Maritime Monday 223: Duck & Smother

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July 19, 2010

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+50 Ways of Visualizing BP’s Dark Mess

It’s been almost three months since the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. An event of grand and incomprehensible scale, it has been illustrated all over the world in magazines, newspapers and on websites. Pundits, activists, scientists and graphic artists have devised quite a few clever (some less so) ways of illustrating the true scale of the image catastrophe.

Some are a tad histrionic, some merely ironic… all are informative. Those of particular interest below:

imageThe deck of the Pacific Responder oil skimming vessel is reflected in the safety glasses of Marine Spill Response Corporation employee Robert Strong Wednesday. BP has moved more skimmers to the Deepwater Horizon accident site as it has worked to fit a new cap on the well in the Gulf oil spill. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP

imageNew cap placed on leaking well – Wednesday, July 14, 2010: Vessels operate Tuesday in the area of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP officials have placed a containment cap over the leak. The new, tighter-fitting cap was lowered over the well Monday night as a temporary fix until the well is plugged underground. (AP)

imageUnder UV light, tar from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill lights up orange-yellow on the beaches of Gulf Islands National Seashore while clean sand glows purple.


Art for “Do Your Parts’ Sake – Dannia A., a 1st grade student from Hawaii, was one of the 12 winners whose artwork will be highlighted as a month in the planner.

NOAA’s Marine Debris Program Holds Student Art Contest

How does marine debris impact you and what are you doing about it?

“Marine debris impacts me because when I go to the beach, I don’t want to swim in dirty rubbish water. My family won’t enjoy swimming in garbage. Whenever we are at the beach we clean up our mess and pick up any rubbish we see even if it’s not ours.”

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The fishing vessel Nakat burns near Sitkinak Island 80 miles southwest of Kodiak July 11, 2010.  U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen

Alaska: CG Rescues 4 from Burning F/V Nakat

Kodiak Daily Mirror – A shipboard fire consumed the Kodiak-based fishing vessel Nakat off of Sitkinak Island Sunday morning as the crew long-lined for halibut. The four-man crew of captain Joe Macinko, deck boss Dave Merriman, and deckhands Nando Macinko — the captain’s son — and Wyatt Adams were spared. All four escaped without injury aboard a life raft and were returned to Kodiak by the Coast Guard. The 52-foot fiberglass-hulled boat is a total loss.

Anti-Piracy Changes Coming to the Indian Ocean?

imageThere have been some interesting developments in the suppression of piracy off Somalia.

Unofficial Coast Guard Blog – China has been remarkably active, and successful, and now they are following the example of the Dutch in sending a well deck equipped amphibious warfare ship (an LPD, in fact the largest surface combatant in their Navy), along with a strong aviation contingent as part of their seventh deployment to the area.

Best Management Practices 3 (BMP3) is now available for the public in booklets and on

Experience, supported by data collected by Counter Piracy Forces, shows that the application of the recommendations contained within this booklet can and will make a significant difference in preventing a ship becoming a victim of piracy.

Australia: Wharfies Strike After Worker Crushed to Death

image More than 20 ports across the country are quiet this morning after 800 wharfies walked off the job yesterday in protest over safety issues at sites run by P&O Stevedoring.

Stevedore Stephen Piper was crushed to death when a 2.5-tonne steel beam fell from a crane at Melbourne’s Appleton Dock early yesterday morning.

The 41-year-old father of two is the third worker to die on Australia’s waterfront this year and the second to die on a port operated by P&O Automotive and General Stevedoring.

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Back to the Slipway: Redeveloping Belfast’s Old Shipyards

image The Economist – Politicians and businessmen are adamant that an ambitious plan for large-scale redevelopment of Belfast’s former shipyards will not be thrown off course by a feeble economy and the coming fiscal squeeze. The aim of what is one of Europe’s biggest waterfront developments is to transform 185 acres of mostly derelict, post-industrial landscape into a whole new face for the city.

Named after the ill-fated liner that was built at the Harland and Wolff yards on the River Lagan and sank on its maiden voyage to America in 1912, the Titanic Quarter is to be a state-of-the-art showpiece, with a marina, luxury shops and flats, at least two new hotels and acres of work space.

Public money has been committed for a further-education college and a new Public Records Office. A Titanic “Signature Building” is also in the works, standing at the head of the slipway where the great ship was designed and built in the days when Belfast’s shipyards were among the world’s largest.

