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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #135 on: December 27, 2017, 09:09:53 pm »
Incident Photos: Panama-Flagged Cargo Ship Wrecks in Greece
December 26, 2017 by Mike Schuler



A Panama-flagged cargo ship wrecked on the Greek island of Traganisi near Mykonos on Friday during a voyage from Russia to Cyprus.

The Hellenic Coast Guard says all 12 foreign nationals on board the MV Little Seyma were able to abandon ship in a life raft and scramble their way to shore. The vessel is carrying 2,700 tons sunflower seed.

Photos show the ship partially sunk along the rocky coastline. A local pollution response team has been activated.







http://gcaptain.com/incident-photos-panama-flagged-cargo-ship-wrecks-greece/
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« Reply #136 on: January 15, 2018, 10:01:37 pm »
Research into Anglo-Saxon burials uncover new insights

JANUARY 10, 2018 BY NATALIE ANDERSON

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An archaeologist from the Australian National University (ANU) is set to redefine what we know about elderly people in cultures throughout history, and dispel the myth that most people didn’t live much past 40 prior to modern medicine.

Christine Cave, a PhD candidate in the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology, has developed a new method for determining the age-of-death for skeletal remains based on how worn the teeth are.

Using her method, which she developed by analysing the wear on teeth and comparing with living populations of comparable cultures, she examined the skeletal remains of three Anglo-Saxon English cemeteries for people buried between the years 475 and 625 CE.

Her research determined that it was not uncommon for people to live to old age.

“People sometimes think that in those days if you lived to 40 that was about as good as it got. But that’s not true.

“For people living traditional lives without modern medicine or markets the most common age of death is about 70, and that is remarkably similar across all different cultures.”

Cave said the myth has been built up due to deficiencies in the way older people are categorised in archaeological studies.

“Older people have been very much ignored in archaeological studies and part of the reason for that has been the inability to identify them,” she said.

“When you are determining the age of children you use developmental points like tooth eruption or the fusion of bones that all happen at a certain age.

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« Reply #137 on: January 20, 2018, 03:24:24 pm »
WATCH: Fishermen Dive Overboard Before Being Run Over by Speedboat  :o

January 17, 2018 by Mike Schuler

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http://gcaptain.com/watch-fishermen-dive-overboard-before-being-run-over-by-speedboat/

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« Reply #138 on: January 29, 2018, 02:19:49 pm »
BSC Newsletter Issue #103

Building Science Corporation

BSI-102: The Coming Stucco-Pocalypse

January 29, 2018 1:37 PM

How can you take a system with thousands of years of history and screw it up?  Easy.  Keep improving it until it does not work.  Babylonians used it. Egyptians used it. Greeks used it.  Romans used it (Photograph 1).  Everyone used it…and everyone uses it. But it sure has changed and what we put it over sure has changed.

Photograph 1: (and several other photographs at article link)  Pompeii – Stucco applied over Roman brick.  Minor issue with Mount Vesuvius   in 79 A.D.

Over several millennia[1] stucco has gone from lime-based to lime-Portland cement-based to Portland cement-based to polymer modified….and each step of the way it has gotten stronger…and less vapor permeable.

This has had huge consequences.  Duh.  When walls get wet they can’t dry.  They used to be able to.  Today?  Not so much.

.….Read the entire article at buildingscience.com.

https://buildingscience.com/documents/building-science-insights/bsi-102-coming-stucco-pocalypse

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[1]  ”kiloyears” Yes, this is a valid term.  Who knew?     
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« Reply #139 on: February 08, 2018, 12:38:43 pm »
NTSB Releases El Faro Investigation Final Report

February 7, 2018 by Mike Schuler

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Eric Stolzenberg, Naval Architecture Group Chairman presenting about the Flooding of Cargo Holds during the December 12, 2017 board meeting on the sinking of the S.S. El Faro.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on its investigation into the sinking of the American cargo ship SS El Faro on October 1, 2015 in the Atlantic Ocean.

