Marine crew – Mustang Sailing http://mustangsailing.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 17:35:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mustangsailing.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-9-120x120.png Marine crew – Mustang Sailing http://mustangsailing.com/ 32 32 Idwal ship inspections now include crew welfare https://mustangsailing.com/idwal-ship-inspections-now-include-crew-welfare/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 12:53:39 +0000 https://mustangsailing.com/idwal-ship-inspections-now-include-crew-welfare/ Ship inspection firm Idwal says it has added 12 key crew welfare questions to its inspection process in a bid to raise awareness of some of the issues seafarers face in the world. With its international network of surveyors, Idwal has several representatives every day on all types of ships. Having traditionally only covered data […]]]>

Ship inspection firm Idwal says it has added 12 key crew welfare questions to its inspection process in a bid to raise awareness of some of the issues seafarers face in the world.

With its international network of surveyors, Idwal has several representatives every day on all types of ships. Having traditionally only covered data points around the condition and management of ships, the company, which includes several former seafarers, said it was passionate about improving awareness of ship welfare issues. crew and had long wanted to improve their inspection reports with this vital, but often overlooked aspect. of a ship.

Thom Herbert, Idwal Senior Marine Inspector and Crew Welfare Advocate, said: “We have added twelve new questions to our Vessel Checklist focusing on objective questions to make results more challenging. to ignore and focus on areas where any problem has a clear solution. The questions cover areas such as onboard Wi-Fi, gym facilities, onboard training facilities, access to bonded stores and catering services, and whether additional rest periods are available.

These crew wellness points will feed into Idwal’s overall score, which is calculated programmatically from over 500 individual data points, captured during each vessel inspection and represented by a number between 1 and “In this way, the crew welfare factors will directly relate to the Idwal rank the ship receives,” Herbert said.

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Strange images from New Worlds show Kirk’s brother joining the crew on a mission https://mustangsailing.com/strange-images-from-new-worlds-show-kirks-brother-joining-the-crew-on-a-mission/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:40:00 +0000 https://mustangsailing.com/strange-images-from-new-worlds-show-kirks-brother-joining-the-crew-on-a-mission/ Newly released footage from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds shows Kirk’s brother Samuel joining the crew of the USS Enterprise for a harrowing mission. New Star Trek: Strange New Worlds footage shows Kirk’s brother joining the crew of the USS Company on a challenging mission. The latest series in the long-running, multi-generational sci-fi franchise focuses […]]]>

Newly released footage from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds shows Kirk’s brother Samuel joining the crew of the USS Enterprise for a harrowing mission.

New Star Trek: Strange New Worlds footage shows Kirk’s brother joining the crew of the USS Company on a challenging mission. The latest series in the long-running, multi-generational sci-fi franchise focuses on Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) and his crew five years before the Star Trek: The Original Series where James T. Kirk would eventually command the famed flagship of the Federation. Strange new worlds is the sixth series set in the star trek following the hiring of writer-producer Alex Kurtzman by CBS to rename the star trek franchise.

Set as a spin-off of Star Trek: Discovery season 2, as well as a prequel to The original seriesthe last star trek the entrance sees the return of many USS Companyfrom the 1960s series such as Pike, Commander Spock (Ethan Peck), Doctor M’Benga (Babs Olusanmokun), Nyota Uhura (Celia Rose Gooding), Nurse Christine Chapel (Jess Bush), Number One (Rebecca Romijn), and George Samuel Kirk Jr. (Dan Jeannotte), the older brother of James T. Kirk. The character briefly appeared in Episode 2, “Children of the Comet” where he joined a landing party on the surface of a comet. However, he was quickly injured and rendered unconscious for much of the episode.

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In a set of new images from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds episode 9, “All Those Who Wander” (via hiking movie) Samuel joins the crew of the USS Company on a dangerous mission. Along with Captain Pike, Dr. M’Benga, Nurse Chapel, Commander Spock, Uhura, Chief Engineer Hemmer (Bruce Horak), and La’an Noonien-Singh (Christina Chong), Samuel investigates a spaceship of the Federation shot down on a desolate, frozen planet. . Check out the images below.


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The footage evokes a tone of horror with its dark setting and mysterious premises regarding the fate of the missing crew of the crashed Federation starship. Samuel figures prominently as one of the key members of the landing party. He will most likely assist Spock as he is one of the science officers aboard the USS Companyspecifically recruited for the ship’s life sciences department by Captain Pike earlier in the series.


Not much is known about Samuel’s career in the Federation. He was seen briefly in The original series as a civilian research biologist, living on a distant planet with his wife and children. With only six years between episode 9 of Strange new worlds and his civil appearance in The original seriesthe upcoming episode could provide the impetus for Samuel’s eventual departure from Federation service.

