” Somali waters are no longer the most heavily pirated in the world, according to a recent CNBC investigation. Global piracy is becoming increasingly problematic for governments, shipping firms, cruise lines, mariners and energy companies.”
” Based on International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB) data, Somalia and Gulf of Aden still have pirate-infested waters, but over the last five quarters, a new country’s national waters have become the most heavily pirated on earth.”
” Indonesia’s 17,500 islands and their surrounding waters now take the title as the world’s most heavily pirated.”
” One sailor died another was hurt after a boat carrying a Swedish flag capsized Thursday in San Francisco Bay while practicing for the upcoming America’s Cup races. (May 9)”
” Authorities were conducting an air and marine search Thursday off Australia’s east coast for two cruise passengers who were believed to have fallen overboard the night before.
The couple, Australian citizens from New South Wales state, were discovered missing Thursday morning after the Carnival Spirit docked at Sydney’s Circular Quay, at the end of a 10-day journey, said New South Wales Police Superintendent Mark Hutchings.
He said surveillance camera footage showed that the couple — a 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman whose names have not been released — fell from the ship’s mid-deck Wednesday night, when the ship was about 65 nautical miles off the coast of Forster, a city 185 miles north of Sydney.”
” After battling a huge swordfish to the surface on his trusty handline out off the coast of Northland, New Zealand, Matt Watson finds himself in a race with a gigantic mako shark to secure his prize catch and get it aboard his little boat in one piece! “
” The fishing trip off the rugged north coast of St. Lucia was supposed to last all day, but about four hours into the journey, the boat’s electric system crackled and popped.
Dan Suski, a 30-year-old business owner and information technology expert from San Francisco, had been wrestling a 200-pound marlin in rough seas with help from his sister, Kate Suski, a 39-year-old architect from Seattle. It was around noon April 21.
He was still trying to reel in the fish when water rushed into the cabin and flooded the engine room, prompting the captain to radio for help as he yelled out their coordinates.
It would be nearly 14 hours and a long, long swim before what was supposed to be a highlight of their sunny vacation would come to an end.”
” An Italian industrial designer has unveiled plans to make a floating, solar-powered yacht/hotel/submarine that can essentially be plopped down near existing water-front hotels or marinas.
Michele Puzzolante’s plan is some 20 meters in length and comes equipped with a submerged “observation” bulb for people to view sea life.
With two single and two double bedrooms, each with its own bath, the hotel — or SFR as it’s called — can sleep six. The SFR comes equipped with a kitchen, dining area and a teak deck, not to mention the Jacuzzi.”
” Convinced that solar energy is the solution to global warming and environment issues, Michele Puzzolante, Italian Industrial Designer, decided to get involved in the green energy new era by inventing a unique building integrated photovoltaic concept totally self-sufficient energy generator, non-polluting and in unison with its natural surroundings. Michele Puzzolante’s invention is based on a new structural element that is composed of a fifteen millimeter outside skin and a fifteen millimeter inside skin in balsa reinforced fiberglass. Thin films photovoltaic are integrated into the two skins to absorb sunlight energy from the outside and artificial lighting energy from the inside. Between the two skins there is a thirty centimeter vacuum insulation to protect the habitation from outside heat as well as reducing the consummation of air conditioning to the minimum.”
MAY 18, 2012
” Representatives from Costa Crociere and the Italo-American consortium Titan-Micoperi today presented the details of their much anticipated plan to remove the wreck of Costa Concordia from the Island of Giglio using cranes and caissons to float the vessel.
As we learned weeks ago, Titan Salvage and Micoperi were selected to remove the stricken Costa Concordia from Giglio Island after beating out several leading salvage companies vying for the historic contract. Titan Salvage, part of the Crowley Group, is an American-owned specialist marine salvage and wreck removal company and is a world leader in its field. Micoperi is a wellknown Italian marine contractor with a long history as a specialist in underwater construction and engineering.
The requirements laid out for the job included refloating the hull in one piece while giving top priority to minimize the environmental impact, protecting Giglio’s economy and tourism industry, and maximizing safety.”