Today’s release of the final report follows the NTSB’s meeting on December 12, 2017, to determine the probable cause of the sinking. On that date, the NTSB also adopted and released 81 findings and 53 safety recommendations from the investigation.

The US-flagged cargo ship SS El Faro was on a regular route from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico when it foundered and sank about 40 nautical miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Island, Bahamas after sailing into the path of Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 people on board perished when the ship sank.

The 40-year-old SS El Faro was owned by TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and operated by TOTE Services, Inc.

The loss of the vessel is the worst U.S. maritime disaster in terms of loss of life in over 30 years.

WATCH: NTSB Video Details El Faro Sinking

Full article:

http://gcaptain.com/ntsb-releases-el-faro-investigation-final-report/

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« Reply #140 on: February 13, 2018, 07:29:11 pm »
Do You Have to Travel to Paris to See the Eiffel Tower?  

Tianducheng, a suburb of the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, was built about 15 years ago at the beginning of that country’s epic real estate boom, when housing prices were rising by more than 13 percent a year. Between 2003 and 2014, developers built 100 billion square feet of residential real estate. There was a buyer for everything, including a development in Tianducheng dubbed “the Paris of the East” -- 164 acres of French-inspired architecture, all centered around a one-third scale replica of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris of the East in China

Pardon their French:  ;D

The Chinese fondness for what has been called “duplitecture” 🌟 didn’t stop there. There are copycat cities for every travel fantasy, including London, Venice, and, more surprisingly, Jackson Hole, Wyoming  :o.

Now that the real estate frenzy has passed, Tianducheng and some of China's other faux cities are becoming ghost towns. "I live here because it's cheap,” said one of the suburb’s few residents.

Many apartments in Tianducheng are empty, and few stores are open for business. The "duplitecture" cities are often used as a destination for engagement and wedding photos, though.

http://www.wisegeek.com/do-you-have-to-travel-to-paris-to-see-the-eiffel-tower.htm


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« Reply #141 on: February 20, 2018, 07:43:39 pm »
VIDEO: Here’s How SMIT Salvage Removed the Grounded TS Taipei in Taiwan

February 19, 2018 by gCaptain


Article with the above video:

http://gcaptain.com/video-heres-how-smit-salvage-removed-the-grounded-ts-taipei-in-taiwan/
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« Reply #142 on: February 22, 2018, 02:15:16 pm »
Caught on Video: Explosion 💥  :o Rocks Ferry Docked in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

February 21, 2018 by gCaptain


Article with above video;

http://gcaptain.com/caught-on-video-explosion-rocks-ferry-docked-in-playa-del-carmen-mexico/
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« Reply #143 on: March 05, 2018, 07:41:55 pm »
Coast Guard: Containership Loses About 70 Containers Overboard Off U.S. East Coast
March 4, 2018 by Mike Schuler

MV Maersk Shanghai. Photo: MarineTraffic.com/Marcin Kocoj

A 10,000 TEU containership lost about 70 containers overboard on Saturday night while about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.

The U.S. Coast Guard is warning mariners of navigation hazards.

The 324-meter Maersk Shanghai contacted USCG watchstanders at Sector North Carolina’s command center via VHF-FM marine radio channel 16 on Saturday evening notifying them that they lost approximately 70 to 73 cargo containers due to high winds and heavy seas.

The ship departed from Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday bound for Charleston, South Carolina, where it was due to arrive Sunday, according to ship-tracking data.

UPDATE: Maersk Line Addresses Loss of Containers from Ship Off U.S. East Coast

The incident comes as a powerful nor’easter slammed the East Coast over the weekend, producing hurricane-force winds and significant wave heights up in excess of 40 feet in the western Atlantic.

Here is a wave analysis from Saturday night:  :o


The Coast Guard urges all mariners to transit this area with caution.

