The National Association of Marine Surveyors
The NAMSGlobal eNews
July 1, 2009
A version of this NAMS eNews was published in an electronic message sent on or about July 1, 2009.
Greetings Website Visitor.
William C. Hansen, President
Also, it is once again time for elections. Ghulam Suhrawardi is the chairman of the Nominating Committee and he is responsible for working with four other members of the Board of Directors in obtaining candidates for the offices of National President and national Vice-President. As you are all aware, the events of the last year brought great strain to this organization. I am hoping that candidates for these positions will look forward to the health and expansion of this organization, setting aside any personal feelings. Remember, this is our organization! If any of you would like to pursue a National Office, now is the time to act. Please let Ghulam know your intentions and desires.
recently had a new member ballot and we want to welcome these members into the
organization. One significant event for these potential members is that they are Cargo and
This will be a short message, but I wish all of you the very best and have a safe and enjoyable summer.
William C Hansen, NAMS-CMS, National President
National Office Message
Surveyor Members, if you have CE Credits for 2009 which you have not yet sent to the National Office, please go ahead and submit them.
Also, please check your personal profile information on the NAMSGlobal website (www.namsglobal.org) to be sure it is up-to-date. If there is any incorrect or out-dated information, please email the national office with your current personal profile information.
NAMS Applicants, New Members, Changes In Status & Committee Assignments
September 16-19, 2009
September 20-22, 2009
11 - 13, 2009
In order to receive the special group rates that have been made available, you will need to call the hotel by Wednesday, September 9, 2009 and identify the name and dates of the event.
March 11-14, 2010
25 - 27, 2010
Reservations phone 843.723.6900. In order to receive the special group rates, you will need to make your room reservation by Wednesday, March 24, 2010, and identify the group and dates of the events. NAMS Group Code: NMS
New book by Les Lester, NAMS-CMS
fellow NAMSGlobal member Les Lester of
New Maritime Safety Bill
A new Maritime Safety Bill has been introduced for consideration into the US House of Representatives. It has sections addressing fishing vessel regulations, vessel size limits, emergency equipment, cold weather survival training and many other subjects. For a link to the notice, go to http://www.washingtonwatch.com/bills/show/111_HR_2652.html
72' Viking Propeller Shafts Breaking?
For those of us who, must from time to time, communicate with folks whose second language skills are not equal to those whose language is their first language, there is an available free translation service called <Babel Fish> by Yahoo. There is a 150 word limit to the amount of words to be translated so youll need to compose your request into mini-chapters or a few long paragraphs. The languages are limited to; French, German, Greek, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. As well as a couple of Chinese dialects. The translation is reciprocal. The user will need to comply with the need for correct spelling and proper punctuation for best results.
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And now to Spanish:
There may be a small difference in the translation of the first sentence because my editor felt it was unclear. None the less, this will be a help to those whose second language is also English. It may take a few shots at the translation phase until you figure out how to make the translation boxes work. Viel gluck, as they say in German!
the wake of the September 2008 financial meltdown, the phrase perfect storm
has had much mileage in insurance industry circles. Underwriting losses, declining
premiums and shrinking insurer investment results in 2008 have meant that the
Marine Safety Alert - Compact Fluorescent Lights
Compact Fluorescent Lights
This Safety Alert serves to inform the maritime industry that energy saving Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or lighting, sometimes known as radio frequency (RF) lighting devices may interfere with certain communications equipment. CFLs employ a RF lighting device to excite a gas inside a bulb in order to produce light.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recognized the need for and adopted rules to control the harmful interference to radio communications services from these devices. During the rulemaking process the Coast Guard provided comments and recommended an advisory label for CFLs / RF lighting devices warning users about potential interference to communication services and particularly with respect to devices capable of producing emissions in the 0.45-30 MHz band. As a result, the FCC required manufacturers of CFLs to provide an advisory statement, either on the product packaging or with other user documentation, similar to the following: "This product may cause interference to radio communications and should not be installed near maritime safety communications equipment or other critical navigation or communication equipment operating between 0.45-30 MHz."
The Coast Guard has learned that CFLs have been installed on the navigation bridges of vessels and in other places capable of causing radio communications interference. Marine inspectors, vessel owners and operators ** should be aware of this potential safety hazard ** and take proper action as needed.
