Sea towing – Sea Tow CT http://seatowct.com/ Wed, 18 May 2022 03:01:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://seatowct.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Sea towing – Sea Tow CT http://seatowct.com/ 32 32 Death of Gal Constructor: ‘They took our son’s body by mistake, we didn’t even get his ashes’ https://seatowct.com/death-of-gal-constructor-they-took-our-sons-body-by-mistake-we-didnt-even-get-his-ashes/ Tue, 17 May 2022 22:49:56 +0000 https://seatowct.com/death-of-gal-constructor-they-took-our-sons-body-by-mistake-we-didnt-even-get-his-ashes/ A year after three barges – P 305, Support Station 03 and Gal Constructor – and the Varaprada tug towing Gal Constructor, drifted into the Arabian Sea after being caught in Cyclone Tauktae, nine of the 86 bodies recovered from the sea ​​still remain unidentified. For their families, there was no closure. One such Punjab […]]]>

A year after three barges – P 305, Support Station 03 and Gal Constructor – and the Varaprada tug towing Gal Constructor, drifted into the Arabian Sea after being caught in Cyclone Tauktae, nine of the 86 bodies recovered from the sea ​​still remain unidentified. For their families, there was no closure.

One such Punjab family lost their 23-year-old son, Baljinder Singh, who died along with 75 others on board barge P 305 which sank on May 17 last year. By mistake, Singh’s body was taken away by another family, who also lost their relative in the tragedy, and performed their last rites.

Baljinder, from a small village near Amritsar, worked as a rigger and foreman on the P 305, which sank about 30 nautical miles (about 50 km) from the Mumbai shore after hitting an oil rig.

In addition to 75 people on board the P 305, 11 other people on board the Varaprada tug died. The P 305 and the Varaprada had sunk and could not be recovered. A massive salvage operation was undertaken by the Navy and Coast Guard for the bodies.

As the recovery of all the bodies took several days, the bodies decayed beyond recognition. Additionally, while 86 people were dead, the police and navy recovered more than 90 bodies in the sea and on the coast of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Baljinder was one of them.

His father Bagicha Singh and his maternal uncle Karamjeet Singh toured the autopsy center at JJ Hospital in Mumbai but were unable to claim his body pending a DNA match.

Speaking to the Indian Express, Karamjeet said: ‘At that time I was working on another barge but our barge came back safely…At the autopsy center I identified Baljinder’s body but I wasn’t sure due to the extent of the breakdown. The first two DNA tests with samples from his father and brother didn’t match 100%, so we couldn’t claim his body. Then the police took the DNA sample from his mother.

Meanwhile, the Meghwal family of Pali in Rajasthan claimed Baljinder’s body. They were convinced that it was their son Amraram.

About 15 days later, the DNA report from Baljinder’s mother matched her samples.

Karamjeet then contacted the Meghwal family and was informed that they had already performed the last rites and scattered the ashes in Haridwar.

An officer from Yellow Gate Police Station said: “The Rajasthani family were convinced that it was their relative and so we allowed them to take the body. Later, the DNA sample taken from a family member matched another body at the autopsy center. The family then returned and took the second body for the last rites.

Karamjeet said: “’They took our son’s body by mistake, we didn’t even get his ashes… What can we do now? We forgave them and moved on.

“Our family has only received Rs 7 lakh in compensation so far. We were promised somewhere around Rs 40 lakh. Baljinder’s mother, Sarjeet Kaur, cannot walk properly since learning the death of his son,” he added.

Kishore Ranawt, a relative of the Meghwal family, declined to comment on the case.

The Indian Express had reported how the family had identified Baljinder’s body as that of Amraram Meghwal. Amraram’s brother, Papuram Meghwal, also a welder, died in the accident. His body was identified in front of him.

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What we need to do to help Ukraine win https://seatowct.com/what-we-need-to-do-to-help-ukraine-win/ Mon, 16 May 2022 09:46:21 +0000 https://seatowct.com/what-we-need-to-do-to-help-ukraine-win/ (Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images.) Supporting Ukraine’s defense against Russia’s unjust invasion is a silver lining of bipartisanship in an otherwise polarized country. But Americans’ enthusiasm for more aid programs like the $40 billion bill the House of Representatives just approved could wane as consumers struggle under the weight of inflation, disruptions in supply chain, […]]]>
(Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images.)

Supporting Ukraine’s defense against Russia’s unjust invasion is a silver lining of bipartisanship in an otherwise polarized country. But Americans’ enthusiasm for more aid programs like the $40 billion bill the House of Representatives just approved could wane as consumers struggle under the weight of inflation, disruptions in supply chain, labor shortages and soaring gas prices. Sen. Rand Paul delayed the Senate vote due to concerns over the skyrocketing cost and details of the content of the funding bill.

This pause is a good time to reassess the American approach to Vladimir Putin’s war. While the spending package included significant aid for Ukraine’s military forces, including weapons, and for things like US missile production and increasing our stockpile of critical munitions, almost half of the funding package was not was not for defense. It was for “diplomatic support”, mainly for the State Department, and for humanitarian aid. And its mix of weapons reflects the administration’s stubborn refusal to free the Ukrainian government to launch a real counter-offensive that could force Russia to end the war. Instead, the arms package suggests Biden’s goal is to keep Ukraine in the fight until Moscow is ready to negotiate. Unfortunately, the administration’s approach allows Putin to set the terms for peace talks and prepares Ukraine for a protracted war. This is neither sound nor morally defensible policy.

