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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


Australian Navy Begins Talisman Saber

HMAS Canberra and HMAS Choules form up outside Sydney Heads enroute to participate in Exercise Talisman Saber 2017. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Australia's largest military exercise, Talisman Saber, was officially opened on 29 June aboard the United States Landing Helicopter Dock Bonhomme Richard off the Sydney coast.   Minister for Urban Development, the Honourable Paul Fletcher MP, representing the Minister for Defence


Tanker Runs Aground near Skamokawa, Wash.

U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Sector Columbia River.

A 557-foot tanker Argent Cosmos lost use of a fuel pump and ran aground near Skamokawa, Wash. at 6:28 a.m. Thursday while heading outbound on the Columbia River following a port call in Longview, Wash.   The Panamanian-flagged tanker is loaded with 1.63 million gallons of ethanol and 6


First Floating Mega Island Tested

MARINs Olaf Waals pictured with the scale model of a mega floating island in its Offshore Basin in a storm of waves, wind and currents. (Images: MARIN)

Floating ports and cities possible solutions to sea level rise and overcrowded cities    MARIN (Maritime Research Institute) tested an innovative concept for a floating mega island. The island comprises 87 large floating triangles that are flexibility connected to one another


Singapore Invests in SatCom to Enhance Maritime Safety

Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) have invested in a new Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) ground system to enhance search and rescue capabilities in Singapore’s maritime and aeronautical Search and Rescue


Nimitz Strike Group Successfully Completes COMPTUEX

Photo: United States Navy

 The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 successfully completed its final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), April 21, marking the completion of its condensed Inter-Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC) for an upcoming deployment.  


Havyard to Build World's Largest Live Fish Carrier

(Image: Havyard)

Sølvtrans orders the world’s largest live fish carrier from Havyard. The world’s largest shall, in addition, offer the best fish welfare in the world.   The live fish carrier, to be named Ronja Storm, will be 116 meters long with a breadth of 23 meters


FDR’s Yacht Plies the Waters of San Francisco Bay

The presidential yacht, Potomac, recently underwent maintenance drydocking at Bay Ship and Yacht in Alameda, Calif. (Photo: Business Wire)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential yacht, Potomac, is once again plying the waters of San Francisco Bay after undergoing a maintenance drydocking at Bay Ship and Yacht in Alameda, Calif.   Long known as the “Floating White House


Ferry Service or Humanitarian Rescue Boats?

Some EU officials say NGOs inadvertently encourage people smuggling; NGOs say they are only trying to save lives.   A "ferry service" that encourages people smugglers or an essential humanitarian rescue service that saves thousands of African migrants making a dangerous sea


Barcelona Welcomes AIDAperla

Photo: AIDA Cruises

AIDAperla - the youngest member of the AIDA Cruises fleet - reached the port of Barcelona via the western Mediterranean on June 7, 2017, as part of its "Welcome Cruises". During AIDAperla’s maiden season, Barcelona is, alongside Palma de Mallorca


MLC, 2006 Inspections Yield Positive Results

© momentscatcher / Adobe Stock photo

Aiming to verify that the minimum standards for working and living conditions have been implemented for crews working on board commercial vessels, as well as generate more awareness, Port State Control Officers in the Paris MoU region have carried out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on


Port of Charleston Cleared after Bomb Scare

File photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

A container terminal at the Port of Charleston has resumed normal operations after being cleared of a potential bomb threat aboard a containership.   At approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday authorities were informed of a potential threat in a container aboard the vessel Maersk Memphis moored at


Dozens Rescued from High-speed Ferry Accident

 The U.S. Coast Guard and local responders have rescued 55 people stranded aboard a high-speed ferry that hit a jetty while entering Hyannis Harbor, Mass.   The local fire department notified Coast Guard watchstanders at about 9:30 p.m


GE Powered USS Gabrielle Giffords Commissioned

USS Gabrielle Giffords commissioning Port of Galveston June 10 2017 - U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Miranda Williams

The U.S. Navy’s 10th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Gabrielle Giffords was commissioned at the Port of Galveston, Texas, on Saturday, June 10, becoming the 16th ship to be named for a woman and only the 13th ship to be named for a living person since 1850


Irish Navy Rescues 712 off Libya

An Irish naval ship rescued 712 people including pregnant women and infants off the coast of the Libyan capital of Tripoli as part of an international migrant rescue effort, Ireland's Defence Forces said on Monday.   The LÉ Eithne ship led the rescue of multiple vessels in distress


Using Tech to Fight Piracy on the Open Sea

With maritime piracy seen on the rise once again, the shipping industry now looks to redouble its efforts to prevent these dangerous and costly attacks.   Though piracy had been on a steep decline since 2010 due to increased security efforts and precautions taken aboard ships






 
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