Over 700 Barges Stranded by Mississippi River Closure in Memphis Due to Bridge Crack
The U.S. Coast Guard said 44 vessels with a total of 709 barges are now in the queue as a 1-miles stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed after a...
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Photos by John Forbes – Cargo Hold Restaurant uShaka Marine World » (more pics)
Dine with the sharks in the celebrated Cargo Hold Restaurant, one of Durban’s most spectacular settings, offering the most unique sophisticated ambiance. Nestled in the stern of the Phantom Ship, with superb views of the ocean and shark tank, this captivating world-class venue restores the splendour of yesteryear. At uShaka’s Marine World, Durban, SA. If anyone happens to go there, I insist on being sent a postcard!
Why “Jaws” Endures
Released in June of 1975, Jaws is considered the first summer blockbuster. Terrified moviegoers refused to enter the ocean that summer, and tourism boards across the country complained of lower attendance at their beaches. In many ways, the movie is conventional horror film.
The shark is a serial killer — "an eating machine," as Richard Dreyfuss’ character, Hooper, explains. He picks a pretty naked girl as his first meal. Insatiable, he moves on to children, young men, old men, and weathered fishermen. He is indiscriminate. Like death itself he moves from victim to victim, staring with remorseless black eyes, like a doll’s eye…
"We need to keep a steady hand at the tiller to keep the cleanup going."
(CNN) — The undersea gusher in the Gulf of Mexico has been brought under control, but the worst oil spill in U.S. history will continue to be felt along the Gulf Coast for some time, Obama administration officials said Sunday.
"If you’re sitting in Barataria Bay, it’s still a disaster. If the folks have not come back to the panhandle of Florida, it’s still a disaster," former Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the administration’s point man for the disaster, told CNN’s "State of the Union."
Bloomberg Business Week – “The pressure testing following the cementing operations indicates we have an effective cement plug,” the company said in a statement on its website today.
In this Aug. 3, 2010 photo, the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, with some of the hull panels removed to allow excavation, rests in a conservation tank at a lab in North Charleston, S.C. Aug. 8 marks the 10th anniversary of the raising of the sub, the first in history to sink an enemy warship. A decade after the Hunley was raised off the South Carolina coast, scientists are still not sure why the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship sank as well. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. / Associated Press — A decade after the raising of the Confederate submarine Hunley off the South Carolina coast, the cause of the sinking of the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship remains a mystery. But scientists are edging closer.
On Friday, scientists announced one of the final steps that should help explain what happened after the hand-cranked sub and its eight-man crew rammed a spar with a powder charge into the Union blockade ship Housatonic off Charleston in February, 1864.
Early next year the 23-ton sub will be delicately rotated to an upright position, exposing sections of hull not examined in almost 150 years.
Heroic Rescue Effort Saves 571; Part 1
By PA3 Howard J. Holmes
The ship wavered as 80-plus mile per hour winds and 24-foot waves slammed into it, driving it ward the South African shore. Hundreds of people gathered to the top decks of the disabled passenger ship Oceanos, as the hurricane force winds dictated its course.
The first distress signal from he Oceanos was received at 11:16 p.m. (South African time) by Cape Town Radio, South Africa. The station relayed the signal to the Southern Air Command at Silvermine, Cape Town, which almost immediately activated the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (RCC).
The message stated that the Oceanos’ engine room was flooded and the vessel was adrift about 80 nautical miles northeast of East London, about two miles off the South African shore; an area known as the "Wild Coast."
Chief engineer Ed Walsh on board the Gazela at Penn’s Landing. The 1883 three-masted ship resumes open-water sailing Sunday. ED HILLE / Staff Photographer/ Philly Enquirer
OLD SALT BLOG – Philadelphia’s tall ship, the barquentine Gazella has returned to to sea after five years of being limited to protected water sailing due to a damaged rudder. With a new rudder, the turn-of-the-century Portuguese-built barquentine set sail from Philadelphia bound where she participated in a Portuguese festival in New Bedford, MA last weekend. She is due to return to Philadelphia in about a week and then depart a week later for New York Harbor.
WASHINGTON POST – Since George Steinbrenner died, the Boss has gotten a lot of press — for returning the Yankees to their winning ways, for ushering in an era of big spending in sports and for amassing a reputation as one of baseball’s most vilified owners. But there’s another element of the Boss’s life that I haven’t seen discussed: the way that Steinbrenner, heir to a shipbuilding fortune, became an example of postindustrial America by moving his family’s financial focus from heavy industry to sports.