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Crew Change for Cargo Ships in Singapore Port and Application for Vaccination https://mustangsailing.com/crew-change-for-cargo-ships-in-singapore-port-and-application-for-vaccination/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:00:35 +0000 https://mustangsailing.com/crew-change-for-cargo-ships-in-singapore-port-and-application-for-vaccination/ Crew Change Requirements1. This circular replaces Port Marine circular no. 06 of 2022.2.As Singapore strives to streamline pandemic measures to live with Covid-19 as an endemic disease, MPA has also aligned our crew change requirements and continues to protect the welfare of seafarers suffering a crew change in Singapore as well as the population of […]]]>

Crew Change Requirements
1. This circular replaces Port Marine circular no. 06 of 2022.
2.As Singapore strives to streamline pandemic measures to live with Covid-19 as an endemic disease, MPA has also aligned our crew change requirements and continues to protect the welfare of seafarers suffering a crew change in Singapore as well as the population of Singapore.

3. Effective April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated embarkation and disembarkation crew may enter Singapore on vaccinated voyages as a short-term visitor. Requests should be made directly to the ICA CREW system via [email protected]™.

4.However, for the unvaccinated, please continue to apply through the crew change system. The user guide for the new crew change system can be downloaded from this link. The requirements are as follows:

To log in
(a) Not vaccinated
• Requirement to serve a 7-day Home Stay Notice (SHN) in the crew’s home country/region during the period immediately prior to their departure flight/ferry to Singapore.
• Unvaccinated crew must test negative for COVID-
19 (polymerase chain reaction (PCR) type) or a negative Antigen Rapid test (ART) result administered by a professional

his country of origin no more than 2 days1 before departure for Singapore.
• Engage Meet and Greet at the airport.
•Dedicated transport2 to be provided only for non-vaccinated crew.

Approve
(b) Unvaccinated
• Direct transfer from the ship to the airport/holding facility without any detours.
•Pre-departure test (if applicable) to be carried out in a dedicated holding facility or on board the vessel. (Please see paragraphs 9 and 10).
• Dedicated transport to be provided only for the unvaccinated crew.

Designated crew change holding facilities in Singapore
5. Unvaccinated Boarding Crew and Boarding Crew may only stay at designated holding facilities in Singapore for a maximum of 24 hours. Please see Appendix A for more details on designated detention facilities.

Waiting areas at Marina South Pier and West Coast Pier

6. All unvaccinated crew members using Marina South Pier (MSP) or West Coast Pier (WCP) must remain in designated holding areas while waiting to clear immigration. If the waiting area is full, the unvaccinated crew must remain in their private transport.

7. For the unvaccinated signing crew, dedicated transport must be ready and on standby so that the unvaccinated crew can leave the MSP/WCP immediately after clearing immigration and do not need to clog the waiting area.

8. Agents and designated drivers are responsible for ensuring that unvaccinated crew remain in the holding area or private vehicle at all times.

COVID-19 pre-departure tests in Singapore
9.MPA notes that some countries require travelers to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test (PDT3) and present a valid negative test result before being allowed to transit or enter. Please note that MPA approval must be sought for the unvaccinated signature team to take the PDT in Singapore.

10. For crew change requests where the signature unvaccinated crew requires a PDT prior to departing Singapore, the medical service provider must perform the PDT at the dedicated storage facility or onboard the vessel after receiving MPA approval. COVID-positive crew must self-isolate and recover in the dedicated storage facility or on board the vessel, in accordance with current Singapore health protocol.

Crew Vaccination Request
11.As part of the SEAVAX programme, MPA is able to facilitate the vaccination of the crew in Singapore. Owners/managers/agents can request crew vaccination at the following link https://go.gov.sg/mpa-icc-seavax at least 3 days before the ship’s arrival in Singapore

12. Vessel owners/operators/agents submit applications prior to scheduled crew change.

General
13. This circular should be read in conjunction with the Port Marine circular;

Port
a) No. 9 of 2015 – Measures to optimize the use of anchorages in Singapore
(b) No 34 of 2020 – Guidelines for the safe transfer of persons between ships at anchorages
14.Any questions relating to this circular should be addressed to [email protected].

15. This circular comes into force on June 26, 2022

Designated waiting facilities for signing and signing team

Seacare Hotel
Rooms: air-conditioned with adjoining bathroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner included. Meals will be delivered to the room.

Hotel Re!
Rooms: air-conditioned with adjoining bathroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner included. Meals will be delivered to the room.
Source: MPA Singapore

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More than work: living on a ship, crew, officers become friends, family https://mustangsailing.com/more-than-work-living-on-a-ship-crew-officers-become-friends-family/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 13:22:21 +0000 https://mustangsailing.com/more-than-work-living-on-a-ship-crew-officers-become-friends-family/ When you live on a research vessel, nothing stands still. Not the cup of chai sitting on a vinyl-covered dining hall table. Not the plankton sample left on a stainless steel lab bench. Not the water lapping at the bottom of a shower. Especially not the time. That’s why the crew and officers of the […]]]>

When you live on a research vessel, nothing stands still.

