Marine assistance – Sea Tow CT http://seatowct.com/ Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:54:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://seatowct.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Marine assistance – Sea Tow CT http://seatowct.com/ 32 32 From our inbox: Letters to the Editor for the week ending September 24, 2021 | Opinions https://seatowct.com/from-our-inbox-letters-to-the-editor-for-the-week-ending-september-24-2021-opinions/ https://seatowct.com/from-our-inbox-letters-to-the-editor-for-the-week-ending-september-24-2021-opinions/#respond Sat, 25 Sep 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://seatowct.com/from-our-inbox-letters-to-the-editor-for-the-week-ending-september-24-2021-opinions/ Thanks for the September 21 story, “Sheriff says guard staff may have sparked COVID-19 outbreak at Santa Barbara Jail.” Despite all of Deputy Sheriff Sol Linver’s cover-ups on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and the presentation of statistics on hijackings, the gist of the story is that unvaccinated prison workers likely infected inmates, […]]]>

Thanks for the September 21 story, “Sheriff says guard staff may have sparked COVID-19 outbreak at Santa Barbara Jail.”

Despite all of Deputy Sheriff Sol Linver’s cover-ups on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and the presentation of statistics on hijackings, the gist of the story is that unvaccinated prison workers likely infected inmates, resulting in unnecessary illnesses and hospitalizations for treatment.

More than a third of on-call staff (public employees) have still not been vaccinated more than 18 months after the world recognized the worst pandemic in a century. What part of the law enforcement credo, “Protect and Serve,” does not include protection from a disease that has already claimed more American lives than the influenza pandemic of 1918?

It is high time that full coronavirus vaccination became a mandatory condition of employment for all employees and contractors paid with taxpayer dollars.

Richard Closson Pharm.D.
Santa barbara

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Thank you for updating the information on the efforts of local schools to carefully monitor information on COVID-19 testing. Families and the community need this essential information.

Each school district should provide attendance information at the start of school. Information on attendance would be a good indicator of the impact of managing COVID-19 on schools and families.

I know from personal experience that some elementary school students have been sick twice with non-coronaviruses since starting school, and these students have missed more days of school than they have attended.

Reporting school attendance information for each school would provide vital information for families and the community to understand whether students are avoiding COVID-19 infection while still having the opportunity to receive an education.

Michael furlong
Santa barbara

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In Laura Capps and Kate Ford’s comment on September 22, “We need to do more to keep students in school safe from the Delta variant,” I find it curious that the authors are choosing the Centers for Disease protocols. Control and Prevention to respect.

They say the Unified School District of Santa Barbara is following “advice from scientific experts,” but almost immediately they say the CDC’s guidelines on class spacing for students “must be changed.” It sounds more like a political decision than a scientific one.

More importantly, this comment was posted on the same day as the special surprise Santa Barbara Unified School District School Board meeting, but somehow both school board members, one of whom is the chairman of the school board, failed to mention that they would vote on one of their “recommendations” a few hours later. It’s just fallacious.

Shana taylor
Santa barbara

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I read Noozhawk for the news. I am not interested in the opinions of publisher Bill Macfadyen. If he wants to publish his opinion, he should write an editorial and label it as such.

Macfadyen’s mix of opinions with reporting is fishy. Not all readers realize that is his opinion. Providing this information at the very end, after he has brainwashed people, is not acceptable.

I’m sick of Macfadyen’s relentless hatred of Governor Gavin Newsom and now President Joe Biden. He is doing his readers a disservice.

Kay lee ahnemann
Goleta

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Noozhawk editor Bill Macfadyen won’t be publishing this, but I have to be happy how Californians have come together to rout Trump’s publicists’ unnecessary recall attempt against Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Newsom’s successful leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been in stark contrast to the response from former President Donald Trump. Newsom listened to the science, not Macfadyen and his fellow profiteers, and so California is thriving.

Maybe Macfadyen should move to Florida or Texas because those nut states seem like a better match for him than California. He will not be missed.

Alex richard
Santa barbara

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ExxonMobil plans to restart three offshore oil rigs and the Las Flores Canyon oil processing plant, then transport the oil in tanker trucks to replace the pipeline that exploded near Refugio State Beach in 2015. Here’s why you must act:

70 fully loaded tankers of 5,000 to 6,500 gallons of crude oil will travel daily on Highways 101 and 166 from Las Flores Canyon on the Gaviota Coast to refineries in North County. That’s 70 round trips a day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for seven years. It’s a tanker truck driving past you on the highway every 10 minutes, all day, every day.

Considering the narrow, winding road, dense fog, and high winds at the Gaviota Tunnel, the chances of an oil truck hitting you or pulling off the road are significant. According to the Environmental Defense Center, 79 tanker trucks have crashed in California over the past 21 years, killing 28 people and injuring 56 others.

An accident on Highway 166 last year spilled oil into the Cuyama River near Santa Maria. In 2017, a tanker dumped its load on Highway 101 near Carpinteria, dissolving the pavement and killing the driver. Are you still concerned?

The environmental impacts of oil spills are also catastrophic. Oil spills into the ocean and rivers, killing marine and land animals, disrupting ecosystems and contaminating water supplies. It should concern you.

There is no longer any doubt that climate change is real, fueled by our continued use of fossil fuels. We are the main cause of sea level rise and record heat waves, droughts, floods and storms.

The amount of carbon that will be produced if the ExxonMobil project is approved is surprising. The planet has already warmed by more than 1 degree Celsius, which means that we are halfway between the beginning of the end of human habitation in coastal areas and the end of viable agriculture everywhere in the world. world.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calls our situation a code red, which requires immediate corrective action – no more oil! This should be of real concern to you, especially if you have children and grandchildren, or if you plan to have it at some point. It is their future that you hold in your hands, in front of your keyboard, in front of the ballot boxes.

The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission will hold public hearings on this project on September 29 and October 1. You can attend virtually and send your comments to [email protected]. Ask the Town Planning Commission to refuse the project to protect the environment, public safety and our climate.

Larry bickford
Santa barbara

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Santa Barbara is a difficult city to live in if you are not rich. As a tenant, I want to share how grateful I am to have Meagan Harmon representing me on city council, and I hope she gets elected for another term.

Harmon has fought hard for issues that matter to tenants, from restrictions on no-fault evictions, to rent assistance and moratoriums on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, to increasing the number of affordable housing units.

As a tenant herself, a working mom with a daughter and baby on the way, she seems to really understand that working families need help getting by here.