The MV Maersk Shanghai was built in 2016 and has a nominal capacity of 10,081 TEU. It is currently sailing on Maersk Line’s TP11 service.

http://gcaptain.com/containership-loses-about-70-containers-overboard-off-us-east-coast/
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« Reply #144 on: March 15, 2018, 08:12:29 pm »


Ships in Caribbean Told to Avoid Underwater Volcano ‘Kick ’em Jenny’   
 Due to Eruption Risk

March 14, 2018 by gCaptain

Sonar image shows the submarine volcano Kick-’em-Jenny off the coast of Grenada. Image capture 1996.

Officials in the Caribbean island of Grenada are warning ships to steer clear of an underwater volcano due to increased seismic activity that could indicate the start of an eruption at any moment.

On Tuesday, the Government of Grenada announced that the alert level for the submarine volcano Kick “em Jenny, located 8 km (5 mi) north of the island of Grenada, has been raised to ORANGE, meaning an eruption could take place within 24 hours.

With the increase in the alert level, ships and other marine operators are asked to observe the exclusion zone of 5 km (3.1 miles) around the summit of the volcano.

Alerts are issued by Grenada’s National Disaster Management Agency with technical support from University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center in Port-of –Spain, Trinidad, which is constantly monitoring the volcano.

Kick ’em Jenny, one of the most active volcanoes in the Eastern Caribbean, is about 1300m high, and its summit is currently estimated to be about ~200m below the surface of the Caribbean Sea.

Scientists, however, believe that an eruption is unlikely to produce tsunami due to the volcano’s location and pattern of activity.

Rather, Kick ’em Jenny is considered most dangerous for ships and boats since it is constantly releasing gases that can lower the density of the water, causing vessels to sink even if when not erupting. For this reason, the alert level is kept at a constant YELLOW, with a permanent 1.5km exclusion zone around the summit of the volcano.


Kick ’em Jenny has erupted 14 times since it was first discovered in 1936, with the most recent eruption occurring in April 2017.

http://gcaptain.com/ships-told-to-avoid-underwater-volcano-kick-em-jenny-over-risk-of-eruption/

Agelbert NOTE: To understand the risk of being near a volcano that erupts, check out this video from 2014. The shock wave blast is quite impressive.  :o

Cargo Ships Have Front Row Seat for Spectacular Volcano Eruption – Video

September 6, 2014 by Mike Schuler


http://gcaptain.com/cargo-ships-have-front-row-seat-for-spectacular-valcano-eruption/
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« Reply #145 on: March 15, 2018, 08:40:13 pm »
:o :o :o :o :o  Impressive indeed.

Mother nature sure can let us know who is boss now and then.

Sure glad I wasn't sitting on a deck chair on a cruise ship near that spectacle.

What power and energy, makes you think of how helpless we really are in the grand scheme of things.  :o

Indeed! I jumped in my chair when I heard the blast wave! 🌋 😨 I replayed the video a few times and was wowed some more by the clouds rushing away with the blast wave (upper part of the screen). Far out!
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« Reply #146 on: March 15, 2018, 08:41:19 pm »
Looks like a good source of renewable geothermal energy.   

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« Reply #147 on: March 24, 2018, 10:10:00 pm »


The world’s largest cruise ship was delivered to Royal Caribbean International on Friday by STX France at their Saint-Nazaire, France.

By gCaptain on Mar 23, 2018 03:17 pm

Symphony of the Seas 🐷, Royal Caribbean’s fourth Oasis-class vessel, is 228,081 gross registered tons and measures 362 meters long by 66 meters wide and 70 meters high.

The vessel has capacity for 6,800 passengers and 2,000 crew in 2,759 staterooms.   :P

By gross tonnage, the Symphony of the Seas takes the title as the largest cruise ship in the world’, surpassing the 226,900 gt Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s third Oasis ship which was also built at STX France.

