Sea towing – Sea Tow CT http://seatowct.com/ Mon, 21 Jun 2021 20:34:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://seatowct.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Sea towing – Sea Tow CT http://seatowct.com/ 32 32 ABB and Keppel O&M Achieve Milestone in Autonomy with Remote Vessel Operation Trial in Port of Singapore https://seatowct.com/abb-and-keppel-om-achieve-milestone-in-autonomy-with-remote-vessel-operation-trial-in-port-of-singapore/ https://seatowct.com/abb-and-keppel-om-achieve-milestone-in-autonomy-with-remote-vessel-operation-trial-in-port-of-singapore/#respond Mon, 21 Jun 2021 16:24:25 +0000 https://seatowct.com/abb-and-keppel-om-achieve-milestone-in-autonomy-with-remote-vessel-operation-trial-in-port-of-singapore/ ABB, together with the Singaporean shipyard Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), has successfully completed South Asia’s first joystick remote control of a tug in the busy port of Singapore. The Port of Singapore, with more than 130,000 ships calling each year, presents one of the world’s most complex frameworks for autonomous port operations. The […]]]>


ABB, together with the Singaporean shipyard Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), has successfully completed South Asia’s first joystick remote control of a tug in the busy port of Singapore.

The Port of Singapore, with more than 130,000 ships calling each year, presents one of the world’s most complex frameworks for autonomous port operations. The trial marks an important step in validating the increased safety and efficiency of tugboat operations using digital solutions already available today for almost all types of vessels.

Maju 510 harbor tug (Image courtesy: ABB)

The remote operation test of the harbor tug from an onshore control center located in the Maritime Innovation Laboratory of the Singapore Maritime and Ports Authority was successfully completed in April 2021. ABB provided an integrated solution for remote and autonomous vessel control based on the Ability ™ Marine Pilot product family. The digital ABB Ability ™ Marine Pilot Vision solution provided the fusion of on-board systems sensors to generate digital situational awareness, while the ABB Ability ™ marine pilot control system executed the necessary intelligent maneuver and control commands.

“We are proud to have taken another step forward which represents an important step towards autonomous navigation, in close collaboration with Keppel,” said Juha Koskela, Division President, ABB Marine & Ports. “The purpose of this technology is to relieve the crew of tasks that can be automated, allowing them to perform at their best during critical times and improve the overall safety and productivity of maritime operations. This trial also confirms the possibility of applying the technology remotely and autonomously to other types of vessels. “

ABB’s technology and Keppel O & M’s technology solutions were modernized on the 32m harbor tug Maju 510. The vessel is owned and operated by Keppel O & M’s joint venture, Keppel Smit Towage.

South Asia’s first remote control joystick for a tugboat (Image Courtesy: ABB)

“Remote controlled navigation is an important feature of autonomous vessels because it acts as a backup and is particularly useful in certain complicated scenarios. As a global system integrator, Keppel O&M draws on its deep offshore and marine expertise and collaborates with the ecosystem of Keppel companies, such as M1 with its connectivity solutions, as well as with other partners such than ABB, which provided cutting-edge technology, to integrate the best systems and offer stand-alone, customizable solutions. This is in line with Keppel’s Vision 2030, which includes harnessing advanced technologies for growth, ”said Mr. Tan Leong Peng, General Manager (New Construction), Keppel O&M.

Tug operations, where a tugboat maneuvers other vessels by pushing or towing them, often in crowded harbors, can be extremely demanding and require the full attention of the crew. In addition, tugs often have to make long and monotonous transit trips to get to their place of operation. Carrying out the transit autonomously and under remote surveillance would allow the crew on board to rest and be vigilant when necessary in the actual work of the tug. Remotely Assisted Posting can also provide opportunities for the crew on board to rest rather than perform routine tasks that can be handled as effectively or better by the crew remotely.

“Keppel Smit Towage is delighted to support Keppel O&M and ABB in the development of self-contained tugs. As a tug operator, we leverage technology to improve our operations to better serve our customers. With the Maju 510 as the pilot tug, we are able to experience and provide feedback on how autonomous operations can help the tug captain and crew simplify their navigation to focus on critical tasks. This has the potential to dramatically improve operational safety and efficiency, ”said Mr. Romi Kaushal, Managing Director of Keppel Smit Towage.

ABB has already provided technology for the revolutionary test of a remote-controlled passenger ferry, Suomenlinna II, carried out in the port of Helsinki in November 2018, proving that human surveillance of ships from any location is achievable using technology currently available.