US policy should be to help Ukraine win, which requires supporting Ukraine’s efforts to force Russia to stop its assault and return to Russian territory. Rather than bleeding out the Russian military, the US goal should be to end the war quickly to end the suffering of the Ukrainian people and enable their economic recovery. To that end, Ukraine must be equipped to wage a punitive counteroffensive to defend its sovereignty and compel Russia to invent an exit ramp.

With this clear objective in mind, the United States should do the following:

Geopolitically, the United States should align itself with NATO allies who want to see Ukraine push back against Russia. This side is led by the United Kingdom, Poland and those along the Black Sea, NATO’s modern front. France and Germany have so far refused to be so forward thinking, making American leadership necessary to unify NATO around the goal of Ukrainian victory. The impending additions of Finland and Sweden to the alliance add momentum to shore up a fiercer and visibly braver Western allied effort.

Militarily, Ukraine needs more effective land weapons for the Donbass. The US should send self-propelled howitzers like the M109 that can navigate the devastated road network of eastern Ukraine, where US M777 towed howitzers already on the way may prove useless. To help prevent Russian troops from gaining more ground, the United States should provide Ukraine with anti-vehicle mines such as the Gator that remain permitted under international mine protocols and conventions.

But Ukraine’s most pressing need is for longer-range strike systems. Guided multiple launch rocket systems could help Ukrainian forces attack Russian supply depots and logistics lines to slow the Russian advance. And MQ-9 Reaper drones could engage Russian armor across the open fields of Donetsk and Luhansk. There are concerns that the supply of Reapers could “violate” the missile technology control regime, which is designed to limit the proliferation of certain missiles and technologies, but the MTCR is an informal agreement and not a treaty, and it is against -productive to use as a pretext to avoid supporting an attacked country.

US and allied efforts to help Ukraine win on the ground will be in vain if Ukraine fails to break the Russian naval blockade off Odessa. Restoring access to the sea will be vital to displacing agricultural exports to avert a global food crisis and to rebuild Ukraine’s economy after the end of the war. Ukraine has attacked Russian forces on Snake Island and is mounting an anti-shipping campaign, but its supply of locally-made Neptune anti-ship missiles is dwindling. The United States is expected to send some of its substantial inventory of harpoons or work with Norway’s Kongsberg to supply Ukraine with some of its new naval strike missiles.

Finally, if the United States must do what only it can do when it comes to armaments, it must also exert unyielding pressure on European allies to do what it can do. This includes providing food, medicine and other services that Ukrainians need during the war and will need to rebuild their country once this war is over. Poland has borne the brunt of Ukrainian refugees, and wealthy Western allies, such as Germany, are expected to share the financial burden.

Helping Ukraine win is not about altruism. It is in the direct interests of the United States to have peace in Europe, for supply chains to operate freely, and for powerful allies to work cooperatively to ward off the shared authoritarian threats of imperialism. Biden’s approach has been to speak aggressively about Putin and his regime while withholding the support needed to match the rhetoric — pushing the bear without being bear-loaded, so to speak. The administration needs to give President Volodymyr Zelensky a much bigger stick before Congress closes its checkbook.

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, specializing in United States national defense policy, with a focus on strategic deterrence. Bryan Clark is Principal Investigator and Director of the Center for Defense Concepts and Technology at the Hudson Institute. During his 25-year career in the Navy, Bryan was an enlisted submariner and officer.

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🌱 North Fork Daily: Going To Bat For Dylan + Pridwin reopens + Vigil https://seatowct.com/%f0%9f%8c%b1-north-fork-daily-going-to-bat-for-dylan-pridwin-reopens-vigil/ Sat, 14 May 2022 09:43:13 +0000 https://seatowct.com/%f0%9f%8c%b1-north-fork-daily-going-to-bat-for-dylan-pridwin-reopens-vigil/ Hello, North Fork! It was a great outpouring of love for Dylan Newman at Peconic as two high school varsity teams fought, literally, for the 18-year-old high school student from Southold, who was battling cancer. During the darkest hours, the people of North Fork rise up, join hands and hearts, and help each other weather […]]]>

Hello, North Fork! It was a great outpouring of love for Dylan Newman at Peconic as two high school varsity teams fought, literally, for the 18-year-old high school student from Southold, who was battling cancer.

During the darkest hours, the people of North Fork rise up, join hands and hearts, and help each other weather the storms of life. And from the start, they’ve been hugely involved in helping Dylan and his family love North Fork fashion, a testament to the things that matter in our corner of the world.

Until next time. . .


First, today’s weather forecast:

Fog early in the day. High: 67 Low: 56.


Here are the top stories on North Fork today:

  1. East End Overview: übergeek Brewing Company at Riverhead: Read all about the new brewing company. (News 12 Long Island)
  2. Vigils for lives lost to OD will continue, rain or shine: The event brings together East End residents who have lost loved ones to drug addiction. (Patch)
  3. The historic Pridwin complex is set to reopen after a $28 million redevelopment: “The pandemic has meant that the restoration project has taken longer than expected, but Shelter Island will finally return to its most historic resort on Peconic Bay this summer,” reports the New York Post. (New York Post)
  4. North Fork goes to bat for ‘special young man’ battling cancer: Once again, everyone who loves him has come together for Dylan. (North Fork Patch)
  5. The memorial playground will be dedicated to the beloved kindergarten teacher: Keri Lynn Stromski will be honored on a playground dedicated to her name this week. (Patch)

Today on North Fork:

