NTSB reports on tanker allision with bridge

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Antarctic expedition ship stuck in ice

December 27, 2013—A former Soviet research ship today remained stuck in ice some 1,500 miles south of Hobart, Tasmania. The Russian-flag ship, MV Akademik Shokalski, has been chartered for the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013-2014, which is sponsored by the University of New South Wales and led by the university’s professor of climate change, Professor Chris Turney—an authority on all things antarctic and a prolific tweeter and blogger. There are 74 people on board the ship–reportedly, 22 of those on board are crew, the remainder are scientists, researchers and some adventurous souls who have paid from $8,050 upwards to go along for what has turned out to be a very real adventure cruise.

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05S (Southern Indian Ocean)

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TRMM passed over System 98S on Dec. 26 at 6:40 a.m. EST and noticed a “hot tower” thunderstorm reaching heights of about 17 km/10.5 miles.
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Low pressure System 98S appears ripe to form into Tropical Cyclone 05S as NASA satellite imagery is showing some hot towering clouds in the storm and heaviest rains south of the center. System 98S is expected to become a tropical depression on Saturday, December 28, and alerts are already in effect.

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Siemens to supply wind turbines for Cape Wind

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Siemens to supply wind turbines for Cape Wind

December 26, 2013—Under a recently signed contract with Cape Wind LLC, Siemens will supply the first commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S., with 3.6-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbines, an offshore Electric Service Platform (ESP) and a service for the first 15 years of commercial operations. Cape Wind plans to install 130 wind turbines on the Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. Cape Wind has sold 77 1/2% of its power output in long term Power Purchase Agreements to National Grid and NSTAR, the two largest electric utilities in Massachusetts.

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Two PCC operators pay $2.3 million in FMC penalties

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Two PCC operators pay $2.3 million in FMC penalties

December 24, 2013—The Federal Maritime Commission yesterday announced compromise agreements that saw two common carriers operating pure car carriers (PCCs) and roll on/roll off (RO/RO) vessels in U.S. inbound and outbound trades pay penalties totaling $2.3 million. Under the separate agreements, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K Line), paid $1,100,000 in civil penalties and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line), paid $1,225,000. Both Tokyo, Japan, headquartered companies operate diverse fleets trading in the U.S.-foreign trades and globally.

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THE ‘CALM’ BEFORE

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Twenty-four hours after the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet raced out of Sydney Harbour the pace slowed up as the lead boats picked their way down the southeast coast of Australia. Overnight, Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal made the strategic move to head further offshore than her main rival, Bob Oatley’s six-time line honours winner, Wild Oats XI. Loyal’s strategy worked as they eked out a gain of close to 14 nautical miles, surprising given pre-race the boat was touted as favouring heavier airs.

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Pipeline giant buys Blackstone’s Jones Act tanker biz

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Wanted: Safe ferry design for Pacific Islands

December 23, 2013—The World Ferry Safety Association has announced the details of its 2014 international student design competition for a safe, affordable ferry. The goal is to elicit new approaches for ferry design in the developing world and to encourage designers to enter this arena, where there is both a need and an emerging market. Last year $10,000 in prizes was awarded, with the top prizes of $5,000 and $3,000 awarded at the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Annual Meeting to the student teams from the University of British Columbia, Canada and the Tolani Maritime Institute in Pune, India respectively.

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SailRacer Newsletter 24 Dec 2013

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Happy Christmas from the SailRacer Team – 2013 has been a busy year for us, with new offices and additional staff joining our team. We have supported many of the years major events including World, European and National Championships, Olympic Classes Regattas and many more. In the Spring SailRacer was appointed European Distributor for TackTracker, the leading specialist provider of GPS tracking solutions for sailing and have subsequently tracked over 400 races. As we are already experiencing, GPS tracking is creating an online audience for sailing and giving sailors the opportunity to analyse their performance.

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GAME PLAN

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Dockside at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race crews were busy prepping for the 628-nautical mile offshore classic that starts on December 26. This year’s 69th edition has attracted one of the more diverse and competitive fleets in recent history – and while all eyes may be on the 100-footers, current race record holder Wild Oats XI, Perpetual Loyal, Ragamuffin 100, and Wild Thing, all sporting major modifications, there is strength at all levels of the fleet.

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