Bitter End: Divers Find 200-Year Old Champagne in Baltic Ship Wreck

image STOCKHOLM (AP) – Divers have discovered what is thought to be the world’s oldest drinkable champagne in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea, one of the finders said Saturday. They tasted the one bottle they’ve brought up so far before they even got back to shore.

Diving instructor Christian Ekstrom said the bottles are believed to be from the 1780s and likely were part of a cargo destined for Russia. The nationality of the sunken ship has not yet been determined.

Captain Don McIntyre and the Talisker Bounty Boat Recreate Bligh’s Epic Voyage

image Old Salt Blog – At the end of last April we posted about an expedition led by Australian Don McIntyre to recreate the epic 3,700 nautical mile voyage of Captain Bligh and his crew across the Pacific in an open boat in 1789 following the famous mutiny.

McIntyre and his crew of three set out to recreate the conditions Bligh faced.  The sailed in a 25 foot open boat, surviving on a “starvation diet” of two ship’s biscuits and a bit of tinned beef a day.

China: Major Yangtze Crackdown on Overloaded Vessels

image Chinese river ports from Sichuan province to Shanghai are being involved in the largest action yet against overloaded vessels in the region.

Port Strategy – Zhang Tingting of Yangtze Business Services says, “The worldwide economic downturn has had an adverse effect on Yangtze shipping volumes. An increasing number of shipping companies are cutting corners by reducing crew numbers to below the required level and overloading their vessels. According to maritime safety officials, this has led to a dramatic increase in the number of sinkings.”

Commercial Fishing Deaths from 2000-2009 imageTop 500

As fans of the reality show “Deadliest Catch” know, commercial fishing can be deadly, with more than 500 fishermen dying from 2000-2009, U.S. officials say.

ATLANTA, July 15 (UPI) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Thursday says from 2000-2009, 504 commercial fishermen were killed in the United States.

The report says 261 of them died following a vessel disaster, 155 occurred when a person fell overboard and 51 resulted from an injury that occurred on board.

The Conspiracy Theories Behind the BP Oil Spill

The truthers are out there: The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is generating as much controversy as 9/11

imageAs far from the gaze of the mainstream press as the leaking wellhead is below the sea are the opinions of those who are convinced that all is not what it seems in the Gulf of Mexico and that something far more sinister than a mere environmental catastrophe is taking place.

Even the timing of the explosion which led to the oil spill has proved controversial. The Deepwater Horizon rig was crippled on April 20, which is Hitler’s birthday, and the day after Israel’s 2010 independence celebrations. Two days later the rig sank: April 22  happened to be Earth Day.


Deep Water Writing is Slinging Some Chain

It has taken a while to come to this conclusion, but I’m convinced manual labor is one of the reasons I love my job.

imageOffice days have their place, charts need correcting and stores need ordering but the days when you work up a sweat and fall asleep with exhausted muscles give a satisfaction unattainable from excel spread-sheets. Working on deck here is like any other ship; maintenance and repair, lubrication schedules, chipping rust and painting steel, and lots of cleaning.

The cargo though, differs from ship to ship; container, bulk, petroleum and Ro/Ros have their own unique forms of corporal punishment. Over the last two weeks along the shores of the Red Sea and Persian Gulf the ship has discharged and loaded cargo in five different ports.

Cars receive four small tension straps, the same with SUVs. Larger pieces will get a web lashing rated to 5 metric tonnes. Anything over 10 tonnes requires chain…

EPA, UN Fuel Regulations Likely to Drive Up Prices for Alaska

Alaska Journal of Commerce – The Environmental Protection Agency has extended its reach to the Canadian coastline and the most likely outcome will be higher costs for Alaskans who depend on seafaring shipping companies for nearly everything they consume.

image Starting this month, the EPA will require all marine transport vessels and cruise ships traveling within 200 miles of land to begin lowering the sulfur content of their fuel. The 200-mile boundary — encompassing virtually the entire Tacoma-Anchorage shipping route — applies to both the U.S. and Canadian coastlines because of an amendment to a United Nations treaty proposed by the two nations last year.

Fishing Industry Deals with Implications of the Gulf Oil Spill

imageWith concern over seafood quality growing as a result of gulf contamination, fish buyers must carefully choose their stock and consider foreign options while trying to work with domestic fishermen.