It’s easy to get cynical about our political system because elected officials seem so out of touch and too often really don’t understand the needs of the people they are meant to represent. Harmon is a breath of fresh air.

I am not rich and cannot make major contributions to political campaigns, but I can vote. I will vote for the candidate who works for people like myself even though I am not a well-heeled interest group. I am proud to support Meagan Harmon for City Council.

Clayton tyler
Santa barbara

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I have been an observer for the Santa Barbara City Council for many years. It has been a constant pleasure to observe City Councilor Meagan Harmon since her appointment in 2019.

It’s no coincidence that Harmon’s colleagues voted unanimously to appoint her to the State Street advisory committee that will shape the future of our downtown area, a clear nod to her collaborative style and to his professionalism. His leadership in creating the State Street promenade has kept local businesses afloat and revitalized our trade corridor, finally breaking the deadlock that has fueled the decline of State Street for years.

Harmon has fought tirelessly to help working families, whether it’s pushing for protection against unjustified evictions, extended rental assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, or paying heroes for grocery and drugstore workers facing additional dangers on behalf of all of us.

It has been a leader in requiring 15% inclusive affordable housing in new developments. She cut red tape and bureaucracy by demanding reforms within the long troubled community development department, pushing for regulatory flexibility so businesses can stay open during the pandemic, and developing a low / low loan program. uninteresting for affordable artist-owned condos.

The fact that Harmon has been endorsed by the most credible organizations in our community – like the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, Santa Barbara City Firefighters Association, and the Women’s Political Committee – is proof that she is a talented and valuable public servant.

I look forward to her continuing as a sixth district council member, serving her district and the whole city.

Lee heller
Santa barbara

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DVIDS – News – A Hero of Bloody Nose Ridge: The Story of Pharmacy Mate Third Class Joe Marquez and the fight for Peleliu https://seatowct.com/dvids-news-a-hero-of-bloody-nose-ridge-the-story-of-pharmacy-mate-third-class-joe-marquez-and-the-fight-for-peleliu/ https://seatowct.com/dvids-news-a-hero-of-bloody-nose-ridge-the-story-of-pharmacy-mate-third-class-joe-marquez-and-the-fight-for-peleliu/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 18:30:00 +0000 https://seatowct.com/dvids-news-a-hero-of-bloody-nose-ridge-the-story-of-pharmacy-mate-third-class-joe-marquez-and-the-fight-for-peleliu/ On the morning of September 15, 1944, the 1st Marine Division began its assault on a small coral island in the central Pacific called Peleliu. For third-class pharmacist Eleuterio “Joe” Marquez, it would be a baptism of fire (1). The 19-year-old Los Angeles native had enlisted a year earlier with his two best friends, each […]]]>

On the morning of September 15, 1944, the 1st Marine Division began its assault on a small coral island in the central Pacific called Peleliu. For third-class pharmacist Eleuterio “Joe” Marquez, it would be a baptism of fire (1).

The 19-year-old Los Angeles native had enlisted a year earlier with his two best friends, each keen to make their contribution to the good fight. After a whirlwind of Boot Camp and Corps School in San Diego followed by field medical training at Camp Elliott, Marquez was now part of that deadly assault on the heavily fortified island.

At only 13 square miles, Peleliu was far from the war’s largest battlefield, but it was viewed by strategists as vital to the execution of the Pacific campaign and to ensuring the success of the Resume mission. the Philippines, some 600 miles to the west. (2).

Peleliu was bitterly fought and bloody. Half the men who landed in this first wave will become casualties – casualties of artillery, mortar shells, shrapnel, explosive coral shards, and cunning snipers. The corpsmen in particular were privileged targets for the latter. During the first month of combat, 59 of the corps members of the 1st Marine Division were killed in action or died of their wounds.

For Marquez, a sense of fear and helplessness greeted him on D-Day. “The mortar and artillery we received were terrible. Later that day we received another heavy bombardment with many. . . wounded and a few killed in action.

Marquez helped establish a battalion aid station where he cleans and heals wounds, administers plasma and evacuates the wounded to hospital ships offshore. Over the next three weeks, he would serve in patrols along the north-south backbone of the island.

A major challenge had been to gain control of Mount Umurbrogol, which the Marines had dubbed the “Bloody Nose Ridge”. On October 11, Marquez and his unit climbed the ridge seeking to quell pockets of fierce resistance operating from honeycomb caves, bunkers, and underground positions.

It was in the early hours of Friday, October 13, as his exhausted unit sought a brief respite on Bloody Nose Ridge that they were attacked. Shrapnel and pieces of coral tore Marquez’s legs apart. Her pain was immediately overwhelmed by cries of “Corpsmen!” »And a desire to take action.

Despite serious injuries, Marquez dragged himself through the rough and difficult terrain to help his comrades. He would later relate: “I started crawling to assess the damage [and] to see who should be dealt with first. One of the men in the body, named Ken [Blewitt], was the most seriously injured and decided to give him a unit of plasma (3). I couldn’t see his veins in the dark and asked the lieutenant if we could send a flare to our area. His response was, “You are responsible, Doc! ”

With the torch light I was able to start the plasma. A Marine volunteered to monitor the plasma so I could take care of the other injured. It was then that I heard a voice say, “I am a man of the body. Can I help?’

I said ‘yes’ and continued to work.

At dawn, other corpses and stretcher bearers arrived on the scene offering some relief. Marquez professed that he and an unknown soldier had taken care of all the victims. In this case, he was greeted with disbelieving looks and a response that made his back shiver: “It’s impossible.” There could not have been another helping soldier. We are the closest unit and have just arrived on the scene.

Marquez never found out who this mysterious Samaritan was or if he had imagined hearing this kind offer of help.

Despite his own injuries, Marquez refused treatment until all of his patients were evacuated.

When the fighting on Peleliu finally ended in November 1944, more than 11,000 Americans and Japanese were killed, including 1,300 US Marines. Ken Blewitt’s own injuries proved fatal and he failed to leave the island alive.

For his actions, Marquez was awarded the Navy Cross in 1945, becoming the first Mexican-American hospital corps to receive this honor.

After the war, Marquez enlisted again. After leaving the Navy, Marquez worked as a medical technologist in Southern California for over 30 years. He married a nurse and father of two sons, one of whom will follow in his footsteps by serving in the Navy.

For his son Richard, his father’s experiences with Peleliu took on a deeper meaning when he accompanied him to a doctor in 2008. “The doctor took an x-ray of his foot,” Marquez recalls. “Soon the doctor enthusiastically returned to the room with the x-ray exposed, asking my father if he knew he had a lot of debris embedded in his foot. I looked at the x-ray and saw chunks of coral dotting the inside of her foot. The explosion of this Japanese hand grenade and my father’s experiences all became very real and real to me at that moment.

