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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


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


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)


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


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


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


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


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


Biden Visits Stennis

Vice President Joe Biden with Sailors in the hangar bay aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise, the worlds largest international maritime exercise. RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the worlds oceans. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luke MoyerReleased)

Vice President Joe Biden visited the Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) July 14, while the ship and John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) were participating in the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. The visit, which occurred just one day before the six-month mark of their current


Live Fish Carrier Launched at Gondan

“MARTIN SÆLE”, the first Live Fish Carrier built by Gondan Shipyard in Figueras. Courtesy  GONDAN

At high tide, the vessel “MARTIN SÆLE”, the first Live Fish Carrier built by Gondan Shipyard in Figueras, was successfully launched today. Representatives of the owner of the vessel, the Norwegian company Salmon Star AS, were present at the event.


Pathogenic bacteria hitchhiking to North and Baltic Seas?

Deployment of a catamaran, taking plankton samples from the water surface. Afterwards these plankton samples are checked for microplastic particles. (Photo Alfred-Wegener-Institut  Gunnar Gerdts)

For the first time, AWI scientists have found evidence of living, potentially pathogenic vibrions on microplastic particles. With increasing water temperatures comes an increasing likelihood of potentially pathogenic bacteria appearing in the North and Baltic Seas


US Navy Tests Latest Aegis Weapon System

Rear Adm. Chris Grady, commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, greets Minister Pedro Morenes, Spanish Minister of Defense prior to Morenes embarking Spanish Navy Ship Cristobol Colon (F-105) Naval Station Norfolk. PhotoUSN

The U.S. Navy conducted a series of cooperative air defense test exercises with the Spanish navy that culminated in live missile firing events using the latest Aegis Weapon System baseline July 20-21. The event was not only the first interoperability test of the latest Aegis Baseline 9


Fishing Company Fined after Crewman’s Death

New Zealand based fishing company Talley’s Group Ltd. has been fined $73,520 and ordered to pay $21,000 in reparations to the family of a crewman killed in an on-board accident in July 2014.   The 24-year-old crewman Leighton Muir was decapitated when a broken rope snapped back while


MSC Cruises, Marlink Enhance Guest Connectivity

MSC Cruises, a privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa announced that it has worked together with Marlink – the pioneer of business critical communication solutions for customers operating in remote environments – to launch a


Merchant Ship Rescues Yachties near NZ

Southern Lily. Photo by Ministry of Defence, New Zealand

 The container ship Southern Lily  sailing around 500km north of New Zealand were able to save two men and a womanfrom the battered yacht Platino.   Five crew members were sailing the multi-million dollar yacht Platino from Auckland to Fiji on Monday when foul weather tore down


New US Warship Named after Pioneering Navy Nurse

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signs a graphic representation of the future guided-missile destroyer USS Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. (U.S. Navy photo by Armando Gonzales)

During a ceremony to honor women who served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG 123, will be named Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee.   Higbee, the future ship's namesake, was a pioneering United States Navy chief nurse


USCGC Sequoia Visits Saipan, Open for Tours

U.S. Coast Guard photo

USCGC Sequoia (WLB-215), homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam, is scheduled to arrive in Saipan today, for a port visit before continuing aids to navigation operations in Western Oceania. The Sequoia will be open to the public for tours Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m


U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Graduates 229

Hat Toss1s Courtesy USMMA

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point graduated 229 new Merchant Marine and Military Officers as part of its Class of 2016 commencement ceremony today. The keynote speaker, Gen. Darren W. McDew, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)


Boat Migrant Rescues Surge as Calm Seas Return to Mediterranean

Ships manned by humanitarian organisations, the Italian navy and the coast guard helped rescue more than 2,000 boat migrants on Thursday as calm seas returned to the Mediterranean prompting a surge in departures.   The Topaz Responder


OSG Joins NYSE "Big Board"

Overseas Shipholding Group leading provider of global energy transportation services, delivering crude oil, petroleum products and liquefied natural gas throughout the world.Courtesy OSG

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (NYSE:OSG) (the “Company” or “OSG”) announced today that it has been approved by the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) to transfer its stock listing to the NYSE from the NYSE MKT


Ailing Mariner Medevaced off Alaska

An ailing crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Seafreeze Alaska was medevaced approximately 195 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska, Thursday.   A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, hoisted the 21-year-old man


Ice algae: The Engine of Life in the Central Arctic Ocean

Algae. Pic: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 Algae that live in and under the sea ice play a much greater role for the Arctic food web than previously assumed.    In a new study, biologists of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) showed that not only animals that live directly


Fathom to Focus on Student Education

Tara Russell, president of Fathom Photo Fathom

Fathom is finalizing preparations for its July 17 Dominican Republic voyage representing the first ever cruise to the Caribbean focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming. The 7-day cruise will feature specialized STEM-focused workshops for educators that Fathom






 
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