Thursday, May 29, 2008
There were 49 attacks reported to the Piracy Reporting Centre in the first three months of 2008 as compared to 41 for the corresponding period in 2007, states the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in its latest quarterly piracy report.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
May 27, 2008
Posted: September 22, 2007
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LOAD LINE 1,70 M
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Tue May 27, 4:32 PM ET
The Milky Way galaxy weighs about 1 trillion times as much as our sun, according to a new estimate.
Previous estimates had ranged from 750 billion solar masses to up to 2 trillion. Lately, researchers have been leaning toward the higher figure. But now astronomers have used a more refined method to conclude that our galaxy's mass is slightly less than 1 trillion solar masses.
The galaxy's mass is a mix of stars, gas, dust and mysterious dark matter.
The new estimate is based on a large sample of stars in the galactic halo, a relatively sparse sphere of stars that surrounds our galaxy's main disk. The speeds of stars in the halo reveal the mass of the galaxy by allowing astrophysicists to infer the amount of gravity required to keep those stars in orbit.
These guys must be good to arrive at tremendous figures!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
April 16, 2008 Updated
On March 7, 2008, the Proto Flight Test on the antenna of the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System was performed in the No. 1 radio wave test facility at the Tsukuba Space Center. The radio wave patterns of the on-board antenna were measured and the "Compact Range Systems" were set up to distribute the radio waves to the transmission feed, the reflector and the Quasi-Zenith L-band antenna, respectively, and confirmed if the antenna met quality requirements.
The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) is a constellation of several identical satellites, with at least one satellite positioned near the zenith over Japan anytime. Users can receive communication and positioning signals from one of the QZSS satellites near the zenith direction without obstruction in urban and mountainous area. Owing to this advantage, people in moving vehicles and using mobile phones can speak and send/receive high-quality content without interference. In addition, the system is expected to significantly improve the accuracy of positioning.
Evergreen Shipping Agency (America), North America general agents for Evergreen Line, has announced two new executive vice president appointments in its U. S. head office. Jay Buckley has been named Executive Vice President, Business, and Louise Yu, Executive Vice President, Customer Service.
Northrop Grumman Names Shipbuilding Leadership Team
Northrop Grumman Corporation has appointed three vice presidents to key positions in its newly formed Shipbuilding sector, effective immediately. John J. Mazach has been appointed sector vice president of business development, Eric Womble has been named sector vice president of advanced capabilities group, and Daniel L.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Depletion of Ozone Layer Leveling Off, New U.S. Study Finds
Observed changes might show improved levels of ozone in atmosphere
Earth's ozone layer is no longer in decline, according to a new global study involving long-term data from satellites and ground stations, although it is still severely depleted after decades of thinning from industrial chemicals in the atmosphere.
According to an August 29 press release from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the team documented a leveling off in the decline of ozone levels between 1996 and 2002, and even measured small increases in some regions.
"The observed changes may be evidence of ozone improvement in the atmosphere," said researcher Betsy Weatherhead, an author of the study funded by NOAA. "But we will have to continue to monitor ozone levels for years to come before we can be confident."
The ozone layer will likely need decades to recover, and it might never stabilize at levels measured before the mid-1970s, when scientists discovered that human-produced chlorine and bromine compounds could destroy ozone and deplete the ozone layer, she said.
The ozone layer of the stratosphere protects Earth from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, including skin cancer and cataracts in humans and damaging effects on ecosystems.
The halt in ozone decline follows the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, a 1987 international agreement to which the United States is a party, which called for phasing out production and consumption of compounds that deplete ozone in the stratosphere -- chlorofluorocarbons, halons, carbon tetrachloride, and methyl chloroform. This was accomplished in 2000 for most of the listed substances and in 2004 for methyl chloroform.
Scientists say the primary source of ozone destruction is chlorofluorocarbons, once commonly used in refrigeration, air conditioning, foam-blowing equipment and industrial cleaning.