The shipbuilding business his family controlled gave him the wherewithal in 1973 to buy control of the New York Yankees, which started out as a toy. He had tried, in vain, to buy his hometown Cleveland Indians the year before. But over time, as shipbuilding sank and the Yankees became awash with money, the ball club became the family’s source of wealth, and it helped Steinbrenner keep his interests in American Ship Building afloat.
Representing the most comprehensive and authoritative answer yet to one of humanity’s most ancient questions — “what lives in the sea?” — Census of Marine Life scientists today released an inventory of species distribution and diversity in key global ocean areas.
August 2, 2010
Scientists combined information collected over centuries with data obtained during the decade-long Census to create a roll call of species in 25 biologically representative regions — from the Antarctic through temperate and tropical seas to the Arctic. Their papers help set a baseline for measuring changes that humanity and nature will cause.
Published by the open access journal PLoS ONE, the landmark collection of papers and overview synthesis (Marine Biodiversity and Biogeography — Regional Comparisons of Global Issues) will help guide future decisions on exploration of still poorly-explored waters, especially the abyssal depths, and provides a baseline for still thinly-studied forms, especially small animals.
Most of the time we don’t think about the periodic table. Individual elements are always important—gold, oxygen, aluminum—but we rarely consider the table as a whole.
Smithsonian’s Surprising Science – It just hangs on the wall where it will be consulted from time to time (or perhaps admired for its aesthetics, like the one that hangs by my desk). But there’s more to the table than just a clever arrangement of letters and numbersis y, and in his book, The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, Sam Kean delves into the fascinating stories behind that ubiquitous poster.
Each chapter of the book covers a group of elements and a specific part of science history. Readers learn about how the periodic table got its shape, the development of chemical weapons, how various elements have been used in money and why the Swedish town of Ytterby has seven elements named for it. But it’s the littler stories that I enjoyed, those bits of random history and facts too obscure even for quiz shows.
ISMAILIA Egypt (Reuters) – The Egyptian managers of the MV Suez (right) cargo vessel that was hijacked by Somali pirates are willing to pay a ransom for their ship to ensure the safety of the vessel’s staff, a company official said on Tuesday.
Pirates hijacked the Panama-flagged ship with 23 crew on board early on Monday. The vessel is operated by the Red Sea Navigation Company, based in Egypt’s Port Said.
Pictures in this week from Big Ed Westfall, Commander of the USCGC Escanaba
During this summers in-port period the Engineering Department undertook a very mission critical project. We resurfaced our entire flight deck. One of our primary roles at sea is to serve as a platform for helicopter operations, as such we must meet a very stringent set of criteria. We brought in a crew of experts to help us complete this resurfacing.
Big Ed and the crew stripped back the many layers of paint, exposing the original Colonial Grey palette. For a fresh look, they opted for a nautical scheme, and stenciled the floor with a traditional aviation motif, based on ancient cave drawings.
We hear the crew of the Escanaba love to entertain, and wouldn’t that flight deck make a great dance floor!
People descend through a narrow hatchway into Alvin‘s personnel sphere, where WHOI engineer Jeff McDonald is standing and looking up. Once sealed inside, there is no room to stand up, no seats, and no bathroom. (Photo by Buffy Cushman-Patz, Teacher at Sea)
Alvin Gets an Interior Re-design
For more than four decades, scientists have foregone a few creature comforts to see animals, or volcanoes, or shipwrecks at the bottom of the sea.
OCEANUS – On a typical dive in the research submersible Alvin, a pilot and two scientists climb through a narrow hatch into a hollow 6-foot-diameter titanium sphere nestled in the front. Once sealed inside, there is no room to stand up, no seats, and no bathroom. For up to eight hours, they sit on thin pads on the floor and peer out windows, or viewports, the size of teacup saucers. The pilot drives while perched on a small metal box.
“It sort of equates to sitting in a phone booth with two of your closest friends, all day long…” said Patrick Hickey, Alvin operations manager at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), who has logged 635 dives as the sub’s pilot.
But now, engineers at WHOI have begun planning a multimillion-dollar overhaul that will ultimately allow Alvin to stay down longer (up to 12 hours) and dive deeper (6,500 rather than 4,500 meters). To withstand greater pressures at greater depths, a new, stronger titanium sphere has been forged. It is 3, rather than 2, inches thick, with an interior diameter that is 4.6 inches wider than Alvin‘s current sphere. That increases the interior volume by nearly 20 percent, from 144 to 171 cubic feet, and that additional space has opened up a range of new possibilities.
HANOI — The former head of giant Vietnamese shipbuilder Vinashin has been arrested as authorities investigate the near bankruptcy of the heavily indebted state-run firm, an official said Thursday.