This safety alert is provided for informational purposes only and
does not relieve any domestic or international safety, operational or material
requirement. Developed by the Office of Domestic Vessel Activities (CG-5431),
Cargo Ships Treading Water
go out in a small boat along
Cocaine Submarine Armada
When narcotics agents
first heard that drug cartels were building an armada of submarines to transport cocaine
they thought it was a joke. Now
The subs are powered
by ordinary diesel engines and built of simple fibreglass in clandestine shipyards in the
US officials and their
Colombian counterparts have detected evidence of more than 115 submersible voyages since
2006. They have apprehended the crews of more than 22 submersibles at sea since 2007. Six
crews have been arrested this year. The Colombian Navy has intercepted or discovered 33
subs since 1993. The vessels do not fully submerge but skim the sea surface. They move
quickly at night, then drift like sleeping whales during the day. Under cover of darkness,
they slither out of
The latest submersibles can travel 4800 kilometres without refueling. Colombian officials say some former military personnel may be helping to design, construct and direct the vessels. Admiral Guillermo Barrera of the Colombian Navy says the subs usually carry four to 10 tonnes of cocaine. They typically have a crew of four, including a captain, an engineer and a seaman who helps steer and unload the cocaine. The fourth crew member usually represents the owner. With cargoes worth $US100 million ($125 million) or more, you want to know where theyre headed, Admiral Barrera said. Crews are well compensated, splitting as much as $US500,000. The work is dangerous; the subs cross stormy sea lanes without lights, with a shifting ballast of fuel and drugs. The cabins are hot and cramped, with a bucket for a latrine and a floor to sleep on.
Last year the US Congress passed the Drug Trafficking Vessel Interdiction Act, which makes it a crime to ply international waters in stateless vessels with the intent of evading detection. The maximum sentence is 15 years. So far three crews have either entered pleas or been found guilty. Courtesy http://www.bigbluetech.net/big-blue-tech-news/ Maritime Advocate Online a weekly digest of news and views on the maritime industries, with particular reference to dispute resolution. To contact the editor Bevis Marks, send an e-mail to: email@example.com
Heavy Lift Club Formed
According to World Cargo News, a number of ocean carriers involved with the international transport of project and heavy lift cargos met on 26 May 09 in Antwerp, prior to the commencement of the Breakbulk Europe Conference, and announced the founding of the International Council of Heavy Lift and Project Cargo Carriers, also referred to as the Heavy Lift Club.
Jan Steffens from Rickmers-Linie has been appointed chairman of the club, the remit of which includes education, technological innovation, the environment, security and the awareness of considerations involved with the marine transport of heavy lift and project cargoes.
Membership is open to ocean carriers who are routinely engaged in the international transport of heavy lift and project cargos through the use of a long-term controlled fleet of self-sustained heavy lift vessels. The club has a non-rate discussion agreement filed with the Federal Maritime Commission.
All of the following carriers are or will be members following FMC approval: Australia Asia Line; BigLift Shipping BV; Beluga Chartering Gmbh; BBC Chartering & Logistic GmbH & Co KG; Chipolbrok; Clipper Projects A/S; Conti-Lines; Hyundai Merchant Marine; Intermarine, LLC, representing Industrial Maritime Carriers, LLC; K/S Combi Lift; Nordana; Rickmers-Linie GmbH & Cie KG; Scan-Scott; Scan-Trans; and Universal Africa Lines Ltd. http://www.worldcargonews.com/htm/w20090527.814278.htm
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The U.S. Coast Guard
will require U.S.-flagged ships sailing around the Horn of Africa to post guards and ship
owners to submit anti-piracy security plans for approval, a Coast Guard official said. The
new requirements, which respond to a surge of piracy off the coast of
The revised Maritime Security Directive, highly anticipated by the shipping industry, was signed Monday by Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen. "We expect to see additional security on U.S.-flagged vessels that transit these waters," said Watson, the Coast Guard's director of prevention policy.
The requirement to post guards applies only to ships sailing off the Horn of Africa, but the owners of all U.S.-flagged ships must submit security plans to the Coast Guard by May 26, Watson said. "They're going to tell us what they propose," and then the Coast Guard will give thumbs up or thumbs down, Watson said.
Watson said the directive does not dictate how many guards must be posted on each vessel, or what type of training they must have. He said the Coast Guard would work with ship owners whose plans are deemed inadequate to fend off pirate attacks. "We're not interested in putting ships out of business," he said.
The piracy off the
Arming cargo ships has
been a sensitive issue because some countries will not allow armed vessels to enter their
ports. Additionally, arming the ships can raise insurance costs. U.S.-flagged ships that
carry military cargo already are armed, Watson said. He said the State Department was
working with countries in pirate-plagued regions to learn what weapons laws apply in their
ports in order to clarify the issue for
Watson said the new directive would not be publicly released in its entirety because it contained sensitive security information. But at the urging of shipping officials at the conference, he said a scrubbed version might be released to help shipping companies learn good security measures from each other.
"It's the actual security that's on a particular vessel that we want to keep close-held," Watson said. (source Insurance Journal update 13th May, 2009) http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2009/05/12/100437.htm
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Cargo: How Does One Know?
Two weeks after the plantains were delivered, the plaintiff requested a survey of the plantains to identify the apparent cause of the ripening. When the surveyor arrived the same day, the plantains were outside of the container and stacked on a tarmac, subject to the elements. They were found to be fully yellow with approximately 5% mold on the tips and approximately 80% with browning over 50% of peel. The pulp was soft and yellow. The plaintiff commenced an action for damage to the plantains.