The harbor tug project is funded by the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority as part of the Singapore 2030 Maritime R&D Roadmap, which defines the country’s main areas of intervention for the development of the maritime industry, as well as research and technological capabilities. The second phase of the project, scheduled for late 2021, will see the vessel perform autonomous collision avoidance tasks under remote supervision.

News from the Sea, June 21



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Late Night Call for Wicklow RNLI https://seatowct.com/late-night-call-for-wicklow-rnli/ https://seatowct.com/late-night-call-for-wicklow-rnli/#respond Sun, 20 Jun 2021 15:25:23 +0000 https://seatowct.com/late-night-call-for-wicklow-rnli/ Shortly after 11 p.m. this evening (Saturday, June 19), as many people prepared for bed, Wicklow’s RNLI volunteers left their homes around town to assemble at the lifeboat station in the wake of Coast Guard pager alert. Ten minutes later, at 11:13 p.m., the all-weather lifeboat Wicklow RNLI slipped its moorings at the south quay […]]]>


Shortly after 11 p.m. this evening (Saturday, June 19), as many people prepared for bed, Wicklow’s RNLI volunteers left their homes around town to assemble at the lifeboat station in the wake of Coast Guard pager alert.

Ten minutes later, at 11:13 p.m., the all-weather lifeboat Wicklow RNLI slipped its moorings at the south quay and headed north to investigate reports of a yacht in difficulty south of Greystones.

The yacht with three people on board was located 4 miles south of Greystones at 11:45 p.m. The weather conditions at the scene were good with calm seas and light airs.

An assessment was made and the yacht was found to have a fouled rope in the propeller, efforts were made by the lifeboat crew to clear the obstruction, but a rope remained tangled in the propeller shaft. This prevented the engine from starting and the yacht heading to port.

Arms Captain Keogh decided that it was necessary to tow to the port of Greystones and that it was the safest way to help the sailors. The yacht was brought alongside Greystones Marina at 12:45 am Sunday morning and the three sailors safely disembarked ashore.

The lifeboat crew then returned to Wicklow Harbor and returned to the station at 1.30am.

Speaking after the call, Wicklow RNLI press secretary Tommy Dover said: “This was the first call from the all-weather lifeboat crew using the new towing equipment.”

The crew on the call were coxswain Nick Keogh, mechanic Tommy Murphy, Graham Fitzgerald, Paul Sillery, John Stapleton and Ian Thompson.

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 over 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a typical year, 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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Merchant vessel hit by blackout rectified at sea by Indian Coast Guard, India News News https://seatowct.com/merchant-vessel-hit-by-blackout-rectified-at-sea-by-indian-coast-guard-india-news-news/ https://seatowct.com/merchant-vessel-hit-by-blackout-rectified-at-sea-by-indian-coast-guard-india-news-news/#respond Sat, 19 Jun 2021 09:52:47 +0000 https://seatowct.com/merchant-vessel-hit-by-blackout-rectified-at-sea-by-indian-coast-guard-india-news-news/ The merchant vessel JSW Mihirgad, a 122-meter-long vessel, safely entered the port of New Mangalore in the wee hours of Saturday, thanks to the timely assistance of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The merchant store suffered a blackout on its maiden voyage from Kochi, Kerala, to Jaigarh, Rajasthan, leaving it dead in the water. Equipped […]]]>


The merchant vessel JSW Mihirgad, a 122-meter-long vessel, safely entered the port of New Mangalore in the wee hours of Saturday, thanks to the timely assistance of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The merchant store suffered a blackout on its maiden voyage from Kochi, Kerala, to Jaigarh, Rajasthan, leaving it dead in the water.

Equipped with 14 crew members, on Thursday the ship suffered the failure of three diesel alternators, next to that it is an emergency generator. This required the ship to drop anchor about 4.5 nautical miles off Kasargod, Kerala, and issue a distress call. In the absence of propulsion, lighting, ventilation, caused by a total power failure, the crew could not prepare food or water either thanks to their on-board systems.

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Based on this information, the ICG district headquarters in New Mangalore conducted a situation assessment for the safe boarding of the technical team from M / s Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL), who built vessel.

However, due to the unfavorable sea conditions with the strong swell, the use of boats was excluded and helicopters were considered a safe option.