Fellow humans, we have a share to make in ensuring that this will go on for our future children's sake.
With reference to a post I have made last April 2008 regarding the GULF LRIT. The significance of implementing the Long Range Identification and Tracking System on ships has been emphasized, when the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) during its 84th session in London from 7 to 16 May, made a number of decisions to ensure its timely implementation. This new requirement is part of a SOLAS regulation under V/19-1 which entered into force last 1 January 2008 and will apply to ships constructed on or after 31 December 2008 with a phased implementation schedule for ships constructed before 31 December 2008. The Committee adopted revised Performance Standards and functional requirements to update previous versions and agreed MSC.1 Circulars giving guidance on the survey and certification of compliance requirements of ships. The LRIT system is intended to be operational with respect to the transmission of LRIT information by ships from 30 December 2008. The MSC adopted a resolution on the Establishment of the International LRIT Data Exchange on an interim basis, confirming that the International LRIT Data Exchange will be provided temporarily by the
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The revised Annex VI will allow for an Emission Control Area to be designated for SOx and particulate matter, or NOx, or all three types of emissions from ships, subject to a proposal from a Party or Parties to the Annex which would be considered for adoption by the Organization, if supported by a demonstrated need to prevent, reduce and control one or all three of those emissions from ships.
For the complete details of the amendments, please see: http://www.imo.org/Home.asp?topic_id=1709&doc_id=9123
Strengthening security on the high seas and in world ports: ILO Convention on seafarers’ ID card gains new momentum
The new identity document for seafarers allows for the use of a biometric template to turn two fingerprints of a seafarer into an internationally standardized bar code on the document. The Indonesian government will soon issue the first new biometric identity cards for more than 120,000 Indonesian seafarers working on vessels flying both Indonesian and foreign flags.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Assessment of the impact and effectiveness of the ISM Code
The International Safety Management (ISM) Code evolved through the development of Guidelines on Management for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention adopted in 1989 at the 16th regular session of the IMO Assembly by resolution A.647(16). The objective of the Code was to provide an international standard concerning shipboard and shore-based management.
The outcome of the successful implementation of the ISM Code envisages the enhancement of a safety culture throughout the shipping industry. Through implementing the ISM Code and the application of its requirements during the past six and a half years, shipping companies, classification societies and other industry organizations would have gained significant experience in assessing its manifest benefits and drawbacks.
In order to make a meaningful assessment, the Secretary-General has established an Independent Expert Group comprising of experts from Governments, organizations, universities and the shipping industry and the Secretariat to collect and analyze data to study the impact of the ISM Code and its effectiveness. The Expert Group has developed two questionnaires for shore based and shipboard personnel to obtain as much information as possible from both seafarers as well as those ashore responsible for implementing the ISM Code.
Shipboard and shore-based shipping personnel, do participate and contribute your views.
A fish that would rather crawl into crevices than swim, and that may be able to see in the same way that humans do, could represent an entirely unknown family of fishes, says a
The fish, sighted in Indonesian waters off Ambon Island, has tan- and peach-colored zebra-striping, and rippling folds of skin that obscure its fins, making it look like a glass sculpture. But far from being hard and brittle like glass, the bodies of these fist-sized fish are soft and pliable enough to slip and slide into narrow crevices of coral reefs. It's probably part of the reason that they've typically gone unnoticed -- until now.
