|.: 28-May-2015 :.
|North Sea ship catches fire, Crew prompted to leave the ship|
On Monday night, Purple Beach was on fire, when it was moving towards German port of Brake.The 192m-long (630ft) ship had been moving from Immingham on the north-east coast of England to Brake, south of Bremerhaven.
The people living near Bremerhaven were suggested close their windows and doors to avoid a bad smell, which was fuming in the region. At first, the fire was controlled, but on Tuesday it came up again, making the crew to evacuate the ship.
According to the officials, the ship was under a danger of exploding
On Wednesday, there were videos and still photographs which showed smoke fuming from the Marshall Islands-registered ship.
After a series of attempt to stop the fire, by 22 crew members and firefighters, they came back on land overnight, when three boats were sent to to help them out, some 20 nautical miles (40km) north of the German coast and 15 nautical miles west of the island of Helgoland.
There were people affected by the dangerous gas, who were rushed to the hospital for treatment, the number of people were 36. But nobody complained about any major health issue.
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|North Carolina Maritime Museum expansion plans with a groundbreaking ceremony|
As a part of expansion plan, on wednesday, the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport is breaking ground for a 2,500 square foot. The ground breaking event would be held at 4 p.m. in the Museum's facility based at historic Fort Johnston on the Southport waterfront.
The new area would comprise of a multi-purpose meeting and classroom, an archival storage room to safeguard and maintain artifacts and confidential documents, make a workshop for organising and maintaining exhibits, a library room to keep audio-visual media, two latest ADA-compliant bathrooms, and also officers for the Curator of Education and the Friends' Administrator, and space for storing exhibits, artifacts and other materials.
The campaign - “Come Grow with Us”, conducted by the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum's has generated funds of more than $287,000, 94 percent of their $305,000 accounts for the expansion plan.
At the groundbreaking, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan W. Kluttz would be participating.
For further information on the Maritime Museum and the Phase II Expansion Campaign, please visit our site mentioned below:
The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport timings are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visiting days are from Tuesday till Saturday. There are no charges as the admission is free of cost. However, donations are most welcome.
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|Details on Norfolk Harborfest Maritime Festival|
The Norfolk Harborfest will be held at Town Point Park, along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, it will commence from Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7. This maritime festival is considered to be the largest, longest-running in the nation.
It is a family oriented weekend event, that includes activities on both land and sea. It will start off with the Parade of Sail and following with sea activities like work boat races, emergency vessel demonstrations, and professional Fly Board demonstrations. The land activities such as regional and national entertainment acts, family recreational activities,outstanding and very unique performances, and will showcase the best waterfront fireworks on the East Coast.
On June 5 during the noon time, the audience would be witnessing a magnificent Harborfest Parade of Sail which start from Downtown Norfolk Harbor., as directed under by the Virginia Pilots Association and USCG Eagle would be leading it.
As per the customs of the maritime festival, it would also showcase tall ships, Navy ships, character vessels, sleek power cruisers, sailing craft, antique and classic wooden boats, military vessels, and tugs. There would be mass of audience waiting at vantage points along the Elizabeth River who would be seeing the grand fleet heading the direction towards Town Point Park. The visiting timings of the festival are the following - Friday, June 5 from noon to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 6 from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, June 7 from noon to 6 p.m.
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|Parliament's fisheries committee on structuring integrated coastal management|
There is an opinion prevailing in the circles of parliament's fisheries committee on structuring a maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management.
In the Europe region, the number of people working as fishermen is 87,445, but if we consider the 116,094 jobs generated by fishing, the 115,651 jobs connected to fish transformation, and summing up logistics and sales, the total number is nearly to 400,000. Fishing is the backbone for the economy of several coastal regions.
This century is considered to be generating maritime adventure, which is positive as well as negative reasons. The positive part of this is technological and scientific advancement that permit us to conduct maritime explorations.
The negative part are connected to to our sense being irresponsible, where we have misused and wasted available resources, because of the careless attitude of consumption habits.
As per experts estimates, the maritime activity could create 1.6 million jobs by the year 2020. But, we must be alert and restructure the sector, as well as make use of marine resources, which is similar to fishing and the common fisheries policy. This is crucial, to make a note that we must not repeat the environmental mistakes which we have done on land, and at sea few times.