  • Tai Chi and Qigong (9:00 a.m.)
  • Spring plant sale postponed to May 14 (10 a.m.)
  • Miniature Punch Needle class with Sarah McNamara (10:00 a.m.)
  • Dike System Salt Air Farm Walking Tour (11:00 AM)
  • Starlet (7:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • The North Fork Animal Welfare League: “Arabella and Field are just waiting for their families!” (Facebook)
  • North Fork Little League, Inc.: “Thank you, Sea Tow, for sponsoring a C-ball team!” ” (Facebook)
  • North Fork Women: “Fitness with Lori! | Founders Award slideshow. Watch a slideshow of the Founders Award reception honoring Lori Cohen.” (Facebook)
  • Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library: “A good night for game night!” Mario Kart and JackBox! ” (Facebook)
  • Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library: “The library pantry needs donations! Please consider helping our community by donating non-perishable food items. Donations are accepted in the library lobby.” (Facebook)

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We were able to tow over 10,000 pounds in an electrified GMC Sierra during Magna’s ‘Tech Week’ https://seatowct.com/we-were-able-to-tow-over-10000-pounds-in-an-electrified-gmc-sierra-during-magnas-tech-week/ Thu, 12 May 2022 18:51:00 +0000 https://seatowct.com/we-were-able-to-tow-over-10000-pounds-in-an-electrified-gmc-sierra-during-magnas-tech-week/ During a media day for Magna International’s “Tech Week,” we were able to visit the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, to test out some of the contract manufacturer’s electrified technologies. This included a BEV-converted GMC Sierra 2500 using Magna’s Etelligent Force 4WD powertrain. With it, we were able to experience the system’s 14,500 lb towing […]]]>

During a media day for Magna International’s “Tech Week,” we were able to visit the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, to test out some of the contract manufacturer’s electrified technologies. This included a BEV-converted GMC Sierra 2500 using Magna’s Etelligent Force 4WD powertrain. With it, we were able to experience the system’s 14,500 lb towing capacity and drive other unique EVs as well.

Magna International and its electrified technology

Even if you haven’t heard of Magna International, chances are you’ve driven a vehicle with at least one component produced by the subcontractor. At his “Tech Week” event in Pontiac, Michigan, Magna CEO Swamy Kotagiri detailed some of the company’s production numbers.

In total, Magna has produced over 3.7 million vehicles across thirty different models for ten different OEM customers, including Ford, Rivian, GM and soon Fisker. In 2021 alone, Magna achieved $36 billion in revenue, cementing its title as the largest contract manufacturer in North America and the fourth largest in the world.

As the auto industry as a whole shifts dramatically towards electrified models, Magna has followed suit. Developing everything from electrified powertrains to battery boxes and ADAS systems, Magna provides multiple OEMs with the technology and components needed to go all-EV. Here’s a quick recap of some of the electrified technologies we’ve covered Magna in the past:

Kotagiri speaking to the media at Magna’s “Tech Week” event

Testing electrified models in Michigan with Magna

After covering this electrified technology from afar, Magna International was kind enough to invite us to the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan to experience it first hand. This included Magna’s eDS Low CE 3-in-1 eDrive front axle system, currently featured on the Volkswagen ID.4.

The cool thing about this electric motor is that it’s made without rare-earth materials, making it more durable and cost-effective.

Behind this in-line electric vehicle was a Tesla Model S equipped with Magna’s EtelligentDrive system. This 3-in-1 eDrive system uses one motor at the front axle and two at the rear linked by a summation gearbox with clutch-based torque vectoring. The result is a Tesla sedan with 480kW of total power that was built years before the Model S Plaid was released; it is currently one of the earliest examples of Magna’s electrified expertise.

The Arcfox αT, an electrified model sold in China through a joint venture between Magna and Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd (BJEV), was one of the most interesting BEVs to drive at the event. magna.

I was able to drive the FWD version in Concourse M1 and was thrilled at the opportunity to drive a Chinese EV, a market I have a particular adoration for. The design itself was very European and I thought the ride was smooth. Nothing too flashy or luxurious, but nothing to scoff at either. The overall quality of performance was certainly apparent.

The dual-motor AWD version of the αT comes with either 67.3 or 93.6 kWh battery capacity, offering NEDC ranges of between 525 and 708 km (326 and 440 miles). It can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 km/h (~112 mph).

Towing with Magna’s Etelligent Force technology

The one electrified model most journalists were clamoring to drive was the GMC Sierra equipped with Magna’s EtelligentForce technology. Magna had two of the Sierras available to drive, so my first laps were in the electrified pickup without the trailer to experience the truck itself.

EtelligentForce is a 4WD powertrain system for passenger trucks and light-duty vehicles that electrifies vehicle capability without compromising payload or towing.

Magna’s eBeam is part of the system and can help OEMs electrify existing ladder frame chassis without having to start over with a basic platform. eBeam also helps provide 14,500 lbs. of towing capacity, which was on display at the M1 during our road tests.

Electrified Magna
Magna’s eBeam rear electric drive system implemented on the GMC Sierra 2500

While consumers will soon be able to purchase a fully electric GMC Sierra Denali pickup truck, we got to experience towing tech early on using a GMC Sierra 2500 combustion model made electric with Magna’s EtelligentDrive powertrain swapped in.

The electrified pickup was smooth-riding, offering regenerative braking while towing over 10,000 pounds on a trailer behind it. Magna’s EtelligentDrive system is available on Class 1-6 vehicles. Here’s the GMC electrified pickup in action:

Magna’s future prospects for EV technology

After hearing from the company’s CEO, there’s plenty to be optimistic about as Magna continues to expand its arsenal of EV technology. Its eDrive components will appear in more electric vehicles from OEMs in the future, including the Fisker Ocean which begins production with Magna in Austria this fall. Additional vehicles include an unnamed China OEM in 2023 (Magna currently manufactures for NIO and XPeng, so it’s likely one of those two), and a US OEM in 2024.

