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Loss of the Tall Ship Bounty: Official Report

Last moment of the Bounty: Image courtesy of NTSB

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the probable cause of the sinking of tall ship 'Bounty' was the captain's reckless decision to sail the vessel into the well forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy, which subjected the aging vessel and the inexperienced crew to conditions from which the vessel could not recover. Contributing to the sinking was the lack of effective safety oversight by the vessel organization. On October 29, 2012, the tall ship Bounty sank off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, while attempting to transit through the forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy. Three of the 16 people on board were seriously injured, one crew member died, and the captain was never found. The vessel’s estimated value was $4 million. Background The National Transportation Board inform that the Bounty was a replica of the original 18th Century British Admiralty vessel of the same name. MGM Studios built the vessel to be featured in the 1962 motion picture “Mutiny on the Bounty.” The vessel was larger than its namesake to accommodate filming equipment and personnel. After filming concluded, the Bounty traveled the world on a promotional tour for the movie. In 1965, the vessel arrived in St. Petersburg, Florida, where it spent most of the next 21 years, primarily as a dockside tourist attraction.


HMS Bounty Travels Through Panama Canal

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The H.M.S Bounty transited the through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks as part of a world wind promotional tour celebrating the ship’s historic significance. waters for the first time since the 1990’s, the Bounty left , on April 6, and is scheduled to visit the U.S. West Coast cities of , and , among others, before arriving in for the 220th Anniversary of its original arrival.  Recognizable by name for a maritime mutiny that took place more than 200 years ago and


This Day in Coast Guard History – August 6

1878- The last true sailing cutter built for the Revenue Service, Chase (Salmon P. Chase) was completed on 6 August 1878 at the shipyard of Thomas Brown of Philadephia.  Barque-rigged, Chase displaced 142 tons and served as a cadet "practice vessel" for nearly 30 years before being decommissioned and transferred to the U.S. Public Health Service. 1918-The first American lightship to be sunk by enemy action, Lightship No. 71, was lost on her Diamond Shoals station


'HMS Bounty' Foundering Probe

Bounty Sinking: Photo credit USCG

US Coast Guard to formally investigate cause of the sinking of the tall ship off Cape Hatteras during Hurricane 'Sandy'. Rear Adm. Steven Ratti, the Coast Guard 5th District commander, has ordered a district formal investigation to determine the cause of the sinking of the Bounty, a three-masted sailing ship, 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., on 29, October, 2012. One crew member died and the search for the Bounty's missing master, 63-year-old Robin Walbridge of St. Petersburg, Fla


Maritime Safety: 'Ghost Rod' Video Wins Prize

A water-based homage to the classic "Ghost Chips" road safety TV advertisement has won this year's Bounty Hunter Fishing Tournament video competition, which was sponsored by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and PlaceMakers Big Angry Fish. Naomi Willis of Cambridge won $3,000 for her “very creative and funny” on-the-water take-off of the “Ghost Chips” advertisement. The Bounty Hunter Fishing Tournament was held in Coromandel in June


Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Captain of HMS Bounty

The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for the missing captain of the HMS Bounty 200 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C. Missing is Robin Walbridge, 63. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Walbridge and Christian families," said Capt. Doug Cameron, the chief of incident response for the Coast Guard 5th District. ”Suspending a search and rescue case is one of the hardest decisions we have to make.”  


Wind Rustling Tussle

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) issued a Press Release accusing the New Mexico Land Commissioner of stealing wind rightly belonging to Texas. While not directly a maritime matter, this could prove a portent of things to come as more wind farms are built offshore. It seems that New Mexico plans to build a wind farm at the same time Texas is considering its own project. The Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office issued a bounty for his New Mexico counterpart


Exceptional Bravery at Sea: IMO 2013 Awards

The 2013 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea will be awarded to two rescue swimmers from the United States of America, for saving the lives of 14 crew members from the tall ship HMS Bounty, and, posthumously, to a seafarer from China who died trying to save the life of a ferry passenger. The IMO Council, meeting for its 110th session in London, decided that the 2013 award will go to Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Randy J


U.S. Has No Control over Natural Gas Export Destinations

Reuters - U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Wednesday the administration considers geopolitical concerns such as the crisis in Ukraine when reviewing applications for liquefied natural gas exports, but it does not have authority to determine where those exports go. Some lawmakers have called for the Obama administration to use the nation's natural gas bounty as leverage as it negotiates with Russia over the unrest in Ukraine.


