WSF plans to switch to LNG

On November 23, 2014, in Ferries, by CaptRR


The related KOMO post and video is here.

KOMOnews is reporting:

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard commander who will make the final decision about a plan to convert some Washington State ferries to liquid natural gas fuel says he sees nothing at this point that would stop the plan.

But Captain Joe Raymond said he hasn’t made a final decision yet. A public comment period opened this week and runs to January 12.

His biggest issue: Is it safe?

(Thanks to Norton Rider for the link)


Mapping the World’s (Few) Protected Seas

On November 21, 2014, in Environment, by CaptRR


National Gepgraphic is reporting:

The nation of Gabon recently created a first-of-its-kind network of marine protected areas in central Africa, putting 18,000 square miles (46,600 square kilometers) of coastal water off-limits to commercial fishing. The area is home to threatened species such as great hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and whale sharks, and comes shortly after the Obama Administration announced the establishment of the largest marine reserve in the world.

The complete National Geographic post is here.



Scientists study stormwater, deadly to salmon

On November 20, 2014, in Environment, by CaptRR



Yahoo News is reporting:

Just hours into the experiment, the prognosis was grim for salmon that had been submerged in rain runoff collected from one of Seattle’s busiest highways. One by one, the fish were removed from a tank filled with coffee-colored water and inspected: They were rigid. Their typically red gills were gray.

They’re coming back, and they’re dying. We need to figure out what’s going on.

Chris Wilke with Puget Soundkeeper Alliance

In an experiment two years ago, the scientists exposed adult coho salmon to artificial cocktails of metals and petroleum hydrocarbons in runoff and found that it didn’t kill the fish. Actual runoff was another matter.

There used to be coho salmon runs all through Puget Sound and creeks. There haven’t been for decades.

Chris Wilke with Puget Soundkeeper Alliance



Jellyfish cam

On November 19, 2014, in Interesting, by CaptRR

Scuttlefish is reporting:

The brand new Jelly Cam is live and features hypnotic sea nettles as they gracefully glide and pulse across your screen. MBAYAQ was the first aquarium to rear and display these magical animals. The jellyfish experience is one of the most popular exhibits at MBAYAQ and now you have a front row seat to see why (p.s. they do turn the lights off so if you see a black screen check back later).

The complete Scuttlefish post by Carolyn Sotka is here.


USCG work in the high desert

On November 18, 2014, in Coast Guard, Interesting, by CaptRR


The USCG is reporting:

Imagine being recently out of basic training and new to a unit. Its early morning and you find yourself harnessed in cliffside conducting maintenance on a navigational aid when you are greeted by the sound of hundreds of small leathery wings. For Fireman Abby Hamann that experience defined her first visit to the Snake River.

 “I was up on this aid, on the side of a cliff, with bats swarming around me at six in the morning,” she said. “It was my most memorable experience, definitely unique.”

Working in memorable locations may not be unusual for Coast Guardsmen, but there are unique locations, and then there are unique locations. The men and women of Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kennewick, Washington, are stationed in one of these places.

The complete USCG post by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley is here.


Sever weather and its effect on ships

On November 17, 2014, in Environment, Shipping, by CaptRR

Spoiled is reporting:

Amazing video of a large cargo ship passing through a small storm and the effect it has on its steel megastructure, which bends and moves as if it were made with Play-Doh

The comlete Spoiled post by Jesus Diaz with additional viedo is here.


Chart plotting

On November 16, 2014, in Zenith Maritime, by CaptRR


Two full days of intense chart plotting, then the rest of the course is being delivered via webinar.


Boat Crash at 200 mph

On November 15, 2014, in General Boating, Incidents, by CaptRR

via Spoiled:

H1 Unlimited is like the Formula 1 of the sea—except it’s much faster and has way more crashes. The Unlimited Hydroplanes are powered by a 3000 horsepower Lycoming T-55 L-7 military Chinook helicopter turbine engine capable of going over 200mph.




Video: Flying High

On November 14, 2014, in General Boating, by CaptRR

Yachting is reporting:

Quadrofoil, a high-tech development company, has just released a cutting edge design that is sure to turn heads – the first all electric, hydrofoiling personal watercraft.

With attention to aerodynamic details and the precision engineering of its foils, Quadrofoil ensures that the craft can glide through the surface, easily reaching cruising speeds of 20 knots.

The complete Yachting post by Ben Meyers is here.


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