Joe Marquez, this selfless hero of Peleliu, died in 2015 at the age of 90. His family celebrated a memorial service with full military honors at Fort Rosencrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, California. In 2018, after the death of his wife, their ashes were interred together at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego.

Post Scriptum.

Today Peleliu is a state of the Republic of Palau. And since 1985, the entire island has been designated as a National Historic Landmark of the United States. It is still covered with relics from this famous battle. And for those who visit the island, it is not difficult to still feel the presence of those who lost their lives in battle and sacrificed themselves while saving others on this war-torn island so many years ago. ‘years.

Historical Notes.

(1) Eleuterio Marquez was born in Los Angeles, California on February 21, 1925. He took the name “Joe” early in his life. His parents were Mexican immigrants who fled the revolution in the early 1900s. Joe’s father had served as a silver miner in Nevada before suffering catastrophic injuries in a cave collapse that would leave him paralyzed. After his parents separated, Joe split his childhood between LA and Tonopah, Nevada. In high school, he would be elected class president and become his school’s star basketball player. He will work briefly as a mechanic before enlisting in the Navy in 1943.

(2) Some historians would later question the strategic value of the island and argue that the planner underestimated the challenge the terrain would pose. Navy historian Samuel Eliot Morrison remarked: “There was nothing wrong with American planning for Peleliu except something extremely wrong – woefully inadequate knowledge of the terrain. (Morrison, SE. History of the United States Naval Operations in World War II, Volume 12, 1958).

(3) Pharmacist’s Mate Kenneth L. Blewitt, USN (1924-1944). Blewitt was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions on Peleliu. The official casualty register indicates that Blewitt’s date of death is October 12; Marquez would recall treating him early in the morning of October 13.

Sources.

Boardman, Robert. “Angels in the Underworld Annex: Marine Corps Men Among the Marines”. Unforgettable men in unforgettable times. Stories of honor, courage, commitment and faith from WWII. Seattle, WA: Winepress Publications, 1998.

BUMED. Administrative History of the US Navy Medical Department, 1941-1945. Volume 1, Chapter IX (unpublished), 1946.

The history of the United States Navy Medical Department during World War II. A compilation of killed, injured and decorated personnel. Volume 2. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1953.

Marquez, David. “In memory of Eleutorio Joe Marquez, from February 21, 1921 to August 28, 2015.” Digital Memorial. Retrieved from http://obits.digitalmemory.com

Quote Croix Marine Marquez. Retrieved from: https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/21352

Marquez, Richard (Interview by AB Sobocinski on July 11, 2016). BUMED oral history collection.

McGaugh, Scott. Battlefield Angels: Save lives under enemy fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2011.

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GenSan Port Makar for further upgrade https://seatowct.com/gensan-port-makar-for-further-upgrade/ https://seatowct.com/gensan-port-makar-for-further-upgrade/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 05:35:00 +0000 https://seatowct.com/gensan-port-makar-for-further-upgrade/ Aerial view of Makar port from General Santos City (File photo courtesy of PPA-Socsargen Port Management Office) GENERAL CITY OF SANTOS – Other major projects are lined up at the port of Makar here in the coming months, in line with the continued modernization of the country’s port operations. Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade said development […]]]>

Aerial view of Makar port from General Santos City (File photo courtesy of PPA-Socsargen Port Management Office)

GENERAL CITY OF SANTOS – Other major projects are lined up at the port of Makar here in the coming months, in line with the continued modernization of the country’s port operations.

Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade said development plans were being finalized for the continued modernization and expansion of the port’s existing facilities, which is a key component of the country’s national and international shipping routes. .

Tugade personally led the grand opening on Thursday afternoon of the new PHP 62.8 million Wharf Port Operations (POB) building and other support facilities implemented by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

“There will be other projects to come which we will announce in due course,” he told a press conference.

The PPA said the POB complex is a “state-of-the-art facility” which is expected to facilitate the movement of ships, cargo and other port-related traffic compared to its former complex.

Lawyer Cesar Dataya, head of the PPA-Socsargen port management office, said the new POB building houses its in-port customs clearance office, which is a one-stop-shop for various maritime transactions such as permit processing and clearance. documentation required for maritime and terminal services. , berthing, public assistance and complaints, and assessment and collection services.

“All transactions are now processed in the same building. Requirements that previously took seven days or more can now be accomplished in minutes and hours for complicated issues, ”he said, adding that the improved services would primarily benefit freight shippers and other customers and stakeholders. port.

Tugade urged PPA employees to make good use of the new improvements and strive to improve their performance.

He called on them to further reduce the processing time for all their transactions and create a “culture of non-corruption”.

“Clear fixer-uppers and kill corruption in any form.” Let us strive to work for the people and for good governance, ”he said.

The PPA is also pushing for the revival of passenger ferry services at the port of Makar.

Jay Daniel R. Santiago, managing director of PPA, said they were negotiating with various shipping companies for a possible expansion of their operations in the city and other parts of the country.

He said the move was based on instructions from the Secretary of Transportation.

“We have been in talks with the shipping companies for the opening of more ferry routes,” he said at Thursday’s press conference.

Santiago said one of his accomplishments to date has been the resumption of passenger services from 2Go Travel in the city of Davao.

Dataya said domestic passenger ferry services to Makar Port initially ceased in 2008 due to lack of customers.

He said 2Go Travel relaunched the route in 2018, serving Davao, Zamboanga, Iloilo and Manila, but it only lasted eight months.

The shipping company has been forced to cease operations due to mounting losses due to lack of passengers, he said.

Dataya said the port was being considered for a planned international sea route through the growing area of ​​Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and East Asia, but it was “still on the table”.

“Officials (concerned) are still determining which roads to open,” he said. (With a report by Allen V. Estabillo / PNA)

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US agencies work to recapitalize strategic maritime transport capabilities https://seatowct.com/us-agencies-work-to-recapitalize-strategic-maritime-transport-capabilities/ https://seatowct.com/us-agencies-work-to-recapitalize-strategic-maritime-transport-capabilities/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 13:58:02 +0000 https://seatowct.com/us-agencies-work-to-recapitalize-strategic-maritime-transport-capabilities/ US agencies are working to recapitalize strategic maritime transport capabilities 23/09/2021 By Mandy Mayfield The Combat Logistics Force ship USNS Military Sealift Command William McLean and the ship’s 96 Civil Service Sailors return to Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month deployment. Military Sealift Command photo To project and maintain power abroad, the US military must […]]]>

US agencies are working to recapitalize strategic maritime transport capabilities

23/09/2021

By Mandy Mayfield

The Combat Logistics Force ship USNS Military Sealift Command William McLean and the ship’s 96 Civil Service Sailors return to Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month deployment.

