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The ubiquitous lighthouse

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on September 8, 2009

We are well into the age of electronic navigation. Most automobiles sold today come with GPS devices. For those that don’t, or for older cars, there are add-on devices that mount on the dashboard. Many cell phones are now equipped with GPS.

Letters of marque

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on September 4, 2009

Until the Declaration of Paris in 1856, a nation would sometimes authorize ships in its merchant fleet to carry out offensive action against ships of another nation. Such authorization was considered a step just short of war. The measure was…

“New Carissa” response plan requirements proposed

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on September 1, 2009

The US Coast Guard recently issued its formal proposal to require larger nontank vessels to have detailed oil spill response plans. The original Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) had only required such plans of tank vessels, since it was developed…

Progress on ballast water management

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on August 28, 2009

Ballast water management has been in disarray for years. But now, the possibility exists of a political and bureaucratic breakthrough. The risk of introduction of nonindigenous aquatic species into new waterbodies by means of the discharge of ballast water has been recognized for years.

What is the Arctic Sea?

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on August 25, 2009

What is the Arctic Sea? a.  A once-frozen body of water surrounding the North Pole. b.  A nondescript Maltese-flag timber carrier. c.  The scene of a half-baked extortion scheme. d.  All of the above. Just when we thought the romance and mystery…