September 29, 2017 — U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have introduced legislation that would permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, or the Jones Act, “to aid recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria and encourage long-term economic growth.” Senator McCain said, “While I welcome the Trump administration’s Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico, this short-term, 10-day exemption is insufficient to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild from Hurricane Maria.”
September 28, 2017 — At the request of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, President Trump has authorized a Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico. The news was announced in this tweet from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders: “At @ricardorossello request, @POTUS has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately.”
Monaco, 28 September 2017 – Leonardo, a leading manufacturer in the global helicopter industry, is exhibiting two of its most successful models in VIP/corporate transport configuration at the Monaco Yacht Show (27-30th September). The company is showcasing a GrandNew light twin and an AW169 light intermediate twin aircraft, both owned by a British private customer and used for VIP transport missions across the UK.
September 27, 2017 — Problems with shoreside distribution rather than any shortage of Jones Act vessels are proving to be the major obstacle to getting relief cargoes to Puerto Rico where they are needed. Still, there have been requests for the DHS to issue a temporary waiver of the act similar to that issued September 8 for areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma — and which was reportedly unused because there was ample available Jones Act tonnage.
Game Faces ON at the Midwest High Performance Sailing Camp
LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (Sept. 26, 2017) – The Midwest’s top junior sailors trained hard at the Midwest High Performance Sailing Camp this weekend. The US Sailing Olympic Development Program (ODP) event was sailed in Melges 14s at the Geneva Lake Sailing School. 17 athletes were selected by sailing resume to represent the region at the ODP Clinic. These midwesterners received top-notch coaching, giving them a window into their dreams of sailing at an olympic level.
September 26, 2017 — Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark is to again build multiple high-speed aluminum catamaran passenger vessels for NYC Ferry. Metal Shark reports that, in early August, it received orders from Hornblower, which operates the service for New York City, for four 97 ft x 28 ft, 350-passenger USCG Subchapter K vessels. These are a new and larger platform than the fleet of 150-passenger vessels NYC Ferry currently operates. An additional 85 ft, 150-passenger USCG Subchapter T vessel has also been ordered.
September 25, 2017 — Food and aid cargo are already arriving at Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Isla Grande terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico, following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. The hurricane, one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the island in 80 years, pummeled parts of Puerto Rico with winds of 155 mph and as much as 40 inches of rain, unleashed catastrophic flooding, destroyed infrastructure, knocked out power to the island’s 3.5 million residents, and cut off most communications. The storm is blamed for at least 10 deaths.
PR250817 Crew volunteers during the Champagne Challenge sailing event in the river Exe
Exmouth’s inshore lifeboat was called out twice over the weekend, assisting three people in difficulty. Crew volunteers were on exercise on their Shannon class lifeboat during the annual Champagne Challenge community sailing event.
Picture Flanagan Alpha Global Expedition collection
British solo-yachtsman facing the arctic sun as he navigates the Russian Northern Sea route in his 40 foot yacht Barabas. Adrian Flanagan set off from the Solent on the first vertical circumnavigation by sea (pole to pole) on28 October 2003, the smallest yacht to round Cape Horn West about, and still one of only a handful of yachts to make that passage, heading North up the Pacific an through the Bering Strait, along the Northern Sea Route, round Norway’s North Cape & South for home through the North Sea
ROUND THE WORLD SAILOR ADRIAN FLANAGAN BEING HANDED A CUP OF TEA BY CHIEF CHRIS BAMBER ON HMS TRUMPETER IN THE SOLENT.PICTURE BY STEVE REIGATE 21/5/2008
ROUND THE WORLD SAILOR ADRIAN FLANAGAN ON BOARD HIS YACHT BARABUS IN THE SOLENT.PICTURE BY STEVE REIGATE 21/5/2008
Read Adrian’s account of his epic and historic voyage. FIRE Project review of the book http://tinyurl.com/y9629kp8
The Northern Sea Route (NSR) is the shortest sea route from Asia to Europe. According to experts, after 2050 it will be available for year-round passage of conventional vessels with no ice reinforcement. Given this, it is a good strategy right now to develop the NSR not only for pure export of natural resources from the Arctic zone or for the “Northern Supply”, but also for container transportation. In 2016, a model for creating a regular Arctic container line on the basis of the Northern Sea Route was developed. A niche where NSR shipments are more profitable compared to the southern route is the transit of container cargo between the ports of the Northeast Asia (China, Japan, the Republic of Korea) and North Europe (Rotterdam, Hamburg, etc.) The container traffic on routes where the use of the NSR can potentially give a significant payoff to carriers, is about 455 thousand TEU. The commissioning of new facilities for the production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the development of infrastructure in the Arctic will help significantly increase traffic along the NSR.