On Friday, the ICG CG 817 helicopter airlifted delegated technical staff from New Mangalore to assist and make repairs to the vessel. ICGS Varaha, which was in the area, was also deployed immediately on Friday to monitor the situation and provide towing assistance, in case the vessel begins to drift toward shore, due to bad weather.

In addition to constantly monitoring the vessel through its coastal safety network, the ICG team that boarded the ship corrected the technical issue, saving 14 lives and averting a potential environmental disaster.



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Sarasota PD release security, parking tips for upcoming events https://seatowct.com/sarasota-pd-release-security-parking-tips-for-upcoming-events/ https://seatowct.com/sarasota-pd-release-security-parking-tips-for-upcoming-events/#respond Fri, 18 Jun 2021 18:01:50 +0000 https://seatowct.com/sarasota-pd-release-security-parking-tips-for-upcoming-events/ SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – Sarasota Police are offering some advice as the city prepares to host several events in the coming weeks. First up, the Suncoast Summer Fest will take place from June 24 to July 4 across the city of Sarasota. This will also include the 36th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix on the […]]]>


SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – Sarasota Police are offering some advice as the city prepares to host several events in the coming weeks.

First up, the Suncoast Summer Fest will take place from June 24 to July 4 across the city of Sarasota. This will also include the 36th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix on the weekend of June 26-27 along Lido Beach.

Police said the events would attract thousands of people. If you see any suspicious behavior, let them know.

The events will also affect parking and traffic downtown. Here is a full list of road closures and parking changes:

Road closures / Parking

Vehicles not collected at the time indicated will be towed at the owner’s expense. For more information on towed vehicles, please call Upman’s Towing at 941-364-7084.

  • Van Wezel Parkings / Van Wezel Way from East End to 10th Street
  • Closed from 11:59 p.m. on Thursday June 24 until 10 p.m. on Sunday June 27.
  • “Boats on the Block” neighborhood party downtown (6 pm to 10 pm) Street closures on Friday, June 25
  • 1:30 p.m. – Midnight: Lemon Avenue closed from First Street to Main Street
  • 3:30 p.m. – Midnight:
    • Main Street closed from Orange Avenue to Gulfstream Avenue
    • Central Avenue closed from First Street to Main Street
    • Pineapple Avenue closed from First Street to Main Street
    • South Palm Avenue closed from Main Street to McAnsh Square
    • North Palm Avenue closed from Main Street to Alley Way
    • First Street closed from Central Avenue to Pineapple Avenue

NOTE: Due to limited parking spaces, carpooling is strongly recommended for weekend events. Illegally parked vehicles are subject to a fine. Vehicles blocking private aisles are subject to towing. Expect long delays from the beach area after the races. Expect an exit time of over an hour when you exit the beach viewing area.

Closures of Centennial Park and the boat launch 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 24 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 27.

This area will be used as a staging area for the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. There will be no boat launch access during this time Another suggested boat launch includes Ken Thompson Park on City Island and various boat launch ramps in Manatee and in southern Sarasota County.

Closure of the new pass On the water, the New Pass will be closed during the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. The pass will be closed west of the New Pass Bridge. Boaters will still be able to access the cove. The closures will be as follows:

  • from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday June 26
  • 9 am-5pm Sunday June 27

After the film festival, the city of Sarasota will also be preparing for its fireworks on July 4th.

Sunday July 4, 2021 – Fireworks and parade path closures / Limited parking

  • 6 p.m. – 9 p.m .: Orange Avenue will be closed from Oak Street to Mound Street for the parade staging area.
  • 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m .: Bayfront Drive (US 41) will be closed from Osprey Avenue to Gulfstream Avenue for the parade and fireworks.
  • Parking at Bayfront Park / Island Park will be closed when the car park has reached its maximum capacity. No parking will be permitted on the lawn at the south end of Bayfront Park.
  • Parking will be do not be authorized in the median of boulevard John Ringling. Vehicles will not be allowed to park there as in the past. Drivers must observe the “No Parking” signs.
  • Palm Avenue Garage & State Street Garage – Additional parking spaces will be available in these two car parks on July 4. Expect delays when exiting due to heavy traffic. There is no parking charge on Sundays and City holidays.

NOTE: Vehicle traffic leaving the Bayfront / Downtown area after the Sunday July 4th parade and fireworks will be subject to certain restricted traffic control measures as part of a comprehensive exit plan. Expect long traffic delays of up to an hour when leaving the event area.