One of Magna’s main focuses for the future will be its battery boxes, which have already been developed and implemented in electric vehicles such as the Ford F-150 Lightning and the GMC Hummer EV pickup. Magna’s CEO didn’t say which future models he would supply boxes for, but the company is confident it will continue to work with those same automakers in the future.

Kotagiri explained that Magna’s case manufacturing is both material and process independent, meaning it can design and build EV battery cases to any customer’s specifications.

The best part is that every electric vehicle needs one, so Magna is in a lucrative position to meet the growing demand for such components. Kotagiri also shared that Magna is investing around $500 million to expand battery box assembly lines over the next three years.

All in all, it was a cool trip to Michigan to see a bunch of EV tech – which we’ve been covering for years – working in real life. There’s a lot to do at Magna as the company continues to make money with no signs of slowing down as it turns to electrification.

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Ship stranded in Milne Bay https://seatowct.com/ship-stranded-in-milne-bay/ Tue, 10 May 2022 20:52:00 +0000 https://seatowct.com/ship-stranded-in-milne-bay/ To refloat the ship, the owner, Feng Sea Shipping, hired the tug with barge from the log pond to unload the log cargo from the deck using the ship’s cranes. On 4 May, the NMSA had carried out an inspection in accordance with the Port State Control procedure. However, no detainable gaps were identified. However, […]]]>

To refloat the ship, the owner, Feng Sea Shipping, hired the tug with barge from the log pond to unload the log cargo from the deck using the ship’s cranes. On 4 May, the NMSA had carried out an inspection in accordance with the Port State Control procedure.

However, no detainable gaps were identified. However, the vessel was arrested for grounding, which damaged the coral reef and did not report the incident to NMSA.

On May 8, the vessel was successfully refloated with the assistance of a Pacific Towing Pacific Salvor tug. The vessel anchored 2.4 nautical miles from the grounding area to reload the logs unloaded onto the barge after the grounding.

Divers from Pacific Towing conducted an initial underwater survey to establish the ship’s seaworthiness. However, the investigation revealed no shortcomings.

NMSA liaised with professionals from the Environmental Conservation and Protection Agency (CEPA), Coral Sea Foundation and Sea Women of Melanesia experienced in biological assessment to conduct an underwater survey of the reef in order to estimate the damage suffered by the corals.

An investigation into the maritime accidents is already underway by the NMSA.

NMSA Managing Director/CEO Paul Unas said NMSA would conduct an investigation to establish the cause of the incident and appropriate action would be taken after the investigations.

He said the Authority would consider the implementation of compulsory pilotage in the China Strait Passage, as it is not the first time such incidents have occurred in the passage.

The other post-incident recommendation being considered by NMSA is the purchase and installation of current-measuring instruments to collect and disseminate real-time information on the strength and direction of the current to all ships entering the strait. from China.

Mr Unas said the NMSA is mandated to investigate all incidents in PNG waters caused by vessels, regardless of nationality and flag.

The vessel remains detained at Alotau until the NMSA completes the investigation and survey of the damaged reef and the owner pays the imposed penalties decided after review of post-incident reports.

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Saudi Arabia launches 12 tenders for port development https://seatowct.com/saudi-arabia-launches-12-tenders-for-port-development/ Mon, 09 May 2022 09:31:56 +0000 https://seatowct.com/saudi-arabia-launches-12-tenders-for-port-development/ Saudi Arabia intends to launch 12 port development investment deals in 2022 as part of plans to privatize its maritime industry, a local newspaper reported on Tuesday. The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) will invite the private sector to “seize” these investment opportunities which concern at least 8 ports in various areas of the Gulf Kingdom, […]]]>

Saudi Arabia intends to launch 12 port development investment deals in 2022 as part of plans to privatize its maritime industry, a local newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) will invite the private sector to “seize” these investment opportunities which concern at least 8 ports in various areas of the Gulf Kingdom, the Arabic-language daily Aliqitisadia reported.

The newspaper cites a statement by Mawani that all contracts to be awarded to local and foreign companies would be on a “BOT” (build-operate-transfer) basis.

“These projects cover various works in the Kingdom’s ports on the Gulf and Red Sea…all of these investment opportunities will be launched this year,” the statement said.

They cover container and freight services, other maritime services and facilities, towing, firefighting and pollution response services, he added.

The statement noted that the projects, which are part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 economic diversification program, aim to “make the country a major maritime logistics hub”.

In the first quarter, Mawani, in cooperation with the National Center for Privatization and PPPs (NCP), rolled out public-private partnership (PPP) projects to eight multipurpose terminal concessionsand for maritime services in Saudi ports.

In April, Mawani said it had received expressions of interest (EOIs) from 64 companies for the PPP Marine Services project.

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@lseg.com)

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US intelligence on Moskva’s location helped Ukraine attack valuable Russian warship, sources say https://seatowct.com/us-intelligence-on-moskvas-location-helped-ukraine-attack-valuable-russian-warship-sources-say/ Fri, 06 May 2022 02:05:55 +0000 https://seatowct.com/us-intelligence-on-moskvas-location-helped-ukraine-attack-valuable-russian-warship-sources-say/ The United States had provided Ukraine with information on the location of the valuable Russian warship Moskva before it sank, sources said. Intelligence shared by the United States on the location of the Russian warship in the Black Sea helped Ukraine sink the guided-missile cruiser Moskva. (Photo: Reuters) Intelligence shared by the United States on […]]]>

The United States had provided Ukraine with information on the location of the valuable Russian warship Moskva before it sank, sources said.

