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Friday, January 27, 2023

Maui’s dolphin

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on December 31, 2013

The New Zealand Department of Conservation recently expanded the existing ban on set net fishing off the west coast of the North Island by an additional 350 square kilometers in an effort to reverse the decline in numbers of Maui’s dolphin.

Teach your friends to dive

Posted to Maritime Updates (by Commercial Welding Programs) on March 21, 2012

The Underwater Welding Schools Blog on the Underwater Welding Schools site just posted a new profile of a program that is great at introducing non-divers and recreational divers to the practice of technical diving. If you are a professional diver…

South China terminals face capacity overhang as demand falters

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on March 15, 2012

South China’s annual throughput was close to 60 million TEUs last year. There is no cluster of ports in the world that can boast that kind of volume, which enabled the province of Guangdong to claim a third of China exports. The rise of manufacturing…

Move to unite seafarers’ unions

Posted to Move to unite seafarers’ unions (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 26, 2011

With inter union rivalry beginning to tell heavily on the welfare of Indian seafarers, the Forward Seamen’s Union of India (FSUI) has made peace overtures to the other major Union, the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) to work together for ‘the well being of our brothers’.

USS Somers

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on September 18, 2012

The brig USS Somers, launched in April 1842, was the second vessel of the United States Navy to bear that name. Like its predecessor, it was named in honor of Lieutenant Richard Somers (1778-1804) who died with his crew when the bomb ketch Intrepid…

Cabotage Law relaxed for Vallarpadam in South India

Posted to Cabotage Law relaxed for Vallarpadam in South India (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 10, 2012

The Indian government has finally relaxed the Cabotage law for the Dubai Port World (DP World) operated International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) at Vallarpadam, Kochi in South India despite the spirited opposition by the Indian ship owners lobby.

Jack Ward (1553-1622)

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on March 11, 2011

Born in Faversham, Kent in about 1553, Jack Ward (or Birdy) spent his youth in the fisheries trade. Following the defeat of the Spanish Armada, he participated in privateering, an activity encouraged by Queen Elizabeth. With the accession of James I in 1603, Letters of Marque were no longer issued.


Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on December 21, 2010

Nikumaroro (previously known as Gardner Island) is a small coral atoll in the central Pacific Ocean situated just south of the Equator and just west of the 180th meridian. It lies in the Phoenix Island Chain and is part of the Republic of Kiribati.

U.S. Coast Guard: Cherry-Picking is Not an Option

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 1, 2010

Responding directly to our August 10th article entitled, “STCW Compliance: will we or won’t we,” the U.S. Coast Guard’s Director of National and International Standards has affirmed the U.S. position on STCW compliance, especially as it relates…

Registration of BBCD vessel under Indian flag opposed

Posted to Registration of BBCD vessel under Indian flag opposed (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 19, 2010

With foreign shipping companies like American Eagle Tankers, dredging giants, and others getting set to flag in their vessels, Indian ship owners have raised their pitch against the move by the government to allow registration of ships acquired through the bare boat cum charter demise (BBCD) route.

Economic Analysis of Offshore Marine Industry Could Sway Policymakers

Posted to Gulf Coast Maritime (by Matt Gresham) on March 1, 2010

From the halls of Congress to the county courthouse, lawmakers and government bureaucrats alike love numbers. They use them in graphs and display them on poster boards so all can see the benefits of the latest program or industry up for debate at any particular time.


Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on January 25, 2010

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) was developed as a collision avoidance tool. It incorporates data from various onboard sensors, showing position, course, speed, etc. as well as the identity of the vessel, and transmits that information automatically and repeatedly in the VHF-FM bandwidth.

Issues associated with the use of low viscosity distillates

Posted to Issues associated with the use of low viscosity distillates (by Gregory Trauthwein) on January 14, 2010

1.  Lubricity issues of distillates versus residual fuels. 2.  Suitability of existing equipment for use with distillate fuels. 3.  Operational safety when using distillates in large marine auxiliary and propulsion boilers. Lubricity concerns…

Convenient Airbrushing of a Ghost from the Ghost Fleet

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on October 26, 2009

MARAD proudly declared this week that at least 25 ships of the Suisun Bay reserve fleet, popularly known as the ghost fleet, will be cleaned up in a San Francisco yard and then towed to Brownsville to be broken up. Two cargo ships – subject…

GPS errors

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on October 23, 2009

The Global Positioning System (GPS) was initiated by the US Department of Defense (DOD) as a position-finding system to be used for military purposes. Originally, it was envisaged for use by nuclear submarines so that they could better aim their ballistic missiles.


Posted to THE BUSINESS OF SUPERYACHTS - BRANSOM BEAN (by bransom bean) on October 21, 2009

As a business coach, I have learned that some VC’s (or “venture capitalists” - sorry if you already knew that but you might have thought I meant Viet Cong; yes I AM that old but I was in Submarines remember ) can be to some business owners they finance as boats in general are to boat owners.

Women on Tugs

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on October 14, 2009

I'll start this inaugural blog post of MarineNews Notes with what I'm working on for the November edition of MarineNews - women on tugs. I don’t do many stories that get too deep into social and cultural debates, and I didn't think I'd run into…