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|Engine room crew keeps is the lifeline & heartbeat of the ship|
In support of Nationwide Move 15, ship sailed from Curtis Bay, Maryland to Woods Hole, Massachusetts on May 9. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jeremy Shobe, a marine warrant engineer officer was designated to the 203rd Transportation Company, 359th Transportation Battalion, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and a native of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, was checking engine room equipment aboard the Maj. Gen. Robert Smalls.
As a part of the mission, Exercise Nationwide Move 15, an annual Army Reserve passed functional training exercise structured to deliver Reserve Component transportation units with powerful, actual training, by performing real-world operations to give support to Continental United States activities.
The engine room of the Maj. Gen. Robert Smalls, a U.S. Army Logistics Support Vessel 8, an area of machinery making noises, room smells of oil and diesel fuel is all in the air and does not have any natural light filters, it is considered as the lifeline and heartbeat of the ship, eventually helping in launching key Army logistical missions.
A couple of days ago, Maj. Gen. Robert Smalls and the crew belonging to the 203rd Transportation Detachment, 359th Transportation Battalion, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command started sailing from its home port in Curtis Bay, Maryland, to deliver key sea transport capability for equipment being placed as part of the 103rd Sustainment Command exercise Nationwide Move 15.
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|HMS Richmond sailors extend their hand to help Tanzanian orphanage|
Portsmouth-based HMS Richmond took a break after a security patrol in the Indian Ocean and it’s sailors of HMS Richmond were off duty, after constantly serving in the Indian Ocean. They all visited an orphanage in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and gave support to the people there. They medics aided the kids by running a clinic and other sailors cleaned the football pitch.
The sailors volunteered by taking supplies and attending the delegates, and also helped the Kids Care Orphanage.
“We have the skills of medical and engineering on board, with the support of which we delivered medical assistance, and repaired orphanage equipment, water pump and bicycles and thus it was an honour to help the kids.” Sub Lieutenant Jo Peacock said.
HMS Richmond’s medical officer Surgeon Lieutenant Robert Woodward, who ewas the in-charge of the clinic at the orphanage, said: “we brought awareness among the staff and kids about malaria and several other diseases.”
A Leading Physical Trainer Ollie Osborne helped to clear a football pitch, and he also gave away few sports equipment, such as footballs and clothes like England shirts, which can used by the orphanage.
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|USS George Washington Aircraft & ABHs operate during the night|
During the night operations, USS George Washington steams. It is the one and only forward-deployed aircraft carrier of the Navy.
To make ABH accountable for their task they are ordered to wear yellow/blue shirts. During the night, ABH attend their night shift wearing yellow and blue shirts to perform their duty.
The hangar bay ABHs wear blue jerseys, positioning themselves in chock and chain manner of securing aircraft to the deck. After completing the task to be qualified ABH, they achieve a yellow jersey and are designated a role of an aircraft director. The task includes fire watch, tractor driver, elevator operator, etc.
Navy Chief Petty Officer Terrell Jones, who is an aviation boatswain's mate and hangar bay chief on the George Washington commented,“During the night time, hangar bay perform movement operations for aircraft, and we take care of maintenance for the squadrons”. We face difficulties every night in accommodating every squadron. Our job is to ensure that hanger bay receives a their maintenance and attention, however at times we don’t have ample time to do the same. ABHs lives are always at risk as they are on the aircraft performing their job.
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|Alliance between International Maritime Rescue Federation and McMurdo|
International Maritime Rescue Federation and McMurdo announced their alliance focusing on various several major search and rescue initiatives. It will be launched at World Maritime Rescue Congress in Bremerhaven, Germany in the coming week.
International Maritime Rescue Federation is charitable organisation working to support maritime SAR service internationally, whereas, McMurdo is a pioneer in search and rescue as well as maritime domain awareness solutions.
IMRF and McMurdo would join hands to tackle some major challenges which are faced during maritime SAR internationally, as well as rescue team training, artisanal fishermen’s safety and the evolving needs of SAR services handing the not so safe mixed migration by sea.
Mr Bruce Reid - CEO, IMRF commented, “ The tie-up between IMRF and McMurdo will support our charitable work on the same lines as we are doing with the IMO technical cooperation committee, and creating SAR organisations.
He further added “That McMurdo has in-depth knowledge of the whole search and rescue process, it will ultimately improve our industry events, activities and initiatives. We at IMRF invite McMurdo to provide assistance in tackling the challenges we are noticing internationally for maritime SAR. With the amalgamation of our skills, knowledge, and influence, we can safeguard the lives on the global water.”
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