Humpback whale ‘spy hopping’ and an acrobatic breach with Empire State Building as its backdrop.

Photo by: Artie Raslich/Gotham Whale

The Scuttlefish is reporting:

New York, far more typically known for its bright lights, big city vibe, has a new and quite unexpected tourist attraction. Sightings of endangered humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) – more commonly seen off Alaska or the coast of Hawaii – have been on the rise in the waters around Manhattan and the Boroughs, and have more than doubled from two years ago.

The Big Apple’s best-kept secret won’t be a secret for long, with at least 52 humpback sightings this past summer. This increase in sightings may be due to an upswing in menhaden, one of their important prey fish.

The complete Scuttlefish post by Carolyn Sotka is here.


“Shopping” for chips

On September 21, 2014, in Environment, by CaptRR

This as a result of the hurricane that hit Cabo last week.  Glad to know the human condition doesn’t change much, no matter where you are.


iSailor’s AIS feature

On September 20, 2014, in Applications, Navigation, by CaptRR

You probably already know that web based AIS doesn’t meet the CG regs for navigation.  That being said, I was impressed with the latest Transas offering on iSailor.

Although this is subscription based ($15.99 per year,) and reliant on a cell or wifi signal the target on my iPad mini refreshed every 35 seconds.

I might add, if you have a tablet and a phone on the same iTunes account, you only pay once.

On Thursday I was on my way to Friday Harbor for class aboard the Washington State Ferry Hayak and observed the above screen and info.

While you may not be able to use this aboard a commercial vessel, it is indeed help full to know the name of the vessel you’re about to hail instead of Great Big Boat off my port bow.


Ghost Ships discovered off San Francisco

On September 19, 2014, in History, by CaptRR

This huge ship now rests on the bottom of the Gulf of the Farallones, just west of San Francisco. Named Selja, it sank in 1910 after a collision with another ship.

Yahoo News is reporting:

The waters just west of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge hide a graveyard of sunken ships. By some estimates, there are 300 wrecks in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area alone. But only a fraction of them have been seen by scientists.

Marine archaeologists and researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have set out to document those lost vessels. Over the course of a five-day survey that just ended yesterday (Sept. 15), the team discovered the sites of at least four wrecks: the 1910 SS Selja shipwreck, the 1863 wreck of the clipper ship Noonday and two unidentified wrecks.

The complete Yahoo News post by Megan Gannon is here.

(Thanks to Norton Rider for the link)


 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.
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