Plan ahead: have a designated driver AAA Towing To Go: The AAA Tow to Go program will be offered to ensure those celebrating the holidays get home safely. The free, confidential and local ride is within a 10 mile radius of a safe location. This is offered from 6 p.m. on Friday, July 2 until 6 a.m. on Monday, July 5, in Florida. Call 1-855-TOW-2-GO (1-855-286-9246) or visit https://autoclubsouth.aaa.com/safety/tow_to_go.aspx

Holiday hours at Lido beach: the Sarasota County Marine Turtle Protection Ordinance requires that all beach furniture and equipment be removed from the beach every evening, until sunrise the next morning. According to modified Sarasota City Code Sec. 22-4, Lido Key’s public beaches will be closed to beachgoers from 11 p.m. until sunrise. This means Lido Key Beach will be closed to all beach goers, race spectators, and beach gear until sunrise, approximately 6:30 a.m., during the Suncoast Summer Fest events. The Sarasota Police Department will enforce shutdown times to protect the safety of all beach goers, including sea turtles. To protect the environment, spectators are asked to stay away from the sand dunes along Lido beach. Please note: Dogs are not allowed on the Lido beach. Beach gear and marine turtle protection In addition to expanded maritime, foot and vehicle patrols, the Sarasota Police Department will protect public safety during Suncoast Summer Fest events by posting signs prohibiting beachgoers from storing and leaving personal property unattended on the Lido beach, in accordance with Sarasota City Code Sec. 21-44. This is intended for the protection of all beach goers and their personal belongings, to ensure a safe and orderly running and beach experience. Beach furniture and other beach equipment, toys or litter left on the beach overnight during sea turtle nesting season can pose a serious entanglement risk and a hindrance to sea turtles and their hatchlings.

the Sarasota County Marine Turtle Protection Ordinance requires that “temporary structures, including but not limited to beach chairs, umbrellas and cabanas, which could trap sea turtles and which could interfere with the use of the natural environment of the beach for nesting habitat, be removed from the beach every evening from sunset to sunrise. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Sarasota Police Department, Sarasota County Parks Department and Suncoast Summer Fest organizers are teaming up to protect endangered sea turtles and asking for the public’s help to make this event a safe event for all.

Wildlife protection The Sarasota Police Department is leading enhanced enforcement action to ensure the conservation and protection of several endangered species of Lido Key’s native wildlife, efforts complemented by the work of the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. Sea turtles, black skimmers, small terns, and snow plovers all share Lido beach and are protected by federal and state laws. Beach goers should be aware of posted signage and fences and stay away from sea turtle nests and seabird nesting areas. It is important not to enter the marked areas and to avoid any behavior that could disturb the fauna.

Disturbance can cause birds to leave their eggs and chicks unattended, making them vulnerable to predators and overheating. Sarasota Police Officers will work with volunteers from Audubon and Mote Marine to patrol the nesting grounds to ensure the protection of Florida’s magnificent wildlife on Lido Key. If members of the public observe stranded, sick or injured sea turtles or mammals, they can contact Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program, a 24-hour response program in Sarasota and Manatee counties, at 941-988-0212 .

For more information on the Suncoast Summer Fest, visit https://www.suncoastsummerfest.org/

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Chevy Silverado 1500 vs 2500 HD Duramax Diesel – One of them is for you: Video https://seatowct.com/chevy-silverado-1500-vs-2500-hd-duramax-diesel-one-of-them-is-for-you-video/ https://seatowct.com/chevy-silverado-1500-vs-2500-hd-duramax-diesel-one-of-them-is-for-you-video/#respond Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:39:20 +0000 https://seatowct.com/chevy-silverado-1500-vs-2500-hd-duramax-diesel-one-of-them-is-for-you-video/ The Chevy Silverado 1500 is by far the brand’s most popular truck, but should you consider the heavy-duty option instead? (Images: TFLtruck) There are a ton of factors to consider when purchasing your new truck. In this episode of TFLtruck, Andre and Nathan break down all the differences when cross-buying the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 […]]]>



There are a ton of factors to consider when purchasing your new truck.

In this episode of TFLtruck, Andre and Nathan break down all the differences when cross-buying the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 and the beefier Chevy Silverado 2500 HD. From available engines to their corresponding payloads, towing capacity, fuel economy, design, interior layout, general practicality and price, we aim for a holistic approach to determining which truck is right for you.

