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Touring the Horizon Consumer

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on January 13, 2010

Just this afternoon, a deck officer friend of mine offered my son and I a tour of the Horizon Consumer, tied up at a lay berth in Bellingham, Wash. The Consumer is a 720-ft Jones Act steam ship, built in 1973. Today she was completely empy, but tomorrow she'll be breaking out and heading for Tacoma…

NASA Photo of Gulf Oil Spill

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on June 27, 2010

Image can be found at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=44375&src=eoa-iotd

Anyone Know About Morse Code?

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on June 13, 2010

world- officially and unofficially-- audio or visual code? "I am on a tight deadline so appreciate any links, contacts, stories you can forward. ... The book will be out in Barnes and Nobles stores next year. I would also like to know if there…

Vessels Sought for Oil Spill Cleanup

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on May 28, 2010

Galan is looking for a vessel similar to the Soviet oil skimmer ship,  Vaidogubsky, used in the Exon Valdez clean up, wiith additional specifications which he describes below. He's also looking to employ three super tankers with specification below.

Reader Takes Issue with Credit Given to Costner for Oil Recovery Invention

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on May 27, 2010

"Mr. Costner spent his money on these machines several years ago but sold them, along with the rights, to one of his associates who helped develop the centrifuge. Soon after the BP spill, a local plaintiff attorney and the current owners of the machines formed a company to market the machine.

Readers Have Ideas on How to Stop Oil Flow

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on May 13, 2010

Jose I. "As a marine surveyor and beach master in Chile, with over 12 years experience in oil spills at sea, I deeply regret the developments in the Gulf of Mexico. This is a big environmental catastrofre serious consequences for the marine ecosystem.

Deepwater Horizon Questions

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on May 7, 2010

In this U.S. Navy photo, contracted fishing vessels, Mary and Jace and Gulf Rambler, pull an oil boom during a controlled burn in the Gulf of Mexico, May 5. The controlled burn was conducted in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, BP and other…

Oil Slick from GOM Explosion

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on April 27, 2010

This images of the affected area were captured on April 25 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. The oil slick is a silvery swirl which may be particularly obvious because it is occurring in the sunglint area…

Saw Rowing: CG Cutters at Fairhaven Shipyard

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on April 22, 2010

Earlier this week, while rowing passed Puglia Engineering's Fairhaven Shipyard, I saw that they had two Coast Guard cutters at their dock side: The Maplewood, a buoy tender out of Sitka, Alaska, and the Acushnet, out Ketchikan, Alaska. I believe…

Tour of Todd Pacific Shipyards

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on April 14, 2010

Last week I toured Todd Shipyards in Seattle with the West Coast branch of the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA). The yard doesn't usually give tours to the public, but they went out of their way for us and we sure appreciated it.

Secretary LaHood on Marine Highways

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on March 19, 2010

"Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was in San Diego on February 5th to speak at a Town Hall meeting with port leaders from around the country at the first ever National Port Summit. After his speech I had a brief meeting with him to specifically discuss MARAD's Marine Highway Program (MHP) ...

Did the Chilean Quake Shorten Earth Days?

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on March 3, 2010

According to a report from NASA, the Feb. JPL research scientist Richard Gross computed how Earth's rotation should have changed as a result of the Feb. 27 quake. Using a complex model, he and fellow scientists came up with a preliminary calculation…

More Short-Sea Shipping Talk

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on February 18, 2010

"I find the mode of transport that often makes the most sense is often the least used. I own a tiny marine terminal on the James River in Virginia about 20 miles SE of Richmond. There's quite a history of container-on-barge (COB) efforts here, but not so many successful ones.

A Row Passed MV Kennicott

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on February 11, 2010

Earlier this year, Fairhaven Shipyards of Bellingham, Wash. purchased a second dry-dock, a semi-submersible barge, the Faithful Servant, from China for $12m. The dry-dock allows the yard to service larger vessels, like the MV Kennicott of the Alaska Marine Highway ferry fleet.

Short-Sea Shipping Talk Back

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on February 4, 2010

"...today in the USA different port authorities actively look to restrict the development of inland shipping and coastal sea routes. The best comment I have heard to date while working on the MAMH [Mid-Atlantic Marine Highway] is that the single…

Books, Books, Books

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on January 21, 2010

I just received a copy of Pounder's Marine Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines, ninth edition, by Doug Woodyard. This thing must weigh four pounds! But just a couple weeks ago I had blogged about wanting to find a thorough overview of propulsion. Ask and you shall receive!

Meet Up with Captain Richard Rodriguez

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on January 6, 2010

The internet, I think, reduces that six degrees of separation theory by about half. I've been online buddies with Captain Richard Rodriguez for a few years now. I followed his BitterEnd blog (http://bitterendblog.com) and have kept up with him via social network sites for a while.

The Tug Book

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on December 31, 2009

I'm reading The Tug Book, second edition, by M.J. Gaston. I had been looking for a book that would outline the basics of vessel propulsion so I could do some catch-up. I interview so many smart and knowledgable people and get the feeling that I need to bone up on some fundamentals.

Red-Headed Stepchild Rant

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on December 24, 2009

Do you ever feel like the red-headed stepchild? After Sean Connaughton resigned last January/February due to the change in administration in Washinton D.C., the position of Administrator for the Maritime Administation (MARAD) was left unfilled for nearly a year.

Fire Destroys Buffalo Boats

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on December 17, 2009

In my editorial for the October issue of MarineNews, I mentioned a visit I'd made to Buffalo Boats of  Bellingham, Wash. The owner, Roger Allard, builds two to three vessels a year for the fishing industry with just a few staff to help him.