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Call for Changes to SOLAS to Combat Piracy

Prominent UK and US maritime lawyer and maritime author Dr John A.C. Cartner is calling on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to enact changes to the Safety at Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to combat the continuing problem of piracy facing the global merchant fleet by allowing ships to carry armed guards. Piracy is a growing phenomenon with 1,181 seafarers captured and eight killed in 2010.    According to Dr Cartner, managing member of Washington-based law firm Cartner & Fiske LLC, under SOLAS and other laws it is a ship master’s doctrinal duty to protect the lives of those aboard his ship, but that he may not currently lawfully do this with private armed guards.  As pirates endanger the lives of persons aboard ships, SOLAS should be amended under the tacit acceptance procedure of the Convention to give limited transactional immunity to the shipowner and master placing armed guards aboard their vessels to protect the lives of those aboard. The tacit acceptance procedure facilitates a quick and simple modification to keep pace with rapidly-evolving technology in shipping, but can also be used to deal with pirates.    Dr Cartner, who is himself an unrestricted master mariner who has commanded tankers and container vessels, said: “A vote of IMO members can pass a change to SOLAS which would give limited transactional immunity to any person who in good faith injures a putative pirate to protect the lives aboard


MLL Welcomes Aboard 50 Cadets This Summer

Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) and Farrell Lines, a subsidiary of MLL, will provide sailing opportunities this summer to 50 Cadets of U.S. maritime academies. The Cadets will be able to apply classroom lessons at sea while aboard U.S. flag commercial container and roll-on/roll-off vessels. For more than a decade, MLL has contributed to the training of future U.S. Merchant Mariners through its summer sailing program. This program is similar to a traditional internship for college students who


Austal Gets Contract For Passenger Catamarans

Austal Ships has received a contract for two 136 ft. passenger/cargo catamarans for ferry operator, Ofotens og Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskad ASA (OVDS) of Norway. Designed for difficult sea and harsh weather conditions, the two new aluminium catamarans are due for delivery at the end of April 2003 and will be built by Austal subsidiary, Image Marine. Capable of carrying 216 passengers and 30 Euro pallets (12 tons of refrigerated cargo)


Wegener Joins Austal USA

Austal USA has introduced a new member to its sales team: Carl F. Wegener is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Wegener has over 15 years of experience in the marine industry having worked with companies such as Newport News Shipbuilding and United Shipbuilders of America. His sales experience in both international and domestic marine markets will be essential in the ongoing development by the Austal Group of their new generation of specialty cruise


MAN Extends Helping Hand to Mercy Ships

Africa Mercy: Photo Wiki CCL

MAN Diesel & Turbo says it has donated the equivalent of $115,000 dollars in service, spare parts and training to keep the engines of the hospital ship 'Africa Mercy', operated by Mercy Ships, in top condition to continue its charity work in Africa. MAN Diesel & Turbo continues its charitable support of the world’s largest civilian hospital ship which provides medical care in African coastal areas to those who couldn’t otherwise afford it


WESMAR Bow Thruster Integrate Safety

WESMAR Bow Thruster integrate safety

  “The WESMAR thruster works really well. It turns the boat on a dime,” says Wylie Sacks of Pembroke Pines, Florida, who with his son, ‘Vinnie,’ a 100-ton licensed captain, operates a charter boat out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They installed a WESMAR Model V2-10m 13 hp thruster on their 43-foot Torres the YB NORMAL. “The WESMAR thruster works really well. It turns the boat on a dime,” says Wylie Sacks of Pembroke Pines, Florida, who with his son


Crowley Scholarships for Williams-Mystic Students

Four students from very diverse backgrounds each got a chance to attend the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, thanks in part to Thomas B. Crowley Sr.  scholarships. Crowley Maritime Corporation awarded scholarships to Virginia Steiner, Morgan Wilson, Hannah Holland and Caroline Crowell during the 2009-2010 academic year.   Steiner, a history major from Mount Saint Mary College, currently works at the Mystic Seaport Museum as a historical interpreter


A New Standard of Quiet

Institutions through out North America are paying a lot of attention to the University of Delaware’s new research vessel the Hugh R. Sharpe recently delivered from Dakota Creek Industries of Anacortes Washington. (www.dakotacreek.com ) The vessel is fitted with retractable transducer pod, articulating stern gantry, wet lab, dry lab, forward gear deployment boom and CTD handling system. It incorporates in one vessel many of the most sought after features found on scientific research vessels


Coast Guard Saves 2, Keeps Vessel Afloat

USCG Response Boat Medium (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Donnie Brzuska)

U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued two fishermen Monday, after their boat started taking on water in the Gulf of Mexico. At approximately 3:30 p.m. Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a radio transmission from a distressed fisherman saying, “We have breached the hull, we are going down.” The call came from 40-foot fishing boat Miss Yalanda with two individuals aboard. Their boat was taking on water and flooding the engine room approximately 19 miles off the


Crowley Helps Deliver Regis & Kathy

Crowley Maritime Corporation's 's liner services group recently transported a satellite uplink truck and four containers of equipment aboard the Crowley ship Wesertor to Nassau, Bahamas for the live production of the Regis & Kelly show, which has been broadcast from the island's Atlantis Resort this week. The satellite uplink truck is more than 15-feet tall, nearly 37-feet long and is eight-feet wide. Crowley will also handle the transportation of the truck and other gear back to the United


USCG Repatriates 150 Cuban Migrants

Cuban migrants being repatriated Photo USCG

The Coast Guard repatriated 150 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since Dec. 30. The Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton crew repatriated 74 Cuban migrants Tuesday, and the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo repatriated 76 Cuban migrants Friday.


