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  • Captain Livingstone: One If By Land, All If By Sea (Effect of the virus on the Maritime Industry (long))

    04/22/2020 2:34:02 PM PDT · by Oatka · 7 replies
    gCaptain ^ | 04/21/2020 | Captain George Livingstone
    By Captain George Livingstone – As we witness the COVID-19 crisis spread around the world it seems this big problem could morph and spread into a myriad of problems with the end result being collectively bigger than the original. The crux of the matter being there no clear horizon looking forward. According to, In the United States on 4/13/20 there were about 550,000 cases nationally of COVID-19. On 4/20/20 there were about 750,000, a national increase of nearly 30% in one week. At present 15 states are seeing a decline in cases while 35 states are still reporting increases....
  • Historic Capacity Crunch Looms as More Europe-Asia Sailings are Blanked (Suspended)

    03/03/2020 11:00:16 AM PST · by Oatka · 6 replies
    The Loadstar via gCaptain ^ | March 3, 2020 | Gavin van Marle
    By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – Freight forwarders sending goods out of Europe to Asia face one of the tightest capacity crunches in living memory over the next few weeks. CMA CGM is set to blank 23 North Europe-Asia sailings from now until 2 June, after last week announcing three further deepsea sailings in the middle of this month had been cancelled, “due to recent demand slowdown in the context of the coronavirus situation”. This month alone, 15 eastbound sailings will not take place as scheduled, and the line said the cancellations were affecting its north-south services that relay...
  • Thousands Trapped In Italian Cruise Ship Over Feared Coronavirus Cases

    01/30/2020 5:30:55 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 50 replies
    NDTV ^ | Jan 30, 2020
    Thousands Trapped In Italian Cruise Ship Over Feared Coronavirus Cases The outbreak of coronavirus has caused global alarm. Civitavecchia, Italy: Over 6,000 tourists were blocked on a cruise ship in Italy on Thursday after the vast liner was placed on lockdown over two suspected cases of the deadly coronavirus. Samples from a Chinese couple were sent for testing after three doctors and a nurse boarded the Costa Crociere ship in the port of Civitavecchia to tend to a woman running a fever, the local health authorities said. Costa Crociere confirmed the ship, carrying some 7,000 people including the crew, was...
  • Safety Concerns for Hybrid & Electric Ships

    10/27/2019 12:13:02 PM PDT · by Oatka · 56 replies
    Sterling PBES Energy Solution ^ | 10-25-2019 | Brent Perry and Grant Brown
    Preface On October 11, 2019, an explosion rocked passenger ferry Ytterøyningen while dockside at Sydnes, Norway. The vessel, recently refit with a lithium-ion battery hybrid drive, is part of the new fleet of low and zero emission vessels being deployed across Norway and other parts of the world. The vessel was at dock having been pulled from service the night before due to a fire in the lithium propulsion batteries; a condition known as thermal runaway. The root cause of the fire is still to be announced, but the secondary explosion caused significant structural damage to the vessel; likely a...
  • Barges hit I-10 bridge over San Jacinto River, freeway shut down

    09/20/2019 5:13:03 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 19 replies
    abc13 ^ | 9/20/19 | Staff
    Multiple barges have hit the I-10 bridge over the San Jacinto River, shutting down the freeway in both directions. Around 11:50 p.m., officials received a report that nine barges had broken away from their moorings at the Southwest Shipyard because the water was so rough. At least two of those hit the bridge. TxDOT has been unable to inspect the bridge because the water was too high after remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda left large swaths of southeast Texas, including Houston, flooded. The barges are stacked up, and there is possible structural damage. The freeway is shut down eastbound at...
  • Iran seizes another oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

    09/16/2019 7:09:19 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 90 replies
    The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation is reporting another ship has been seized in the gulf. Correspondent Amochai Stein said on Twitter: “Iran has seized another oil vessel in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran's Revolutionary Guard arrests a vessel and 11 crew on 'diesel smuggling charges'."
  • U.S. Sinks or Damages 6 Iran Ships in Persian Gulf Clashes (1988)