Intelligence shared by the United States on the location of the Russian warship in the Black Sea helped Ukraine sink the guided-missile cruiser Moskva. (Photo: Reuters)

Intelligence shared by the United States on the location of the Russian warship in the Black Sea helped Ukraine sink the missile cruiser Moskva – before the strike that sank it, sources said.

A US official told the Guardian that the decision to target the Russian flagship in the Black Sea with anti-ship missiles was Ukraine’s, but the US provided “a range of intelligence”, including the location of these vessels.

Read: Last moment of Russian warship Moskva sunk by Ukraine appears online

The revelation of US support for Ukraine in the attack on the main Russian warship comes to the fore as the Biden administration is under pressure from Republicans to do more to support Ukraine against the Russian invasion and that polls suggested Americans doubted President Joe Biden was tough enough on Moscow.

Russia says its lead warship in the Black Sea sank after an explosion and fire that Ukraine says was caused by a missile strike, dealing a blow to Moscow as it prepares to new attacks that could determine the outcome of the conflict.

Read: RIP Moskva: How Russians mourned the disappearance of a warship

The Moskva, flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, sank while being towed to port in stormy weather, Russian news agencies quoted the Defense Ministry as saying.

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Shipyards take the fight to fire https://seatowct.com/shipyards-take-the-fight-to-fire/ Tue, 03 May 2022 21:24:55 +0000 https://seatowct.com/shipyards-take-the-fight-to-fire/ Nothing grabs everyone’s attention – especially in the marine industry – faster than the word FIRE. Wherever the boats are, on board or ashore, you will find tools to fight fires. And when fighting a fire on or from the water, the most important of these tools is the fireboat. It is also the most […]]]>

Nothing grabs everyone’s attention – especially in the marine industry – faster than the word FIRE. Wherever the boats are, on board or ashore, you will find tools to fight fires. And when fighting a fire on or from the water, the most important of these tools is the fireboat. It is also the most expensive.

Captain Claude Klein was the senior fireboat captain for the Port of New Orleans from 1994 until his retirement in 2019. In an interview last year, he said the most important thing to remember when fighting a fire is to protect the fireboat.

“The boat comes first because without the boat the crew can lose their lives and you don’t have a boat to fight the fire,” he said. “If your position is too dangerous, withdraw and find another way in.”

These types of ships are valuable commodities for their owners. They protect property and sometimes save lives.

METALLIC SHARK

Last summer, the Jeanerette, Louisiana-based shipbuilder metal shark introduced the 38 Defiant NXT, a welded aluminum monocoque wheelhouse model based on the company’s 38 Defiant platform. The first new ship, the 43’x12″ fire boat 2was delivered to Orange Beach Fire Rescue in Orange Beach, Ala.

The new 38 Defiant NXT uses the same hull shape but with an all new topside layout designed by Metal Shark’s in-house engineering team.

A Wing a urethane-wrapped closed-cell foam collar provides impact resistance during parallel maneuvers, a sturdy knee for the bow thruster provides additional utility, and a large dive platform and dive tank holders in the aft cockpit were added for divers.

Orange Beach Fire Rescue’s new 38 Defiant NXT is powered by two 550hp engines Cummins QSB 6.7 inboard diesel engines mated to HamiltonJet HTX30 water jets through Dual disc MG-5065 SC transmissions. The configuration allows the fully equipped fireboat to cruise at 30 knots and reach top speeds in excess of 40 knots. The 38 Defiant NXT is available with a range of propulsion types and can reach top speeds of over 50 knots when powered by triple outboard motors.

For firefighting, the Orange Beach fireboat offers a flow rate of 3,000 gpm, with a twin 1,500 gpm Darley fire pumps driven via the PTO from the main engines. Each pump draws from its own dedicated sea chest in the hull, feeding a central manifold with crossover capability, which in turn feeds the entire system. From the fire control station at the port helm, flow is directed as desired via electronically controlled valves. The ship is equipped with a remote control Elkhart Scorpion EXM electric roof monitor, two rear manually operated Elkhart Copperhead monitors, two hand line sockets and one 5″ Storz link.

“Redesigning one of our best-selling models at the peak of its popularity was not a task we tackled lightly, but through our efforts we have made significant improvements to an already exceptional,” said Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard as the boat was delivered. “Orange Beach Fire Rescue’s new 38 Defiant NXT fireboat and the many other fireboats currently in production are a direct result of our goal to consistently offer the most advanced designs in the industry through the evolution continues products.”

Metal Shark’s new 38 NXT has proven very popular. The 38 Defiant NXT fireboat for South King County, Wash. was recently delivered, while the yard is currently putting the finishing touches on the NXT fireboat for Chicago Fire. Two new NXTs are also being built for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and one for the St. John’s (SC) Fire District and the Virginia Beach (Va.) Fire Department.

In addition to all 38, Metal Shark is building a 32 Defiant Fireboat for Stafford County (Virginia) Fire & Rescue, and a 25 Courageous for the East Dover Fire Department, Toms River, NJ

Last year, in addition to two 50 Defiant fireboats as well as a 36 Fearless center console delivered to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and the 70 Defiant delivered to Canaveral Fire Rescue, Metal Shark also delivered a 32 Courageous at Boca Raton Fire Rescue and a 32 Defiant NXT fireboat at Horry County (SC) Fire Rescue.

NORTH RIVER BOATS

North River Boats, Roseburg, Oregon, has been building fireboats and fire/rescue boats for decades. The company has branched out into building fireboats and fire/rescue boats to offer potential buyers a fresh approach to meeting the exact needs from department to department.

North River’s largest fireboats are based on the boatbuilder’s Sounder hull design with lengths up to 40′ and beam widths of 8.5′, 9.5′, 10.5′ and 11.5′. The hulls operate in offshore and inshore waters of the Pacific Northwest, from Alaska to California. But North River has also delivered fireboats to the East Coast and Gulf Coast of the United States.