Exxon Valdez: March 24, 1989

On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska.  The resultant spill of 11 million gallons of crude oil was not the largest in US history and most people forget that salvage and response efforts kept the majority of the oil safety on board the ship.  The incident resulted in the relatively swift passage of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90).  A subsequent USCG Report  provides some context for the incident and changes


Vessel Owner Fined for Illegally Manning U.S. Flagged Vessels

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Coast Guard Sector Guam has levied fines against the South Pacific Tuna Corporation for eight separate violations of Title 46 United States Code, Section 8304 for using unlicensed foreign personnel to illegally fill the roles of chief mate and chief engineer on U.S. flagged vessels.  


Seaway Wraps Up with Grain Surge

For the second consecutive year, a surge in grain movements led to a strong finish for the St. Lawrence Seaway.  The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced today that the Seaway closed for the season on January 1, 2014, with the eastbound vessel Orsula transiting the St


Life at Sea in Container Ships Extraordinay Says New Book

Cover of the book: Image courtesy of Amazon

Author Horatio Clare joined two container ships for voyages that led to the recent publication of his book 'Down To The Sea In Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men', available from Amazon for Kindle, or as a hardback. Amazon introduce the book as follows:


IMO Honors Acts of Bravery

USCG aviation survival technicians Randy Haba and Daniel Todd were awarded for the rescue of 14 crew members aboard HMS Bounty during Hurricane Sandy.

American rescuers and a Chinese seafarer have been presented with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2013, during a special ceremony held on November 25, 2013 at IMO Headquarters in London.


Tall Ship Delivers Adventure and Cargo in the South Pacific

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Circling the world five times as part of her famed 30,000-mile circumnavigation voyages, the tall ship Picton Castle has often been called upon to deliver critically-needed goods, including medical supplies and thousands of pounds of donated books and educational materials


NOAA Satellites Aid in 263 Rescues in 2012

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The same NOAA weather and climate satellites that accurately tracked Hurricane Sandy’s path in October also played a key role in rescuing 263 people in 111 emergencies in the United States and surrounding waters in 2012.   Since NOAA’s seven operational satellites circle the


Palau International Ship Registry Debuts

Left to right: Steven Kanai, Permanent Representative of Palau to the IMO and Representative of the Palau International Ship Registry in Palau; Swenny Ongidobel, Congressman, House of Delegates, Palau National Congress; Capt Mark (Master of Leisure World); Lentcer Basilius, Congressman, House of Delegates, Palau National Congress; and Chief Engineer Win (Chief Engineer of Leisure World).

The newly formed Palau International Ship Registry has processed its first two vessel registrations at a historic inauguration ceremony. At the ceremony, held in Singapore on September 28, 2012, the cruise/passenger vessels Amusement World (12,764 GRT) and Leisure World (15


NYK to Display Super Eco Ship at Korea Expo

Super Eco Ship: Photo credit NYK

A model of NYK Super Eco Ship 2030 will be displayed at Expo 2012 international exposition to be held in Yeosu, Korea, shortly NYK is targeting the achievement of " zero emissions " by 2050 and have designed the concept ship NYK Super Eco Ship 2030 as a milestone for 2030 in


Statoil to Become U.S. Shale Operator by 2013

Statoil ASA (STO, STL.OS), which built its oil and gas expertise in Norway's offshore waters, is stretching its land legs in the U.S., where it seeks to partake of the shale bounty.   Like many international oil and gas companies, Norway's Statoil has poured billions into joint ventures


Seaway Sets Stage for Busy Fall Season

Grain shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway increased by 51 percent to 830,000 metric tons in August compared to the same period last year as international demand began to ramp up in the wake of production shortages in Russia. The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that American grain shipments


Obama on Administration’s Response to Oil Spill

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In his weekly address, President Barack Obama spoke of his commitment to helping the people of the Gulf Coast recover and rebuild from the BP oil spill that has threatened their livelihoods. On June 4, the President heard from local residents and small business owners about the hardships that they


Obama’s Statement on Latest Spill Containment Efforts

On May 29, 2010, the following statement by President Obama regarding the latest efforts to contain the BP oil spill was released: “Today, I’ve spoken with National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen, as well as Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar


Historical Ship Restorations, Alameda Shipyard

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A $1m plus contract was recently awarded by the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park to Bay Ship & Yacht Co. of Alameda for the restoration of the historic three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged sailing ship, Balclutha.  Known locally as the National Maritime Museum


OMI Ordered to Pay $4.2M

Thomas L. Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, and Christopher J. Christie, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, announced that a Connecticut-based shipping company that transports petroleum products in the


Legal Beat: Criminal Enforcement in the Marine Industry: The Latest Trends

By Jeanne M. Grasso and Allison L. Fennell The Lay of the Land - or Sea In the past several years, federal prosecutors increasingly have devoted time and resources to pursuing vessel owners, operators, crewmembers, and shoreside employees who are involved in illegal discharges at sea


 
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