The device works rather simply; it is anchored into place in the sea bed with 32-foot rock-bolt anchors. Utilizing a smart and effective cable and pulley system, the device is tugged toward the sea floor and latched into place via an autonomic latching mechanism. The hitch is it is costly, speculating 8 to 15 cents per kw-hour. The electricity costs more than other energy sources but the benefit is that it is a developing technology, it harnesses power naturally, and it won’t pollute the environment or ruin beachfront views. But he may have found a solid and promising green business enterprise.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Vessel owners and operators are finding themselves besieged on many fronts by an onslaught of new laws and regulations governing ship operations at the state and federal levels. At the same time, companies and organizations have been somewhat successful in taking their case to the courts and Congress to argue for a single nationwide system of regulations as opposed to a smattering of differing laws in the various coastal states, referring to the latest in laws, regulations, and litigation affecting a wide part of the maritime industry. The article looks at three of the industry’s key challenges: (1) ballast water management; (2) ship emissions and air pollution; and (3) oil pollution.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
With years of experience in advanced sensor technology and systems integration, a company called Lockheed Martin has been developing and providing governments, waterway authorities and mariners with reliable and cost-effective solutions to vessel traffic management. Their new Vessel Traffic Management Information Systems (VTMIS) monitor ports and coastlines, protect assets and support search and rescue missions throughout the world. Applications for this technology include Coastal and harbor surveillance; Vessel traffic management and Oil ports and offshore platforms. The Lockheed Martin's MTM 200 software is the central command and control, display and processing software for the VTMS, which receives data from a wide variety of integrated sensors and other applications and performs final information processing, display and dissemination. It has the ability to display vessel tracks from multiple sites and multiple sensors.
(Source: www.lockheedmartin.com and www.imo.com)
Source: Lloyd's List
Source Date: 16th May, 2008
Source Pages: p.16.
The president of the Philippinnes-based manning and training company Magsaysay Group, Doris Magsaysay Ho, has warned that shipping must wake up to the fact that it is having to compete for resources, particularly when it comes to seafarers.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Has Global Warming Really Stopped?
Published 14 January 2008
(1283 comments so far)
Mark Lynas responds to a controversial article on newstatesman.com which argued global warming has stopped.
On 19 December the New Statesman website published an article which, judging by the 633 comments (and counting) received so far, must go down in history as possibly the most controversial ever. Not surprising really – it covered one of the most talked-about issues of our time: climate change. Penned by science writer David Whitehouse, it was guaranteed to get a big response: the article claimed that global warming has ‘stopped’.
As the New Statesman’s environmental correspondent, I have since been deluged with queries asking if this represents a change of heart by the magazine, which has to date published many editorials steadfastly supporting urgent action to reduce carbon emissions. Why bother doing that if global warming has ‘stopped’, and therefore might have little or nothing to do with greenhouse gas emissions, which are clearly rising?
Thursday, May 15, 2008
First published in Cleantech magazine, January/February 2008. Copyright Cleantech Investor 2008
Many of the world's potential reserves of hydrocarbons lie beneath the ocean. The hydrocarbon industry has developed techniques suited to conditions found in the offshore, both to find oil and gas (known as exploration) and to successfully extract it for human use. The past fifty years have witnessed ever expanding exploration for and exploitation of offshore oil and gas resources. A potential source of hydrocarbon energy from the oceans is methane hydrate, a crystalline solid consisting of methane molecules surrounded by frozen water molecules. This source of natural gas is found in deep ocean sediments and could, according to some estimates, dwarf all the known global reserves of conventional gas. New exploration techniques and energy sources are already improving the scope and success of offshore extraction operations, adding to the world's known resources. While oil and gas represent more than 60 per cent of the world's primary energy supply, advances in renewable energy technologies will continue to play a role in determining the world's energy mix.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Quote. Excerpts from the International Shipping News:
Ship noise pollution moves up the agenda.
23 April 2008
Merchant vessels are likely to face growing traffic constraints in US waters
in the coming years due to concerns over the impact of ship noise on marine mammals, according to Frank Gonynor, senior claims executive of Gard As.
Speaking at a seminar hosted by the club in Hamburg today, he warned that it is only a matter of time until lawsuits are launched against owners and operators of cargo ships while inside US waters.Unquote.
Now, marine mammals. Next time, the birds and the bees?
How may ASBO apply here? Just wondering, maybe by way of muffled or muted ship's whistles, noiseless engines and silent cargo equipments- the noise makers on board? Anybody with better ideas?