Pham Thanh Binh, former chairman of the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin), was arrested on Wednesday, the official at the ministry of public security told AFP, requesting anonymity. "His house in Hanoi was searched," he added.
Binh, 57, is suspected of the crime of "having intentionally violated state regulations on economic management, resulting in severe consequences", according to the government’s website.
ShipTechnology.com – Glen Paine, Executive Director, has announced that the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS), is now approved to offer the Veterans Administration GI Bill Education benefits to our nations veterans and other eligible dependants while enrolled in our STCW95 “Chief Mate/Master” License Advancement Program, the “AB to Mate” and “500/1600 Mate Training Programs”. These programs are scheduled year round at both campuses for the convenience of the mariner.
Veterans and their eligible dependants may use their new Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill benefits.
COLD IS THE SEA – Whenever I need some illustration inspiration (which is every day) I head over to Leif Peng’s "Today’s Inspiration" where he showcases illustrators from the the unparalleled era of the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Yale Environment 360 – A satellite image from the European Space Agency shows a vast algal bloom that could pose a risk to marine life in the Baltic Sea. The 377,000-square-kilometer (145,000-square-mile) blue-green bloom, which stretches from Finland to parts of Germany and Poland, is the largest scientists have seen in the Baltic in five years. They believe a prolonged stretch of warm sea temperatures and a lack of wind, coupled with fertilizer from regional agriculture washing into the Baltic, have caused the bloom.
Similar blooms have spread over the Baltic each summer for decades as excess nutrients trigger a rapid growth of phytoplankton and algae. This rapid growth consumes oxygen in the water, threatening marine life and destabilizing ecosystems across the region. The arrival of strong winds and waves, along with cooler ocean temperatures, could break up the bloom.
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has sounded an alert over the oil spill off the Mumbai coast, as the slick covered a large area, up to five nautical miles, from the spot where two ships collided on Saturday morning.
The spill from MSC Chitra, after it collided with mv Khalijia-III, is estimated to be three to four tonnes an hour. Aggravating the situation is the continual falling of containers from the cargo of MSC Chitra, which is sinking, as the vessel tilted precariously.
20th Century: Left full rudder by Joan Steinmeyer
The Coast Guard Art Program has a corps of volunteer, professional artists who donate their talents to help tell the Coast Guard’s story. The artists capture the daily missions the 41,500 men and women of the Coast Guard perform including homeland security, search and rescue, marine environmental protection, drug interdiction, military readiness, and natural resource management.
The collection also recounts the Coast Guard’s history from the early beginnings of our great nation into World War II, through the perils of Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Strategy Page – The U.S. Navy is having major problems with its LPD 17 class amphibious ships. Originally, the plan was for twelve of these ships to replace 41 smaller, older and retiring amphibious ships. Then, disaster struck. Five years ago, the USS San Antonio (the first LPD 17 class ship) entered service. Or at least tried to. The builders had done a very shoddy job, and it took the better part of a year to get the ship in shape.
The second of the class, the USS New Orleans, was also riddled with defects that required several hundred million dollars to fix. This pattern of shoddy workmanship, incompetent management and outright lies (from the ship builders) continued with the five LPD 17 class ships now in service. Now the order has been cut to ten ships, partly because of all these problems.
Many consider the San Antonio class as a poster child for all that’s wrong with American warship construction…
New England Lighthouses – Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse stands at Fort Point in New Castle, New Hampshire, one of the most historic spots in New England. Adjacent Fort Constitution was the scene of a raid in December 1774 that many people consider the first skirmish of the American Revolution. And the first lighthouse at Fort Point, built in 1771, was the first lighthouse established north of Boston in the American colonies.
The Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, offer open houses at the lighthouse every Sunday afternoon, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The open houses will continue every Sunday through October 10. (photo by Jeremy D’Entremont)
Sidsel Knutsen Photo by Jeff Cameron
Canadian officials say a Norwegian oil tanker stuck in the St. Clair River near Sarnia, Ontario, is unlikely to be moving anytime soon.
Aug. 5 (UPI) — The 550-foot Sidsel Knutsen ran aground Tuesday morning on the American side of the river when it drifted into shallow water while the crew fought a fire in the engine room, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The ship’s owners will repair the engine while the ship is aground, Canadian coast guard spokesman Lawrence Swift said.
A tropical depression off the mountainous north has enhanced monsoon rains and winds in recent days in a large swathe that extends to the archipelago’s central islands. A domestic cargo ship with 17 crewmen has been reported missing off a central province after encountering big waves and engine trouble, officials said. Photo: AP/Aaron Favila
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine coast guard was searching Sunday for a domestic cargo ship with 17 crewmen that disappeared after encountering big waves and reporting engine trouble.
