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Se hunde el HMS Bounty

Ayer vi el titular que el capitán del barco que se usó en Pirates of the Caribbean está desaparecido pero no me había dado cuenta que se trataba del velero HMS Bounty. Este barco viene regularmente a San Juan por temporadas y ayer se hundió frente a las costas de Carolina del Norte por causa del huracán Sandy.

Continúa desaparecido capitán del velero usado en Pirates of the Caribbean

Guardia Costera rescata a un tripulante perdido y continúa la búsqueda
Por The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia — La Guardia Costera rescató a una persona que era parte de la tripulación del velero HMS Bounty quienes se vieron obligados a abandonar el navío tras ser sorprendido por el huracán Sandy frente a la costa de Carolina del Norte.

La Guardia Costanera Claudene Christian, de 42 años fue transportada a un hospital para recibir atención médica.

A esta hora, las autoridades continúan la búsqueda de el capitán del barco HMS Bounty. El teniente de la Guardia Costanera, Mike Patterson explicó que la búsqueda continuará hasta que las condiciones del tiempo lo permitan.

El velero, que ha aparecido en películas como “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” zarpó de Connecticut la semana pasada rumbo a St. Petersburg, en Florida, informó la directora de la Organización HMS Bounty, Tracie Simonin. Agregó que la tripulación se mantuvo constantemente en contacto con el Centro Nacional de Huracanes e intentó esquivar la tormenta.

El suboficial de la Guardia Costera Brandyn Hill dijo que 14 personas fueron rescatadas por dos helicópteros antes del amanecer del lunes.

Los sobrevivientes fueron llevados a la Estación Aérea de Elizabeth City, en la costa de Carolina del Norte.

El barco, que ha sido visitado por muchos en Puerto Rico cuando ha estado en San Juan, fue utilizado originalmente para la película “Mutiny on Bounty” (1962), con Marlon Brando.
 

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Crew member rescued after abandoning ship dies


The HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, is seen submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy on Monday.
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A woman rescued in the Atlantic from a tall ship caught in Hurricane Sandy has died, the Coast Guard reports.

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — The Coast Guard says a woman who was rescued in the Atlantic after abandoning ship in rough weather churned up by Hurricane Sandy has died.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert says 42-year-old Claudene Christian was unresponsive when she was pulled from the water Monday evening and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Fourteen other crew members were rescued from the HMS Bounty, a replica 18th-century sailing vessel that was originally built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and was featured in several other films over the years.

The Coast Guard is still searching for the ship's captain.

The final hours of the HMS Bounty were as dramatic as the Hollywood adventure films she starred in, with the crew abandoning ship in life rafts as their stately craft slowly went down in the immense waves churned up by Hurricane Sandy off the North Carolina coast.

By the time the first rescue helicopter arrived, all that was visible of the replica 18th-century sailing vessel was a strobe light atop the mighty ship's submerged masts. The roiling Atlantic Ocean had claimed the rest.

The ship was originally built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" starring Marlon Brando, and it was featured in several other films over the years, including one of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.

The vessel left Connecticut on Thursday with a crew of 11 men and five women, ranging in age from 20 to 66. Everyone aboard knew the journey could be treacherous.

"This will be a tough voyage for Bounty," read a posting on the ship's Facebook page that showed a map of its coordinates and satellite images of the storm.

The Bounty's Facebook page reads like a ship's log of her activities, with many photos of the majestic vessel plying deep blue waters and the crew working in the rigging or keeping watch on the wood-planked deck.

As Sandy's massive size became more apparent, a post on Saturday tried to soothe any worried supporters: "Rest assured that the Bounty is safe and in very capable hands. Bounty's current voyage is a calculated decision ... NOT AT ALL ... irresponsible or with a lack of foresight as some have suggested. The fact of the matter is ... A SHIP IS SAFER AT SEA THAN IN PORT!"

But as the storm gathered strength, the Facebook posts grew grimmer. By mid-morning Monday, the last update was short and ominous: "Please bear with us ... There are so many conflicting stories going on now. We are waiting for some confirmation."