A review was made of the sensor record data downloaded from the container that carried the plantains and an expert opinion was given that the supply air temperature in the container averaged 7.25º C. and return air temperature averaged 8.75º C. during the period of the shipment. The report noted that return air temperature is always higher than delivery air temperature as it extracts heat from cargo.
The court noted that to make a prima facie case of carrier negligence, a plaintiff must prove (1) delivery by the shipper to the carrier in good condition and (2) outturn by the carrier in damaged condition. In other words, when a carrier has no opportunity to inspect goods at the time the shipper delivered them to the carrier, a plaintiff must introduce some evidence beyond the bill of lading showing that the goods were in good order. The Court found the plaintiff did not make out a prima facie case that the plantains were in good order when they were delivered to the carrier for shipment. Because the carrier had no opportunity to inspect the goods in the container, the clean bill of lading constituted no evidence that the plantains were in good order at the time the carrier received them.
the Court found the evidence presented as to the cooling data records showed that the
container was cooled consistently and within a reasonable range of the required
temperature during the entire voyage from
Breach Of Captain Warranty Bars Recovery By Tug Owner And Mortgagee
Assurance Company of
Shipbrokers are likely to further scale back on issuing ship valuations partly because of legal concerns, but also because of an increasing paucity of valid data. Several brokerage houses are known to have stopped issuing valuations altogether. In a market where asset values are falling by the day, the chances of debt defaults tied in with loan-to-value covenants in ship mortgages and loans have increased significantly. (Lloyds List, 4/24/2009.) Courtesy AIMU Weekly Bulletin.
Recent Developments In Salvage Law
Sullivan v. General Helicopters, Intl, 564 F. Supp. 2d 496
(D.Md., Jul. 10, 2008). Stevedores (employed by Ceres Marine Terminal) attempted to unload
a helicopter from a vessel at the
Inherent Vice Considered
The latest edition of
the Phillips Fox Trade and Transport bulletin contains a note on a recent decision of the
The case of Global
Process Systems Inc & Anor v Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Berhad  EWHC 637 (Comm)
concerned the loss at sea off
In his judgment Justice Blair made it clear that inherent vice has the same meaning in both carriage of goods by sea and in the law of marine insurance. He concluded that:
The failure of the legs was very probable, but not inevitable.
The proximate cause of the loss of the legs was not inadequate repairs during the course of the voyage but rather the inherent inability of the legs to withstand the normal incidents of the voyage, including the weather reasonably to be expected.
Accordingly he found that the cause of the loss was inherent vice and the claimants failed against the insurer. The decision confirms and reinforces the definition of inherent vice provided by Lord Diplock in Soya v White. Read the bulletin in full at: http://www.dlaphillipsfox.com/article/511/Trade-&-Transport-Bulletin---Inherent-vice-and-inevitable-loss-reconsidered
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Marine and energy underwriters are increasingly focusing on the issues of risk management and loss prevention. But the onus is not only on policyholders, as insurers are being asked the same questions by their reinsurers. The days of the reinsurers simply signing off on a book of business are gone. Insurers and their brokers are now being asked ever more detailed questions on their risk portfolios and exposures, which without doubt are filtering down to policyholders. Claims remain the biggest expenditure for the insurance market and any efforts to reduce the level of claims have the knock-on effect of reducing premium levels. The anecdotal evidence that exists in terms of the brokers is that those firms that have a good grip on their risks and can prove they have a professional system of risk management in place are reaping the benefits in terms of their premiums. Insurers are obviously keen to cut the risks they are writing and are gravitating towards those risks that have a handle on the potential for losses (Lloyds List, 4/30/2009.) Courtesy AIMU Weekly Bulletin.
Interesting Websites And Links
www.usedboatwatch.com Responding to increased boater interest in pre-owned powerboats, BoatUS recently announced the introduction of Used Boat Watch, a new online magazine focused on the market for late model powerboats. Much like a traditional buyers guide with pictures, floor plans, and retail high-low values, Used Boat Watch provides BoatUS members with side-by-side reviews of popular powerboat models going back to the 1980s. Notably, its the only boating magazine to devote its entire editorial content to the market for used powerboats.
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais This site tracks every ship at sea right now. Speed track and some even have a picture of the ship.
http://communities.canada.com/theprovince/blogs/onthewaterfront/default.aspx Well wishers in
http://www.videoray.com/company Founded in 1999m the concept was a simple one build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that could be sent into underwater locations that its owners could not reach, or where it might be necessary, or even dangerous, for them to do so. The challenge was to make this relatively new technology more accessible to potential users, which meant it had to be portable, reliable, affordable, and easy to use. The first systems had shallow depth ratings, included short tethers and basic thrusters, and were used in nuclear power plants, aquaculture sites, educational ships, and yachts.
www.chemtrec.com/chemtrec/ CHEMTREC has handled
over a million emergencies since its founding as a public service of the American
Chemistry Council in 1971. CHEMTREC (