Military Sealift Command photo

To project and maintain power abroad, the US military must maintain a strong strategic maritime transport capability, including the merchant navy.

The Ministry of Defense and civilian agencies are now joining forces to recapitalize an aging logistics fleet.

The Navy’s Military Sealift Command has a critical role to play in the shipping and sustaining of US forces during conflict or crisis.

While some equipment and personnel can be transported by air, the main movements abroad depend on maritime transport.

“Our strategic maritime transport fleet must have the capacity and the capacity to accommodate 90% of the required military equipment that should be deployed during a major conflict”, Erica Plath, director of the strategic mobility and combat logistics division within from the office of the chief of naval operations. , said during a panel discussion at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space conference in National Harbor, Md.

Christopher Thayer, director of maritime operations at Military Sealift Command, said the service must be prepared to operate in a contested environment.

“To make a difference, we will need a workforce of sailors who are trained and ready to move forward in a contested maritime environment to accelerate the improvement of results,” he said .
To do this, the Navy needs the support of not only the Pentagon, but also the civilian agencies tasked with providing and facilitating these key assets.

The Department of Transportation is working closely with the Department of Defense and the Maritime Service to advance a strategy to repair and replace dozens of ships in the coming years, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said.

“This department is committed to supporting the maritime industry in every detail, including our preference for freight and maritime safety, which are essential to support our mission,” he said. “We also need a generational investment in our infrastructure.

At the time of going to press, the Senate had passed a bipartisan infrastructure bill worth more than $ 1,000 billion. According to Buttigieg, the legislation contains funds for several strategic maritime transport priorities.

“This bill includes $ 17 billion to improve our ports and waterways, [and] funding will go to everything from getting out of the repair backlog to adding new capacity and resources, ”Buttigieg said. It “will create millions of well-paying union jobs in the maritime sector and across the country.”

Buttigieg reiterated his commitment to working with Pentagon leaders and members of industry to help “transform our maritime infrastructure for the future, so that the next generation [of] sailors, Marines, Guardsmen and Americans can count on them, ”he said.

Douglas Harrington, deputy deputy administrator for federal shipping in the Maritime Administration – which reports to the Department of Transportation – said his programs are in a significant period of recapitalization.

“We are seeing new construction and we are building a new class of training ships never built before in the United States,” he said. They will “provide sailors with the most up-to-date training we have for the future of the merchant navy,” he said.

The Maritime Administration uses government and commercial vessels to provide maritime transport capabilities in the event of a national emergency and to meet the military’s strategic maritime transport needs.

In 2019, then-retired Marine Administrator of Rear Admiral Mark Buzby announced that TOTE Services, Inc., a company based in Jacksonville, Fla., Was the director of shipbuilding for the new class. training ships, the multi-mission national security vessel. The contractor will oversee the selection of a shipyard and ensure that best business practices are used to deliver the NSMV on time and on budget, according to the administration.

The agency is also working on a new contractual approach for the recapitalization of its National Defense reserve fleet, Harrington said. “We will … replace the existing Reserve Force Ready, or RRF, vessels using our contracted vessel acquisition manager approach,” he said.

The Ready Reserve Force is a subset of ships in the Maritime Administration’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. The ships help support the rapid global deployment of U.S. military forces by conducting maritime transport operations.

The RRF provides nearly 50% of the government-owned peak shipping capacity, according to the administration.

At the end of July, the Maritime Administration awarded Crowley Maritime Corp. a multi-year contract of $ 683 million for the management of the acquisition of vessels.

Crowley, who is also based in Jacksonville, Fla., Will use its strategic acquisition and ship management services to help the administration improve Reserve Force Readiness by helping to reduce the total age of the fleet and increase the reliability of the ships, the company said in a press release.

As part of the contract, Crowley will use a new information technology system to assess, research and make purchase recommendations.

Once the vessels are acquired, the company will oversee the reclassification, modification and maintenance.

The contractor has 20 years of experience managing maritime administration programs and other government and navy vessels. It will provide recommendations based on essential service requirements, the company said.

At the same time, the administration is managing a comprehensive strategy for shipping, Harrington said.

“We are working on the maintenance of the current vessels that we have,” he said. Problems facing the organization include outdated equipment and new regulations that also affect the commercial shipping industry, he added.

The agency is also reorganizing its staff, Harrington noted.

“We have changing roles within the organization,… and we have the reallocation of responsibilities,” he said.

Meanwhile, the maritime administration is aware that technology is changing rapidly and becoming increasingly digital. “It affects us in every element of the ship’s operations – from how the ship communicates, how we [perform] maintenance to the way we monitor ships, ”he said.

The administration needs to modernize its fleet, and that includes not only ships, but also better equip merchant navies with the skills they need, he added. “We need to regain or refocus on our skills,” Harrington said.

Meanwhile, Thayer of Military Sealift Command noted that a number of merchant ships have recently come under attack in the Middle East – an issue the Defense Ministry and sailors must remain vigilant about.

These ships are attacked by “drones and all kinds of abilities from these people who want to do harm,” he said.

Crews must be prepared for attempted hijackings, identity theft and jamming, Harrington noted.

“The merchant seamen who equip our ships through the MSC business… must be ready now,” said Thayer. “They have to be prepared, and we commit… [at] Military Sealift Command to support the development and retention of this workforce. “

Cyber ​​security is imperative for vessel operators, he noted. Sailors face conditions where adversaries can hack into commercial and military satellites while trying to operate in an environment with limited bandwidth, he said. The problem becomes even more complicated when operating on certain vessels in disputed areas, Thayer noted.

To address the problem, “we have developed certain capabilities … and we are going with other technologies that limit the adversary’s ability to intercept our communications,” he said.

Military Sealift Command is currently investigating anti-jamming capabilities for GPS.

“These are the types of capabilities that we are going to introduce into the MSC fleet that also need to be looked at” to help secure communications, he said.

Harrington agreed that increased cybersecurity protocols on board ships are needed.

“We’re going to use cybersecurity at a much lower level where it’s ubiquitous in the fleet… and every operator on the coast is doing it,” he said.

