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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #180 on: January 03, 2019, 07:16:44 pm »


By Mike Schuler on Jan 02, 2019 02:34 pm

SNIPPET:

The Dutch Coastguard has issued a navigational warning after an ultra-large containership lost scores of containers while underway in the North Sea. The ship, MSC ZOE, was in German waters when it lost the containers in heavy seas between Vlieland, Netherlands and the German Bight in the southeastern North Sea on New Year’s Day.

MSC ZOE

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« Reply #181 on: January 05, 2019, 12:46:57 pm »


Hapag-Lloyd Containership On Fire 🔥 Off the East Coast of Canada

January 4, 2019 by Mike Schuler

 
MV Yantian Express . Photo: MarineTraffic.com/Liege

A fire has broke out aboard a Hapag-Lloyd containership in the North Atlantic off the east coast of Canada.

In a statement posted to its website, Hapag-Lloyd said the fire started January 3 in one container on the deck of the Yantian Express and has spread to additional containers.

Efforts to extinguish the fire were launched immediately but were suspended due to a significant deterioration of weather conditions.

At the time of the update, the ship was located approximately 650 nautical miles off the coast of Canada.

The crew of 8 officers and 15 seafarers are unharmed, Hapag-Lloyd said.

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Hapag-Lloyd container ship Yantian Express on fire 650 nautical miles off the east coast of Canada. Fire started in one container and spread to additional containers. Fire fighting hampered by weather. No injuries to 23 crew. #YantianExpress

— Mike Schuler (@MikeSchuler) January 4, 2019

The ship was sailing from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Halifax, via the Suez Canal, where it was expected to arrive on January 4, according to AIS ship tracking data.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday afternoon that it is coordinating the response efforts to ensure the safety of the crew.

Another commercial vessel, Happy Ranger, was just 20 miles from the position of the Yantian Express and has diverted to provide assistance. A commercial tugboat is also en route.

The Coast Guard said it is monitoring the situation.

The 7,510 TEU vessel 320-meters-long and is flagged in German flag. The ship operates in the East Coast Loop 5 (EC5) service. It was built in 2002.

“It is still too early to make a precise estimate of any damage to the vessel or its cargo. Hapag-Lloyd is closely cooperating with all relevant authorities,” Hapag-Lloyd said.

Both the Yantian Express and Happy Ranger are participating in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) program.

“Thanks to the participation of mariners in the AMVER system, we were able to coordinate a quick response,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Badal, operations unit watchstander at the Fifth District command center. “This system is crucial to coordinating nearby vessels to provide assistance when an emergency arises far from Coast Guard assets.”

No pollution or injuries have been reported.

 
Yantian Express photo provided by Hapag-Lloyd.

The incident adds to a busy start to the year in terms of maritime accidents.

On December 31, the car carrier Sincerity Ace suffered a fire with five fatalities in the Pacific Ocean between Japan and Hawaii. This ship is now abandoned, adrift and the fire continues on board.

On January 1, the mega containership MSC ZOE lost an estimated 270 containers overboard in heavy weather in the North Sea. No injuries were reported.

On January 2, a 308-foot Chinese-flagged fish carrier, named Ou Ya Leng No. 6, ran aground on an uninhabited atoll in the Marshall Islands. Currently the crew of 24 remain on board the vessel.


https://gcaptain.com/hapag-lloyd-containership-yantian-express-on-fire-off-east-coast-of-canada/
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #182 on: January 12, 2019, 02:42:21 pm »


Shifting North Magnetic Pole Forces Unprecedented Navigation Fix
Wandering of the Geomagnetic Poles

January 11, 2019 by Reuters

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“It’s moving at about 50 km (30 miles) a year. It didn’t move much between 1900 and 1980 but it’s really accelerated in the past 40 years,” Ciaran Beggan, of the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, told Reuters on Friday.

Read more:

https://gcaptain.com/shifting-north-magnetic-pole-forces-unprecedented-navigation-fix/
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #183 on: March 06, 2019, 05:34:58 pm »


New Video Shows Russian Cargo Ship’s Busan Mayhem  :P
March 5, 2019 by Mike Schuler

 
A view of the MV Seagrand hitting a bridge in South Korea, February 28, 2019.

Some new footage published by Korean media today gives us new  look at the mayhem that went down last week in Busan as a Russian cargo ship hit moored sailboat before alliding with a bridge.

As we reported, the 5,998-ton MV Seagrand ran into the side of the Gwangan Bridge near Busan, South Korea last Thursday afternoon. Upon boarding the vessel, the Coast Guard found that the Russian captain had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit. It was also reported that the ship had hit a moored charter boat before alliding with the bridge. A video of the ship hitting the bridge went viral.

Now, some new footage filmed from fixed camera on the bridge of the ship shows that the Seagrand did in fact collide with a catamaran before sailing straight into the side of bridge. In the 10-minute video, you can hear an officer of Seagrand communicating with local VTS, at one point denying that a collision had occurred.