Tracie Simonin, director of the HMS Bounty Organization, said the ship tried to stay clear of Sandy's power.

"It was something that we and the captain of the ship were aware of," Simonin said.

Coast Guard video of the rescue showed crew members being loaded one by one into a basket before the basket was hoisted into the helicopter.

When they returned to the mainland, some were wrapped in blankets, still wearing the blazing red survival suits they put on to stay warm in the chilly waters.

"It's one of the biggest seas I've ever been in. It was huge out there," said Coast Guard rescue swimmer Randy Haba, who helped pluck four crew members off one of the canopied life rafts and a fifth who was bobbing alone in the waves.

A helicopter pilot said the waves appeared to be 30 feet high during the rescue. The Coast Guard said in a news release that waves in many places topped out around 18 feet.

The survivors received medical attention and were to be interviewed for a Coast Guard investigation. The Coast Guard did not make them available to reporters.

The crew member who was found unresponsive, 42-year-old Claudene Christian, was taken to a hospital in Elizabeth City, where she was listed in critical condition Monday evening.

The mother of another crew member, 20-year-old Anna Sprague, said her daughter had been aboard the HMS Bounty since May.

Mary Ellen Sprague, of Savannah, Ga., said she had spoken with her daughter twice but didn't know many details because her daughter, normally talkative and outgoing, was being uncharacteristically quiet.

"She's very upset," Sprague said by telephone.

Sprague said her daughter told her the ship's diesel engines failed, and then it started taking on water.

The crew was eager to return to St. Petersburg — and to calmer waters.

"I know they were very much looking forward to being here," said Carol Everson, general manager of the pier where the vessel docks. "They were very excited about coming down."

The Bounty's captain, Robin Walbridge, was from St. Petersburg, she said.

Wallbridge learned to sail at age 10, according to his biography on the Bounty's website. Prior to the Bounty, he served as first mate on the H.M.S. Rose — the Bounty's sister ship.

A man who answered the door at a home listed as being owned by the captain and his wife said: "Not a good time," and closed the door.

Foster said the city on Florida's Gulf Coast always considered itself the ship's home.

"We're feeling a real sense of loss as a community," he said. "We grew up with the Bounty."

Foster, who was raised in St. Petersburg, remembered the ship as a family tourist attraction along the waterfront in the 1960s and 1970s. He recalled replicas of caves, a history display and pirate-themed exhibits near the Bounty. As a teenager, he attended dances on the ship.

About 10 years ago, the ship underwent a multimillion-dollar restoration.

The ship generally travels in the spring and summer. In August, large crowds greeted it when sailing into St. Augustine, Fla., Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.

Associated Press writers Bruce Smith in Charleston, S.C.; Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Greg Schreier in Atlanta contributed to this report.
 

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Esta foto la tomé en San Juan el 26 de diciembre pasado cuando hubo 6 cruceros a la vez y se ve parte del HMS Bounty.

 

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Yo entre al HMS Bounty 1 vez y lo vi varias veces cuando vino a Puerto Rico y esta noticia me da mucha tristeza. RIP HMS Bounty, RIP Claudene Christian.

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2 new $350M containerships slated for PR
By CB Online Staff and wire services
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A New Jersey-based shipping company says it will finance the $350 million construction of two containerships for Puerto Rico trade that will help the environment.
TOTE Inc. said Tuesday the ships will operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG), generate 71 percent less carbon dioxide than other ships and nearly eliminate particulate matter and sulfur oxides.

The company says the 764-foot-long ships will sail between Jacksonville and San Juan with one beginning in 2015 and the other in 2016.

They will be built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego and be able to accommodate five times the amount of 53-foot containers that current ships carry in Puerto Rico. TOTE, the parent of Sea Star Line, says the ships will be able to carry large amounts of refrigerated cargo, including pharmaceuticals and produce.