Not the cup of chai sitting on a vinyl-covered dining hall table. Not the plankton sample left on a stainless steel lab bench. Not the water lapping at the bottom of a shower.

Especially not the time.

That’s why the crew and officers of the Bell M. Shimada research vessel worked as a team and lived as a family, as they helped scientists on board search the ocean for answers.

The crew worked demanding 12-hour shifts. Officers navigated the vessel nonstop through inclement weather and convoluted channels near Newport, Oregon.

“Before coming to the Shimada, I hadn’t been at sea for more than a few weeks,” said Jonathan Witmer, a survey technician with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

Witmer and others stay at sea more than 220 days a year, not all of them straight away, which means a lot of time away from family and land. However, the crew and officers said they didn’t mind. They remain on this ship due to its scientific mission and the second family they have supported below decks.

“We’re in a workplace where when most people go to work, they just have to see those people for a while. Then they go home and reset. Here you live with these people. You become more forgiving,” he said.

The people aboard the Shimada are looking for another reset button.

Take part in an organized cornhole tournament.

Teams of two, including officers, crew members and scientists, tested their skill at throwing bean bags at least 30 feet into a small hole cut in a wooden plank. The first to score 21 points, without overtaking, wins. Any pouf thrown overboard, a distinct possibility when playing on the 44ft high flybridge, would have resulted in automatic disqualification.

The players strictly adhered to the official rules. A semifinal dispute was resolved via instant messaging on the National Cornhole Association’s website.

Other crew members released stress by squaring off on the chessboard each evening in the mess hall, quietly contemplating the moves while people ate snacks. The dining room offered many different types of snack foods people could crave, from gallons of ice cream to Flamin’ Hot Funyuns to an ever-rotating salad bar.

Often at night, people crowded into the ship’s six-seat cinema to watch movies during off-peak hours or when the ship was moving between sampling stations, sometimes a 20-hour journey. Moviegoers have often opted for charming, sometimes campy films, including the entire “Pitch Perfect” series.

While the mood was sometimes fun, work always took priority.

“It’s a tough lifestyle that may not be for everyone,” said Cmdr. Amanda Goeller. “There is no one who is not actively involved in carrying out day-to-day operations.”

During this voyage, scientists aboard the Shimada studied the ecosystem of the Northern California Current. Scientists hope to open a tiny crack in the black box of the ocean. With each survey, these onboard scientists continue to unravel the mysteries of the deep: the physical state of the ocean, how marine life survives, and what climate change could mean for the future.

This research takes time. The Shimada can stay on the ocean for about 40 days at a time, although the ship won’t stay at sea longer than three weeks, said John Wolfston, the ship’s chief engineer. Each voyage is limited by the amount of food the ship can store.

Plus, the ship basically functions like a small town – producing water, feeding the crew, incinerating garbage.

“It’s a city that can sink,” Wolfston said.

Additionally, the ship carries 100,000 gallons of fuel, Wolfston said, and uses between 1,500 and 2,500 gallons of fuel per day.

Although the ship would be refueled in port before sailing, the engineering team brought in everything they needed to fix anything that might be braking, while maintaining and monitoring the rest of the equipment that keeps it running. vessel.

“It’s about 90% quiet and 10% ‘oh shit,'” he said, of most ship repairs.

However, each day of the voyage, the 208-foot Bell M. Shimada moved quietly through the water to leave marine life intact and measurable, said Roger Hewitt, deputy center director of NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center.

“Over the past 30 or 40 years, fisheries science has increasingly used active acoustics to measure fish abundance near the ocean floor or in the middle of the water column,” said Hewitt.

Active acoustics means that instead of dragging tools and listening for noise, the ship sent out a signal to signal whatever was below, such as echolocation, which is a technique often used around the world animal by dolphins and bats. The Shimada’s acoustic array is one of three such systems in the world.

Additionally, the vessel’s design mitigated disturbance to marine life with a welded steel and aluminum hull, which minimized bubbles generated by the vessel. Motors and generators were mounted on shock absorbers. The walls were heavily insulated.

“So at the end of the day it’s a very, very quiet ship,” Hewitt said.

So quiet, compared to other ships, that the first time Hewitt came aboard to test the equipment, he didn’t realize the Shimada had left the San Diego pier.

“I was in my state room. Then I went down and things were going pretty fast,” he said. “We were gone, and I didn’t even know it.”

With equipment that pushes the limits, this vessel has followed in the footsteps of its namesake, fisheries biologist Bell M. Shimada, an internationally renowned scientist.

Shimada, born in the United States, was imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp in Minidoka, Idaho, in 1942. At the time, he was studying fishing at the University of Washington. A year after his incarceration, he enlisted in the US Army.

Among other research gigs after the war, Shimada worked for Pacific Ocean Fisheries Surveys in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he often traveled to sea on research vessels.

He then joined the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, where he made a name for himself studying tropical tuna stocks in the Pacific, directing the first studies of tuna feeding patterns, distribution and spawning.