Photos: Oil Platform Catches Fire in the Gulf of Mexico

(Coast Guard imagery courtesy of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile)

The U.S. Coast Guard said an oil production platform has caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico, roughly 80 miles southwest of Grand Isle, La.   The fire, which broke out aboard the Ship Shoal 266 A oil production platform at approximately 2:30 a.m


Mariner Rescued Aboard Disabled Vessel in Bellingham Bay

A 27-foot crab boat sits disabled and adrift in the shoals of Bellingham Bay, Saturday. A Coast Guard Station Bellingham rescue boat crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium responded to the incident and safely removed the mariner from his vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Bellingham.

The Coast Guard rescued one mariner aboard a disabled vessel after he become disoriented in Bellingham Bay, Saturday. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center received a report from Station Bellingham of the disabled and adrift 27-foot crab in the shoals of Bellingham Bay with one person


4 People, Dog Rescued 290 miles off Savannah

Resue operation underway Photo USCG

Four people and a dog were rescued from a sailboat approximately 290-miles off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, Wednesday. Members of Coast Guard Sector Charleston were notified by Boat U.S., that the 38-foot sailboat Luna C. suffered engine failure and damage to the sailboat’s mast


Shipbuilder: 3D Access to Real-time Data in VR+ Module

Photo: Shipbuilder

Shipbuilder has started a real virtual reality (VR) revolution that enables full visual access to new and existing maritime projects.   Geert Schouten, director at Shipbuilder, said, “We are the first organization globally that has added useful features to virtual reality for maritime


Maersk Launches App for Cargo Tracking

Maersk Line mobile app to manage and track cargo on the move Photo Maersk

Maersk Line today launched a mobile app to manage and track cargo on the move. This app will allow users access to comprehensive information on shipments, track cargo in real time, check schedules, changes in destination and documentation.


ELA Offshore Accommodation for OSV SeaMar Splendid

OSV SeaMar Splendid Photo ELA Container Offshore GmbH

ELA Container Offshore GmbH delivered an Offshore Living Quarter to Netherlands based SeaMar Services BV in Den Helder. The container was placed on board the Offshore Support Vessel ‘SeaMar Splendid’ and provided extra accommodation for subsea work in the North Sea


USCG Repatriates 63 Cuban Migrants

Photo USCG

The Coast Guard repatriated 63 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since Dec. 2. The Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark crew repatriated six Cuban migrants Monday and another 57 Cuban migrants Friday. These repatriations are a result of five separate at-sea migrant interdictions in


Injured RO/RO Crewman Rescued off Galveston

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a man after he was struck by a piece of machinery and suffered a deep laceration and possible fracture on his leg while aboard a cargo ship about 15 miles east of Galveston early Friday morning.  


Crowley Scholarships for USMMA Cadets

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships. (Photo: Crowley Maritime)

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships during  the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon in Newark, N.J. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, supervisor, marine recruiting


Gondan Delivers Live Fish Carrier

The sophisticated and complex vessel that today is departing for her Port of Registry, Bergen, will transport live fish between different farms and inland fish factories. Photo Gondan

Yesterday GONDAN delivered the vessel “MARTIN SÆLE”, the first Live Fish Carrier built by the yard. After recently completing successfully the sea trials program, the vessel will head today to Bergen, her Port of Registry. Later on she will sail to Scotland


Coast Guard Repatriate 38 Cuban Migrants

A Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans small boat crew interdicts 17 Cuban migrants approximately 30 miles north of Havana, Cuba,  Photo U.S.Coast Guard

The Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. repatriated 38 Cuban migrants Thursday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. These repatriations are a result of three separate at-sea migrant interdictions in the South Florida Straits. In each instance, the Coast Guard helped secure the U.S


New Satellite Communications System For Workboats

OmniCom (Photo: McMurdo)

McMurdo has announced a new global satellite communications system, McMurdo OmniCom, the first in a family of products that will be rolled out over the next six months to provide complete worldwide fleet management and vessel monitoring solutions for the workboat


Syria Wants to Increase Trade with Russia

Syria needs wheat and fuel to alleviate shortages and suffering caused by its civil war and wants to expand trade ties with Russia, the Syrian government told a high-level Russian delegation on Tuesday.   An ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad


UKHO Brings ECDIS Seminars to North America

Image: UKHO

Free seminars in Vancouver and Houston to support ongoing ECDIS compliance    The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) will offer its free ‘Living with ECDIS’ seminars in Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday, November 29 and in Houston, U.S. on Thursday, December 1.  






 
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