When completed the 764-foot-long containerships are expected to be the largest ships of any type in the world primarily powered by LNG. The contract between NASSCO and TOTE Shipholdings Inc., a subsidiary of TOTE, includes options for three additional ships.

The vessels will operate on either fuel oil or gas derived from LNG, which will significantly decrease emissions while increasing fuel efficiency as compared to conventionally-powered ships.

The LNG-powered containerships will also include a ballast water treatment system, making them the greenest ships of their size in the world.

“This investment demonstrates our commitment to the people of Puerto Rico and our environment,” Anthony Chiarello, president and CEO of TOTE said, “These vessels mark a new age of shipping using the best technology in the world.”

Construction of the first containership is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2014, with delivery to occur by the fourth quarter of 2015; the second ship will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016.

The ships will be designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), located in Busan, South Korea. The design will be based on proven containership-design standards and will include DSME's patented LNG fuel-gas system and a MAN ME-GI dual fuel slow speed engine.

NASSCO has successfully partnered with DSEC previously for the design and construction of five State-class product tankers which currently operate in the U.S. Jones Act market. All of the containerships will be constructed at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.

TOTE’s maritime subsidiaries include TOTE Shipholdings, Inc., Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Sea Star Line, which provide regular marine transportation for general cargo between the continental United States and Alaska and Puerto Rico. TOTE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saltchuk Resources, Inc., a family owned, Seattle-based holding company of freight transportation and petroleum distribution companies.
 

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Millonaria inversión de Sea Star Line
Su matriz invertirá $350 millones en nuevas naves


Estos barcos contenedores serán los más ecoamigables del mundo y emiten 71% menos dióxido de carbono que las naves utilizadas actualmente en la Isla.
Por Negocios / El Nuevo Día

TOTE, Inc., empresa matriz de la naviera Sea Star Line, reveló ayer que invertirá $350 millones en la construcción de dos nuevos barcos de carga para el mercado de Puerto Rico, con la posibilidad de tres naves adicionales para servicio entre Estados Unidos y la Isla.

Este acuerdo con General Dynamics Nassco –que construirá las naves– representa un importante hito tecnológico en la transportación marítima internacional, según Anthony Chiarello, presidente de TOTE Inc.

Los nuevos buques de TOTE, Inc. prometen ser los más eficientes en el mercado. El nuevo diseño acomodará cinco veces más contenedores de 53 pies que los actuales barcos en Puerto Rico y permitirá el transporte de todo tipo de productos, desde carros hasta sirope de maíz.

Los buques incluyen un volumen más grande para albergar el equipo de refrigeración, el cual es sumamente importante para asegurar que fármacos, alimentos y otros productos imprescindibles para los residentes de Puerto Rico sean entregados en la mejor condición posible.

Esto, según un comunicado emitido por la naviera, es vital para la Isla, considerando que el mercado de transporte marítimo en Puerto Rico es un componente esencial para su desarrollo económico.

Además, las naves serán los buques contenedores más ecoamigables del mundo y emiten 71% menos dióxido de carbono que las naves utilizadas actualmente en el mercado de Puerto Rico.

“Esta inversión demuestra nuestro compromiso con los ciudadanos de Puerto Rico y con el ambiente. Estas naves marcan una nueva era en la trasportación marítima, usando la mejor tecnología del mundo”, expresó Chiarello, presidente y primer oficial ejecutivo de TOTE, Inc.

La contaminación de partículas finas, será reducida en un 99%, el óxido de azufre se reducirá en un 98% y el óxido de nitrógeno en un 91%.

Se espera que estos buques, con capacidad de 3100 TEU, sean las naves más grandes en el mundo impulsadas primordialmente por gas natural líquido (LNG, por sus siglas en inglés). Ambas naves tendrán motores de dos combustibles de gas natural líquido, que sobrepasan las regulaciones actuales para aire limpio de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos.

El proceso de ensamblaje estará a cargo de General Dynamics Nassco, con sede en San Diego, y se espera que genere unos 600 empleos en astilleros de barcos en el sur de California.