Washington Post – For these crews — usually seen only in long-range TV shots, faceless participants in the gulf’s drama — working for BP can bring good pay and the pride of fighting the spill hand-to-hand.

But for some it comes at a psychological cost: They have given up control of their lives in exchange for hot days, bewildering bureaucracy and a nagging sense that the oil is still winning. The toll for a few individuals has been extreme, as illustrated last month, when a charter-boat captain working for BP committed suicide in Alabama.

Freighter Moves from St. Lawrence Seaway

A freighter that had been stuck in a key canal of the St. Lawrence Seaway is running under its own power once again and on its way to imageQuebec City.

CBC – Crews fired up the engines on the MV Richelieu on Thursday night, four days after its engines stalled and a squall blew it onto rocks, puncturing its hull. Since then, it had been moored at the lock at Sainte-Catherine, on Montreal’s south shore.

Earlier Thursday, crews patched the hole, which was about the size of a basketball, with a 10 metre-long steel plate.

George Steinbrenner, Ship Owner and Shipbuilder who also owned a Baseball Team

imageGeorge Steinbrenner, died (Tuesday) of a massive heart attack at the age of 80.  He was best known as the owner of the New York Yankees but belonged to a family of ship owners.

Kinsman Marine Transit was once one of the largest bulk carrier operators in the Great Lakes.  In 1962 he became president of Kinsman.  Five years later, Kinsman merged with American Ship Building Company and the Steinbrenner family took a controlling interest.  In 1973, George Steinbrenner bought the New York Yankees…

Glowing Oil Could Aid Gulf Spill Cleanup

imageNational Geographic – Late last week coastal geologist Rip Kirby was on the seashore as part of an effort to detect oil by shining UV lights—widely used to spot blood at crime scenes—on Gulf beaches. The method, he hopes, will allow scientists and cleanup crews to tackle hard-to-spot oil, such as crude mixed with mud or light stains on sand, that’s washed ashore from the sinking of the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig.

Under UV light, clean sand appears purple or black. Some minerals, such as calcium carbonate in seashells, glow blue. Although hydrocarbons have long been known to fluoresce, or glow, under ultraviolet light, this may be the first time the technology has been used outside a lab to spot oil.

imageOil coats marsh grass in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) And That’s Why BP and the Federal Government Have Suspended the Constitution!!

Gulf Oil Spill Photos That BP Doesn’t Want image You to See…

Alexander Higgins Blog – “The pure devastation in the photos clearly show what BP doesn’t want you to see which is also the reason for the BP ran No-Fly zone over the BP Gulf Oil Spill. The Bottom line the Federal Government and BP has decided it is not in their best interests to allow too many people keep seeing a steady stream of photos like these… “

Great photo collection, but just a heads’ up… the hyperbole is slathered on a little thick in places.  Stick to the captions.  For the hopelessly oil-slick-news-addicted, there’s some cool links in the sidebars, too.


Hidden Shame of Ship-Breaking Industry

image Chittagong, Bangladesh (CNN) — Rizwana Hasan is a divisive figure in Bangladesh. Heralded by some as an eco-pioneer, a labor rights campaigner and a “take no prisoners” lawyer, she also is characterized as being on a mission to destroy an industry that employs thousands.

Her works focuses on the effects of the ship-breaking industry in Chittagong. Each year hundreds of massive tankers, ferries and cargo ships from around the world are driven onto the mud flats in Chittagong, and then literally attacked by hundreds of men armed with little more than hammers, cutters and brute-force.

Iranian Ships Now Subject to Inspection by UN

image A deputy commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has dismissed reports that Iranian ships have been inspected under the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution.

“We have had no reports on the inspection of Iranian ships so far,” Mehr News Agency quoted Ali Ozmayi as saying on Wednesday.

The UNSC passed a resolution 1929 against Iran over its nuclear work on June 9, which also targets the Iranian shipping industry and allows the inspection of cargo ships heading to or from the Islamic Republic.

Maritime Painting in the 20th Century

image ARTFIXdaily – The marine art of Frank Vining Smith (1879-1967) has become part of America’s collective consciousness. When we envision a wind-propelled sailing ship plying the high seas, often the image in our mind’s eye is inspired by, if not actually painted by, Smith. Prints of his ship paintings adorn seafood restaurant walls, original oils grace art museums and corporate office suites, and his best works now inspire collectors to bid upwards of $25,000 at auctions.