You might not expect it, but depending on how you specify it, you can get a lightweight or rugged Silverado for the same price. Well-equipped versions of both trucks can cost you around $ 60,000 on average, although there are a few differences here. The half-ton Silverado we have here today is an LTZ model with the Z71 4 × 4 package and the Max Tow package, as well as a 6.2-liter gasoline V8 developing 420 horsepower with torque of 460 lb-ft.

The HD is also an LTZ with the Z71 package, but packs a Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel. That gives you 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Even with all the extra weight, the mountain of torque meant the Silverado diesel was only half a second slower at 60 mph than the light gasoline truck (8.71 vs. 8.29 seconds at a mile above). above sea level).

Chevy Silverado 1500 vs 2500 HD Duramax Diesel - One of them is for you: Video

Payload, towing and suspension

Depending on your hauling and towing needs, the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 can be a sufficient truck without the need to upgrade to a heavy truck. The truck we have, for example, has a payload capacity of 1,865 pounds. Crew Cab models also have a 69.92-inch bed, which is a fair amount of usable space compared to a mid-size option.

Now you can change your truck loading to suit one of five different engines and three different drivetrain options, as well as three different bed lengths. Between all that choice and two or four-wheel drive, it could increase or decrease your payload and towing capabilities. The 1500’s towing capacity, as equipped here, is 11,900 pounds.

The 2021 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, meanwhile, offers one foot more body length (82 inches) compared to the 1500. Payload capacity in this specific configuration is 3,056 pounds. With the ability to mount a gooseneck hitch, the heaviest truck can tow up to 18,500 pounds in the configuration we have here.

When it comes to ride comfort, the Chevy Silverado 1500 is significantly more comfortable for everyday use. Of course, that mostly comes down to the suspension differences, as the 2500 HD is built for the kind of hauling and towing its owners will ask it to do. To that end, this 2500 is a bit more comfortable with Rancho shocks as part of the Z71 package. GM’s heavy-duty trucks also use independent front suspension – currently the only HD trucks to forgo a rigid axle setup.

Chevy Silverado 1500 vs 2500 HD Duramax Diesel - One of them is for you: Video

Interior layout and features

Both interiors of the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2500 trucks are very functional, although a bit dated compared to offerings from Ram and Ford. Keep this last point in mind: Updated models are coming to solve this problem, therefore, we will have more and even more feature-rich options on GM trucks in the near future. Right now, however, both trucks offer nearly identical interiors, with the exception of the diesel exhaust brake on the HD and a single-button scroll function for the windows on the 1500.

GM trucks have a great advantage in terms of visibility, thanks to all the on-board cameras. The digital rearview mirror is available, as is a multitude of camera views covering all angles of the truck. Upgrade to 2500 trucks and you get electrically folding mirrors with extension capability for towing.

Finally, there is fuel economy. The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 manages 21 mpg on the highway according to official EPA figures (18 mpg combined). Heavy trucks are not rated, but Andre managed 19.9 mpg with the 2500 HD Duramax. That said, with everything that is factored in – including handling, which is more of an issue in the bigger, heavy-duty truck – at TFLtruck, we were sticking to the half-ton.

Fortunately, you also have more engine options. Nathan and I prefer the small 3.0-liter Duramax diesel, while Andre would go for the 5.3-liter gasoline V8 hooked up to the 10-speed automatic transmission. Unless you need to tow a large amount of weight long distances, the half-ton truck should do the trick. If you are in the group that has to tow heavy trailers across the country, then definitely consider upgrading to the heavy-duty Silverado.

Find out more in the video below:



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Bollinger wins preliminary design contract for the United States https://seatowct.com/bollinger-wins-preliminary-design-contract-for-the-united-states/ https://seatowct.com/bollinger-wins-preliminary-design-contract-for-the-united-states/#respond Wed, 16 Jun 2021 17:32:55 +0000 https://seatowct.com/bollinger-wins-preliminary-design-contract-for-the-united-states/ Bollinger Shipyards announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a contract from the US Naval Sea Systems Command to conduct a concept study and preliminary design for the US Navy’s Light Amphibious Warship (LAW). The LAW program plans to procure a class of 28 to 30 new amphibious ships to support the Marine Corps, specifically […]]]>


Bollinger Shipyards announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a contract from the US Naval Sea Systems Command to conduct a concept study and preliminary design for the US Navy’s Light Amphibious Warship (LAW).

The LAW program plans to procure a class of 28 to 30 new amphibious ships to support the Marine Corps, specifically in implementing a new Marine Corps operational concept called Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO). The Navy plans to obtain the first LAW in fiscal 2023.