However, resources are limited, officials noted.

“We have to have the right amount of resources for the capacity that we can afford, and that’s always a challenge,” Thayer said.

The service is concerned about the capabilities of adversaries, as well as potential supply chain issues.

“There are other countries that give more importance to the maritime industry and the logistics behind this,” he noted.

“It’s not just the ships that we’re concerned about, it’s the logistics supply chain.”

The service welcomes the industry’s assistance in continuing these efforts, Thayer said.

We are ‘always on the lookout for the industry on how you can support [us] and what we need… to make sure that we are resilient and able to move forward in this contested maritime environment that we have been talking about, ”he said.

The subjects: Maritime safety

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Alaska to benefit greatly from historic infrastructure bill https://seatowct.com/alaska-to-benefit-greatly-from-historic-infrastructure-bill/ https://seatowct.com/alaska-to-benefit-greatly-from-historic-infrastructure-bill/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 22:29:04 +0000 https://seatowct.com/alaska-to-benefit-greatly-from-historic-infrastructure-bill/ Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, one of the bipartisan infrastructure negotiators, leaves the chamber as the Senate moves forward to formally begin debate on a roughly $ 1,000 billion infrastructure plan, a process that could take several days, at the Capitol in Washington on July 30. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press) Several years ago, the […]]]>

Several years ago, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Alaska’s infrastructure a C-minus rating. Their report reiterated what too many Alaskans know and face every day: our still young state lacks water and wastewater, ports and harbors, shipping, energy and electrical infrastructure, and more. . Even in our top ranked areas, like roads and airports, Alaska still has a lot of room for improvement.

One of the best ways to address these gaps is to bring timely federal funding and assistance back to the country. This is where I put my attention, and a historic infrastructure bill that will bring tremendous benefits to our state is now at hand.

Over the past few months, I have worked with nine other senators to achieve a bipartisan consensus on traditional “core” infrastructure. Our bill will provide an additional $ 550 billion for these priorities over the next five years without raising taxes. It will raise our standard of living, create jobs and opportunities, and curb inflation that threatens families and businesses.

I was able to add many provisions to our bipartisan bill that are intended to help Alaska.

Alaska will receive billions of dollars to build, maintain and modernize our roads, railways, and to repair the more than 140 structurally deficient bridges in our state. To help tackle some of our most pressing challenges, we are creating a pipeline for projects in rural Alaska.

Our bill recognizes that Alaskans often travel by air or sea and invests in the lifelines that connect our communities – our marine road system, ferries, ports and small airports. The funding we receive will facilitate a new program for an essential ferry system and an electric or low-emission ferry pilot program.

To make Alaska’s lack of water and wastewater infrastructure a thing of the past, we are supporting the EPA’s Alaska Native Village Grants Program so communities can build and improve their water supply systems. We are also providing funding for Indian health services sanitation facilities to ensure that our rural communities can finally have piped water and sewer service to their homes.

In light of our increasingly connected world, our bill takes important steps to bring broadband to rural areas at high cost, both through the Tribal Connectivity Grant Program and another for the construction, improvement or acquisition of intermediate infrastructure.

To address the twin challenges of high energy prices and climate change in Alaska, we have prioritized energy infrastructure and resilience to help communities build cleaner, more reliable, and more affordable systems. Part of that means funding for my Energy Act, which Congress passed last year to spur innovation in everything from energy storage and renewables to carbon capture, to modernization. network and hydrogen.

Another area of ​​interest is the reconstruction of national supply chains. We have included the licensing reforms I drafted to help reverse our reliance on foreign minerals, which we can start to do by responsibly producing more critical minerals here in Alaska.

Our bipartisan bill also includes my tongue to ensure that the Alaska pipeline project is eligible for a multibillion dollar loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. This will help us overcome a critical sticking point as we seek to commercialize North Slope natural gas.

Another great victory concerns forest fire preparedness. Significant funding is provided to support Mechanical Thinning and Community Forest Fire Defense grants. A simplified NEPA permit is included to build fuel breaks.

The above items are just the beginning of what is in our bipartisan Alaska bill. But it’s important to distinguish it from what Congress will soon undertake – an all-partisan abuse of the budget process that will spend up to $ 3.5 trillion, impose sweeping tax hikes that hit countless small businesses, and willfully deprive Alaska of economic opportunity. The partisan “reconciliation” process could not be more different from the approach we took on our bipartisan bill, where we focused on reducing the distance between parties rather than amplifying it. Our bipartisan bill passed the Senate with nearly 70 votes and garnered immense support from the Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO and hundreds of other groups.

The bipartisan infrastructure bill is one of the most important legislative efforts I have worked on. It is good for the nation and will provide huge benefits to Alaska that will pay off for decades to come. This historic measure is now pending in the House of Representatives, where it should be taken up and adopted without further delay. Our infrastructure demands it, and Alaskans deserve no less.

Lisa Murkowski represents Alaska in the United States Senate. She’s a Republican.

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Mission Viejo calls on residents to ‘adopt a navy’ https://seatowct.com/mission-viejo-calls-on-residents-to-adopt-a-navy/ https://seatowct.com/mission-viejo-calls-on-residents-to-adopt-a-navy/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 18:29:39 +0000 https://seatowct.com/mission-viejo-calls-on-residents-to-adopt-a-navy/ © Shutterstock The town of Mission Viejo sent a public announcement on Tuesday encouraging residents to participate in the town’s Adopt-A-Marine program. MISSION VIEJO, CA – The town of Mission Viejo on Tuesday announced a call to residents to encourage them to participate in the town’s Adopt-A-Marine program, a program in which residents can provide […]]]>



The town of Mission Viejo sent a public announcement on Tuesday encouraging residents to participate in the town's Adopt-A-Marine program.


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The town of Mission Viejo sent a public announcement on Tuesday encouraging residents to participate in the town’s Adopt-A-Marine program.

MISSION VIEJO, CA – The town of Mission Viejo on Tuesday announced a call to residents to encourage them to participate in the town’s Adopt-A-Marine program, a program in which residents can provide not only financial support to men and women. women who fight for our freedom – but comprehensive support for well-being.

According to the city, more than 1,200 Marines and Sailors are supported each year through the program. The program is coordinated by the City of Mission Viejo, the Marine Adoption Committee and the Mission Viejo Community Foundation, and funded by annual donations made by the community.