    09/16/2019 6:20:38 AM PDT · by central_va · 68 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 19th, 1988 | By JAMES GERSTENZANG
    WASHINGTON — U.S. warships and aircraft sank or heavily damaged six Iranian navy ships Monday as a major confrontation erupted in the Persian Gulf in the wake of the United States’ early morning strike against two Iranian oil platforms, the Reagan Administration said. U.S. and Iranian forces fired on each other in the broadest and most direct conflict yet, suddenly escalating what for months had been a war of nerves in the volatile waterway.
  • One of the Greatest Commencement Speeches Ever

    09/08/2019 4:14:58 PM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 38 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 6, 2017 | Dr Rick Rigsby Cal Maritime Commencement Ceremony 2017 Commencement Speaker, Dr Rick Rigsby
    This is the greatest commencement speech ever.
  • California dive boat owners file lawsuit to avoid liability after deadly fire

    09/06/2019 12:46:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    fox news ^ | 09/06/2019 | Frank Miles
    Truth Aquatics Inc. filed suit Thursday in Los Angeles federal court under a pre-Civil War provision of maritime law that allows it to limit its liability. The suit said the company and owners Glen and Dana Fritzler “used reasonable care to make the Conception seaworthy, and she was, at all relevant times, tight, staunch, and strong, fully and properly manned, equipped and supplied and in all respects seaworthy and fit for the service in which she was engaged.” Anyone who could make a claim against the company would be served with notice that the firm was asserting it was not...
  • Japan Considers Sending Naval Force to Hormuz, Mandab Straits

    09/04/2019 12:14:30 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 20 replies
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | Tuesday, 3 September, 2019 - 08:30 | None attributed
    Japan will not join a US-led security mission to protect merchant vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways, but will consider deploying its naval force independently, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Tuesday. Citing unidentified government sources, the Yomiuri said Japan was considering a plan to send its Maritime Self-Defense Force (SDF) on information-gathering missions in the areas around the Strait of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandab shipping lane between Yemen, Djibouti and Eritrea. It would also consider including the Strait of Hormuz in the SDF’s sphere of activity if Iran agrees, the paper said, according to Reuters.
  • Burning boat takes clues of fatal fire down to watery grave

    09/04/2019 6:11:03 AM PDT · by sheana · 93 replies
    KGET ^ | Sep 3, 2019 / 10:43 PM PDT | BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press
    <p>LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials vowed to find what sparked the inferno aboard the dive boat Conception that killed 34 people in waters off Southern California but vital evidence may have gone down with the ship or drifted out to sea.</p>
  • Kali's law requires boaters to wear a kill switch lanyard

    09/02/2019 11:17:42 AM PDT · by bgill · 131 replies
    abc7 ^ | Sept. 1, 2019 | Maria Serrano
    A new law requires boat operators to wear an emergency engine cutoff switch or a kill switch lanyard starting Sept. 1, 2019. So what should you know and how can this affect you? State Game Warden Shane Lewis told ABC 7, kill switches are just as important as wearing a life jacket, and he's glad now they’re legally required. “I’m actually surprised the law hadn’t been into effect prior to this, it’s a very important law and its going to really improve the safety of boating on the water,” said Lewis. “Let’s say that you were ejected from a boat...
  • Coast Guard: 25 bodies found after California boat fire

    09/03/2019 8:08:34 AM PDT · by sheana · 82 replies
    Associated Press KGET ^ | Sep 2, 2019 / 10:46 PM PDT | : STEFANIE DAZIO, Associated Press
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A middle-of-the-night fire swept a boat carrying recreational scuba divers anchored near an island off the Southern California coast early Monday, leaving at least 25 dead and nine others missing. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr Matthew Kroll said Monday night that 25 people had died. Five of six crew members on the Conception escaped by jumping into an inflatable boat they steered to a nearby vessel. Rescuers initially recovered four bodies about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles just off Santa Cruz Island, and 16 others were pulled from the water later in the...
  • Once the fire started, it was too late for many on board the Conception