“At North River, personalization is key,” said Russell Sparkman, North River’s chief marketing officer. “The Sounder hull is the proven hull form, and the upper deck and structures are highly suited to meet the needs or mission of the various fire and rescue services.

“With every boat we build, with every unique set of problems we solve for a customer, we create a new set of options and features to suggest, offer or recommend to future fire and rescue boat buyers. “

After listening to customer feedback and requests over the past few years at conferences, trade shows, office calls, etc., North River felt there was a need in the market for a larger boat. smaller and lighter than larger boats. based on the shell of the Sounder.

“Our goal in designing Freedom was to develop a platform that would fit the budget and needs of small fire departments, sheriff’s departments, which are often made up of only one part of law enforcement , part firefighters, port authorities and small municipalities,” Sparkman said. “That meant designing a rig that could be configured with outboard motors, an inboard jet for shallow water operation, or a sterndrive if desired.”

Standard features of the Freedom design include a center console with windshield, a drop-down front door and a fully self-draining deck. The boats are available in lengths of 21′ to 26′ with an 8’6″ beam, which are legally DOT towable in all 50 states and towable by a ½ ton or ¾ ton pickup truck.” We’ve even seen instances where the Freedom was towed by ambulances,” Sparkman said.

The Freedom has an option for a 500 gpm. Darley fire pump that has a through-hull intake. The pump can be easily removed via a quick coupler if additional deck space is required forward of the console.

“In recent years, we’ve delivered about 24 fire and rescue boats, between the Sounder-based and Freedom-based boats,” Sparkman said.

METALCRAFT MARINE

MetalCraft Marine recently delivered two high profile fire rescue boats to the east and west coasts of Florida, weeks apart. The exclusive communities of Ocean Reef in Largo Key and Boca Grande on Boca Grande Island have both chosen MetalCraft fire interceptors to ensure the protection and safety of their citizens.

The Fire Interceptor is a fire-rescue version of the shipyard Interceptor that is used by several friendly foreign militaries around the world as well as fleets operating in the USCG and United States Navy programs and many selected police forces.

“The selection made a lot of sense to the decision makers because both communities have a very sheltered side of the island and a very exposed side to the open ocean and their men cannot choose when someone is in distress and needs their help,” said MetalCraft contracts manager Bob Clark. “Let’s face it, fire crews don’t get as many calls on really nice days for a cruise.”

The boats are slightly different in length with Ocean Reef at 37’8″ LOA and Boca Grande at 35’1.5″ and come with MetalCraft’s standard 10 year hull warranty. Both are equipped with anti-corrosion meters required by ABYC with data logging, so if the boat has been in an area with strong stray current, it is logged for better observation. Ocean Reef has a Phaser generator for air-conditioned cabin space.

The Boca boat has twins Mercury 350 Verados and will do 60 mph. Ocean Reef went with Merc 300-hp Sea Pro engines and the boat hits a respectable 46 mph. Mercury offers a three-year non-declining warranty for its engines covering engines for government and commercial use, including military. Clark pointed out that Mercury engines are made in Wisconsin, “not in China.”

As high-performance military vessel designs, the boats have a very low beam-to-length ratio (BLR), which can significantly reduce pitching and vertical slam impact (vertical acceleration). The low BLR also means that in channels and ports they produce a very low wake signature.

The Interceptor’s hull is designed so that her main hull chines sit at or slightly above the waterline displacing less water as she moves, meaning less takes of power to push her at or slightly above hull speed about 30% more than hull speed.

Another important feature of military action is power reduction at cruising speed, Clark said. “The optimum planing speed for the lowest fuel consumption for most boats is between 22 and 28 knots. The military generally looks for a range of 200 nautical miles or more on a ship. And they want to get there as soon as possible,” he said. “It takes a lot of fuel and it adds weight, a lot of weight. At some point it can become self-destructive. The fire interceptor with all the extra weight of the fire engine, piping and lots of equipment associates, crew and fuel, requires as little hull strength as a designer can provide.

Clark said the Fire Interceptor’s low-strength hull surprises everyone when it can sail for hours at optimum fuel consumption of 28 knots, meaning it can beat a slower boat by up to six. nautical miles per hour and burn the same amount of fuel.

“There are theoretical calculations for this, and then there are hard test data numbers,” Clark said. “In a recent test boat that had a specific range requirement, we were able to reduce the tank size by 9%. Now this needs to be tested again as you now have the reduced weight of the tank itself. Can we save 10%?

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The names of the main electric cars https://seatowct.com/the-names-of-the-main-electric-cars/ Mon, 02 May 2022 02:53:03 +0000 https://seatowct.com/the-names-of-the-main-electric-cars/ What’s in a name? Vehicle names have always been an important part of the mobility mystique. Fodder for the songs: “Little Red Corvette” by Prince, “Roadrunner” by The Modern Lovers and “Red Barchetta” by Rush, to name a few. You could say that a good name sets the stage for a good overall experience and […]]]>

What’s in a name?

Vehicle names have always been an important part of the mobility mystique. Fodder for the songs: “Little Red Corvette” by Prince, “Roadrunner” by The Modern Lovers and “Red Barchetta” by Rush, to name a few. You could say that a good name sets the stage for a good overall experience and an important emotional connection.

So when it comes to EV names, you’d think the same amount of time and thought would be needed to get this (often the first impression) right.

In 1990, GM President Roger Smith introduced the company’s all-new electric concept car, the Impact. Calling a car the Impact can have a big connotation, but usually tempers immediately go to the most negative. After all, who wants to be in a car called the Impact?