The life and work of this beloved artist of America’s great age of sail has finally been rightfully recognized with the thoroughly-researched new book Frank Vining Smith: Maritime Painting in the 20th Century. Author James A. Craig and essayist Peter Williams present a vivid picture of Smith’s hardworking existence in coastal New England and his prolific career as a foremost marine artist.

Master Driller Aims to Bring Relief to Oil Spill

image Houston Chronicle – The nation’s hope of ending the scourge of spilling oil in the Gulf rests in the hands of a Houston man who must hit a 7-inch bull’s-eye under a mile of water and more than two miles of rock, using a drill bit not much bigger than his two clenched fists.

John Wright is the lead engineer behind BP’s critical last chance at slaying the monstrous Macondo with a relief well, and the man steadying the scope for the final kill.

Heading up BP’s well intersection team, Wright, 56, is considered the world’s pre-eminent oil well assassin, a black hat with a peerless record of quietly snuffing out troublesome wells after all other remedies have failed.

Musicians from Around the World to Stage  Maritime Music Festival

image BAY CITY, Michigan — Musicians from Belgium, Norway, Poland and the Netherlands will give this year’s Maritime Music Festival — part of Bay City’s Tall Ship Celebration — a real international flavor.

They’ll be joined by groups from Washington, Illinois and Bay City’s own Hoolie in performing sea shanties and ballads that tell the tales of those who have sailed the seas. Nine bands will perform during the four-day festival in tents at Wenonah and Veterans Memorial parks.

imageMystic Seaport’s WoodenBoat Show – The centerpiece of Mystic’s restoration projects, the Charles W Morgan. Billed as the last (traditional) whaling ship in the world, the Morgan is projected to be on the water by 2012. Ambitious.

Mystic Miscellany

Over 4th of July weekend, Thomas over at 70.8% took in the Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport in CT.  This week, he reports back with praise, prose, and pics…

I was enthralled by my weekend in Mystic.  This is a great boat show, and some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.  Kudos to WoodenBoat for sponsoring and Mystic Seaport for hosting this event.  I got my imagemoney’s worth and a lot more.

At the show I met vendor Met Chandler, (well really his wife Mo).  Met does some interesting maritime blacksmithing. Located in West Chester PA, about 20 minutes from my home, I’m sorry to say they are in the process of moving to NH, though that probably makes sense for them.  Met offer’s hand forged sail hanks, caulking irons, marlinspikes and rigging knives, among other items.  Nice work.

New Book by a Tacoma Wobbly: Yardbird Blues; 25 Years of a Wobbly in the Maritime Industry

image Black Cat Publishers has just finished publishing a book I wrote called “Yardbird Blues; 25 Years of a Wobbly in the Maritime Industry”. The term “Yardbird” is an old term that longshore workers and ship’s crews used for those that came on to the ships to repair them.

The book is about real workplace experiences and issues in the maritime industry such as: workplace safety, general working conditions, environmentalism and how to begin to make earth safe ships, the bosses, the unions, different types of ships, the great danger to workers and the environment of FOC ships and more. All that from the viewpoint of a Wobbly shipyard worker.

imageNORWEGIAN EPIC approaches the Statue of Liberty. Photo & copyright Peter Knego

New Quadruple Decked Cruise Liner, MV Norwegian Epic, Completes Maiden Transatlantic Crossing

MARITIME MATTERS – The NORWEGIAN EPIC arrived in New York on the morning of July 1, 2010, clearing the Verrazano Narrows Bridge by a mere 24 inches before proceeding up the Hudson to discharge the first five of her starboard tenders so she could fit into the berth at Pier 88 in the midtown passenger terminal.  The ship is the largest ever to berth at the Manhattan facility.

As with most newbuilds, initial glitches included wiring, plumbing and pool deck malfunctions and a problem with the ship’s propeller shaft bearing that slowed her crossing from Rotterdam to the U.K. In Southampton, a short introductory cruise was truncated so a spare bearing could be fitted, enabling the EPIC to make her scheduled maiden transatlantic crossing without incident.

New Species of “Walking” Fish May Face Impending Doom in Face of Oil Spill

Two new species of “walking” fish in the Gulf of Mexico might be swimming their way to disaster: they’re right in the path of the Gulf oil spill, according to National Geographic.