The program provides the following services to Marines and Adopted Sailors from the 1st Marine Division Headquarters Battalion at Camp Pendleton:

  • Weekly care packages if deployed.
  • Subsidized cost for an entry-level Marine to attend the annual Marine Corps Ball.
  • Emergency monetary or supply assistance to Marines and their families as needed.
  • Toys distributed to children during the holidays.
  • Baskets full of basic necessities for newborns and future families.
  • A Thanksgiving meal for the Marine and his family.
  • Participation in the annual “Day at Lake Mission Viejo” event, which includes activities on the lake, barbecue, games, music and more.

Donations can be made online at the Mission Viejo Community Foundation website. Checks made payable to Mission Viejo Community Foundation can be mailed to MVCF at 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. When donating, indicate “Adopt a Marine”.

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A sign with stakes in clean water is added to the coastal habitat plan https://seatowct.com/a-sign-with-stakes-in-clean-water-is-added-to-the-coastal-habitat-plan/ https://seatowct.com/a-sign-with-stakes-in-clean-water-is-added-to-the-coastal-habitat-plan/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://seatowct.com/a-sign-with-stakes-in-clean-water-is-added-to-the-coastal-habitat-plan/ A heron stalks its prey near the boat launch at Emerald Isle. Photo: North Carolina Wetlands Natural, voluntary, incentive solutions – these are just some of the ways a working group of stakeholders suggested to improve and protect North Carolina’s coastal waters. A total of 10 recommendations from the working group were added to the […]]]>
A heron stalks its prey near the boat launch at Emerald Isle. Photo: North Carolina Wetlands

Natural, voluntary, incentive solutions – these are just some of the ways a working group of stakeholders suggested to improve and protect North Carolina’s coastal waters.

A total of 10 recommendations from the working group were added to the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan approved for public review by the three regulatory commissions responsible for overseeing coastal matters.

“The aim was to identify and make recommendations on workable non-regulatory strategies to improve and protect water quality in order to protect fishing habitats,” said Leda Cunningham, head of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

The proposal for a working group arose out of the January 21 meeting of the CHPP steering committee when committee chair Martin Posey raised the idea of ​​forming a group that would make recommendations focused on issues related to the water quality that could quickly be accomplished, according to the minutes of that meeting.

Leda cunningham
Leda cunningham

Pew and the North Carolina Coastal Federation accepted the offer, bringing together a group of nine stakeholders with expertise in mitigation practices for agriculture, fisheries, wetlands and water quality, land use planning, local government, environmental programs, laws and regulations, engineering and environmental management. , and real estate management. The federation publishes Coastal Review.

“My contribution was not necessarily technical in nature, but my contribution was that I like the nature-based approach rather than the strict regulatory approach,” said Brian Kramer, City Manager of Pine Knoll Shores, the one of the nine speakers of the working group. “There are solutions that are not necessarily simply regulatory. What this means to me is that there may be solutions that are presented right now in terms of infiltration or in terms of simple design changes that are not necessarily anti-development, but pro-nature. . If you can find a way to take advantage of what we already have to protect water quality, then these options should be explored. “

Brian kramer
Brian kramer

The town of Bogue Banks in Carteret County recently completed an innovative stormwater project using Coastal Federation recommendations, using infiltration methods in the city’s most heavily flooded areas.

City council members are also discussing the establishment of public education initiatives on downspout management.

“What interests me is the degree to which everything is tied together when it comes to human impacts on nature,” Kramer said, adding that he fishes and hunts ducks. “When you lose (seagrass) you lose fish, you lose the things that grow and nourish, and that impacts wildlife. “

The working group meetings included staff from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality working on the CHPP and three scientists with expertise in water quality and seagrass beds, Cunningham said.

The CHPP was first adopted in late 2004 by the three state regulatory commissions responsible for overseeing coastal matters: the Environmental Management Commission, the Coastal Resources Commission, and the Commission for Coastal Affairs. marine fisheries.

The objective of the plan is to protect, restore and conserve coastal habitats that support coastal fishing. It identifies six types of coastal habitats: wetlands, submerged aquatic vegetation, marshes, soft bottoms, shellfish beds and the water column, which is the space between the water surface and the bottom. .

The plan is reviewed every five years by environmental officials within the DEQ, whose divisions are to work together to implement the recommendations set out in the CHPP.

This year the focus is on specific issues, identifying concerns related to these issues, looking for ways to mitigate the impacts of these issues on coastal habitats, and using this research to implement rules and regulations. regulations to reduce these impacts.

The end result is an amendment to the CHPP which includes a series of documents dealing with submerged aquatic vegetation, the protection and restoration of wetlands through nature-based solutions, respect for environmental rules, solutions of wastewater infrastructure for water quality improvement and coastal habitat mapping and monitoring.

“The group recognized that in several of the priority issues papers that were in the CHPP, water quality was somewhat of a cross-cutting theme. So the idea was to provide tangible and measurable elements that this stakeholder group could not only identify as strategies, but could also help with implementation, ”said Cunningham.

The task force’s recommendations are designed to help broaden and engage public participation in the implementation of the CHPP, she said.

These recommendations include the following:

  • The CHPP Steering Committee and DEQ form a public-private partnership working with stakeholders to refine and implement the strategy in 2022, as well as evaluate and refine the strategy as it is used.
  • Ask the state governor to issue an executive order directing state agencies to work with the steering committee, DEQ, business, industry, agriculture, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities , the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute, the North Carolina Sea Grant, and local governments implement water quality actions that control and reduce loads of nutrients, sediment, pathogens, and other pollutants in coastal estuaries and, where possible, align these actions with state-wide climate resilience strategies.
  • Develop financial incentives and technical assistance to encourage communities to voluntarily create and regularly update local watershed management plans.
  • Focus and prioritize plans funded by the General Assembly and stormwater renovations to ensure the protection and restoration of coastal fish habitats.
  • Support and promote a financial incentive program encouraging public and private riparian owners to install live shorelines to mitigate shoreline erosion and naturally treat and reduce runoff.
  • Promote the use of nature-based stormwater management practices through state-funded constructions in coastal counties and river basins that flow into coastal habitats.
  • Create and implement a voluntary plan to protect and restore submerged aquatic vegetation for Bogue Sound.
  • Encourage the state Department of Transportation and municipal transportation agencies to adopt nature-based stormwater management strategies for highways to be built, designed and maintained.
  • Expand access to cost-shared financial and technical assistance and incentives that help landowners, farmers, foresters, the US Department of Defense, and other landowners protect coastal fishing habitat.
  • Prioritize nutrient management as a coastal habitat protection strategy to protect and restore the health and productivity of coastal estuaries.

