The Maritime Executive alerted me to this amazing video of a freefall release of a lifeboat from a record-breaking height. 55 M or 180.4 FT is now the world record for a freefall release of an enclosed lifeboat. At 33 tons, the falling lifeboat and the resulting water entry is a sight to see. The […]
The AP compiled a list of the deadliest and most famous civilian maritime disasters: July 26 or 27, 2009: A sailboat overloaded with Haitian migrants capsizes off the Turks and Caicos Islands. Police recover 11 bodies and about 70 people are believed to be missing. March 29, 2009: Wooden vessel packed with migrants bound for […]
You may recall the widely published and tracked voyage of the North Korean cargo ship Kang Nam 1 that occured during most of june and early July. It’s destination and cargo was widely speculated, and the fear or assumption was that it was carrying some type of elicit cargo such as weapons or nuclear material. […]
Came across this interesting article by the Associated Press concerning tug operator licensing. Jul 8th, 2009 | NEW ORLEANS — A federal program to recruit more tugboat pilots may have backfired by allowing thousands of novice captains to take the helm and contributing to a 25 percent increase in the number of accidents on the […]
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferries Division (WSF) is moving forward on building new ferries to replace its aging fleet. Check out some of their photos on flickr. They are building new 64-car ferries, and 144 car ferries. The 64-car ferries will be constructed at Todd Shipyard in Seattle.
Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVIC), usually pronounced “Nav-iks” may be able to help you or your ship in the constant quest to stay in compliance within the maze of regulations and policies. Here is the Coast Guard’s own description of NVICs – A Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) provides detailed guidance about the […]
This past Wednesday marked the implementation of a new regulation in the state of California requiring every commercial ocean-going vessels over 400 ft in length or greater than 10,000 gross tons to switch to fuel with lower sulfur content before coming within 24 nautical miles of the state’s coast.