Friday, April 13, 2018
45 degree days-nights grey, no wait !! sunny, correct that ....its a gale, hail, rain, sleet, wind white caps in the bay.... like living inside a cocktail shaker here at A dock. The picture is Rhody days 18-20 May, see the rides up on the boardwalk !! OUR ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BEING HERE IN FLORENCE (Port of Siuslaw) is on 15 April....
Up in Seattle, the Washington State Ferries are deeply concerned about bicycles...you know, those sitting on deck when you pull into port and all the cars have unloaded .... where are the riders? overboard?
The Coast Guard says "In the last 18 months, 12 bicycles have been left aboard ferries", does this mean that the owner could have gone overboard?
Legally, and responsibly, until the bicyclist from the bicycle can be confirmed safe, there ought to be a search undertaken. A bike recently left aboard a vessel led to a $17,000 expense (in helicopter and crew costs) searching for a missing person along the ferry route when, in fact, no one had fallen overboard.
“When bicycles are left behind on a ferry, the Coast Guard assumes the worst and searches in the event the bicycle operator may have fallen overboard,” explained Captain Linda Sturgis, commander for the Coast Guard’s Puget Sound sector, in a statement. “We join the Washington State Ferry system in requesting that bicycle users not bring rented bicycles on board the ferries, instead, leave the rented bicycle at the pier and board as a walk-on passenger.”
Sounds like a real problem, huh? when we lived up there we questioned the car coming aboard with 5 people, leaving with three ....? and notice they do not tell you about the cars left on the ferries... as a local you have this great way to dispose of a unwanted car..... go onto the ferry.
Monday, April 9, 2018
SUN ! no wind, clear skies....
Saturday was a bad day in Turkey, a Maltese-flagged 74,269 DWT bulk carrier named Vitaspirit failed her steering gear while transiting Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait.
The South-bound ship was approaching the Second bridge across the Bosphorus, when it veered out of control, it missed the bridge, but ran over and seriously damaged the 19th Century Hekimbasi Salih Efendi Mansion on the shore, which is used to host weddings and concerts.
The mansion’s roof and upper floors collapsed and the video (below) shows the basement slumping into the water, but, no one was reported to be injured in the collision.
After losing its steering gear, the bulk carrier’s anchor was dropped in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the ship, it however, snagged electic power cables with its anchor. The ship suffered only minor damage, and was assisted by three tugs and SAR vessels, to be backed out from under the bridge while traffic on the strait was briefly stopped in both directions.
The video below shows the inside of the mansion.
Friday, April 6, 2018
More grey and rain 45-50 warmer degrees though...
BALIKPAPAN, BORNEO INDONESIA
Last Saturday, a fire broke out near the Panamanian flagged (Chinese crew) Coal ship "Ever Judger" at Balikpapan Bay, Borneo, Indonesia. Two individuals - fishermen - were killed, and one of the Judger's crewmembers suffered burn injuries. All 20 members of the Judger's crew were successfully evacuated. Indonesian police are questioning the crew as the oil continues to pollute local waters.
Last Friday,, when oil began spilling into Borneo’s Balikpapan Bay, the oil spread to cover an area of nearly 13,000 hectares and pollute 60 km of coastal ecosystems, including mangrove wetlands and a marine mammal habitat where at least one protected dugong was killed, and it has destroyed the areas fishing industries. The spill created an overpowering stench sweeping across Balikpapan, a city of 700,000 people.
Where did the oil come from? For the first four or five days, there was only denial and finger-pointing.
The only oil refinery in the area is owned by the Indonesian state-owned oil company, Pertamina.
officials denied that the refinery or its pipelines had anything to do with the spill. They said that testing of the oil indicated that it was marine fuel and not crude oil from their facility. Balikpapan is a busy port serving one of Indonesia’s biggest thermal coal mining regions. Nevertheless, there were no reports of ship casualties which might have caused a such a large spill. Local police questioned the crew and took fuel samples from the MV Ever Judger in Balikpapan Bay. The samples were sent ashore for analysis.
For the next several days, the refinery, Pertamina Unit V, continued operating as usual while the spill continued to grow. Finally, , the oil company was identified as the source of the spill — a cracked 20-year-old underwater pipeline from to its refinery in Balikpapan. Pertamina says its sonar equipment revealed the punctured pipeline had been moved 100 meters from its original position.
The oil company is now suggesting that a bulk carrier loaded with coal may have snagged the pipeline with its anchor. Reuters quotes Oil and Gas Director General Djoko Siswanto: “We suspect the pipe was dragged by the ship that caught fire. At the time it was bad weather, so they had to drop anchor,” Siswanto said, noting it was an area where ships were not supposed to anchor.
THE CENTRAL OREGON PORT OF SIUSLAW, HAS A PROTECTED 50 BOAT MAIN HARBOR WITH A ¼ MILE LONG TRANSIENT DOCK EXTENSION FOR COMMERCIAL, SHORT ...