Crewmen aboard the 498-ton SF Freighter radioed the ship’s owner, Seaford Shipping, on Saturday to report the problems but shortly afterward all contact was lost, coast guard chief Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo said. The owner launched an initial search near the ship’s last known location off the coast of Marinduque province and contacted the coast guard, Tamayo said.
Passing ships and coastal communities were told to be on the lookout for the ship, which was en route to Manila from central Cebu province carrying a cargo of steel bars.
BBC News Africa – Pirates fled a sugar cargo ship a day after seizing it in the Gulf of Aden, the EU naval task force operating off Somalia says. Two members of the 18,838-tonne Syria Star’s crew of 22 Syrians and two Egyptians were injured during the hijacking.
EU Navfor said it was giving medical assistance to the two members. The pirates, who abandoned their own skiff during the hijacking, apparently left on a lifeboat. (source)
Whitehouse.gov – Scott Doney is a senior scientist in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). His research focuses on marine ecosystem dynamics and the role of the ocean in the global carbon cycle. He returned to WHOI in 2002 following 11 years in the Advanced Study Program and Climate and Global Dynamics Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Doney is a Leopold Leadership Program Fellow and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
He is the recipient of the James B. Macelwane Medal, and is the W. Van Alan Clark Sr. Chair at WHOI. Dr. Doney received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Revelle College at the University of California, San Diego, in 1986 and a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography in 1991 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/WHOI Joint Graduate Program.
RTTNews – An investigation into the damage suffered by a Japanese super- tanker recently in the Strait of Hormuz has concluded that it was indeed caused by a terrorist strike, state-run UAE news agency WAM said in a dispatch on Friday.
M Star was sailing from Qatar carrying two million barrels of crude to Japan on Wednesday when it reported an explosion shortly after midnight. One of its crew members was injured in the blast which occurred when the ship was steaming off the coast of Oman.
According to the WAM report, traces of homemade explosives had been found on the ship’s hull…
WorkBoat.com – In the Gulf of Mexico, shrimpers working as part of offshore oil skimming flotillas say that they were not provided with adequate protective equipment by BP, specifically respirators, and were threatened with termination if they chose to wear their own.
I don’t know if this is true or not, but it brings up the issue of where responsibility for the health of workers lies and what you should do to protect yourself. In short, though there are numerous things that employers and government should do to ensure workers are properly protected, the buck ultimately stops with you. That may sometimes mean spending some of your own money to make it happen. How important is your health and what are you willing to do to safeguard it?
MOSCOW, August 5 (Itar-Tass) – Russia’s government will extend 14.3 billion rubles to support the country’s shipbuilding industry, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told a meeting of the government’s presidium on Thursday.
“Therefore we have a right to hope for an adequate response from our ship-building companies, the more so they have opportunities for this,” he said. Putin focused on the issue as the presidium discussed draft technical regulations for sea and river transport.
“We need them to increase shipping security and for our domestic industry to be able to build more modern, reliable and effective naval equipment that will be necessary to develop our own commercial and fishing fleet. We also need this to explore natural reserves of the Extreme North and Russia’s offshore fields and to revive such a promising market as inland river traffic and tourism,” Putin said.
Murmansk /Pennant nr : W206 Build : 1955 by JSC PO Sevmash – Severodvinsk in the USSR; soon to be internet sensation
Murmansk, not only a city in the extreme north-west part of the former USSR but also the name of a light cruiser which, despite the fact the cold war has been over for decades, is still haunting the inhabitants of the small town of SÃ¸rvÃ¦r in Norway.
In December 1994 while on tow from Russia to India a severe winter storm caught up with the tug & tow and the towline broke, the Murmansk drifted along for a few days while the Norwegian Coastguard, the Norwegian navy and the tug did their utmost best to stop the derelict vessel and tow her back to safety. Alas: no luck and on Christmas Eve the inhabitants of the small town of SÃ¸rvÃ¦r got a Christmas present they never expected.
And there she remained for the next 15 years, slowly dissolving under the enormous forces of water, waves & winter storms…….and corrosion, her keel slowly sinking into the seabed. (source; image right)
This past summer the wreck removal operation started and as far as I understand they are building a dam and a drydock around the vessel, draining all the water out and then starting to cut the vessel in pieces in situ. Everybody is invited to follow the progress: a 360 degree webcam taking 3-seconds freeze-frame pictures has been installed to document everything that is happening on the site.