While en route to conduct further Pacific tuna surveys, Shimada’s plane crashed near Guadalajara, killing Shimada, 36, and fellow researcher Townsend Cromwell, 36, of after whom a now decommissioned NOAA ship was named.

In 2007, a group of five freshmen from Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California named Shimada as the ship’s namesake.

Shimada’s children, Julie and Allen, attended the christening ceremony. Allen, who now works for NOAA, wrote to the ship’s first commander after the ship’s first trip to San Diego.

“Today everything is shiny, bright and new again,” Allen Shimada wrote. “Bell Shimada could not have imagined a more beautiful legacy than the shared experiences of shipmates leading up to this day, and new ones in the days and weeks leading up to commissioning day and in the years to come. .”

And many shipmates have since shared experiences on this ship.

Three current crew members took the Shimada on her maiden voyage. In the naval world they are known as plank holders or plank owners: Bruce Knoepke, chief boatswain; Matt McFarland, lead angler; and Goeller.

Boardholders saw the ship built in Mississippi, Goeller said. Everything on the boat had to be brought on board, a procedure known as the initial equipment list.

“Think about every spoon, every pillow, every block. Everything that had to come on the boat, we had to organize and assess,” Goeller said.

Next, the crew brought the Shimada through the Panama Canal so they could conduct research studies on the west coast. For all the original crew, crossing the Panama Canal at night was a highlight of their time on board.

“This whole experience I will never forget,” McFarland said some 12 years later.

The work is not easy. Crew members could quickly make more money on commercial tankers, Hewitt said.

“Right now they’re struggling to staff these (research) vessels because there’s a lot of demand for seafarers,” Hewitt said. “A lot of them work for NOAA because they love the mission, which is why they prefer to work on a vessel that assesses how many fish there are and how many can be caught sustainably rather than carrying oil or cargo. “

Those aboard the Shimada appreciate its unique culture, often referred to as “Shimadatude,” said Lt. Cmdr. Justin Ellis.

“Every ship has a personality,” Ellis said. “People come and go. Captains come and go. Chief Engineers come and go. It’s just a pleasant, professional, positive attitude here that has permeated overtime. It’s an even-keel ship.

Survey voyages can seem long at the time, but the days pass quickly as everyone on board works to help the science team get the information they need, he said.

Additionally, Ellis said, the ship’s crew and officers are very proud of the success of the scientists’ work. Plus, he says, this is how the crew helps the fishing communities where they live.

“We are not all scientists. We don’t all understand the biology of fisheries. We don’t know all about copepods and plankton. But everyone who works on this ship has chosen to work on a research vessel,” Ellis said. “The vast majority, if not all, are here because they feel good about the job they do.”

Work, says Ellis, is time well spent.

Learn more in this series:

Part One: To unlock some of the mysteries of the ocean, scientists set sail

Part two: Watching whales – and their food

Part Three: Growing Phytoplankton to Learn About the Ocean Food Web [Copyright 2022 Northwest News Network]

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Medevac for three crew members after the explosion of an MSC container ship https://mustangsailing.com/medevac-for-three-crew-members-after-the-explosion-of-an-msc-container-ship/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 19:15:00 +0000 https://mustangsailing.com/medevac-for-three-crew-members-after-the-explosion-of-an-msc-container-ship/ Three injured crew members were airlifted to hospitals in France after the fire and explosion (Premar-Med) Posted on June 21, 2022 at 3:15 p.m. by The Maritime Executive French maritime authorities assisted by the French Navy have responded to reports of a fire and explosion […]]]>

Three injured crew members were airlifted to hospitals in France after the fire and explosion (Premar-Med)

Posted on June 21, 2022 at 3:15 p.m. by

The Maritime Executive







French maritime authorities assisted by the French Navy have responded to reports of a fire and explosion on board an MSC container ship sailing in the Mediterranean. They coordinated a medical evacuation from the container ship of three crew members, two of whom are believed to be in serious condition.


Reports of the incident were received at the regional SAR (Cross Med) operations center in Toulon, France at around 9:00 a.m. this morning, June 21. The center coordinated the dispatch of an investigation team and medical assistance to the container ship. They were also assisted by the French amphibious aircraft carrier Thunder who was operating in the area at the time of the accident.


The MSC Rachele A 17-year-old container ship registered in Panama was sailing between Naples and the port of Fos Sur Mer near Marseilles when a fire broke out in the ship’s engine room. Reports indicate that the fire was followed by an explosion which injured crew members. The ship was then about 20 miles south of Cape Cepet.


As part of the SAR agency’s contingency plan, an assessment team was dispatched to the container ship to determine the condition of the machinery, power, condition of the vessel and its cargo, as well as the consequences of fire and explosion. The first crews on board report that the fire on the 107,466 dwt vessel appears to be under control but the vessel is drifting without power.






The three injured crew members were airlifted by a French Navy helicopter. Two of them, seriously burned, were transferred to the Toulon military hospital and the third is at the city hospital. The vessel has a total crew of 20 people on board.


