Monday, July 31

Maritime Monday 20

Welcome to the 20th edition of Maritime Monday.

This Weeks Photo:
There appears to be something broken with the Blogger photo upload tool this morning, so no photo this week.

This weeks items:

Auto Blog has coverage of the abandoned and listing car carrier COUGAR ACE. (My first vessel was the infamous car carrier NOSAC RANGER.) See additional COUGAR ACE info below.

Diesel Duck at The Monitor has comments upon finding out that Panama-Flag shipowners can promove their operational level offcers to a management-level position without actually taking an exam and upgrading their license. I have to say, this is news to me. Even stranger is that back in 2001-2002 Panama got rid of their old exam system and had refused to provide many officers holding only Panama licenses (obtained through 'exam') with a new STCW 95 License.

Wind Farmer's Almanac has a case for offshore wind and a case for changes on offshore oil rigs. (For the birds) has news of Princess Cruise's announcement that the dramatic listing incident on the CROWN PRINCESS was the result of human error.

EagleSpeak has a summary of supply and demand in the world of containerized shipping. If you are not already a regular reader of his blog, take a look as he has full coverage of pirates, mishaps, Somalia an all things happening on the high seas.

MarEx Newsletter has news that the US Coast Guard has added Portugal, Russia and Sweden to the Black/grey lists.

Sailors, Mariners & Warriors League has news of the death of the US Navy's first black diver, Carl Brashear, whose story was told in the movie "Men of Honor."

US Navy Newsstand has news of the last carrier launch of the F-14 Tomcat as the jet heads for retirement in September. has a story covering the new Commandant of Cadets at the US Coast Guard Academy; Captain Judith Keene, who happens to be one of the first female graduates from the Academy.

Business Wire has the Christening of Matson Line's newest container vessel, the MV MAUNALEI, at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard.

VOA News has coverage of the agreement between the European Union and Mauritania which will permit up to 200 EU fishing vessels in their waters, in exchange for payments to help upgrade the country's fishing and maritime infrastructure.

Little Green Footballs has a West Coast Tanker picture. (Note: Can't really tell if they are double-hulled tankers)

The Stupid Shall Be Punished (Sub Blog) has word of Navy Day in Russia.

CNEWS Canada reports Canada's plans to establish a deep-water Arctic port.

Inkycircus has news of coral growth on oil rigs in the North Sea. This is news because coral is not something commonly found in the North Sea.

From Haight's Maritime Items:

USCG – updates re COUGAR ACE - The US Coast Guard issued a Press Release reporting on the COUGAR ACE, which is disabled and unmanned in the North Pacific Ocean. The release includes video of the helicopter rescue of the crew. A second Press Release states that the ship is listing 60 degrees to port, but is stable and does not appear to be sinking. A third Press Release provides a summary of events and states that a salvage company is expected to arrive on scene on August 2. The US Coast Guard will not be conducting an investigation as the incident occurred in international waters. It will, though, continue to monitor the salvage operation. (7/26/06).


Cougar Ace - update - The Unified Command for the COUGAR ACE incident (comprised of the US Coast Guard, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation [ADEC], and Mitsui OSK Lines) issued a press release stating that three salvage tugs are en route to the scene of the disabled vessel, approximately 130 miles south of Amlia Island in the Aleutian Chain. ADEC established a Web site for this incident. A second press release states that the Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau and the tug Emma Foss are on scene. A detailed survey of the Cougar Ace is being conducted to document the ship’s condition and access points. (7/29/06).


Remembrance – Andrea Doria-Stockholm collision - Fifty years ago today, on July 25, 1956, the passenger ships Andrea Doria and Stockholm collided in the approach to New York harbor. The Andria Doria, a luxurious Italian ocean liner, was en route from Italy to New York, while the Swedish liner was traveling from New York to Gothenburg. The Andria Dora was proceeding at about 20 knots in heavy fog. The Stockholm had yet to enter the fog bank and was unaware of its presence. Both ships observed the other on radar, but the deck officer on the Andrea Doria made no attempt to plot the contact. Neither vessel attempted to contact the other by radio or other means of communication. The Andrea Doria attempted a starboard-to-starboard passing, while the Stockholm attempted a more conventional port-to-port passing. As a result, the ships ended up on a radar-assisted collision course, with the Stockholm ramming the other ship in the starboard side. The Andrea Doria sank eleven hours after the collision. The Stockholm suffered severe damage to its bows, but was able to return to New York on its own power. Five crewmembers of the Stockholm died, as did 46 passengers on the Andrea Doria. Various commercial ships (included the damaged Stockholm) and several Coast Guard cutters participated in rescue of passengers and crew of the Andrea Doria. The collision was a classic screw-up, while the rescue of 1660 persons from the sinking Andrea Doria was in the highest traditions of the sea. Websites of interest include: Andrea Doria; Wikipedia; and Thinkquest. (7/25/06). - Dennis Bryant


August 4th is the 216th birthday of the US Coast Guard.

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