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« Reply #148 on: April 04, 2018, 10:32:53 pm »
Denmark’s Largest Space Project, The ASIM Climate Observatory ✨, Has Arrived At The International Space Station 

April 4th, 2018 by Jesper Berggreen

The site Ingeniøren reports on the success of getting one of the most anticipated Danish space projects in years off the ground.

The climate observatory ASIM (Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor) is finally on its way to the International Space Station, ISS, after a year’s delay. The SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-14 mission made sure to bring the Dragon spacecraft with ASIM into orbit Monday, and while slowly achieving a higher altitude, the spacecraft finally docked with ISS Wednesday. The process of securing ASIM onto the outside of ISS is expected to be completed in about 10 days.


For the SpaceX crew at Cape Canaveral control center in Florida, this launch was mostly routine, as it is the 14th SpaceX mission to ISS. However, for a delegation of almost 100 European researchers and engineers, including families, from DTU Space and high-tech company Terma, this was anything but routine.

ASIM is mounted at the bottom of the Dragon-space capsule. Image credit: Terma via Ingeniøren

The mission is the culmination of almost 12 years of work, and on board the Dragon capsule is the 330 kg climate observatory ASIM — 1 cubic meter of state-of-the-art high-tech space instrumentation. It was a great relief for the people involved to witness the successful launch.

ASIM has cost 370 million DKK (61 million USD), of which 220 million DKK (36 million USD) are from Danish sources, which makes ASIM the largest Danish space project to date. The ASIM mission is realized through the European Space Agency, ESA. Other major partners include the University of Valencia in Spain, and the University of Bergen in Norway.

Chief consultant at DTU Space and head of the scientific team behind ASIM Torsten Neubert to Ingeniøren:

“This is really exciting, because it is always risky to send something up with a rocket. We hope and expect it to go well, but it’s not something we can take for granted … we have struggled for years to make it all work … Now it’s reality.”

For the next two years, ASIM will study giant lightning 🌩 that stretches vertically through the atmospheric layers , and examine how they might affect the climate on earth, including global warming. It is believed that giant lightning can act as corridors that displace the chemical composition of the atmosphere and the ozone layer, and thus they must be taken into account in climate models.

ASIM is fitted with two cameras, three light sensors that detect light glow in different wavelengths, and an X-ray detector. Although the primary target is lightning above thunderstorms, ASIM will also observe meteors, water vapor, cloud formations, and more.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/04/04/denmarks-largest-space-project-the-asim-climate-observatory-has-arrived-at-the-international-space-station/
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« Reply #149 on: April 09, 2018, 07:33:41 pm »


Incident Video: Bulk Carrier Crashes 😲 Into Historic Mansion in Bosphorus Strait

April 7, 2018 by gCaptain

The damaged Hekimbasi Salih Efendi Mansion is seen after the Maltese flagged tanker Vitaspirit crashed into it by the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey April 7, 2018. REUTERS/Yoruk Isik

A Maltese-flagged bulk carrier crashed into a historic mansion on the shores of Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait on Saturday after its steering gear failed, according to media reports.

Ship traffic in the strait had been suspended in both directions.

Video from other boats in the area showed the ship, identified as the Vitaspirit, crash into the waterfront mansion. The vessel was later pulled back from the crash site.


Ship traffic in the strait had been suspended in both directions.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but photos and video showed extensive damage to the historic seaside mansion located under the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge.

The Hekimbasi Salih Efendi Mansion has stood on the shores of the Bosphorus Strait since the 18th century and is used to host weddings and concerts, according to the mansion’s website.

A Turkish maritime police boat escorts the Maltese flagged tanker Vitaspirit after it crashed into a historic mansion in the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey April 7, 2018. REUTERS/Yoruk Isik

Video from inside the mansion at the time of the accident at article link:

http://gcaptain.com/incident-video-tanker-crashes-into-historic-mansion-in-bosphorus-strait/

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