NY Daily News – The new members of the pancake batfish family, who earned their name as walkers since they use their arm-like fins to get across the sea floor, could be at risk because of the oil as well as the chemicals used during the cleanup, according to experts. The fish, which were discovered before the Gulf oil spill started on April 20, are flat and small enough to fit in the palm of a hand.

Northrop Grumman Announces 2013 Closing of Avondale, LA Shipyard

image The word Tuesday that Northrop Grumman plans to close its Avondale shipyard in 2013 couldn’t come at a worse moment for South Louisiana. Editorial – The oil spill and drilling moratorium have put thousands of jobs in jeopardy, and the region is still dealing with the effects of the national recession and the damage done by four hurricanes and the levee failures. The Avondale yard employs 5,000 people, and state officials estimate that another 7,000 jobs indirectly are linked to the operation. The ship-building jobs generally pay well, so the economy would take another major hit…

NTSB Issues Update on its Investigation of Duck Boat Collision in Philly

TugboatLife (Monday, 12 July 2010 14:46) – In its continuing investigation of a collision involving a barge and an amphibious passenger vessel, the National Transportation Safety Board has developed the following factual information:

image “On Wednesday July 7, 2010, about 2:36 pm, the 250-foot long empty sludge barge The Resource, which was being towed alongside by the 75.5 foot-long towing vessel M/V Caribbean Sea, collided with the anchored amphibious small passenger vessel the DUKW 34 in the Delaware River, near Philadelphia, PA. About 5 to 10 minutes before the accident, the DUKW 34 was northbound in the river and experienced a mechanical problem that led the master to anchor his vessel…”


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NYC Landmarks: Seaport Restaurant Carmine’s Closes After 107 Years

Carmine’s Italian Seafood, the oldest restaurant in the South Street Seaport district, closed on June 30, after 107 years in business. The landlord wanted more money. Same old story. 

imageLostNewYorkCityCarmine’s at the Seaport, located on Beekman Street, was one of the few remnants left of the old, rough, Fulton Fish Market seaport, the streets that Joseph Mitchell walked in his day. I ate there a couple times.

The food was standard red-sauce stuff. The decor was priceless, a dusty nautical theme, wooden bar, wooden booths, falling apart. It had its regulars and its lifer waitresses. I remember reading an article about the gruff, big-hearted owner, who would lend money to his employees when they needed it and drive them home. It had a soul and a life.

Oregon: Longest Running Maritime Art Show Docks in Coo’s Bay

image Maritime art work is still sailing into the Coos Art Museum this week, before the exhibition’s grand opening on Saturday, July 17.

KCBY – The bare walls in the Maggie Karl Gallery won’t be empty for long as staff has been busy trying to find the perfect place to hang and place the 60 plus pieces of work, for the 17th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition.

Port Strategy: Slowdowns Encourage Innovation and Creativity

imageQuieter times in the conservative ports sector are prompting some new thinking.

“There was this period when the ports industry was very overloaded and everything was done in a rush, rush, rush, but now there is more time to consider things more carefully,” says Martin Mannion, global head of maritime and ports at consultancy firm Scott Wilson.

He says that while some clients are more receptive to innovative ideas, many only want to go with what is proven. “They want lower risk and are not willing to experiment. With anything a little bit unusual, clients ask, where has it been done successfully before – so sometimes it does take a while for innovation to get going.

Ro/Ro Vessel Difficulties in Wind Underway and at Anchor

image Kennebec Captain – An inbound pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) was approaching the pilot station at her scheduled time, in very confined waters. A gale warning was in force and with only two miles to go to the pilot embarkation point, the wind suddenly increased and pilotage services were abruptly suspended.

The master was instructed to await further orders and decided to head back to open waters rather than wait in the confined area or anchor there. The wind caught the beam of the high-freeboard and low draught vessel, and started setting her on to the lee shore, less than two miles downwind. Using full rudder and engine power, and transmitting appropriate signals on the air horn and VHF radio, the master just managed to turn the ship’s head into the wind and execute the 180-degree turn and head out to open sea.