“I find this kind of stuff very interesting and I’m sure there are more people out there who think similar?? (I hope, otherwise I’m a sad bastard)”… –SeaBart @ UglyShips.com
Damage to the Queen of Nanimo after it hit the dock at Mayne Island Tuesday August, 3, 2010. Photograph by: Alan Bolitho, Special to the Vancouver Sun
Bad Case of Crabs
Vancouver – Tuesday’s “hard landing” of the B.C. Ferries’ Queen of Nanaimo at a Mayne Island dock is just the latest example of how the hunt for a West Coast delicacy, the Dungeness crab, has disrupted a major West Coast transportation link.
Last summer, B.C. Ferries had to cancel some sailings between Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii when lines from commercial crab traps were caught in a ferry’s propellers.
“We picked up so many lines that for two weekends in a row, we had to have divers go down and cut all the lines out,” said B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall.
Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe
It was March when the Department of Homeland Security announced that it was revisiting the approach proposed in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Implementation of the 1995 Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as published in the Federal Register on November 17, 2009. Wow. That’s a mouthful.
The supplemental NPRM also served notice that, just because the world – including the United States of America – had ratified the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW Convention), this event did not necessarily mean that the United States would eventually comply with all parts of it. In fact, and according to the Coast Guard, we have two years to decide and as long as 18 months to present objections.
Summer storms are a regular feature in the North Atlantic, and while most pose little threat to our shores, a choice few become devastating hurricanes.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION – To decipher which storms could bring danger, and which will not, atmospheric scientists are heading to the tropics to observe these systems as they form and dissipate–or develop into hurricanes.
By learning to identify which weather systems are the most critical to track, the efforts may ultimately allow for earlier hurricane prediction, and add several days to prepare for a hurricane’s arrival.
With primary support from NSF, the Pre-Depression Investigation of Cloud Systems in the Tropics (PREDICT) mission will run from August 15 to September 30, 2010, the height of hurricane season.
Chetzemoka vibration issue: Deep Background
BitterEnd – The issue in this particular problem is the intermediate shaft was switched to stainless steel at the direction of WSF to save money. The original Island Home had a carbon fiber intermediate shaft for the purpose of vibration dampening (torsional vibration). The designers changed it either without saying anything or without WSF listening to why it was originally carbon fiber.
Now the situation is that the state basically has to accept the ship as it is because they directed that the shaft be changed to SS (Stainless Steel.) Todd can easily pin the vibration on WSF in court…
Michael Grey | LLOYD’S LIST
SEAFARERS are often reluctant correspondents. They know very well that the industry does not take too kindly to criticism, and that any ideas about job security with even the best companies can vanish as fast as the dew on the decks on a tropical morning, if the wrong messages reach head office.
This is a great pity, because seafarers are such huge contributors to the success of a voyage, and their motivation ought to matter to any shipping company management worthy of the name.
“Don’t make waves!” is regarded as good advice to any thrusting young officer if he is not to be regarded as a potential troublemaker…
Lake Delton is a man-made lake created in the 1920s as a way to attract visitors to the Wisconsin Dells tourist and vacation area. The lake, more of a reservoir, actually, is only about 10 feet deep and has a surface area of around 260 acres… at least it did, until June 9th of 2008.
I like lakes, you like lakes… you get the picture, but when lakes leak with little or lack of warning, there’s a lot less to like. This look at 10 drained lakes of the past and present shows the gravity of the situation when Mother Nature – or, on occasion, the errant hand of Man – suddenly decides to pull the plug.
The sunken tugboat Jenny Lind rests barely afloat next to an unnamed vessel, also listing, in Duncan Bay. Ryba Marine of Cheboygan will begin a salvage and clean-up operation today at the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard. Photo: Mike Fornes
Cheboygan, Mich. — Boat owners in a local marina are angered that a diesel fuel spill entered their harbor after the sinking of a small tugboat in Duncan Bay.
“We had an east wind yesterday (Sunday),” said Larry Shepard, harbormaster at the Duncan Bay Boat Club. “Some diesel fuel entered the harbor. Several people became nauseous as the odor was quite strong. It doesn’t take much fuel to spill before it really smells bad.” Absorbant boom materials were placed into the harbor’s waters Sunday after the sinking of the tug Jenny Lynn was reported about 6:30 a.m. (Sinking fouls bay waters)
Tugster – Busy days in New York Harbor; Random Tugs »
Maneater: dangerously sexy woman – Victo Ngai »
Rich Kelly – The Tallest Man On Earth Concert Poster
(“STCW Compliance” illustration source)
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