“Bollinger Shipyards is honored and delighted to continue to participate in the LAW program,” said Ben Bordelon, President and CEO of Bollinger. “We are confident that we have the experience and expertise to develop a concept study and preliminary design for an advanced warship that meets the complex needs of a modern fleet.”

Bollinger is fully certified with the MSRA and ABR agreements with the US Navy and currently builds the Navy’s Towing, Rescue, and Rescue (T-ATS) vessels. In addition to the construction of the TAT-S, Bollinger signed a contract for the construction of a shipping barge and floating dry dock for the electric boat division of General Dynamics in support of the construction and maintenance of the new Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines. Bollinger is also participating in industrial studies for the US Navy’s Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform (CHAMP) program, the US Navy’s Auxiliary General Ocean Surveillance (T-AGOS (X)) and the Large Unmanned Surface. US Navy Vehicle (LUSV). program.



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the police increase their regular patrols in Mistra Bay https://seatowct.com/the-police-increase-their-regular-patrols-in-mistra-bay/ https://seatowct.com/the-police-increase-their-regular-patrols-in-mistra-bay/#respond Tue, 15 Jun 2021 15:46:25 +0000 https://seatowct.com/the-police-increase-their-regular-patrols-in-mistra-bay/ Authorities have stepped up their enforcement efforts in Mistra Bay by increasing regular police patrols and ordering stationary trailers to either vacate occupied spaces or be towed at their own expense after The Shift reported the complaint yesterday. from a local restaurant owner. Large boulders that prevent campers or caravans from directly accessing the beach […]]]>


Authorities have stepped up their enforcement efforts in Mistra Bay by increasing regular police patrols and ordering stationary trailers to either vacate occupied spaces or be towed at their own expense after The Shift reported the complaint yesterday. from a local restaurant owner.

Large boulders that prevent campers or caravans from directly accessing the beach have also been placed on one side of the beach, and others are expected to be placed on the waterfront to prevent vehicle access.

Police officers who were on patrol during a site visit to The Shift pointed out that only caravans or motorhomes that do not carry a valid permit or are not parked in a white parking space can be sentenced fined or towed.

While police said two of the vehicles at the scene were due to be towed by the end of this week unless the owners moved them, the rest of the trailers appeared to be in line.

Rocks placed to block vehicle access to one side of the beach.

One of those two vehicles, which was not a trailer, was mentioned in a report released by The Shift on Monday. The officer explained that the owner had been contacted and would either remove it himself or tow it.

It is not known why different officers had different things to say about the ability of the police to tow vehicles. According to Camilleri, officers who slapped him with fines last weekend said there was no space available at towing complexes.

Officers who were on site earlier in the day, however, insisted that any vehicle that exceeded the one week deadline to leave the site would be towed.

Officers also said they imposed around 30 fines over the past week, many of which were due to caravans and motorhomes not being parked in allocated spaces.

In another Facebook post on the subject, Margo restaurant owner Claude Camilleri claimed that some of the owners had removed some of the warnings placed on their vehicles.

Caravan owners in the area argued that Mistra was not their first choice but had no better alternative to consider. “We don’t want to disturb the restaurant, we don’t want to disturb others – we just want to enjoy the beach. We don’t want to hurt anyone, all we want is to have a place where we can enjoy peace and quiet, ”said one of the owners.

However, it was also evident that the antagonism between the trailer owners and the restaurant’s business interests has intensified over the past few days.

Additional blocks placed to prevent vehicles from blocking access to the beach.

One of the owners believes that Camilleri, the owner of Margo, unfairly targeted them, referring to posts on Facebook in which photos of caravan owners were uploaded without their permission.

The same owner also denied any instances where Camilleri or his company had been targeted, arguing that he had opposed other caravan owners confronted with the restaurateur. “We much prefer to ignore everything he says about us and try to move on with our lives,” he added.

Yet the prospect of their removal has led to harsh comments against the restaurant owner.

Despite Camilleri’s lawsuit against authorities and consistent reports on it, the issue of restricted public access to the relatively small beach remains unresolved, with caravan owners insisting they will simply take valid parking spaces instead of parking alongside the road. .

When asked if they felt like large, noisy groups of people gathered around caravans and that it was fair for the restaurant owner to take up space in the area, the owner said that “everywhere he there were people ”.

“Are the beaches of Għadira or the Riviera calm?” Is a coastal area of ​​Malta really calm? What does he want from us, clear his way so that his clients can look out to sea? What right does he have the right to do that? said another caravan enthusiast.