    09/03/2019 6:56:09 AM PDT · by libstripper · 101 replies
    LA Times, via MSN ^ | Sept. 3, 2019 | Kim Christensen & others
    LOS ANGELES - The 75-foot dive boat Conception was considered one of the best of its kind in the region, and both it and its operator, Truth Aquatics Inc., were in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations. That all changed Monday in the flash of a predawn fire near Santa Cruz Island, when the Conception sank in flames, taking with it more than 30 people who were below deck in bunk beds, apparently unable to get out.
  • Iranian cargo ship sinks in Caspian Sea

    07/26/2019 2:18:44 PM PDT · by libstripper · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | Julyh 26, 2019 | Sara Mazloumsaki
    An Iranian cargo ship sank in the Caspian Sea near Azerbaijan's Lankaran port on Friday, according to Iran's state-run news agency IRNA.
  • Ukraine seizes Russian tanker in Black Sea

    07/25/2019 9:44:39 AM PDT · by Mariner · 14 replies
    The Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | July 25th, 2019 | Unattributed
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Ukrainian Security Service said Thursday it had seized a Russian tanker in a Black Sea port, a move that could undermine an anticipated prisoner swap between the two countries. The security service said it detained the Russian tanker in a Ukrainian port on Wednesday. Authorities said the tanker was used in a Russian operation to block Ukrainian vessels from sailing through the Kerch Strait in November. The 10-member crew was allowed to disembark and leave Ukraine since they were not involved in November's incident, Russian human rights ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova said. Russian ships fired on and...
  • Pompeo...capture of British-flagged tanker: Up to ‘United Kingdom to take care of their ships’

    07/22/2019 12:23:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 87 replies
    Fox News ^ | Greg Norman |
    Pompeo said the “the United States has a responsibility to do our part, but the world’s got a big role in this too – to keep these sea lanes open.” He added that Iran’s recent behavior should alarm nations around the globe. “We don’t want war with Iran. We want them to behave like a normal nation. I think they understand that and I think the whole world is waking up to the fact that this threat is real,” Pompeo told "Fox & Friends." “It’s not just a threat against America, it’s not just a threat against Israel. It’s a...
  • USS Boxer Downs Iranian Drone in ‘Defensive Action’

    07/19/2019 8:16:21 AM PDT · by robowombat · 14 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 19, 2019 6:29 AM | Sam LaGrone
    USS Boxer Downs Iranian Drone in ‘Defensive Action’ By: Sam LaGrone July 18, 2019 4:00 PM • Updated: July 19, 2019 6:29 AM This post has been updated with additional details on the downing of the Iranian drone. Amphibious warship USS Boxer (LHD-4) took down an Iranian drone that U.S. officials say threatened the ship as it entered the Persian Gulf on Thursday. At about 10 a.m. local time, Boxer was transiting Strait of Hormuz when an Iranian fixed-wing drone approached the ship, a defense official told USNI News. “A fixed-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within...
  • Jim Hanson: Iran’s aggression may force Trump to launch military attack

    06/14/2019 7:43:19 AM PDT · by rintintin · 110 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jun14 2019 | Jim Hanson
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was right to call the world’s attention Thursday to Iran’s unprovoked attack on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier in the day. Pompeo said the U.S. holds Iran responsible for this dangerous aggression – a clear warning to the mullahs who rule the Islamic Republic that the U.S. will ensure they face consequences. It would be irresponsible for the Trump administration to turn a blind eye to what Pompeo called Iran’s “blatant assault.”
  • Iran responsible for 'blatant assault' on oil tankers in Gulf of Oman, Mike Pompeo says

    06/13/2019 11:31:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 114 replies
    FOX News ^ | 06-13-2019 | By Lukas Mikelionis
    U.S. Secretary of STate Mike Pompeo has blamed Iran for the "blatant assault" on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier on Thursday. In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Pompeo said Iran is working to disrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz and are a deliberate part of a campaign to escalate tension. His comments came shortly after a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News that it saw an unexploded mine attached to the hull of the Panama-listed, Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous ship, one of the two ships attacked. It is the same type of mine...