Legend has it that when talk show host Jay Leno made a demo, he desperately wanted to buy one. When told he could only rent the car (which was still called the Impact at the time), he got angry and brushed off the name of the car, saying, “Is that that the crash-and-burn has already been taken?”

GM EV1, originally called the Impact. Image courtesy of GM.

The name Impact was changed to EV1 and became a vehicle that early users fell in love with (and would later be commemorated at a mock burial, run over, and documented in a feature film).

On the heels of the destruction of those early EVs, Nissan came out with the LEAF and Chevy came out with the Volt plug-in hybrid (aka extended-range electric vehicle).

Image courtesy of Cynthia Shahan, Clean Technica.

As the names go, you could say that LEAF is almost perfect for those jumping on the EV bandwagon at the time. The vast majority of early EV buyers were very interested in making the switch to help the environment, so what better and more organic name than LEAF? The leaves represent the cleaning of the air in a literal and figurative sense. But it is not that simple. If you noticed the all-caps nature of the name, Nissan actually made the LEAF an acronym (and not a great one at that). The letters mean a leading, environmentally friendly and affordable family car.

BMW i3 and Chevy Volt. Photos of Kyle Field, Clean Technica.

The Chevy Volt is a good name in that it specifically emphasizes the electric nature of the vehicle. But when in 2017 Chevy came out with the all-electric Bolt, it left a lot of people scratching their heads. Why the hell would they date with such similar names? In fact, in Korean, the names Bolt and Volt are pronounced the same, leading to even more confusion.

Image courtesy of Zach Shahan, Clean Technica.

Tesla has adopted a seemingly simpler tact in naming its vehicles. The Roadster was just that, a roadster. The Model S stands for sedan; The Model X is a luxury crossover. The Model 3 was intended to be the Model E, but Ford stepped in and pointed out they owned that brand, and the Model Y completed the lineup so Elon Musk could have some fun (placed in the correct order, all production models after the Roadster, spell S3XY, or SEXY for the uninitiated). Alright, extra points for fun.

With Tesla there were additional letters and numbers, such as P85, which would indicate the Performance model with an 85 kilowatt-hour battery, but these were later removed for simplicity. Now you get your Tesla in standard or long range with all-wheel drive, which is much more appealing to the general public. And with an eye to the future, Tesla has made no secret of its interest in a top-to-bottom truck design refresh with the polarizing Cybertruck. No matter what you think of the Cybertruck’s design, the name is cool as hell.

Ford Mustang Mach-E. Photo by Zach Shahan, Clean Technica.

Many automakers associate their electric vehicle names with proven brands. For example, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Ford F-150 Lightning EV, Chevy Silverado EV, Chevy Bronco EV – well, you get the idea. Maybe the mainstream automakers are hedging their bets and keeping their feet firmly planted in the ICE world while dipping a tow into the EV waters?

Kia EV6. Image courtesy of Kia.

For new all-electric names, there are some interesting ones. Kia EV6 is nice and simple (and a compelling EV in my opinion), Hyundai Ioniq 5 is also a winner. According to Hyundai, the name Ioniq is a portmanteau of ion and unique. Then there is the Volkswagen ID. line and ID. part stands for smart design, identity and visionary technologies (this company meeting must have been interesting). And the Volkswagen ID. Buzz – well, with his hippie VW Van roots, you can imagine why they called him the Buzz.

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Image courtesy of Fisker.

Fisker soon enters the fray with its first offering, the Fisker Ocean, which takes its name from the fact that ocean waste is captured and repurposed into the materials used in the vehicle. The next Fisker PEAR, which stands for Personal Electric Automotive Revolution, is expected to be a vehicle under $30,000. Not much is known about the PEAR, which is supposed to go on sale in 2024, but it’s supposed to be ultra modern and unlike anything on the market. Well, the name of the fruit has worked out pretty well for Apple, so time will tell.

But there’s also the ill-fated 2023 Toyota bZ4X. OK, really, is Toyota even trying with all that EV stuff?

So here is. I wonder if the next multi-platinum hit song will be called “Let’s Flex Toyota bZ4X”. I seriously doubt it.


 


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Is the United States in a proxy war with Russia? Sergei Lavrov and Lloyd Austin seem to think so. https://seatowct.com/is-the-united-states-in-a-proxy-war-with-russia-sergei-lavrov-and-lloyd-austin-seem-to-think-so/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://seatowct.com/is-the-united-states-in-a-proxy-war-with-russia-sergei-lavrov-and-lloyd-austin-seem-to-think-so/ With heavy weapons like frontline tanks, multiple rocket launchers, 155mm howitzers, attack helicopters and updated anti-aircraft systems invading Ukraine and starting to reach the battlefield , the only thing missing from an all-out war between NATO and Russia are allied soldiers. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded to the upsurge in arms shipments this week […]]]>

With heavy weapons like frontline tanks, multiple rocket launchers, 155mm howitzers, attack helicopters and updated anti-aircraft systems invading Ukraine and starting to reach the battlefield , the only thing missing from an all-out war between NATO and Russia are allied soldiers.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded to the upsurge in arms shipments this week by saying: “NATO, in essence, is going to war with Russia through a proxy and arming that representative “. Lavrov accompanied this with a few nukes, then said that NATO and the United States ran the risk of transforming the world war and involving nuclear weapons: “The risk is serious, real. It must not not be underestimated,” he said on Monday. night on Russian state television. “Under no circumstances should a third world war take place. There can be no winners in a nuclear war.”