Cunningham and others praise the proposed CHPP amendment.

“What we do to improve water quality also has benefits and positive impacts on habitat,” Cunningham said. “Due to extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels and increased use of human resources, it is truly more important than ever to pursue sustainable strategies that ensure their long-term health and sustainability. Not only does North Carolina have some really special places on the coast, we have some really amazing opportunities for people who want to protect and restore these places to work together and the CHPP is truly the model that brings it all together. “

Next month is expected to launch a series of meetings to accept public comment.

The meetings, which will be held by web conference, will be scheduled in conjunction with five meetings of the Marine Fisheries Commission Advisory Committee. The dates and times of these meetings, links to the web conference, as well as an online survey will be announced in a press release over the next two weeks, according to a spokesperson for the NC Marine Fisheries Division.

Once the public comment period is over for the proposed CHPP amendment, the plan will be returned to the three committees in November for final approval. If approved, the CHPP will then go to the Joint Legislative Committee on Government Operations.

The amendment can be adopted by the end of the year or early next year.

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See photos of the Marine Corps brought back to Indiana hometown with a procession https://seatowct.com/see-photos-of-the-marine-corps-brought-back-to-indiana-hometown-with-a-procession/ https://seatowct.com/see-photos-of-the-marine-corps-brought-back-to-indiana-hometown-with-a-procession/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 19:47:14 +0000 https://seatowct.com/see-photos-of-the-marine-corps-brought-back-to-indiana-hometown-with-a-procession/ The body of a Marine who was among 13 US servicemen killed in a suicide bombing during the US evacuation from the Afghan airport in Kabul was returned on September 12 to his hometown in northern Iraq. Indiana. A military procession marked the start of memorial services for the Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, […]]]>

The body of a Marine who was among 13 US servicemen killed in a suicide bombing during the US evacuation from the Afghan airport in Kabul was returned on September 12 to his hometown in northern Iraq. Indiana.

A military procession marked the start of memorial services for the Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana.

Sanchez’s body arrived at Grissom Air Force Base, near Peru, about 80 miles north of Indianapolis on Sunday morning. The motorcade then proceeded approximately 20 miles to Logansport, Indiana.

People lined the road to show their respect, many with American flags, and jets flew over as the motorcade approached downtown. He stopped briefly in the city center, where the hearse carrying Sanchez’s body stopped under a garrison flag. The motorcade included Indiana State Police and vehicles carrying Sanchez’s family, followed by thousands of motorcycles.

Sanchez was among 17 members of his class from Logansport High School who joined the military after graduation in 2017. He died in the August 26 attack in Kabul, where he was transferred after serving as a guard at the American Embassy in Jordan, according to his obituary.

A public visit was held on September 13 at the LifeGate Church in Logansport, Indiana, with a funeral and burial on Tuesday. Interment took place in Mount Hope Cemetery.

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Emerging aquaculture startups in Indonesia | The fish site https://seatowct.com/emerging-aquaculture-startups-in-indonesia-the-fish-site/ https://seatowct.com/emerging-aquaculture-startups-in-indonesia-the-fish-site/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 08:28:18 +0000 https://seatowct.com/emerging-aquaculture-startups-in-indonesia-the-fish-site/ More than 30 startups have now joined the Indonesian Digifish network, bringing innovation and sophisticated business models to solve problems in every segment of the aquaculture industry. eFishery, which was founded in 2013 and manufactures affordable automatic feeders, was one of the first aquaculture startups in Indonesia The wave of digitalization that has swept through […]]]>

More than 30 startups have now joined the Indonesian Digifish network, bringing innovation and sophisticated business models to solve problems in every segment of the aquaculture industry.

eFishery, which was founded in 2013 and manufactures affordable automatic feeders, was one of the first aquaculture startups in Indonesia

The wave of digitalization that has swept through various industries over the past decade has reached the aquaculture sector in Indonesia. These innovations, many of which were made by millennials, have produced a variety of products, services, and business models that have never before existed in the industry.

As stakeholders often mention, Indonesia has enormous potential for aquaculture due to its geographic advantages, which is why the sector has often been referred to as a sleeping giant. However, Indonesian production remains the third in the world after China and India. In 2018, aquaculture production reached 5.4 million tonnes, worth USD 11.9 billion (FAO 2020).

Despite this, challenges remain – ranging from issues such as access to capital and production inputs; production problems, such as food inefficiency, disease, seed quality and cultivation technology; and post-production issues, such as low farm gate prices due to long supply chains. Other things, such as inadequate infrastructure and policies, also become a challenge.

Nevertheless, aquaculture remains an attractive sector, as the demand for protein increases and many startups try to unravel the different issues that exist in each segment. These startups joined the industry with great enthusiasm, even though many of their founders had no previous aquaculture experience, and they make fish farming more predictable and easier.

The very first aquaculture start-up, eFishery, was established in Bandung, West Java, in 2013. eFishery CEO and founder Gibran Huzaifah has found that manual feed management is often inefficient and can increase production costs. As a result, he developed an Internet of Things-based digital vending machine that can be operated through a farmer’s smartphone and adapted to the needs of the species produced, so that feeding can be more efficient. Huzaifah says its products have now been installed by thousands of farmers in various parts of Indonesia.

Digifish Inaugural Annual Meeting, 2018
Digifish Inaugural Annual Meeting, 2018

Bringing together startups

The year 2017 marked a turning point for Indonesian aquaculture startups, with the emergence of more than 10 new ones, prompting the formation of the Digifish Network – a start-up hub for integrated aquaculture business and information networks. – in 2018 by Rully Setya Purnama, CEO and founder of Minapoli.

The network’s vision is to “become the leading digital innovation ecosystem for sea and fisheries in Indonesia” by inspiring innovation and collaboration, as well as becoming an ecosystem to encourage new innovations.

To date, more than 30 aquaculture and fisheries startups have joined the Digifish Network. Although these cover the entire supply chain, water management and finance are the two most discussed issues.

Jala *, FisTx, AquaEasy, Pictafish, and AquaReader are examples of those companies that focus on IoT-based sensors and devices to check water parameters quickly and accurately. In addition, there are also those that focus on water treatment such as nanobubble.id, Venambak, and Banoo, which provide machines to optimize dissolved oxygen (DO).

With these devices, water quality parameters can be presented in real time or as a series of data, which makes it possible to predict water quality more precisely and intervene in the event of unusual trends. This breakthrough makes fish and shrimp farming more predictable and easier for beginners to practice. It also makes the aquaculture industry more attractive to millennials.