AFP reports that Cross Med told them that the vessel’s engine casing had exploded and caused a fire. The propulsion of the ship would be badly damaged. There are, however, no reports of pollution from the ship.


The weather in the area is good with 16 knots of wind and calm seas. A French support vessel stands by the container ship to provide emergency aid. MSC has hired a commercial tug which is being sent to the ship and the plan is to tow the container ship to Marseilles. As of tonight, the vessel is still reporting its status on its AIS signal as “not under command”.


Footage of the ship appears to show it traveling with a partial container load. Its normal capacity is 7,747 TEUs. The current voyage had departed Houston, Texas, in late May, making several stops in Italy before heading to its first port in France.







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The crew of the USS Nantucket visits the island – without their ship https://mustangsailing.com/the-crew-of-the-uss-nantucket-visits-the-island-without-their-ship/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 00:45:00 +0000 https://mustangsailing.com/the-crew-of-the-uss-nantucket-visits-the-island-without-their-ship/ (June 20, 2022) Five senior officers of the USS Nantucket, one of the Navy’s newest Freedom-class combat ships, visited Nantucket this weekend. The ship could not make the trip, as its size, 378 feet, made access to the port precarious. However, the ship is expected to visit the island in the fall of 2023 along […]]]>

(June 20, 2022) Five senior officers of the USS Nantucket, one of the Navy’s newest Freedom-class combat ships, visited Nantucket this weekend. The ship could not make the trip, as its size, 378 feet, made access to the port precarious. However, the ship is expected to visit the island in the fall of 2023 along the southern shore, Commander Kari Yakubisin said.

“That way people can at least see it,” she said. “The plan is to come to the South Rim and go around.”

Yakubisin said she and the other four officers will take the knowledge gained on this trip and spread it among the crew of 84. The trip will also help them name things on the ship after people and places in Nantucket history.

Joining Yakubisin were Chief Operations Specialist Timothy Weier, Marine Rookie Culinary Specialist Madisyn Adas, Electronics Technician First Class Rachel Patton and Hospital Corpsman First Class Hurial Riveraponte.

Their visit is part of the Navy’s namesake city program in which officers go on a planned voyage to connect ships with the cities that give them their name.

The crew arrived Friday and Saturday, they cleaned up the beaches around Sconset with the Nantucket Clean Team and the Sconset Civic Association, attended a reception with the Sconset Civic Association at the Sconset Casino, and later in the after- noon, Yakubisin attended the commissioning of the Nantucket Yacht Club. On Sunday they visited the Sankaty Head Lighthouse and then visited the Nantucket Whaling Museum and the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum.

On Monday, the sailors took a tour of downtown Nantucket organized by the Nantucket Historical Association and then sailed Rhodes 19s and Hobie Cats with sailing instructors from the Great Harbor Yacht Club. They wrapped things up Monday night with dinner at the Nantucket Yacht Club with sailing instructors from the Nantucket Yacht Club, Great Harbor Yacht Club and Nantucket Community Sailing.

On Tuesday, Yakubisin was scheduled to speak at a Nantucket High School assembly before departing with the rest of the crew.

Weier said Monday his favorite parts of the trip so far were visiting the Wharf Rat Club and visiting the Nantucket Whaling Museum. For Yakubisin, it was the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, and some of the timeless lifesaving techniques documented there.

“There were systems they used that are similar to what we still use on the ship,” she said.

Officers said it had been a whirlwind trip, but they had time in the late afternoon and evening to explore and enjoy the island on their own.

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Chinese fishing vessel and crew arrested for trespassing off Penghu https://mustangsailing.com/chinese-fishing-vessel-and-crew-arrested-for-trespassing-off-penghu/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 06:47:00 +0000 https://mustangsailing.com/chinese-fishing-vessel-and-crew-arrested-for-trespassing-off-penghu/ Taipei, June 19 (CNA) A Chinese fishing vessel and its crew were arrested on Saturday after illegally entering waters near the Taiwan-administered Penghu Islands, according to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA). The gillnet fishing vessel Minhuiyu 04236 was caught after being detected by radar 12 nautical miles northeast of Penghu’s Mudou Island, the 13th Coastguard […]]]>

Taipei, June 19 (CNA) A Chinese fishing vessel and its crew were arrested on Saturday after illegally entering waters near the Taiwan-administered Penghu Islands, according to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA).

The gillnet fishing vessel Minhuiyu 04236 was caught after being detected by radar 12 nautical miles northeast of Penghu’s Mudou Island, the 13th Coastguard Patrol Area Bureau said in a Press release.

The vessel ignored orders to stop for inspection and attempted to flee, but was intercepted by a Coast Guard vessel, whose crew boarded and then searched the fishing vessel, the CGA said. .

The fishing boat and its five crew members, all Chinese nationals, were taken into custody, while 30 kilograms of fish discovered on board were thrown into the sea.

The case will be handled in accordance with the law governing relations between the peoples of the Taiwan region and the mainland region, the CGA said.

