While this is the first edition posted at gCaptain, this is the 99th edition of Maritime Monday. You can find links to all the previous editions at the bottom of this post. To stay informed all week long, be sure to check out gCaptain’sDiscoverer site and vote for your favorite stories as well as add ones that you find.
This Weeks Photos:
This weeks photos are courtesy of my good friend Kami, who writes:
This is kind of a big deal. Especially if you are from Norway. I just witnessed the first discharge of LNG (liquid natural gas, the stuff that when gasified becomes the natural gas we have in our homes).
The first cargo of gas from the Norwegian continental shelf arrived in the USA on 21 February. This shipment of SnÃ¸hvit LNG is the first delivery of gas from Europe to the world’s largest energy market.
The LNG carrier Arctic Discoverer docked at the Cove Point gas import terminal in the state of Maryland, south of Washington DC, at around 14:30 p.m. local time yesterday, after a voyage of 12 days across the Atlantic ocean. Its cargo comes from the world’s most northerly export facility for LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) at MelkÃ¸ya outside Hammerfest in Finnmark.
LNG Carrier ARCTIC DISCOVERER
Click on the image below for more details about LNG:
Also, be sure to check out Maritime Monday 36 which has photos of the Statoil LNG carrier ARCTIC PRINCESS, a tank diagram and Statoil’s presentation ‘The Long Road to LNG’ which gives an overview of an LNG plant.
Also be sure to check out Chaotic Synaptic Activity‘s weekly series Monday Maritime Matters which in last week’s edition he covered US Navy Diver Robert Stethem and the ship named in his honor. (Check his homepage for this week’s edition once he gets it posted.)
Scandinavian Shipping Gazettecovers the Danish Maritime Authority’s closing of their case against the officers of the DANICA WHITE without pressing charges, in relation to the vessel’s hijacking off Somalia. It sounds like they are sweeping this incident under the rug to avoid any scrutiny that might be pointed in their direction. Read my post ‘Danica White Hijacking – ‘Minimum Safe Manning’ Partly to Blame?‘ for more details.
CDR Salamandercovers the 1852 sinking of the HM TROOPSHIP BIRKENHEAD whose actions of the soldiers onboard gave birth to the phrase “women and children first”.
Readers of your front-page story would be forgiven for thinking that shipping is inefficient in terms of CO2 emissions and should be targeted in efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions (True scale of CO2 emissions from shipping revealed, February 13). Even aviation is only “responsible for about 650m tonnes of CO2 emissions a year, just over half that from shipping”, you report.
Perhaps we should park all the ships and send the trade by air? That would be a catastrophe for the environment – as well as a physical impossibility! Air freight produces 100 times as much CO2 per tonne kilometre. Such a move would quadruple total man-made CO2 emissions. This is a measure of the carbon-friendly nature of the shipping industry – although the industry is far from complacent and continues to work to reduce CO2 output.
Normally, it is the Coast Guard that has the upper hand on Merchant Mariners, which is understandable considering that they not only license them but they also come around inspecting their workplace all the time, not to mention showing up every time you make a mistake. However, Tidewater Musingsis trying to figure out how to handle former Merchant Mariner Eric Shine, who for some reason is on a mad mission against the Coast Guard. Mr. Shine has also managed to tick offThe Coast Guard Report. It seems that a common problem amongst the CG sites is that nobody can figure out what his issue with the CG is. Either they are part of a massive cover-up or they really respect privacy over there in the Coast Guard, because if anyone has looked into his files, they aren’t sharing. (And no, I am not suggesting that they should!)
The report includes this illustration of the possible fuel savings by shifting movement of cargo by water from highways and rail:
Fairplay Daily News has:
China’s maritime toll revealed – SHANGHAI 20 February – The wreck of the Chinese bulker Jinshan, which sank two days ago north of the Philippines, has not been discovered yet. Of the 28 seamen aboard, 26 were rescued from their life boat by a passing tanker. The ship’s captain and chief engineer stayed on board and are feared to have gone down with it. Rumours of an accompanying oil spill are being denied by Philippine authorities. Closer to China, a fishing boat from Fuzhou province has gone missing north of Taiwan, with all of its eight crew presumed drowned. Despite an extensive search effort, no trace has yet been found. China’s State Bureau of Oceanic Administration today announced that in 2007 natural, sea-related disasters have caused Rmb8.8bn ($1.2bn) of economic loss and 161 casualties. Last year 8,560 vessels of all shapes and sizes sank or were heavily damaged along the coastal provinces, with 18 people lost. Zhejiang and Liaoning provinces were hit hardest. – Fairplay Homepage (Used with Permission)
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