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  • Truckers Prepare for Massive Strike to Protest Biden [update at reply 16]

    11/16/2020 5:39:16 PM PST · by tired&retired · 76 replies
    The Stop the Tires Protest will be November 26 to 29, 2020.
  • Pirate Attack: Italian Navy Protects Tanker in Gulf of Guinea

    11/13/2020 6:25:49 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    gCaptain ^ | November 12, 2020 | Mike Schuler
    The Italian Navy chased off a group of pirates attempting to the attack a tanker this week in international waters off Benin in the Gulf of Guinea. The incident took place November 7 when pirates in a speed boat chased the tanker Torm Alexandra. A helicopter crew from the nearby Italian Navy frigate Martinengo was launched and upon arriving on scene found a pirate skiff with what looks to be about 5 or 6 armed pirates on board.
  • THIS IS NOT A DRILL – A Long Story About A Short Meeting To Save US Shipping

    09/02/2020 10:44:32 AM PDT · by fishtank · 13 replies
    gCaptain ^ | 9-2-2020 | John Konrad
    THIS IS NOT A DRILL – A Long Story About A Short Meeting To Save US Shipping September 2, 2020 by John Konrad EDITORIAL NOTE: Some elements of this story have been fictionalized for brevity. OP-ED By John Konrad (gCaptain) Those five words have special meaning. They motivate like no other. They ring for years in the sweat-soaked nightmares of any sailor who has ever heard them. They excite and calm. Words have power and meaning but few words have more meaning to sailors than these five. The first step required to rebuilding the US Merchant Marine is for a...
  • Travel in the land of long ago... Coaling/Bunkering an Ocean Liner

    09/01/2020 2:53:38 PM PDT · by NRx · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 08-27-2020 | The Great Big Move
    Have you ever wondered how all that coal got onboard an ocean liner before a voyage? It's a complex process and takes place over the course of many, many hours or even days and I don't envy those who did the work.
  • Dutch police uncover 'torture chamber,' makeshift prison; 6 arrested

    07/08/2020 5:13:27 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    FOXNews ^ | 7/6/2020 | Frank Miles
    Six men were arrested after Dutch police discovered sea containers that had been converted into a makeshift prison and sound-proofed “torture chamber” complete with a dentist’s chair, tools, including pliers and scalpels, and handcuffs, a high-ranking officer announced Tuesday. Authorities said police conducted the raid before the torture chamber could be used and alerted potential victims, who went into hiding. The grisly discovery was made last month by officers investigating leads generated by data from encrypted phones used by criminals. The communications network was cracked recently by French police. Detectives in Britain and the Netherlands have already arrested hundreds of...
  • Donald Trump: ‘The Postal Service Is a Joke’ for Cheap Delivery for Amazon

    04/25/2020 4:56:55 AM PDT · by SanchoP · 101 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 april 2020 | Charles Spiering
    The Postal Service is a joke because they’re handing out packages for Amazon and other internet companies, and every time they put out a package, they lose money on it,” Trump said. The president commented on the postal service after reporters asked him at the White House about a possible bailout. He argued that the postal service should raise their prices to help get them out of debt. “The Post Office – if they raise the price of the package by approximately four times – it’d be a whole new ballgame,” Trump said. “But they don’t want to raise because...
  • 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....
  • Offshore Accommodation Unit Attacked in Mexico. Crew Member Injured

    04/16/2020 6:15:20 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    MarineLink ^ | April 16, 2020 | Bartolomej Tomic
    Offshore vessel provider Telford Offshore's offshore accommodation and hook-up unit Telford 28 was attacked earlier this week while anchored in Mexico. One crew member was injured.
  • China’s Ports Brace for Second Hit as Virus Spreads

    04/01/2020 3:29:10 PM PDT · by Vermont Lt · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/1/2020 | New York Times
    China's ports and shipping firms are bracing for a second wave of supply chain disruptions that may be deeper and more prolonged than during the country's coronavirus lockdown as the global spread of the virus chokes off international demand.
  • Saudi Arabia Tanker Power Play Could Backfire as Oil Demand Shrinks

    03/23/2020 10:22:05 AM PDT · by Oatka · 24 replies
    Reuters via gCaptain ^ | 03/23/2020 | Jonathan Saul and Dmitry Zhdannikov
    Top exporter Saudi Arabia has chartered an armada of ships to flood the market with additional oil, but in the process has driven freight costs so high refiners are reluctant to take the shipments. That could leave the kingdom stuck with tens of millions of barrels in expensive ships at anchor when the coronavirus outbreak has destroyed oil demand and international prices have lost more than half their value compared with the start of the year.
  • Harris County to halt Ship Channel Bridge construction to correct potential design flaw

    02/02/2020 3:06:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 7, 2020 | Dug Begley
    The Harris County Toll Road Authority plans to take a three-week pause in construction on the new Houston Ship Channel Bridge along the Sam Houston Tollway so engineers can agree on a solution to a possible design flaw found nearly 20 months into the project. The $1 billion bridge — the costliest infrastructure project in the county’s history — was designed by the Dallas office of FIGG Bridge Group. The company, based in Florida, came under scrutiny when its Tallahassee office designed a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in February 2018 at Florida International University, killing six. FIGG and its consultants...
  • Will America's Ships Survive the Year of the Rat?