The video cuts in and out, but you can see that after a brief pause following the initial collision with the boat, the Seagrand pulls away from the dock with the motorist bridge off ship’s starboard bow. Moments later, the Seagrand can be seen hitting the bridge, causing its forecastle to collapse on deck.


The Korean Coast Guard said last week it was investigating the incident.

https://gcaptain.com/new-video-shows-russian-cargo-ships-mayhem-in-busan/
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #184 on: March 31, 2019, 09:07:22 pm »
The Governor of Pitcairn Island Laura Clarke's first journey to the remote islands
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Published on Jun 19, 2018

In May 2018 Governor of Pitcairn, Laura Clarke, travelled to the remote islands for the first time. 

She documented her trip with this short film, featuring interviews with key figures from the small island community.

To find out more about Pitcairn, you can visit:
http://www.visitpitcairn.pn/Category People & Blogs

Exploring Pitcairn Island by Drone
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Published on Dec 17, 2018

Lets go on the first round the island drone flight on Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific. Home of the descendants of the mutineers of the HMS Bounty. 

By Drone you will visit places on Pitcairn Island like Christians Cave, The Gods, Gudgeon Cave, St Paul's Pool, Ship Landing Point, Bounty Bay and go under water and visit the wreck of the HMS Bounty. We will also see a Humpback whale with her one week old baby.

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« Reply #185 on: April 03, 2019, 02:22:35 pm »
Are All Seemingly Autonomous Cars Really “Driverless”?  ???

Ford Transit Connect van

Anyone motoring around northern Virginia in the summer of 2017 might have done a double-take if they passed what looked like a car moving without a driver. But the Ford Transit Connect van wasn't actually a self-driving car. There really was someone behind the wheel -- hidden inside a fake car seat that made it look as if no one was driving.


The ruse was part of a Ford-funded study carried out by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to see how drivers and pedestrians would react to what appeared to be a driverless vehicle. Ford and other automakers are in the process of designing a standardized "language" of flashing lights that self-driving cars 🤖 would use to signal their intentions, such as stopping or turning, and to alert people to the fact that they are driverless.

The only hitch in the 2017 experiment came when local news stations got wind of the deception. The study was put on hold for a few days to ensure that people would be reacting to empty-looking cars and not just expecting them to contain guys disguised as car seats.


Driven to go driverless:

► The idea of a self-driving car has been around since at least 1939, when the New York World's Fair boasted an exhibit about driverless technology.

All of the accidents involving Google's fleet of self-driving cars (which have covered 5 million miles, or 8 million km, since 2009) have been caused by human drivers, mostly rear-ending the Google vehicles.

► The driverless car market has been predicted to be a $77-billion USD industry by the year 2035, according to the Boston Consulting Group.

https://www.wisegeek.com/are-all-seemingly-autonomous-cars-really-driverless.htm
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #186 on: April 15, 2019, 02:55:16 pm »
How Many People Live without ⚡ Electricity❓

In 2017, the Earth's population reached 7.55 billion people, but not everyone was able to enjoy the benefits of a 21st-century existence. In fact, only 87 percent of those people had access to electricity. But there is major progress to report, according to the International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook 2018. The number of people with access to electricity increased by more than 120 million in 2017. This meant that by 2018, the number of people living without electricity dipped below the one billion mark for the first time ever. Leading the charge was India, which electrified all of its rural villages. Significant advancements were also made in countries such as Indonesia, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Ethiopia.

Illuminating the Earth:

⚡► In Indonesia, the household electrification rate has risen to 95 percent, up from just 50 percent in 2000. And in Bangladesh, 90 percent of citizens now have access to electricity, up from only 20 percent in 2000.

⚡► However, the lack of electricity continues to exacerbate economic struggles for millions of others. For example, about 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa -- around 57 percent of the region's population -- still do not have access to electricity.

⚡► The electrification of households in Europe and North America began in the early 20th century in major cities, particularly in areas served by electric rail. By 1930, 70 percent of the United States had access to electricity.


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« Reply #188 on: May 12, 2019, 03:57:42 pm »

What Is the Newest Discipline in the Sport of Fencing?

In a galaxy not so far away, doing battle with lightsabers has become a legitimate sport. Earlier this year, the French Fencing Federation officially recognized the Star Wars-fueled fascination with high-tech laser-light dueling by sanctioning events where participants use “blades” made of LED-lit, rigid polycarbonate lightsaber replicas. The goal is to get people off the couch and involved in more physical activity The lightsaber duels follow the basic rules of fencing, awarding points for making contact with the opponent. The first fighter to 15 points wins the match.

Yoda gets off the couch. ;D

En garde, Star Wars ✨ fans:

Fencing is thought to have originated in Spain, but the mechanics of the modern sport began in the 18th century at an Italian school of fencing.

The three disciplines in modern fencing are the foil, the épée, and the sabre. Fencing was one of the first sports contested in the modern Olympics.

The "fencing" lightsabers are equipped with computer chips in the hilt that emit a throaty rumble when wielded during a match, much like the air-slicing sounds from epic Star Wars movie battles.


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