Bow Wave Issue 606–American Summer Edition

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Contents in this issue:

1. Welcome
2. Hurricane Irene in the Caribbean
3. New GAO Report on Maritime Energy Supply
4. Earthquake and Tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest
5. Russ Ringsak
6. And Finally…

Broadly Boats News

Firetrench Directory

1. Welcome

Poem of the Week


by Grace Paley

My father was brilliant embarrassed funny handsome
my mother was plain serious principled kind
my grandmother was intelligent lonesome for her
other life her dead children silent
my aunt was beautiful bitter angry loving

I fell among these adjectives in earliest childhood
and was nearly buried with opportunity
some of them stuck to me others
finding me American and smooth slipped away

Grace Paley (2000)


New Readers this week include:-

William Woodward of Amlin
Stuart Campbell of Vero Marine in NZ
Bill Martindale of HFW
Lucy Dreyer of the North of England P&I Club
Marine Underwriter Tasleema Mokaddam of the Munich Mauritius
Reinsurance Company Limited


News of Readers

According to the pink ‘un, former Thomas Miller man Paul Neagle
is moving into pastures new:-


Richard Bortnick, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Global Insurance
Group and chair of the group’s Professional Liability Practice
Area, was appointed vice-chair of the Professionals’, Officers’
and Directors’ Liability (PODL) General Committee of the
American Bar Association (Tort Trial & Insurance Practice
Section). His term began August 9, 2011.


Readers Write

From Richard Brown in Glasgow

Re your columnist Rob Darroch’s column on riots (Bow Wave Issue 605),
while I don’t agree that human society is just thinly held together with
bribes (and always will be), the far more important issue is that the
riots did not happen in: “… London and the rest of BRITAIN”! They
happened in London and the rest of ENGLAND. Not Wales, not Scotland.
England. After 18 years in the UK your columnist should have known better!


From Jeff Blum in London

METL / ICS Evening Classes

Maritime Education & Training Limited (METL) provide evening
classes in central London for the Professional Qualifying
Examinations leading to membership of the Institute of
Chartered Shipbrokers. The next new term will start on Monday,
12th September 2011. Anyone interested in enrolling please
contact METL at:-


FOB Update

Many interesting people are joining FOB. We passed the
1700 mark this week. New joiners include:-

P&I man Alan Salsbury
Specialist editor Dawn Gorman
Consultant Peter Bingham
Fire and combustion expert James Kelman
Swedish maritime lawyer Sören Thorlin in Sweden
Cargo claims man Carlos Parra
Marine insurance broker Sergio Caron in Brazil
Insurance manager John Smith

You can see who is joining FOB by country and by occupation
by using the search windows on the People page, the most
popular page on the site, which does bear a passing
resemblance to another well known and much more generalist
networking site.


Registration is gratis for individuals. Businesses can take out a
page for a small supporting contribution and we welcome firms
prepared to sponsor Group pages or advertise with us. This
helps to keep FOB a going concern and puts a smile on the
face of our programmers and accountants.

FOB is a project designed to adapt the new ways of using the
internet for the sorts of people who read Bow Wave.

You are welcome to join


Note from the Editor

A very American edition this week, proof perhaps that they
do August differently there.



2. Hurricane Irene in the Caribbean

Roddy Langley writes:-

28Aug11–The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility
(CCRIF) has announced that, while Hurricane Irene resulted
in registered losses in six of its member countries
(Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Haiti, St.
Kitts & Nevis and the Turks & Caicos Islands), none of
the policies of these countries were triggered. Of these
territories, the highest losses were determined for the
Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands. None of the other
four countries was impacted by more than lower Tropical
Storm-force winds (under 50mph).

To see the full release and also an event report for Irene
go to the FOB news page at:-


3. New GAO Report on Maritime Energy Supply

Stephen L. Caldwell, the Director for Maritime Security Issues
in the Homeland Security and Justice Team on behalf of the
US Government Accountability Office writes:-

Late last week, GAO released its report… Maritime Security:
Progress Made, but Further Actions Needed to Secure the
Maritime Energy Supply, GAO-11-883T. The report is available
at GAO’s website at:

This was a testimony before the House Committee on Homeland
Security Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations
and Management, at a congressional field hearing in Houston,
Texas. The report focuses on three issues: (1) threats of
attacks to energy tankers, (2) agency responses to prior
GAO recommendations to improve the response to attacks on
energy tankers in a U.S. port, and (3) agency efforts to
assess threats against offshore energy infrastructure such
as oil rigs. In summary, the report found:

Energy tankers continue to face risks from Al-Qaida and other
terrorist groups, as demonstrated by recent revelations of
Al-Qaida intentions as well as last years’ attack on the
MV Star in the Strait of Hormuz. Risks from piracy have
surpassed terrorism as the key threat, with pirate attacks
against tankers tripling in the last 5 years and continuing
to set a record pace for 2011.

Agencies, including the Departments of Homeland Security
and Justice, have made some progress addressing GAO’s 2007
recommendations to improve the response to terrorist attacks
on energy tankers within a U.S. port. However, five years
after the report, 2 of the 5 recommendations remain
unaddressed–those related to integrating terrorism and
oil spill response plans, and those related to developing
performance measures on readiness to respond.