” Once floated, the wreck will be towed to an Italian port and dealt with in according Italy. Meanwhile, the sea bottom will be cleaned and marine flora replanted.
While the method has been used before to refloat ships, never has it been done to this scale. One thing is for sure however; whatever happens, the operation to refloat and remove the Costa Concordia from the shores of Giglio will be a historic one, and one the world will be keeping a close eye on. “
APRIL 18, 2013
APRIL 4, 2013
” The salvage operation to remove the Costa Concordia cruise ship from the shores of Giglio hit a milestone today when crews positioned the largest of five subsea support platforms onto the seabed next to the wreck.”
” The platform, known as Platform No. 1, will be secured to the granite seabed in order to provide support when uprighting the ship.
Platform no. 1 was built at the Rosetti shipyard in Marina di Ravenna and weighs about 1,000 tonnes. It measures 40m by 33m, is 22m tall and is supported by 5 big pillars almost 2m in diameter.”
” The operation was carried out using the dynamically positioned heavy lift ship Svenja, which is owned and operated by SAL Heavy Lift.”
” The computer network on the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship is vulnerable to hacking, according to findings by Navy cybersecurity specialists.
A “red team” assigned to test weaknesses in computer systems found major deficiencies last year on Lockheed Martin Corp.’s USS Freedom, said a government official familiar with the findings who asked not to be identified because the Navy report hasn’t been made public. The Freedom, the first of the new ships to be deployed, sailed to Singapore last month for eight months of testing of its manning and logistics operations.
The estimated price to build each vessel has doubled to $440 million, and its ability to survive to fight after an attack has been questioned.
The Littoral Combat Ship depends for its combat capability on communicating with better-armed vessels through its “Total Ship Computing Environment,” a maritime battle network linked by computers and sensors. The Navy and the Pentagon’s weapons testing office declined to say whether the vulnerabilities would affect operations of the ship or coordination with other vessels.
The program may face added scrutiny this year, starting tomorrow with a hearing on Navy ship programs convened by the House Armed Services Committee’s seapower panel. The U.S. Government Accountability Office also is working on a review that may be published in June.
The LCS depends on mission modules that are supposed to be swapped out depending on the duty at hand. The GAO said last month that the Navy plans to purchase 30 of a planned 52 vessels by 2018, before the first fully combat-capable modules for surface warfare, counter-mine operations and anti-submarine patrols are ready.
The modules the Navy has accepted so far “do not yet meet requirements,” GAO said.”
Giant Sawfish In The Florida Keys
” Catching and releasing a giant sawfish with Brett Holden/Capt. Ahab and Capt. Nick Stanczyk in the Florida Keys”
” A Chilean military tugboat was heading to Antarctica on Thursday to prevent an environmental disaster by retrieving a Chinese fishing ship that caught fire and began to drift dangerously near sharp glaciers.
The Kai Xin vessel burned off the coast of Antarctica Wednesday. Its 97 crew members were rescued by the Juvel, a Norwegian ship, about 55 kilometers from Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins research base near the Antarctic peninsula.
The Kai Xin is now unmanned, and a navy tugboat left port in Punta Arenas, near the southern tip of South America, to tow the ship to harbor.
“The ship has been drifting in zigzags and circles at about 5 knots per hour. It’s very close to glaciers and we’ve sent the tugboat in case it hits the coast causing an oil spill,” said Capt. Juan Villegas, maritime governor for Chile’s portion of Antarctica.
The Kai Xin left port in Uruguay and Chilean officials don’t know how much fuel it’s carrying. Fog forced Chile’s air force to cancel a flight on Thursday to check on the its condition.
“The ship seems in good conditions from the photos we’ve seen,” Villegas told The Associated Press. “The fire seems to have taken place at the engines and there’s no risk of sinking.”
A Panamanian-flagged Chinese ship, Skyfrost, also was nearing the area to help tow the ship, he said.”