Las primeras dos naves serán entregadas y entrarán en servicio para su ruta entre Jacksonville (Florida) y San Juan para el año 2015-2016.
 

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New shipping company to join roster, filling Gulf Coast void
By : JAIME SANTIAGO
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Edition: January 17, 2013 | Volume: 41 | No: 1

National Shipping Agencies will sail to and from Houston every other week
Puerto Rico will once again have weekly maritime cargo service from the Gulf of Mexico.

Filling the void recently left by Horizon Lines Inc., when it changed its Houston weekly service to bimonthly, National Shipping of America Inc. (NSA) will offer fortnightly service featuring fixed day of the week arrivals and departures at Houston and San Juan. Transit time will be five days between the ports.

"High service reliability will be the key differentiator," said Bill Lauderdale, one of the principals of the new venture. "Deploying the MV National Glory, a 570 TEU [20-foot equivalent container units] fully cellular 'coastwise endorsed' container ship, NSA is introducing the newest tonnage to the trade. She is powered by a slow-speed diesel main engine. The vessel has 96 refrigerated plugs and can accommodate 20', 40', and 45' ISO containers. Out of gauge and project cargo is well within the capability of the National Glory."

Founded by Dr. C.C. Chen in 2005, NSA was formed with the intention of developing domestic ocean transportation routes for the U.S. A pioneer in short sea shipping and founder of Wan Hai Lines in 1962, Dr. Chen assembled a seasoned team of maritime executives with a rich history of experience from leading container operators such as APL and Crowley.

NSA's new service will operate between Houston and San Juan. It will utilize a private Houston terminal to provide a flexible range of service options, including transloading between domestic trailers and rail cars to NSA containers. The terminal offers on-dock rail and large covered warehouses to transfer bulk cargoes, both dry and liquid.

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America Cruise Ferries viajará a San Juan en Semana Santa y verano
21 de enero de 2013 - Negocios, Puerto Rico - Redacción, EL VOCERO
Marine Express informó que durante la temporada de Semana Santa y para la temporada de verano, realizará sus tres viajes semanales a San Juan en vez de Mayagüez.
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Néstor González, Chief Operating Officer de Marine Express, Inc., compañía que agencia y promueve a America Cruise Ferries, informó que el ferry tendrá un ajuste temporero en su itinerario para las temporadas de Semana Santa y para la temporada de verano 2013. “El servicio continuará con sus tres viajes semanales como hasta ahora. Sin embargo, el viaje que se realiza los miércoles a Mayagüez, se realizará a San Juan durante la temporada de Semana Santa los días 27 de marzo y 3 de abril. Para la temporada de verano 2013, los viajes de miércoles que se realizarán por la ruta de San Juan y no de Mayagüez serán los días 5, 12, 19 y 26 de junio; 3, 10, 17, 24 y 31 de julio y el 7 de agosto. Posterior a dichas temporadas continuaremos con nuestro viaje de miércoles a Mayagüez”, indicó González García.

Este cambio se debe al volumen de pasajeros que inician sus viajes de pasajeros desde el Puerto de San Juan, durante la temporada vacacional. “El público ha demostrado un alto interés en originar sus viajes a República Dominicana desde San Juan, en las épocas de vacaciones, en respuesta a esta solicitud hemos realizado este cambio de puerto de atraque en las fechas mencionadas solamente”, indico Eric González, vicepresidente de la compañía.

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Cambios para el ‘ferry’
La embarcación realizará varias salidas desde San Juan hacia Santo Domingo


El ajuste responde al volumen de turistas que viaja a Dominicana desde San Juan.
Por Negocios / El Nuevo Día

Néstor González, principal oficial de operaciones de Marine Express, Inc., compañía que agencia a America Cruise Ferries, Inc., informó que el ferry de Puerto Rico a República Dominicana tendrá un ajuste temporero en su itinerario para las temporadas de Semana Santa y verano 2013.