The Chinese government imposes an annual fishing ban in the South China Sea to give fish stocks in the region a chance to recover.

The policy frequently draws protests from countries in the region, including the Philippines and Vietnam, while in Taiwan it often leads to increased incidents of poaching by Chinese vessels.

This year’s ban applies to waters above 12 degrees north latitude and is in effect from May 1 to August 16.

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Brew Crew Ball Mailbag #2: You Get Out What You Put In https://mustangsailing.com/brew-crew-ball-mailbag-2-you-get-out-what-you-put-in/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://mustangsailing.com/brew-crew-ball-mailbag-2-you-get-out-what-you-put-in/ Happy Friday everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of the Brew Crew Ball mailbag! The Brewers gave up the rubber game against the Mets last night, losing 5-4 thanks to questionable defense and an ill-advised send-off late in the ninth. Because the brewers continued to brawl, there weren’t many positive questions this week. Sometimes […]]]>

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of the Brew Crew Ball mailbag!

The Brewers gave up the rubber game against the Mets last night, losing 5-4 thanks to questionable defense and an ill-advised send-off late in the ninth.

Because the brewers continued to brawl, there weren’t many positive questions this week. Sometimes it’s the tough questions that generate the most discussion. Let’s go.

Davhar asks:

Why does Counsell continue to play Hiura against LHP?

The Brewers have faced three left-handed starters since Counsell was asked about Hiura’s reverse splits nearly two weeks ago, and he’s started against just one of them. His departure on Wednesday night and any others he gets against southpaws in the future may have more to do with giving Rowdy Tellez the day off than having Hiura’s bat in the lineup.

That said, Hiura’s situation ties into what has been one of my few consistent critics of Counsell for some time. He seems to be primarily interested in laterality when playing matchups while disregarding the statistical splits of the peloton and actual performance. I guess he knows about such splits, but he seems to believe they don’t have much value. This is a point on which I disagree with him.

metalmilitia844

Do you think Stearns has tackled the offense enough in the offseason given the team’s struggles last year? Personally, I think the exchange of JBJ for Renfroe was a miracle in itself.

They certainly didn’t do enough if you were expecting a good offense. However, building a good offense was never part of the team’s plan this year.

It was obvious that the Brewers had no serious intention of improving their offense on the outside. Acquiring Renfroe and dropping Bradley’s contract was a win, even if it meant parting ways with Alex Binelas and David Hamilton. Although it was an important and necessary decision, it did not improve the attack. Instead, he maintained the status quo in right field after Avisail Garcia left in free agency.

After that, the Brewers didn’t add Andrew McCutchen until the new collective agreement officially instituted the designated hitter in the National League. Even then, a contending team should strive to add a significantly better hitter than this one as the primary DH (more on that later).

The front office decided to repeat last season’s formula of pairing an elite pitching staff with a below-average offense. That’s not too surprising considering most of David Stearns and Matt Arnold’s teams have favored run prevention, but it does mean they’ve made next to no effort to improve their roster beyond the hope for improvement from their existing players.

The Brewers’ philosophy is to build a “good enough” roster and let their pitchers do the heavy lifting. This year’s group performed as expected at home plate – they have a 96 wRC+ as a team – and such a performance clears that “good enough” bar.

Milwaukee reached the playoffs last year with this approach. Their goal is to make it steadily through October and hope that a good, fast streak will lead to a World Series championship one of these years. Given the randomness that occurs in the small playoff samples, it’s a sensible thought process.

However, when you build a lineup of mostly solid, non-legitimately threatening hitters, it only takes a few individual drops to create nasty offensive droughts. Such a crisis came at the wrong time last October and resulted in a quick playoff dismissal at the hands of the Braves.

By failing to improve their offense, the Brewers left themselves vulnerable to a repeat of that disappointing end to their season. Ideally, the timing will work more in their favor this time around.

Brew Crew Buster asks:

Does the sleeping ball and ever-increasing level of change create a different efficiency pattern that alters the three true bottom line goals of the past few years? (Are the Mets onto something the rest of the league will soon realize?)

Interestingly, the two major offenses in baseball are starkly opposite on the spectrum of the three true outcomes.

The Yankees dominate the sport in wRC+ this year. They do so with a .247 batting average, 21.5 percent strikeout rate and a league-leading 100 homers.

Meanwhile, the Mets rank just behind their American League counterparts with a 115 wRC+. They lead baseball with a .263 batting average, have the fourth-lowest strikeout rate at 19.7%, and rank 20th with 60 homers.

Both approaches have worked so far, but I’m interested to see which proves more durable throughout the year.

The Mets do a few things well to set themselves up for success, namely hitting plenty of line drives (21.3%) and using their speed to eliminate singles on the field (8.8% on-field hit rate in top of the league). However, can they maintain a .277 batting average on ground balls, which is the game’s highest by 16 points? They also have the highest average on ground balls hit against lags, although other teams have shot the ball less and used the opposite court more against lags with poorer results.

