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Maritime Monday Note

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August 18, 2008

Too many things lined up against me getting this week’s edition of Maritime Monday out. The final blow was arriving home Sunday evening to find out that I had no internet. So there will be no proper Maritime Monday this week.

This however is a good opportunity to check through the previous editions linked below.

If you are looking for photos, then head on over to Shipspotting and check out the latest additions. You can find the casualties/accident folder here.

Also feel free to comment on any good story or link to a post you find interesting. Thanks for all your support and I look forward to next week’s edition.


Some Notable Items for this week:

National Post has “Matt Gurney: Blowing pirates from the sea, the peaceful way” noting that calling the Canadian mission to escort World Food Program ships into Somalia as anything but peacekeeping.

The Australian has an update on Ukraine’s threat to restrict Russia’s access to their Black Sea Naval Base in “Ukraine ups ante in threat to block fleet” requiring advance notice of planned activity.

SAILORS, MARINERS & WARRIORS LEAGUE has more fallout for Russia’s barbarism in “Russian Ship Barred From NATO Anti-Terror Patrol“. The ship is the Guided Missile Frigate LADNY.

Portland Press Herald has “Amistad sails into Portland with lesson in history“.

Firstcoastnews (Florida) has “More Damage Discovered at Scene of Crane Collapse“. I was at Blount Island in Jacksonville years ago when a storm came through and blew a container crane across the pier, taking 15 feet of our mast and one radar antenna with it before slamming into another crane, which then hit a third crane. Nobody was injured but the crane was manned at the time and the operator was clearly shaken by the event. I was sleeping at the time and thought that they dropped a hatch cover on the deck too hard until I heard one of the engineers shout asking ‘What was that?’

The Maritime has “China’s New Hospital Ship“.


EUobserver has “Finnish islands cause headache for EU treaty approval“.

The Boston Globe has bad news in “Mass. Maritime ship may fly Kennedy name“. MarEx Newsletter notes that the school’s alumni are not amused in “Tempest in a Teapot: Mass. Maritime Moves to Change Name of Training Ship

In the meantime, and from the point of view of a large swath of the school’s graduates, the move is a virtual slap in the face to those who make their living on the waterfront, at sea and in the boardrooms of maritime businesses around the globe. Long an opponent of offshore drilling, ANWR exploration and virtually every other industrial endeavor that makes the maritime commercial world tick, Kennedy has few friends among the largely conservative group that forms a good sized chunk of the alumni of the oldest continuously operating maritime academy in the country. To be sure, his well-known benevolence when it comes to dealing with the cadets has never extended to a pragmatic approach to their wellbeing once they step off campus into the workplace.

Vietnam Net has “Phu My Bridge to obstruct 33% of cargo ships to seaports” for a year as cables are strung across the waterway.

Shipping Times has “Largest Shipbuilding Order Ever Placed – Brazilian company inks contract with Chinese shipyard…” for twelve very large ore carriers, VLOCs.

Pacific Ocean solo rower Roz Savage informs that her back-up water maker broke about 6 weeks ago. Luckily for her she just got her tanks replenished by the junk sailing the Pacific built on 15,000 plastic bottles.


The Gulf News has “The ‘Filipino Monkey’ returns“.

Mr. Boat Blog has “Cheating Death: Poon Lim, Cast Away.“. He spent 133 days on a raft after his ship was sunk by the Nazis.

Ice News has “Fiji water in competition from Samoa” as Samoa starts bottling its own water for export.

English Russia has photos of “Polar Submarines“.

WebUrbanist has “15 (More) Extreme Houseboats and Houseboat Designs: From Speedboats to Super-Sized Concrete“.

Zee News has “Navy court punishes submarine officer for midsea collision“. The sub is India’s INS SINDHUGHOSH.

Cruise Ship Law Blog has “Final sail: SeaEscape says its 21-year run at Port Everglades is over” as the port loses it’s only cruise to nowhere.

The Mercury (South Africa) has lost cargo in “Floating logs pose hazard to shipping“.

CNN Money has “Kinder Morgan Unit Fined $240,000 For Illegal Ocean Dumping“.

CNN has “‘Joe Cool’ suspect: Co-defendant held me at gunpoint“. the JOE COOL was a charter fishing vessel that was hijacked by two guys who chartered it, killing the crew.

THE PRIVATE ISLANDS BLOG has “Island Hopping in New York“.

Zawya has “Middle East shipping industry projected to grow 35 per cent“.


Submissions for future editions:

Please submit articles for inclusion in next week’s edition using the following submit form at Blog Carnival. You are also welcome to email stories and photos to [email protected] for inclusion in future editions as well as suggest areas of coverage.


Previous Editions: As linked below or click on the tag ‘Maritime Monday’ for all gCaptain editions.

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