on the East African coast. The Fremont then became a blockade runner during the Civil War.

    Tokyo: 2 Missing After Cargo Ship Sinks

    Japanese sailors were missing on Sunday after their ship sank following a night-time collision with another cargo vessel, the coastguard said.

    imageThe 2,926-tonne Outsailing, registered in the Marshall Islands, collided with the Japanese-flagged 199-tonne Nisshin-maru shortly after midnight (1500 GMT on Saturday, 11am Singapore time on Sunday) in Naruto strait, which is surrounded by Japan’s main islands of Honshu and Shikoku. All four men on the Japanese ship were thrown into the water as the vessel went down.

    Two were rescued by the 15-member crew on Outsailing but the other two men are still missing, the coastguard said. No one on Outsailing was injured. Eight vessels and four helicopters from the coastguard, regional police and other emergency agencies were searching for the missing men. – AFP News

    Tugboat Co. Cites Old Admiralty Law in Brooklyn Trial

    imageBrooklyn Law Prof. Says Salvage Claims Remain Viable in Law

    BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE – Centered around century-old maritime law, a trial in Brooklyn federal court has begun over whether or not a tugboat company deserves $6 million for hauling the Staten Island ferry to port after its deadly 2003 crash.

    The owners and crew of the Dorothy J. tugboat are suing the city for $6 million in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The plaintiffs requested a bench trial and U.S. District Judge Edward Korman will decide how much compensation is due.

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    UAE: Union Railway Conducts First Infra-structure Meet

    Abu Dhabi – Union Railway, which plans to build a nationwide rail network in the UAE, said Wednesday it had held a workshop in Abu Dhabi with participation from more than 360 local, regional and international companies to kick-off phase one of the landmark project.

    Yesterday’s workshop was open to companies with rail experience in architectural and engineering design, construction, supply of equipment such as railway tracks, crossings, ballast, cables, on-track plant, rolling stock, signalling and telecommunications, in addition to manufacturers of pre-cast concrete products such as sleepers, culverts and other specialised equipment.

    UAE: “We must fight back to beat pirate terror”

    image Monday 29 Mar, 2010 – Machine-gun wielding security guards deployed on UAE ships are being told to fight back if they come under attack by pirates. Armed security guards are the newest methods of protection being deployed on vessels sailing from the UAE in a bid to ward off Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

    Following the shooting dead of a pirate during a hijack attempt on a UAE-owned cargo ship last week, the manager of a Dubai-based shipping agency said an increasing number of security guards were being deployed from the emirate to protect vessels.

    Dogs Join the Crew in Pirate Fight 

    Dogs are being trained to attack pirates who try to hijack UAE ships in the latest raft of measures to ward off violence on the high seas. Armed security guards, who also carry pepper spray and stun guns with them, are also recruited by vessels to fend off attacks. 

    imageA shipping company representative based in Dubai told 7DAYS yesterday that these measures, along with fitting ships with barbed wire and water cannons, were now essential in the fight against piracy and increasing the confidence of the crew members on board ships.

    Captain Farhad P Patel, assistant general manager of Sharaf Shipping Agency in Dubai said: “Without private security guards ships are soft targets. It is next to impossible to guard the area solely by the international naval forces and prevent attacks.”  

    “These assault dogs are specially trained and have become acclimatized to sea conditions and are effective in preventing piracy attacks. “They can really scare away the pirates when they try to board ships,” Patel said.

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    USCG Gives Full Approval for MRA OPA-90 Salvage & Firefighting Services Contract, Funding Agreement

    TUGBOATLIFE Press Release – Marine Response Alliance, LLC (MRA) has received approval from the U.S. Coast Guard of its Salvage and Marine Firefighting Contract and Funding Agreement.

    The Coast Guard’s all-inclusive acceptance of the contract means that MRA has the ability fully contract with plan holders needing salvage and marine firefighting services required under the OPA-90 sanctioned Salvage and Marine Firefighting Final Rule, which takes effect on February 22, 2011.   

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    USCG Cutter ESCANABA (WMEC-907) pulled into NY’s Pier 17 recently.  Her history is here, their blog is hereBowsprite’s blog entry and photos are here!

    Washington State: Ferry Workers Rescue Divers in Distress at Underwater Park

    image March 27th, 2010 – Crew members from the Washington State Ferry Spokane came to the rescue of two divers in distress at the Edmonds Underwater Park off Brackett’s Landing Saturday morning.

    According to Leslie Hynes, spokesperson for Snohomish County Fire District No. 1, the ferry crew noticed two divers having trouble, and responded in an inflatable boat. The ferry workers rescued a 50-year-old woman who had experienced medical problems while underwater and her husband, also in his 50s, Hynes said. Fire District 1 was called to the scene at 11:02 a.m., and met the ferry crew, which had brought the victims to the beach.

    Hynes said the woman was transported to Northwest Hospital. The husband was checked out but did not need medical attention. The Spokane was delayed in leaving the Edmonds ferry dock while the incident was resolved.  source

    Western Australia Re-establishes Coastal Shipping Link

    imageTRANSPORT & LOGISTICS NEWS – Spirit of the Kimberley sailed from Fremantle last Friday evening (19 March), fully laden with containers and break bulk, and arrived in Broome on Tuesday (23 March) and Wyndham yesterday, before sailing on to Darwin (Saturday) and then returning to Fremantle.

    “We’ve canvassed a wide range of shippers who’ve told us they’re only too happy to use coastal shipping as long as we can provide a regular, dependable schedule, and we see that as our priority,” Mr Williams said. “For the time being we are not calling in the Pilbara, at Dampier or Port Hedland, until we can bed the service down and evaluate freight flows. But already it looks like a larger ship will be required if we are to accommodate the market.

    Why Should LORAN’s Demise Change How You Navigate?

    image NY TUGMASTER’S WEBLOG – I’ve read the articles filled with the hand wringing and gnashing teeth of how the system should be left in place as a back-up in case of whatever….hey waitaminit,  what “backed up” LORAN?  Should we set up radio beacons again and fire up the old  RDF?  Have you seen a working RDF on anything afloat besides a vintage Russian spy ship lately?

    In fact, most coastal charts don’t have the grid anymore unless it’s a special order or an antique. If you still have a LORAN, how often have you used it since adding GPS?  I haven’t seen a LORAN unit aboard for at least 8 years, I don’t miss it.

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    image Tug Brocklebank, Liverpool Albert Dock – alfplant2009

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