I think the Mets are a legitimately strong offense because they hit so many lines and have the speed to take extra bases, but I suspect they also benefit from an unusual amount of singles that could start to dry up at the as the season progresses. Home runs are always hits and score at least one run each time, so I’d say the Yankees’ approach is more sustainable.

However, most teams are neither the Yankees nor the Mets. From a broader perspective, I could see that the softball put more emphasis on gap power and double hitting, but it would take more than the ball to significantly set the clock back. baseball style of play.

mjdietz asks:

Where is the end of the line for Cain and Cutch? Both guys are over 35 and are clearly shells of themselves. Both have been unlucky according to their xwOBA this year, but not so unlucky that a “good” second half seems to be in store for either. Yes, there is money owed to consider. But how long can an attack-starved team continue to lack two players on their active roster who have a combined OPS+ of less than 100?

Cain’s bat is dead. It’s mid-June and he still hasn’t made solid, consistent contact. His decreasing hitting speed allows pitchers to easily advance in the count, forcing him to always be on the defensive. This caused his hunt rate to skyrocket and his walk rate to plummet.

Counsell has already warned Cain to expect reduced playing time in favor of Tyrone Taylor, meaning he could soon be limited to a defensive back-up if he can’t show signs of life at the plate. I think it would take the acquisition of another outfielder by the trade deadline to push Cain off the roster. In the meantime, the Brewers will continue to try to take advantage of his elite defense and clubhouse leadership.

There should never have been a line for McCutchen, at least not against the right-handed pitcher. He hasn’t been an above-average hitter against right-handers since 2019. He struggled for a .683 OPS against them in 2020 and a .650 OPS in 2021.

There was nothing under the hood to suggest he would knock it over either. His hard hit rate and average outing speed against right-handers have dropped to the worst levels of his career. Gamers rarely improve their performance at age 35, let alone reverse negative trends.

Signing him primarily for his ability to smash the left-handed pitcher and the presence of veterans in the clubhouse would have made sense, but the Brewers immediately made it clear they expected McCutchen to be a legit mid-range bat. against all pitchers. at a bat stance only.

I don’t take positions like this very often, but signing McCutchen to fill such a role may be the most indefensible decision made by a front office with otherwise sound decision-making experience. There was no reason to believe he would be a productive hitter from range against same-handed pitching this season, but the Brewers signed him to clean up at bat against those pitchers. The results they obtained are not surprising. They deserve to be blown up for that.

It doesn’t help that McCutchen entered the season with a plan to be more aggressive at the plate. His swing rate in the zone increased by about five percentage points, but that aggressiveness on throws over the plate didn’t help him drive the ball. Instead, he halved his walk rate thanks to more plate appearances ending in inbound outs. Drawing free passes and stealing bases would be much more useful.

I’ll admit, though, that I didn’t expect McCutchen’s performance against southpaws to explode. Statcast thinks he had some bad luck in this area. I’m willing to keep giving him chances to right the ship against southpaws, but beating him anywhere in the top half of the order against righties has to stop. This should never have happened.

The problem with McCutchen benched entirely against right-handers is identifying someone to take his place in the lineup. Many people pointed to Keston Hiura as an option due to his reverse splits. I don’t think Hiura can help this team much in any role if he can’t reduce his strikeouts to a somewhat manageable level, which, unfortunately, seems to be the case. Even after giving up his kick and dramatically shortening his leg kick, Hiura hits nearly 50% of the time and has the worst contact rate of any batter with at least 50 plate appearances this season.

Captain What’s His Name asks:

I don’t think it will come to that, but how bad does it have to get for brewers to be deadline-side sellers?

If they somehow end up below 0.500 by the trade deadline, they won’t be buyers. Under that assumption, Brewers would still be trying to struggle in 2023, and almost anyone who attracts projects of commercial interest would be a key member of next year’s team. For this reason, I wouldn’t expect them to become real sellers no matter what. Omar Narvaez might get emotional if he keeps hitting well, but that’s about it.

Mr Leam asks:

Why did the Brewers’ season start to deteriorate as soon as the Weekly Mail returned?

No comment.

Thanks for your questions this week! Hopefully things will improve by the time the next mailbag arrives.

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The crew of the USS St. Louis will visit the eponymous city | Community https://mustangsailing.com/the-crew-of-the-uss-st-louis-will-visit-the-eponymous-city-community/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 15:41:45 +0000 https://mustangsailing.com/the-crew-of-the-uss-st-louis-will-visit-the-eponymous-city-community/ ST. LOUIS – Four members of the USS St. Louis (LCS 19) Gold Crew will be in the city of St. Louis July 18-21, 2022 to meet with various civic organizations and city leaders, and interact with youth groups to encourage STEM awareness. The St. Louis is the seventh ship to bear the city’s name […]]]>

ST. LOUIS – Four members of the USS St. Louis (LCS 19) Gold Crew will be in the city of St. Louis July 18-21, 2022 to meet with various civic organizations and city leaders, and interact with youth groups to encourage STEM awareness.

