Marine Salvage via Wikipedia

On April 17, 2015, in Assistance Towing, Salvage, by CaptRR


via Wikipedia

Marine salvage is the process of recovering a ship, its cargo, or other property after a shipwreck or other maritime casualty. Salvage may encompass towing, re-floating a sunken or grounded vessel, or patching or repairing a ship. Today, protecting the environment from cargoes such as oil or other contaminants is often considered a high priority.

“Salvors” are seamen and engineers who carry out salvage to vessels that they do not own, and who are not members of the vessel’s original crew. When salving large ships, they may use cranes, floating dry docks and divers to lift and repair submerged or grounded ships, preparing them to be towed by a tugboat. The goal of the salvage may be to repair the vessel at a harbour or dry dock, or to clear a channel for navigation. Salvage operations may also aim to prevent pollution or damage to the marine environment. Additionally, the vessel or valuable parts of the vessel or its cargo may be recovered for resale, or for scrap.

The complete Marine salvage post via Wikipedia is here.


Thermal imaging could save whales

On April 16, 2015, in Whales and Wildlife, by CaptRR

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New Zealand Herald is reporting:

Thermal imaging could be used to prevent ships striking whales by detecting the heat from their bodies.

A study led by Martin Stanley from marine research organisation Ocean Life Survey, in partnership with Ports of Auckland, has been trialing the use of thermal imaging to detect surfacing whales in the Hauraki Gulf.

Mr Stanley said the aim was to explore whether it could successfully detect a Bryde’s whale at a distance that would allow commercial vessels to avoid a strike.

The complete New Zealand Herald post is here.

(Thanks to Christine Swedell for the link)



103 years ago – least we forget

On April 15, 2015, in History, Incidents, Safety, by CaptRR

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via Wikipedia:

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US. The sinking resulted in the loss of more than 1,500 passengers and crew making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. The RMS Titanic, the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service, was the second of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by theWhite Star Line, and was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast with Thomas Andrews as her naval architect. Andrews was among those lost in the sinking. On her maiden voyage, she carried 2,224 passengers and crew.



Zenith Friday Harbor Captain’s Class

Sept 8, – Oct 29, 2015

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday evenings

5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Paradise Lanes (upstairs)

This will be a blended course offering hands on classroom work related to chart plotting and web based live delivery of the Rules and the Deck portion of the course.  You will need a newer pc, mac, smartphone or tablet and a reliable internet connection.

$100 will hold your place and $200 will hold your place and get you electronic access to all course materials, 141 .pdf documents. These fees are applied to the tuition.

The course is $1400 and if you preregister prior to August 1, 2015 $1300.

(Cash, Check, PayPal and Credit Cards)


Local Lethario nabbed

On April 14, 2015, in Anacortes, Incidents, by CaptRR


The Seattle PI is reporting:

Charge: Conman duped ‘doctor’s widow’ to get Coast Guard cutter

Federal prosecutors say man abused elderly woman’s trust to buy former ‘Queen of the Fleet’

The complete Seattle PI post is here.

(Thanks to Capt. Steve Partridge for the link.)

(Ed. note:  this case is similar to Conrad Grohs, who bilked an acquaintance out of big bucks while I lived in Port Townsend)


The Horror of Anacortes

On April 14, 2015, in Things Octopod, by CaptRR


Thanks MonkeyFist


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CNN is reporting:

Story highlights

  • Debris from boat to be dried, inspected and taken to landfill
  • The debris contained fish normally found in Japanese waters
  • The earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in March 2011

The complete CNN post and related video is here.


What has a flashing yellow light?

On April 13, 2015, in General Boating, by CaptRR


Uncrate is reporting:

Sometimes there are places that cars, boats, and even planes can’t reach. For those times, you need a Renegade Hovercraft. This versatile vehicle carries two passengers, and is crafted with a nearly indestructible Kevlar hull for piece of mind away from shore. Powered by a high-output AeroDrive system hooked to a 4-stroke engine, it can reach speeds of up to 50 mph with a cruising speed of 30, a range of 150 miles, and a hump speed of 3.1 seconds (TWSS). Available in four models and in a variety of colors.

The complete Uncrate post is here.


Distracted Operation

On April 12, 2015, in Incidents, by CaptRR


Don’t think that it can happen on a boat too.

Gizmodo is reporting:

A helicopter pilot was goofing off on FaceTime shortly before a fatal crash, according to a lawsuit filed by a surviving passenger.

The plaintiff, Jonathan Desouza, was getting a flying lesson from pilot Luis Aviles through Palm Beach Helicopters last December when things went horribly wrong. The helicopter crashed while Aviles was showing Desouza a simulated emergency situation that quickly turned into a real one. The lawsuit characterizes Aviles’ actions as “grossly negligent” and describes how he played around with his iPhone as he controlled the helicopter:

The complete Gizmodo post by Kate Knibbs is here.


Recent Updates for U.S. Coast Guard Digital Newsroom 

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Traverse City, Michigan used the rotor wash from their aircraft to help clear a path for two fishermen who were pushed offshore aboard their 16-foot boat by wind and ice, and then became surrounded by the ice off Holland, Saturday.

There is not imagery at this time and the Coast Guard is not releasing the names of the individuals.

Shortly before 10 a.m., a Watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee received a call from Ottawa County Dispatch about two fishermen in distress on Lake Michigan about a mile and a half offshore. The two men had been fishing near the mouth of Lake Macatawa when they quickly became beset in ice being moved by strong southwest winds 

The Watchstander directed the launch of a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Haven aboard a 47-foot response boat, and an aircrew aboard a Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City. Additionally, the officer-in-charge of Coast Guard Station Holland responded shoreside to maintain visual contact with the fishermen until the other Coast Guard personnel and assets arrived on scene.

The boat crew transited south on Lake Michigan from Grand Haven for about 15 miles before they were hindered by the ice about six miles from the fishermen and could not maneuver any closer.

The aircrew arrived overhead at about 11 a.m. to find the fishermen and their 16-foot boat surrounded by a vast ice shelf consisting of large chunks of ice, some 20-30 feet wide and two-feet thick. Due to the ice coverage, the fishermen had no way to get back to shore.

After deciding against hoisting the men up into the helicopter because of a potential to capsize the small boat with the helicopter’s rotor wash, the aircrew lowered a radio down to the fishermen to communicate another plan of action. It was then that the aircrew saw the ice beginning to part and break up from the rotor wash. The aircrew continued to hover between 50-80 feet above the ice for about 45 minutes, maneuvering the craft so that the rotor wash could create an open path for the fisherman to finally head to shore.

“This was definitely the most out-of-the-box case I’ve been involved with.” said Lt. Rocco Franco, one of the pilots of the aircrew. “It’s not very often that our helicopter is used an ice breaker.”

The fishermen made their way safely back to shore where they were met by Chief Petty Officer Eli Paquette, officer-in-charge of Coast Guard Station Holland. By this time, the men and their small fishing boat had been taken almost two miles north from where they began fishing. 

Both men were in good condition and were not in need of any medical condition.

The Coast Guard reminds everyone that there is still a presence of ice on Lake Michigan that can easily be blown in different directions by the wind. As a result, people on the water can find themselves in life-threatening situations very quickly. Those who must venture out onto the water should check the weather conditions, particularly the wind speed and direction, dress for the water temperature and not the air temperature, and always were a life jacket.

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