“Everyone keeps throwing us a bad day but the reality is that there is nowhere to go and there are people everywhere,” she added, without questioning the limitations. that caravan owners impose on the general public who wish to access the beach.

According to the notices that were still in place, which were put in place yesterday, anyone slapped with such a notice will have to leave the site by June 21.



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Life on Tapp: The pandemic has made terrible drivers of us! https://seatowct.com/life-on-tapp-the-pandemic-has-made-terrible-drivers-of-us/ https://seatowct.com/life-on-tapp-the-pandemic-has-made-terrible-drivers-of-us/#respond Sat, 12 Jun 2021 20:00:00 +0000 https://seatowct.com/life-on-tapp-the-pandemic-has-made-terrible-drivers-of-us/ ]]>


HOLIDAYS: Drivers out of practice take to the roads.

HOLIDAYS: Drivers out of practice take to the roads.

Like millions of others across the country, I am spending this week coming to terms with the fact that I am no longer on vacation.

This back-to-work blues crisis is particularly pernicious as many of us were actually able to go somewhere other than our local park during mid-term – a sensation some haven’t experienced since 2019.

From where I was slumped, the nation’s harassed parents more than made up for lost time by taking over every room, cottage, patch of grass, converted barn and mobile home in the British Isles, due to the fact that the Falkland Islands are now pretty much the only place we can visit abroad if we don’t want to self-quarantine on our return. I don’t know about you but I can drive to Chester Zoo if I want to see penguins.

This surge in demand, coupled with the wonderful weather in early June, gave a boost to businesses that have gone through the worst times. A solid indicator of resort attendance is the length of the ice cream queues and everywhere I went in the past week they were off the scale.

But the seemingly endless sea of ​​people on beaches, waterfronts, and boardwalks was nothing compared to the scenes on the country’s roads last week, which were no place for the faint-hearted.

In just seven days, I have driven more miles in the family engine than in the previous nine months and, judging by the level of driving I have witnessed, clearly that is the case for many.

Our unspeakably long odyssey through the deepest of Wales was made even more difficult by fellow motorists who seemed to have lost the ability to indicate when constantly changing lanes, increased danger by the fact that a good number towed a caravan.

For someone who grew up running marathons on the 1980s road network, last week I recalled how much I had lost the habit of driving. There was a time when I could drive from the suburbs of Manchester to the south coast without stopping once, motivated by the motto that “comfort breaks are dictated by the strongest bladder, not the weakest” . Now I’m lucky if we get by with two one hour stops. After nearly 18 months of driving almost exclusively to and from the supermarket, my love of spending hours behind the wheel has diminished considerably. I’d also forgotten how wickedly difficult it is to drive anywhere and at any distance with the family in tow, even with the huge array of tech they have.

Children have never been very good companions on long journeys but mine seemed to have forgotten that it is sometimes necessary to cover long distances with mum and dad. This time our own record for ‘are we almost there? Was shattered when our youngest asked this inevitable question in the first three minutes.

Our valiant attempts to alleviate boredom were quickly rejected – how many times can a parent make spotting a cow or a tractor really appealing? I Spy games are now as outdated as white dog poo and three-wheeled cars, which means listening to daddy’s playlist is the only group activity we have left. It never ends well.

The lingering uncertainty about overseas travel is expected to linger for some time, which means we all need to get used to driving again.



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Hero Jack (19) saves man from water after fall https://seatowct.com/hero-jack-19-saves-man-from-water-after-fall/ https://seatowct.com/hero-jack-19-saves-man-from-water-after-fall/#respond Fri, 11 Jun 2021 23:00:00 +0000 https://seatowct.com/hero-jack-19-saves-man-from-water-after-fall/ Heroic Sea Scout Leader Jack Hogan was in the right place at the right time last Wednesday evening (June 2) when a man fell into the sea from the harbor wall. ack (19), originally from Newcourt Road and just qualified as a lifeguard, put his training into practice and saved the man from the water. […]]]>


Heroic Sea Scout Leader Jack Hogan was in the right place at the right time last Wednesday evening (June 2) when a man fell into the sea from the harbor wall.

ack (19), originally from Newcourt Road and just qualified as a lifeguard, put his training into practice and saved the man from the water.

“It happened around 7:30 pm,” said Jack, who was leading a group of marine scouts to jump off the pier.