No shit, Sherlock. Sixty-four days after Russia invaded Ukraine, the billionaires in power there are finally realizing that they may have made the proverbial mistake of biting off more than they can chew. On the same day reality appeared to slap Lavrov in Moscow, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in a meeting with more than 40 NATO and non-NATO defense officials in Germany, announced a new US strategy aimed at degrading the Russian military so that it cannot threaten other nations with war in the future. “We want to see Russia weakened to the point where they can’t do the kinds of things they did by invading Ukraine,” Austin told reporters.

RELATED: Ending the War in Ukraine Is Possible, But Time is Running Out: Here’s How the US Can Help

President Biden backed the new strategy by announcing his administration was seeking $33 billion in military, economic and humanitarian aid for Ukraine, far more than the United States has committed to the conflict so far. “Either we support the Ukrainians as they defend their country, or we stand idly by as the Russians continue their atrocities,” Biden said Thursday at the White House. The Washington Post reported that administration sources confided that the new spending program “is designed not only to defend Ukraine, but also to weaken and deter Russia in a conflict that shows few signs of ending. “. not only in Ukraine’s survival, but also in a greatly weakened Russia.”

The new strategy reflects what has already happened on the ground. Russia’s attack on Ukraine has been crippled by clever tactics and counterattacks by the much less well-equipped and smaller Ukrainian military forces. An all-out assault on the Ukrainian capital of kyiv has been repelled, sending Russian forces retreating to safe havens on Russian and Belarusian soil where they had massed earlier in the year before their attack in late February. According to Ukrainian drone footage seen by the Daily Mail, fields that surveillance photos once showed lined with rows of Russian tanks, armored personnel carriers and supply vehicles are now littered with burned skeletons of the same military equipment .

Ukraine’s military announced last week that it had destroyed 839 Russian tanks, more than 2,000 armored personnel carriers, a mix of 393 self-propelled and towed howitzers, 108 multiple rocket launchers and 76 tank trucks. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that 187 Russian military planes and 155 helicopter gunships were destroyed, along with 215 drones that the Russian military used for surveillance and as missile launching platforms. Not to mention the Russian missile cruiser Moskva, now at the bottom of the Black Sea.

Russia uses older T-72 tanks, but has also fielded newer, more high-tech and more expensive T-80s. The T-72 tank, in service since the 1970s, cost around $2 million each when new. T-80 tanks, also in service since the mid-1970s but since modernized, cost around $3 million. Russian armored personnel carriers (APC) cost around $500,000. All those photos you’ve seen of blown up and burnt out low-profile tracked vehicles that don’t have high caliber turret guns are APCs. No matter who counts, the Russian army seems to have lost thousands.


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Forbes reported this week that the initial Russian invasion force in February involved 120 battle tactics groups (BTGs), consisting of 85 armored vehicles each, or about 12,000 armored vehicles in total. Forbes considers the Ukrainian figures for Russian battlefield casualties to be “optimistic” and cites the open-source intelligence website Oryx as likely more accurate. Relying entirely on photographic evidence of destroyed, damaged or captured vehicles, Oryx reported on Tuesday that Russia lost 562 tanks and 1,200 armored personnel carriers for a total of 1,762.

Taking an average of the figures reported by Ukraine, Oryx and the Pentagon, Forbes concluded that Russia had lost between 2,000 and 3,000 of its armored fighting vehicles, which means that 20 to 25% of all the military force that Russia had initially deployed to the battlefield in Ukraine was knocked out. Based on the same sources, Forbes estimates that Russia suffered 15,000 battlefield deaths. Every soldier killed must be replaced and training soldiers costs real money. According to the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), it currently costs about $200,000 to recruit and put a US soldier through basic training. All soldiers continue their training in advanced courses, and some take up to two years to fully qualify in some specialties, making the real cost of transitioning a citizen from civilian life to combat readiness much more expensive. , regardless of which country spends the money.

No matter what numbers you accept, Russia is suffering heavy, costly and potentially unsustainable battlefield losses in Ukraine.

Whatever numbers you accept, Russia is suffering heavy and very costly battlefield losses in Ukraine. “Some units are much more devastated than others. We’ve seen indications of some units being literally, for all intents and purposes, wiped out,” a senior US defense official said during an early press briefing. of the month. “There’s nothing left of the BTG except a handful of soldiers, and maybe a small number of vehicles, and they’re going to have to be replenished or reapplied to others.”

Thus, the degradation of the Russian army is already happening on the battlefield in Ukraine. With $20 billion of the new Ukraine aid program earmarked for combat equipment, ammunition, supplies, military rations and other battlefield equipment, the United States appears to be employing a rope-to-dope strategy with Russia: getting them to throw as many of their military forces as they can muster into Ukraine and then spend them in the ground, just like the US did in the Cold War, when our military advances and spending ended up bankrupting the Soviet Union by blowing up its defense budget.

This strategy also depends on the effectiveness of Western sanctions against Russia. Every Russian tank, helicopter, fighter jet, rocket launcher and drone lost in Ukraine must be replaced. All modern military weapons make heavy use of computers, which need chips, and as we all know computers break and parts have to be replaced. Restrictions on the import of technology have been imposed on Russia as part of sanctions approved by the United States, NATO and other countries. Russia will no doubt try to find ways around the restrictions, but this will lead to delays, shortages and problems with repurposing dual-use hardware and software imported from countries that have not joined the sanctions. There is no dead time in wartime. Attacking enemies do not wait.

If the United States is in a proxy war with Russia, it is a war of attrition that will last for some time. To “degrade” Russia’s military capability is to slow down its ability to outfit and equip its forces. Vladimir Putin is learning a truth that has stood the test of time: if you take too big a bite on the battlefield, you will die. There are no Heimlich maneuvers in wartime.

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