Severe Weather: Cargo Ship Runs Aground in Chile

SANTIAGO – A wind and rain storm that began last night in the port city of Valparaiso, Chile, has caused a freight ship to run aground where is being heavily hit by the strong waves.
At the time of the accident, around noon today; (JUL 06) there were four people on board of the freighter Cerro Alegre. The ship’s crew had to be rescued by Chilean Navy personnel.

imageThe curved ribs of a wood hull of an 18th century boat poke up from the mud at the World Trade Center site in NY.  The 32-foot-long ship was apparently used in the 18th century as part of the fill that extended lower Manhattan into the Hudson River. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan. Slideshow (11 photos) on Fox »

Ship Buried in 18th Century Unearthed at WTC Site

NEW YORK — Workers at the World Trade Center site are excavating a 32-foot-long ship hull that apparently was used in the 18th century as part of the fill that extended lower Manhattan into the Hudson River.

It’s hoped the artifact can be retrieved by the end of the day on Thursday, said archaeologist Molly McDonald. A boat specialist was going to the site to take a look at it. McDonald added she wanted to at least salvage some timbers; it was unclear if any large portions could be lifted intact.

“We’re mostly clearing it by hand because it’s kind of fragile,” she said, but construction equipment could be used later in the process.


imageThe Hawaiian Chieftain participating in the 2008 Tacoma Tall Ships Festival

Tall Ships Return to Bellingham & Blaine This Month

Washington’s tall ships return to Blaine and Bellingham this month offering tours, battle and adventure sails and a new evening sail.

The Lady Washington and its traveling companion, the Hawaiian Chieftain, will be in Blaine from Wednesday, July 14, to Monday, July 19, and in Bellingham from Tuesday, July 20, to Saturday, July 24.

The battle sail is a re-creation of 18th century naval life, featuring close-quarters battle maneuvers and booming cannons. The adventure sail is more family-oriented, featuring demonstrations of tall ship handling, singing and storytelling.  People also can take scheduled walk-on tours of the ships, hosted by a crew in period costumes in Bellingham and Blaine.

A Toothy Predator of the Prehistoric Seas: Meet the Leviathan Whale

imageTwelve million years ago, one sperm whale was king. Between 40 and 60 feet in length the beast scientists named Leviathan melvillei wasn’t any bigger than today’s sperm whales, but look at those teeth!

80 Beats/Discover Magazine – The prehistoric sperm whale may have eaten baleen whales, and its largest chompers are a foot long and some four inches wide. As described in a paper published in Nature, Olivier Lambert discovered the whale’s fossils in a Peruvian desert. The creature’s name says it all:

[It] combines the Hebrew word ‘Livyatan’, which refers to large mythological sea monsters, with the name of American novelist Herman Melville, who penned Moby-Dick, “one of my favourite sea books”, says lead author Olivier Lambert of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

US Coast Guard Captain Let Go Amid Porn  imageAllegation

Three Sheets NW – The commander in charge of the Coast Guard’s Portland (OR) sector was let go Friday after allegations that he used a government computer to access porn websites, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

An investigation found that Capt. Fredrick Myer is alleged to have repeatedly viewed pornographic and other restricted websites. Capt. Leonard Tumbarello, currently the deputy of the Coast Guard’s Seattle sector, has been temporarily assigned to head the Portland sector. A final determination on Myer’s future with the Coast Guard will be made by the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, D.C.

Wales-Devon Ferry Boats Put Up for Sale

image Concerns have been raised about the future of the proposed South Wales to Devon fast ferry service after it emerged the vessels due to carry out the crossings are up for sale.

Newly-formed Severn Link originally planned the regular Swansea to Ilfracombe fast ferry service would start this summer. The company suggested further links between Penarth and Minehead could also be added, in a major boost to tourism.

Last month, Severn Link announced it was postponing the service until 2011 because of problems over landing facilities.

Yemen Acts to Secure Key Strait

image On a rocky volcanic outcrop set in the deep and treacherous waters of a vital strait linking Europe to Asia, Yemen’s coastguard is building a base to help secure one of the world’s busiest waterways. – Somali pirates trawl the sea south of the Bab Al Mandab strait off Yemen’s coast, and in recent months have stepped up attacks on tankers, cargo ships and fishing vessels in defiance of a major crackdown by navies from at least a dozen countries.

But Yemen has deeper worries about security off its coast after a resurgent Al Qaeda arm called for a blockade of the strait between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, through which 25,000 ships – 7% of world shipping – pass each year.


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Monkey Fist is a smack-talking, potty mouthed, Yankee hating, Red Sox fan from Portland, Maine.  In addition to compiling Maritime Monday, she blogs about nautical history, marine science, art, current events, and coastal New England life on Casco Bay Boaters blog.
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