Release the Kraken

On September 18, 2014, in Uncategorized, by CaptRR

Yahoo News is reporting:

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — It was a calm morning in Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.

A colossal squid: 350 kilograms (770 pounds), as long as a minibus and one of the sea’s most elusive species. It had been frozen for eight months until Tuesday, when scientists in New Zealand got a long-anticipated chance to thaw out the animal and inspect it — once they used a forklift to maneuver it into a tank.

The complete Yahoo News post by Nick Perry is here.

(Thanks to Mark Mason for the link)


National Maritime Center

Providing Credentials to Mariners

STCW Frequently Asked Questions:
General Sea Service

1. 46CFR11.401(e)(3)reads,“ServiceonvesselstowhichSTCWapplies,whether
inland or coastwise, will be credited on a day-for-day basis.” Some people might
interpret the phrase “day for day” as meaning a person will be credited with only one
day of service for each day served, but the definition of a day in 46 CFR 10.107
allows for 11?2 days of credit for 12-hour days when the vessel is authorized to work
that schedule. Would you please confirm that the provision in 11.401 (e)(3) does not
override the definition in 10.107?

The provisions in 46 CFR 11.403(e)(3) do not override the definition of “day” in 46 CFR 10.107.
On vessels authorized by 46 U.S.C. 8104 and 46 CFR 15.705, to operate a two-watch system, a
12-hour working day may be creditable as 11?2 days of service. This is also discussed in 46 CFR

2. Liftboat sea time. Can you provide information on where the USCG is with regard to
the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee’s (NOSAC)/Industries’ claims of
unfair treatment of U.S. mariners under Policy Letter 09-01? NOSAC and the
industry came together and produced information given to the Coast Guard
concerning this issue, and after a couple of months, there has been no response
from the Coast Guard.

We have generally incorporated Policy Letter 09-01 into the requirements found in 46 CFR
10.232(e). The Coast Guard received input from NOSAC in November 2013 concerning NMC
Policy Letter 09-01, regarding liftboat sea service credit calculations. In consideration of the
input from NOSAC, the Coast Guard will conduct an evaluation of vessel operations and
determine whether additional sea service credit should be granted to mariners serving on

3. (***ADDED02/14/14***)Withregardtoseaservicelettersrequiredby46CFR
10.232(a), what evidence will the Coast Guard accept to document sea service? Who
must sign these letters?

Sea service letters or other official documents from marine companies may be signed by the
owner, operator, master, chief engineer of the vessel or other senior company official defined in
46 CFR 10.107. The Coast Guard must be satisfied as to the authenticity and acceptability of all
evidence of experience or training presented.


7/7/2014 Page | 1 

The CG pdf is here.

(Thanks to Dana Raugi for the find.)


Using WA State Ferries to transport legal marajuana

On September 16, 2014, in Ferries, by CaptRR

Workboat is reporting:

To go to or from Vashon Island is to ride a ferry. Although a bridge between West Seattle and the island has been suggested, most islanders hate the idea and the costs have always been ridiculous. If you have a private plane, you can fly to and from Vashon, and some do, including Guido Perla, the internationally known naval architect who has made his home on Vashon for many years. But your basic, everyday trip to and from the Seattle side is courtesy of your debit card and Washington State Ferries.

The complete Workboat post by Bruce Buls is here.


Baja Ha Ha….NOT

On September 15, 2014, in Environment, by CaptRR



Tropical Depression off Baja

On September 15, 2014, in Environment, by CaptRR

More info here.


Nav Rules and Regs Hanbook (8/14 edition)

On September 14, 2014, in Uncategorized, by CaptRR

The .pdf is HERE.

This handbook published by the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Standards Branch, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC in August 2014, is a compendium of the:

  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972  (72 COLREGS);
  • Inland Navigation Rules (33 CFR 83),
  • their respective technical annexes (33 CFR 84-90);
  • COLREGS Demarcation Lines (33 CFR 80);
  • Vessel Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Regulations,                  (33 CFR 26);
  • Vessel Traffic Management Regulations (33 CFR 161), and,
  • various other pertinent provisions of the U.S. Code and Code of Federal Regulations regarding compliance and penalties associated with the Navigation Rules.

First working sub was crowd funded

On September 13, 2014, in Uncategorized, by CaptRR

The Scuttlefish is reporting:

Above: A modern-day replica of the Ictíneo II, a nineteenth century submarine crowdfunded into life by political radical and sage scientist Narcís Monturiol i Estarriol, whose outspoken sympathy for the working class gained him enough public support to design and build the world’s first air-independent, engine-propelled submarine. This replica sits at the entrance of the Museu Marítim in Barcelona. (Photo: Cookie/Wikimedia)

The complete Scuttlefish post is here.


Temporary iSailor Fix

On September 12, 2014, in Applications, by CaptRR


Transas iSailor version 1.7.0.

Problem: Transas iSailor crashed after plotting of the special type of the User Objects, object type: Text with the Name length of more than 14 characters! Crash is detected only on the latest devices with the x64 processor, i.e.: iPhone 5SiPad Air and iPad mini Retina.





Recommendation: Do not plot TXT (Text) user objects with the Name length more than 14 characters until the next released version of the Transas ISailor app (i.e Version 1.7.1)!



Fix: Will be available in the next release, Transas iSailor version 1.7.1

How to make iSailor working after the crash and save own User Object database:


Download and install the “iExplorer” (or similar) software on your Mac/PC/laptop. It is Free of Charge for operation in DEMO mode. DEMO mode is more than enough to solve that issue. It looks like this:




Restart Transas iSailor app. It should work on your iPad or iPhone device, but User Object database will be not available temporary. 



Now you can create any new User Objects, excepting type mentioned above (Text objects with the Namelength of more than 14 characters!)





Please, export all newly created objects via standard Export Object procedure, for example, using GPXformat and send this database to your email address for backup purposes (Otherwise, you’ll lost all newlycreated objects after the step 8 below).




Copy the addinfo.sqlite file back after update on the next released version of the Transas iSailor app, i.e. after update to Transas iSailor Version 1.7.1 after its release via Apple AppStore, using the same method as described above for under 3 and 4, using iExplorer utility.



Import back all newly created objects via standard Import Object procedure, using stored GPX file in your post inbox. After that you’ll have the complete your User Object database, including old (saved viaaddinfo.sqlite file) and newly created objects as well.



160 yo lost ship found

On September 11, 2014, in Uncategorized, by CaptRR

Gizmodo is reporting:

In 1845, the explorer John Franklin set off to sail the fabled Northwest Passage, an Arctic sea route that would hypothetically connect the Atlantic and the Pacific. He never returned. His ship was lost to the ice. But now, thanks to the obsession of Canada’s prime minister, an expedition has located one of Franklin’s two ships. Why does Canada care so much about this old vessel? Climate change.

The complete Gizmodo post is here.



On September 10, 2014, in Humor, by CaptRR

“A lawyer on vacation said he saw the bloodied victim and swam out to help as the shark attacked again. . .”

. . . but then realized that the shark didn’t need any assistance and swam back to shore.

(Thanks to John Chessell for this)

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