” Friday afternoon at the Cabo~Hatteras marquee, the early log-on was well attended
and many were there to witness the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Jeff McCloy and the
Mayor of Port Stephens, Bruce McKenzie wish Newcastle & Port Stephens Game Fish Club “all the best” for a successful tournament…. and what a success it was!!We were blessed with a 3 day window of fabulous weather that enabled a capacity fleet of 110 boats and 528 anglers to put to sea.110 boats and 528 anglers lifts this, the 2013 Cabo~Hatteras Billfish Shootout to an alltime record for the event.”
Graham and Carmen McCloy from Game & Leisure Boats presenting “Paceemo” with their Cheque for
$12,500 for Heaviest Marlin over 150kg
” Deep-sea divers have just made the find of a lifetime. A ship that is believed to have sunk almost 400 years ago, has a bounty of treasure on board. Located a quarter mile deep on the bottom of the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, the sunken ship is believed to be the Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senora del Rosario. The ship was part of a Spanish fleet of 28 ships, eight of which met their demise on September 5, 1622, during a hurricane.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the find are the more than 17,000 pieces of real-life treasure. There were 39 bars of gold, ceramic jars, jewels, precious stones, silver coins, and even a device that was used to navigate the ship by the stars
The shipwreck and its contents were found by Odyssey Marine Exploration, a company that specializes in locating long-lost deep-sea artifacts. Odyssey’s president, Greg Stemm, said of the Spanish treasure, “this is the major find of our time.” “
” What does it take to win a fishing tournament? Perhaps a better question is, what doesn’t it take? The dirty little secret about tournament fishing is that winning requires a lot of everything. While intense preparation usually figures as a major component of any successful team, that doesn’t preclude plain dumb luck as accounting for a winner’s check. Similarly, playing it safe on the water is often the key to success — but then again, the risk-taker is sometimes the one who prevails in the end. And that’s the beauty of tournament fishing: You never know what lies in wait.
Here are a few thoughts from some recent winners of big events and their accounts of just how they did it.”
” More than a year after the Costa Concordia ran aground off the Italian coast, the ship remains where it wrecked. More than 400 workers are attempting one of the largest salvage operations in history, a process that will cost around $400 million and will take at least until this summer to complete. They have a tough slog ahead: Just removing the 2100 tons of fuel took 31 days and 20 vessels. Because the ruined ship is lying on its side, the engineering teams have to hoist it upright—preserving a seabed lush with coral, sea-grass meadows, and giant clams—before towing it to a safe harbor for disassembly.”
” An 857-pound bluefin is maneuvered alongside the boat during the 1949 Tuna Cup in Nova Scotia (top), while Maureen Marazzi caught a 881-pounder in 1971 (lower right); big fish are still caught today in this northerly fishery (bottom left).”
” #1 Canadian Maritimes — Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick
Primary Species: Giant bluefin tuna
Golden Era: 1930 to 1950, 1970s. In the late 1970s, the tuna apparently changed their migration. When the Asian taste for bluefin sushi evolved during the 1980s, prices rose, an industry was born, and Canada prohibited recreational anglers from catching giants. In the past few years, the country has allowed a regulated catch-and-release fishery.
The History: During the late 1800s, harpooners began targeting giants that tangled their herring nets. Through the early 20th century, anglers started pursuing the bluefin, though they were not considered good table fare. Finally, in the 1930s, tackle makers caught up with the fishery, and IGFA founder Michael Lerner helped initiate the International Tuna Cup (Sharp Cup).
Memorable Moment: Bluefin here average 700 pounds, but they get much bigger. The current all-tackle world-record bluefin — a 1,496-pound behemoth — was caught off Nova Scotia in 1979.”
” A stolen yacht washed ashore in California on Monday leading to the arrest of three individuals on board, according to authorities.
Two males and one female, suspected of stealing the yacht, were stuck inside when it became trapped in shallow waters near Pacifica State Beach in Sausalito. Initially refusing rescue, the alleged thieves were eventually brought ashore and taken into police custody.
According to The Associated Press, the 82-foot vessel known as Darling was taken from Sausalito Yacht Harbor at approximately 1:30 am on Monday.”