Offshore energy infrastructure, such as deepwater oil rigs,
also face risks from terrorists groups, to include ramming
by a small boat with explosives, attacking underwater by
divers with explosives, a collision by an aircraft, or
sabotage by an employee. The Coast Guard evaluates the
security of such infrastructure through use of a risk
assessment model to calculate the threat, vulnerability
and consequences of an attack. However, the risk assessment
process is hindered by limited data on vulnerabilities
and consequences, as well as the lack of updated information
on which offshore facilities (based on amount of production
and number of personnel) are required to be evaluated.
GAO found that the Coast Guard did not conduct several
required security assessments.

Also, mobile offshore drilling units such as the Deepwater
Horizon, are considered vessels and not facilities, so
they fall outside the Coast Guard’s current security
regulations, and no security assessment is done. The
Deepwater Horizon, while an accident, demonstrated
the potential consequences of an explosion on an
offshore drilling rig. The explosion resulted in
11 deaths, serious injuries, and the release of 4
million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over
a period of 3 months before the well was capped.

GAO recommended that the Coast Guard improve its
internal controls to make sure that all major offshore
facilities that are required to be evaluated, are
included in its annual assessment of security risks.
The agency concurred with the recommendation and is
taking other steps to improve security. GAO will
continue to review other related Coast Guard programs,
such as security inspections of offshore infrastructure,
to ensure the protection of offshore energy facilities.
These topics will be addressed in a separate GAO report
later this year in November.


4. Earthquake and Tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest

Courtesy of the Browser, we ran across this long, well
written meditation on the likely consequences of a large
earthquake event in the Pacific Northwest. It is by
Bruce Barcot and appears in Outside Magazine, a publication
dedicated to the outdoors life. It is only in America, it
seems these days, that you are likely to run across really
long essays which recall the more prolix Victorian
age. The article is entitled Totally Psyched for the
Full-Rip Nine. It is so well written it ought to be read
by insurance people everywhere. Here is a flavour:-

“With every tsunami warning, there’s always a small
contingent of mixed nuts who drift down to watch the
action and form a flash mob of Darwin Award nominees.
At any rate, it’s physically impossible to surf a tsunami.
Often called tidal waves, they aren’t “waves” at all.
There is no face, no pipe, no curl. A tsunami is more
like a storm surge. Common waves are created by wind
energy. Tsunamis are created by the massive displacement
of water, and terrifying Japanese woodblock prints
notwithstanding, they don’t break like wind waves.
They come ashore more like enormous high tides, with
a low, inches-high leading edge backed by a steadily
rising onrush of water. A 40-foot-high tsunami does
not come ashore as a 40-foot-high wave. It steadily
builds to that height with each successive pulse.”

Read the whole article here:-


5. Russ Ringsak

Our favourite trucker-writer Russ Ringsak, who hauls
sets around the US for National Public Radio has been
clocking up the miles again:-

“Hank must have crossed two or three hundred bridges on
this trip of 10,000 miles and I never thought until now
to run a count. The Mississippi, the Columbia,
the Yellowstone, both Reds, the Cuyahoga, the Missouri,
Ohio, St Croix, the Black, Kankakee, Sandusky, Alleghany,
Hudson, Susquehanna, Housatonic, Potomac, James, New,
the Canadian in Oklahoma and the Rio Grande in New
Mexico; the Colorado, Snake, Umatilla, Clark Fork,
Flathead, Jefferson, Sheyenne, Chippewa. Those and
dozens more, plus countless creeks and coulees. And
two ferry rides.”

Read his latest column here:-

6. And Finally…

Thanks to Christof Lüddeke for these notions:-

1. When Snake is alive, Snake eats Ants.
When Snake is dead, Ants eat Snake.
Time can turn at any time.
Don’t neglect anyone in your life……..

2. Never make the same mistake twice,
There are so many new ones,
Try a different one each day.

3. A good way to change someone’s attitude is to change your own.
Because, the same sun that melts butter, also hardens clay!
Life is as we think, so think beautifully.

4. Life is just like a sea, we are moving without an end.
Nothing stays with us, what remains is just the memories of some
people who touched us as Waves.

5. Whenever you want to know how rich you are?
Never count your currency,
Just try to Drop a Tear and
count how many hands reach out to WIPE
That-that is true richness.

6. Heart tells the eyes: see less, because you see and I suffer lot.
Eyes replied, feel less because you feel and I cry a lot.

7. Never change your originality for the sake of others, Because no
one can play your role better than you.
So be yourself, because whatever you are, YOU are the best.

8. Baby mosquito came back after 1st time flying.
His dad asked him “How do you feel?”
He replied “It was wonderful, Everyone was clapping for me!”


P.S. Merci Paul Dixon:-

Charlie was taking to his psychiatrist. “I had a weird dream recently,”
he says. “I saw my mother but then I noticed she had your face. I
found this so worrying that I immediately awoke and couldn’t get
back to sleep. I just stayed there thinking about it until 7am.
I got up, made myself a slice of toast and some coffee and came
straight here. Can you please help me explain the meaning of my

The psychiatrist kept silent for some time, then said,
“One slice of toast and coffee? Do you call that a breakfast?”

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