However, according to FisTx CEO Rico Wibisono, the most difficult element in providing water quality monitoring devices, besides ensuring fast and accurate data, is also knowing how to give the suggestions. appropriate to farmers on the action to be taken based on the results of the measurements. He says collecting water quality data is one thing, but using the data correctly is another.

In addition to on-farm issues such as water quality, a key issue outside of the farm is lack of access to finance. Fish and shrimp farming in Indonesia is dominated by small farmers. Aquaculture, which is technically high risk due to low technology and other problems, makes banks and other formal financial institutions reluctant to get started. It’s like a vicious cycle for small farmers, who struggle to thrive because of tight cash flow. Meanwhile, government lending institutions specializing in fishing are difficult to access and require a lengthy application process.

A number of startups are therefore using financial technology (fintech) to connect business players who need a source of capital with investors who want to invest in the sector.

The financing offered by startups is quite attractive to farmers because it is easy to access, has a fast application process and has a relatively large loan ceiling, which can reach IDR 1 billion for an agricultural project cycle. These benefits match the needs of farmers, although the interest rate is two to four times higher than bank loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which can be as high as 2% per month.

Although fintech has a simple business model, the problems in this business area are no less difficult. Especially those who rely on a peer-to-peer (p2p) lending system when managing crowdfunding funds. This absolutely requires transparency and good communication between fintech startups and investors.

Moreover, another challenge in financing farmers is the technical issue itself. Therefore, in addition to granting a loan, fintechs also provide technical assistance to farmers, with the aim of minimizing human errors during production. Startups involved in fintech and agricultural management including Growpal, inFishta, Mina Ceria, Sgara, Sipanen and Alune *.

A more efficient supply chain

Beyond access to finance, access to a fair and well-priced market is also one of the systematic challenges for farmers and fishermen. Small farmers generally have a bad negotiating position when dealing with traders. The supply chain from producer to final consumer is still very long and may include two to four intermediaries. In the process, the freshness and quality of the fish may be reduced as most transport methods do not have an appropriate cold chain.

In this segment there are startups like Fishlog and Aruna. The role of both is to simplify the supply chain and improve farm gate prices. Fishlog tends to consolidate cold stores through an online platform to increase its utility and offers farmers’ fish directly to the processing unit, potentially allowing farmers and fishermen to sell their fish for a better price. Meanwhile, Aruna allows farmers to market their products widely, including for export, through its e-commerce platform.

The presence of startups in the aquaculture sector has brought new optimism to the industry. Although they haven’t solved all the problems, their potential is enormous. With the new enthusiasm and new ideas of the millennials behind them, these startups could take Indonesian aquaculture to the next level in the years to come.

* Jala and Alune are both part of Hatch’s investment portfolio, but The Fish Site retains editorial independence.

Minapoli is one of the leading integrated B2B digital aquaculture markets in Indonesia

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Lough Derg RNLI assists 10 people on stranded ships in two back-to-back screams https://seatowct.com/lough-derg-rnli-assists-10-people-on-stranded-ships-in-two-back-to-back-screams/ https://seatowct.com/lough-derg-rnli-assists-10-people-on-stranded-ships-in-two-back-to-back-screams/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 19:32:30 +0000 https://seatowct.com/lough-derg-rnli-assists-10-people-on-stranded-ships-in-two-back-to-back-screams/ On Sunday evening September 19, the Valentia Coast Guard asked the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to embark to assist 7 people on a 45-foot cruiser beached at Navigation Mark G, and along the way, Valentia a reported that 3 other people needed assistance on a 30ft cruiser beached at Nav. Marc E. At 13:35 the […]]]>

On Sunday evening September 19, the Valentia Coast Guard asked the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to embark to assist 7 people on a 45-foot cruiser beached at Navigation Mark G, and along the way, Valentia a reported that 3 other people needed assistance on a 30ft cruiser beached at Nav. Marc E.

At 13:35 the lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Owen Cavanagh, crew Steve Smyth, Tom Hayes and Michael O’Sullivan on board. The lake had a moderate chop with southwesterly winds, force 3-4, variable. Visibility was good with frequent squalls

At 2:08 pm, the lifeboat had in sight the damaged vessel; it ran aground on a shoal near the navigation mark G on the shore of Tipperary. Marine engineers from the charter company arrived at the scene at the same time. The lifeboat remained on hold until engineers removed the cruiser from the shoal and the scene was safe. At 2:30 p.m., the lifeboat left to assist the three people aboard the second stranded vessel.

At 2:45 p.m., the lifeboat arrived at the scene. The 30-foot vessel ran aground off Goat Road, a high school for migrating birds. The lifeboat found all three to be safe and unharmed and wearing their life jackets. The lifeboat transferred two RNLI volunteers to the crashed vessel, who reported that the vessel had no hole.

Given the weather conditions, the RNLI helm decided that the safest course of action was to remove the cruiser from the rocks and put it in safe water.

At 14:52, the lifeboat lifted the cruiser from the shoal and put it into safe water, where the drives and rudder were found to be in good working order. The RNLI volunteers were transferred to the lifeboat and the cruiser continued on her own.

At 3:08 p.m., the lifeboat left the scene and was back at the station at 3:24 p.m.

Christine O’Malley, Lough Derg RNLI Rescue Manager, advises water users unfamiliar with Lough Derg to ‘plan your passage and watch for the next mark on your route’. Plan your route to arrive safely before dark.

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Notes to Editors

RNLI media contacts

For more information, please call Eleanor Hooker, Lough Derg RNLI Volunteer Manager and Lifeboat Press Officer on 0877535207 or Eleanor_Hooker@RNLI.org.uk or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 Nuala_McAloon @ rnli .org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, regional media manager on 0871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI, please visit rnli.org. Press releases and other media
resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and videos, are available on the site
RNLI News Center
rnli.org/news-and-media.

RNLI key figures

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a round-the-clock search and rescue service in Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates 46 lifeboat stations in Ireland. The RNLI is independent from government and depends on voluntary donations and bequests to maintain its relief service. Since the founding of the RNLI in 1824, the association has saved more than 142,700 lives.

RNLI key figures

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a round-the-clock search and rescue service around the coasts of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and over 240 lifeguard units on beaches in the UK and the Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent from the Coast Guard and the government and depends on voluntary donations and bequests to maintain its rescue service. Since the founding of the RNLI in 1824, its crews and rescuers have saved more than 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information, please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Press releases, videos and photos are available on the News Center.

Contact the RNLI – public inquiries

Members of the public can contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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