“El servicio continuará con sus tres viajes semanales como hasta ahora. Sin embargo, el viaje que se realiza los miércoles a Mayagüez se realizará a San Juan durante la temporada de Semana Santa los días 27 de marzo y 3 de abril. Para la temporada de verano 2013, los viajes de miércoles que se realizarán por la ruta de San Juan, y no de Mayagüez, serán los días 5, 12, 19 y 26 de junio; 3, 10, 17, 24 y 31 de julio y el 7 de agosto. Posterior a dichas temporadas, continuaremos con nuestro viaje de miércoles a Mayagüez”, indicó González.

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Op-Ed: Jones Act shackles Puerto Rico

Written by Contributor // February 14, 2013 // Biz Views

The government of Jamaica announced Tuesday that the World Bank has agreed to provide technical assistance in respect of preparing a master plan to create a Caribbean logistics hub in anticipation of completion of the Panama Canal Expansion Project in 2015.

This plan would build upon current trends whereby maritime traffic is shifting from Puerto Rico to its main competitor Jamaica and takes advantage of the Jones Act restrictions on Puerto Rico.

The proposed Jamaica logistics hub would act as a transshipment point for the Caribbean, Latin America and the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts akin to the other major maritime transportation centers elsewhere in the world, notably, Rotterdam, Singapore and Dubai.

“It costs an estimated $3,063 to ship a twenty-foot container of household and commercial goods from the East Coast of the United States to Puerto Rico; the same shipment costs $1,504 to nearby Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and $1,687 to Kingston (Jamaica) — destinations that are not subject to Jones Act restrictions,” explained the New York Fed.

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Recuerden que el mantiene esta atadura colonial es Washington, si a Washington le da la gana mañana mismo quita la ley jones.


El problema aqui es que PR no ha formado un frente comun de todos los sectores del pais para ir a Washington y exigir que se acaben las leyes de cabotaje.


Mas aun PR debe introducir una demanda a nivel federal por Discriminacion de Mercado contra el Gobierno de Estados Unidos.


La discriminacion de mercado se adjutica cuando un ciudadano americano de alguna jurisdiccion estadounidense no recibe el mismo trato que por derecho de ciudadania merece, en aspectos de indole mercantil.
 

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Old San Juan cruise ship harbor to get $7M dredge

Written by Michelle Kantrow // February 25, 2013 //


Plans specifically call for preparing the entrance into Pier 3 to accommodate cruise ships carrying 5,000 or more passengers. (Credit: © Mauricio Pascual)

Old San Juan’s cruise ship harbor is up for a significant dredge and upgrade this summer, when the Puerto Rico Ports Authority plans to invest some $7 million to get the area ready for bigger vessels, Executive Director Víctor Suárez said during a recent interview.
Plans specifically call for preparing the entrance into Pier 3 to accommodate cruise ships carrying 5,000 or more passengers, he said.
“We’re expecting important announcements from several cruise lines this summer, for journeys in 2014,” he said, noting new activity would be in addition to Disney Cruise Line’s announcement earlier this month.
On Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 4 and 11, 2014, the impressive Disney Magic — one of four comprising the Disney Cruise Line fleet — will sail out of the San Juan homeport, marking what could be the beginning of a longer-term relationship with Puerto Rico.
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Aquí está la razón específica para ese dragado. Sin eso Royal Caribbean no trae sus barcos Allure y Oasis of the Seas y por otro lado eso depende de que se logre la APP del aeropuerto que a la hora que publico esto no se ha anunciado oficialmente pero todo luce como que ya es una realidad.

Oasis-class up in the air
Edition: February 21, 2013 | Volume: 41 | No: 6

Despite previous reports citing former Puerto Rico Tourism Co. Executive Director Luis Rivera Marín saying the arrival of Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class ships was a "done deal," there may be a bit of a snafu. It turns out that, according to reports, Royal Caribbean is demanding an investment from the Ports Authority to the tune of $7 million before it brings its plus-sized cruiseships to the island.

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