    01/25/2020 4:53:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | January 25, 2020 | Congressman Ernest Istock
    2020 is the 100th anniversary of an important U.S. law that becomes more vital each year: the Jones Act. As the United States fends off China's effort to become the world's dominant economic and military power, this law has become especially important. Yet despite the law’s significance, some Americans want to repeal it, effectively allowing China to expand their ocean dominance by moving into America's domestic waters. Last year the world learned that China's economy has surpassed Japan's to become #2 in the world, second only to the U.S.A. A major part of China’s growth has been its heavily-subsidized industry...
  • COSCO Tankers Go Dark

    10/09/2019 3:38:22 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 43 replies
    About a third of the tankers owned by COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) have shut off their AIS systems after the U.S. imposed sanctions on the company for allegedly shipping Iranian crude, reports Reuters. Ship tracking data from Refinitiv Eikon indicates that in the week ending October 7, 14 tankers, including nine VLCCs, have gone dark. The U.S. imposed sanctions on the company on September 25. At the time, the U.S. Department of State said the company, along with five others, knowingly engaging in a significant transaction for the transport of oil from Iran in defiance of sanctions set in place...
  • Trump Rids Major U.S. Container Port of Chinese Communist Control

    10/08/2019 4:00:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 77 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 8, 2019
    Under a long-term deal sealed by the Obama administration, a Chinese Communist company was set to control the second-busiest container port in the United States. In an unreported Trump administration victory, the Communists are out after a drawn-out national security review forced a unit of China-based COSCO Shipping Holdings Co. (Orient Overseas Container Line—OOCL) to sell the cherished container terminal business, which handles among the largest freight of imports into the U.S. It all started with a 40-year container terminal lease between the Port of Long Beach in southern California and Hong Kong. The Obama administration proudly signed the agreement...
  • Sinking of the Titanic shipyard: Harland & Wolff in Belfast has closed its doors [tr]

    08/06/2019 6:25:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 5, 2019 | Robert Hardman
    For more than 150 years, it has played a key part in the maritime, economic and cultural story of these islands. As of 5.15pm yesterday, however, Harland & Wolff ceased to exist as a company. Once the greatest shipyard in the world — producing some of the most famous ships in British history — the Belfast institution had seen its workforce dwindle from 35,000 to just 125 employees. They have now received redundancy notices and, this morning, the firm of accountants appointed as administrators, BDO, will file for insolvency.
  • HRBT expansion: How officials are avoiding disrupting the shipping industry, national security

    07/28/2019 9:32:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily ^ | June 25, 2019 | Sarah Fearing
    In the next year or two, the seabed between Hampton and Norfolk will start to change. Mud and sand will slowly move as a custom-built boring machine tunnels alongside the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Travelers funneling through the existing HRBT may not notice the adjacent construction just on the other side of the tunnel wall. Cargo ships and Navy vessels, carrying thousands of containers and sailors, may pass over the project’s construction completely undisturbed. And that’s the way Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization officials want it to stay. “It’s something we’re really proud of,” said Robert Crum, executive director for the...
  • Commercial Ships Urged Not to Use Private Armed Guards in Persian Gulf

    07/12/2019 1:34:25 PM PDT · by fishtank · 79 replies
    (Reuters) gCaptain ^ | 7-12-19 | Jonathan Saul
    Commercial Ships Urged Not to Use Private Armed Guards in Persian Gulf July 12, 2019 by Reuters By Jonathan Saul LONDON, (Reuters) – Shipping companies sailing through the Middle East Gulf are being urged to avoid having private armed security guards onboard as the risk of escalation in the region rises, industry associations say.
  • For decades, Garfield telephones kept washing ashore in France. Now the mystery has been solved.

    04/01/2019 3:32:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2019 | Meagan Flynn
    For more than 30 years, pieces of Garfield telephones kept washing ashore on the beaches of northwestern France, and no one quite knew why. Where was the lasagna-loving cartoon cat coming from? The mystery would puzzle the locals for years. His plastic body parts, first appearing in a crevice of the Brittany coast in the mid-1980s, kept returning no matter how many times beach cleaners recovered them. Sometimes they would find only his lazy bulging eyes, or just his smug face, or his entire fat-cat body, always splayed out in the sand in a very Garfield fashion. From the stray...
  • Norway cruise ship engines failed from lack of oil

    03/27/2019 7:21:18 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 101 replies
    AP via WFAA ^ | March 27, 2019 | AP
    A maritime official says the engines of a cruise ship failed off Norway's coast during a storm because they didn't have enough lubricating oil. Lars Alvestad, the head of Norway's Maritime Authority, said Wednesday that low oil levels were the "direct cause" of the engine failure that stranded the Viking Sky on Saturday. Alvestad says safety systems detected the problem and automatically stopped the engines to prevent a breakdown. Viking Sky's crew sent a mayday call and anchored in heavy seas to keep the ship from being dashed on rocks in an area known for shipwrecks. Five helicopters lifted 479...
  • Nile Shipwreck Discovery Proves Herodotus Right

    03/23/2019 3:53:54 PM PDT · by wildbill · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/23/1918 | Staff
    In the fifth century BC, the Greek historian Herodotus visited Egypt and wrote of unusual river boats on the Nile. Twenty-three lines of his Historia, the ancient world’s first great narrative history, are devoted to the intricate description of the construction of a “baris”. For centuries, scholars have argued over his account because there was no archaeological evidence that such ships ever existed. Now there is. A “fabulously preserved” wreck in the waters around the sunken port city of Thonis-Heracleion has revealed just how accurate the historian was.