“We accompanied the scouts to the pier,” he said.

“I jumped first to test the water. I was swimming when I heard screams and the man was in the water.

The man fell from the high wall of the south pier into the sea below.

A group of guys, not connected to the scouts, threw a lifeline at him.

“These guys had fished at the end of the pier and moved around to let us jump,” Jack said.

He continued to swim along the outside of the wall and set up a rescue operation.

Jack has just qualified in the past three weeks and used the towing method he learned in this course

“It was a relatively straightforward rescue,” he said. “The guys threw in the buoy. I took off my life jacket and gave it to him. I asked them to lower the rope, put a loop in it, and put it over my shoulder. He then used it as a tow line to bring the exhausted man ashore.

“He looked exhausted,” Jack said.

“We had attached a ladder to the railings to jump. He was strong enough to get up, so we sat him down on the pier.

“We took off his wet clothes and put on warm, dry clothes,” Jack said.

Two men provided their own coats and left without taking them back.

“I didn’t have a chance to thank them,” said Jack, who said the warm coats made a big difference.

The man was taken by ambulance. “I don’t know what happened next,” Jack said.

He wouldn’t normally be in the area at that time. “I would usually be gone around 7pm,” he said.

“I am really grateful that I was. The tide was good so I said I would go for a jetty jump with the guys.

He has found the response to his act of bravery a little overwhelming, as messages of praise pour in.

“You can simulate rescues all day during training,” he said.

“When someone is there in front of you, the adrenaline rushes. You just go into “doing” rather than “thinking” mode. While you are there you are only focusing on what you are doing.

After the warden and paramedics took over, Jack was “wiped out”.

Currently studying English and History at UCD, the young man has been a Sea Scout Leader since the age of 16, and in the group since the age of about 6. He enjoys all things water, swimming and being active.

Kieran Russell of the 5th Wicklow Sea Scouts said all the members and leaders are very proud of Jack and happy that he is here this fall time.



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New Quay RNLI saves three people swept away at sea on inflatable rings https://seatowct.com/new-quay-rnli-saves-three-people-swept-away-at-sea-on-inflatable-rings/ https://seatowct.com/new-quay-rnli-saves-three-people-swept-away-at-sea-on-inflatable-rings/#respond Fri, 11 Jun 2021 16:57:53 +0000 https://seatowct.com/new-quay-rnli-saves-three-people-swept-away-at-sea-on-inflatable-rings/ Yesterday (Thursday, June 10) afternoon at 3 p.m., the New Quay RNLI inshore lifeboat was commissioned to rescue three people washed out to sea on inflatable rings off Traeth Gwyn beach. In a strong offshore wind, the crew of the New Quay rescue station had spotted three people on inflatable rings in difficulty. New Quay […]]]>


Yesterday (Thursday, June 10) afternoon at 3 p.m., the New Quay RNLI inshore lifeboat was commissioned to rescue three people washed out to sea on inflatable rings off Traeth Gwyn beach.

In a strong offshore wind, the crew of the New Quay rescue station had spotted three people on inflatable rings in difficulty.

New Quay RNLI coxswain Pete Yates said, “We spotted the group about 400 yards from the beach, so we watched them for a while. At first, they abandoned one of the rings and returned to the beach at good speed. Everything seemed to be going well, but then the group of three, each in a rubber ring, started to slow down, with an adult starting to attempt a swim tow with the other two.

“At that point, I could tell they were in danger, so I went to get the inshore lifeboat ready. Once equipped, we set off and quickly arrived on the scene. One person had managed to disembark but the adult was still towing a youngster who was quite shivering and cold. We picked them up both and brought them back to the beach with their families. I would say they were a bit shaken up and it was a really good decision to watch them and then take off, so a good result!

Roger Couch, Director of Rescue Operations for the New Quay RNLI, added, “Most of the emergencies the RNLI responds to involve inflatables and this is a major reason why the RNLI strongly advises against taking them to the beach. Inflatables are not designed for open water, and it takes very little breeze to blow them out to sea much faster than you can swim or paddle to the beach.

“Remember, if you are in danger in the water, relax and float to give yourself time to recuperate before swimming to safety or calling for help. If you see someone else in danger, please call 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.

Notes to Editors

For more information, contact Kate Williams, New Quay Lifeboat Press Officer at kate_williams@rnli.org.uk or 07786 550054. You can also contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162/07771 941390.

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 over 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a typical year, over 240 lifeguard units on beaches across 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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