The St. Louis is the seventh ship to bear the city’s name and was commissioned on August 8, 2020 in Mayport, Florida, where it is also based. The commissioning committee chair is Barbara Broadhurst Taylor, wife of Andy Taylor, executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings. Ms Taylor marked the start of the ship’s construction in May 2017 at a shipyard in Wisconsin, where she broke the traditional champagne bottle at the ship’s christening in December 2018. As the ship’s sponsor, she is involved in special events throughout the life of the ship and keeps in touch with the crew. In fact, the sponsor is technically considered a permanent member of the crew.

St. Louis specializes in anti-submarine warfare and has a crew that specializes in complex detection operations and weapons that can find, repair, and target threatening submarines.

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During their visit, the crew intends to discuss their Navy careers and specialist skills as a way to inspire young people to pursue STEM careers. Moreover, their intention is to continue to build a bridge between the crew and the community of their eponymous city.

The following crew members will be in Saint-Louis next month:

Cmdt. Hiram Andreu – Commanding Officer of USS St. Louis

Senior Chief of Mines Bryan Ashley – Senior Enlisted Advisor to USS St. Louis and native of St. Louis

Mineman 1st Class Kristine Curtis – USS St. Louis Senior Sailor of the Year

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Penni Hilson – USS St. Louis Junior Sailor of the Year

Prior to their visit, the St. Louis Gold Crew will complete their certification for sea operations, which will make them eligible for sea trials in the fall. This comprehensive process will make them deployable for various global operations.

For more information about their visit, please contact Bradley Whittington at (314) 563-5416.

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Inmarsat Fleet Hotspot meets the needs of crews and shipowners as seafarer connectivity becomes a requirement https://mustangsailing.com/inmarsat-fleet-hotspot-meets-the-needs-of-crews-and-shipowners-as-seafarer-connectivity-becomes-a-requirement/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 15:20:26 +0000 https://mustangsailing.com/inmarsat-fleet-hotspot-meets-the-needs-of-crews-and-shipowners-as-seafarer-connectivity-becomes-a-requirement/ 06/13/2022 In May 2022, eight significant amendments were agreed to update the landmark 2006 Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), including making onboard crew connectivity a requirement for shipowners. The new requirements come at a time when the welfare of seafarers is coming under increasing scrutiny from inside and outside the shipping industry. As a global […]]]>


06/13/2022

In May 2022, eight significant amendments were agreed to update the landmark 2006 Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), including making onboard crew connectivity a requirement for shipowners. The new requirements come at a time when the welfare of seafarers is coming under increasing scrutiny from inside and outside the shipping industry. As a global leader in mobile satellite communications, Inmarsat is a strong advocate for crew well-being, and its Fleet Hotspot solution helps shipowners meet requirements to ensure crew stay socially connected by sea.


Powered by Inmarsat’s industry-leading Fleet Xpress service, Fleet Hotspot offers high-speed internet access allowing crew at sea to stay in touch with friends and family, as well as stream music, movies and series. Seafarers can access the user-friendly Fleet Hotspot portal on their own device to monitor their usage or top up their balances as needed.

The value of the solution for seafarers and shipowners is clear, with the average monthly spend of crews on connectivity growing at a high rate over the past two years.

Ben Palmer, Chairman of Maritime Inmarsat, said: “We recognize that staying in touch with friends, family and the outside world is a necessity for the well-being of seafarers – a fact now recognized in recent amendments to the maritime labor convention. Adoption and usage of Fleet Hotspot has seen tremendous growth over the past few months. Operators who tested the solution then rolled it out across their entire fleet, showing that it meets owner and crew expectations. »

Following recent improvements, Fleet Hotspot is now easier to use than ever. Crew members can access their accounts even when they are at home and purchase data before boarding the ship. Detailed payment and session history provides full visibility into spending and data usage, and managing payments, credit balances and usage has also been simplified.

“Shipowners and operators see the value of the dedicated network that Fleet Hotspot provides for crew to access the Internet without interfering with the vessel’s operational bandwidth or exposing business operations to cyber threats,” Palmer commented. “Operators are also attracted to the solution for the competitive advantage it offers in hiring and retaining crew, with seafarers increasingly favoring employers who offer connectivity services of the highest quality.”

Inmarsat actively supported seafarer welfare following the outbreak of Covid-19. Through its Certified Application Provider (CAP) program, Inmarsat has provided sailors with immediate access to a COVID-19 medical hotline. This service provided vital front-line medical information to maritime industries and the maritime workforce at a time when it was needed most. The company also works closely with the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) organization and major maritime charities to ensure that seafarers have access to assistance without the burden of additional financial anxiety. Crew can access ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp portal and live chat feature through Fleet Hotspot.

On an ongoing basis, crews receive discounts on Fleet Hotspot and voice services during holidays and occasions so they can join in the celebrations at home.



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