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more tugboats edition
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Pilot took these ones
What kind of propulsion do your tugs have?
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all three of ours are traditional twin screw
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took this while we were on the hip
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>previously told that I need to recertify on Blinker Light before I can be issued my license
>get an email from the NMC telling me that I had 30 days to complete one last certification or my license application would be voided
>5 days ago get an email saying my license had been approved
>and then one saying it had been issued and was in the mail
>mfw I still have not gone down to redo blinker light

Okay now I'm just confused. Do I still have to do the stupid morse code thing or not?
Do it, and inform them of the error. You risk them catching their error and revoking your license.
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>More tugboats edition

I can get into this. Seems like 90% of us are on small boats.
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how are those Moran tractors on the inside? comfy?
Never worked on one, but yeah, they're beamy and berths are late and comfy.
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"They have in Japan the biggest ships you’ve ever seen pouring cars into Los Angeles, pouring them in. I’ve never seen anything like it." - President Trump
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As it turns out, it was all bureaucracy shit. I did the morse code stuff, and picked up my license that day. It still feels so fucking weird to actually see

>The lawful holder of this credential,
>as endorsed beloew, is entitled under Title 46(Shipping), U.S. Code to serve in the capacity or capacties specified (national only), subject to any limitations indicated.

>Capacity: Third Mate of Self-Propelled Vessels Not Including Auxiliary Sail of Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans

in my hands. I didn't think I'd actually make it this far.
This leads me to another question: MM&P or MEBA mates?
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Wing in Groundeffect is the future of ferry transportation.
Nice blog faggot.
Nah. Until they can operate in heavy seas, WIG are dead in the water.
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18,000 horsepower worth of boats
They also can't take transport cars.

WIG's only make sense when you get huge, like bigger than the Caspian Sea Monster huge. Ride height is dictated by wing size/geometry so you need to go big to avoid large waves in the ocean. Once they get that big though, everything is golden, as they can carry decent freight

The only thing is at that size you can have a conventional ferry carrying significantly more

Ferrys take forever in alaska.

A WiG ferry would cut travel time down.

Ferry's take forever, everywhere.

Few people are actually going to ship heavy freight at premiums you would find for a WiG.

Even a big WiG would only useful for passengers and small mail packages.
WiG for people and their cars.

If it doesn't cost more than air travel + rental car costs. Then I would pay for it.
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random question, but do any of you play ship simulator?
Here's a backhand right back at you. Have you done any training in a ship simulator? The whole bridge and kit n caboodle? Those things are fun. You can actually get off balance when they simulate a beam sea on the screens, even though you're on a solid concrete floor
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How does taxation of seafarers work in the US? I am thinking about making a move there from Denmark in the future, but my current salary is tuned to danish seafarers being income tax exempt.
Will I be able to move from Europe to the land of the free without getting the shit taxed out of me?
It's based on the state you live in, I'm pretty sure. US ships are technically American soil for the purposes of US laws, so you don't get taxed at the rate for people working in a different country. So, where-ever you throw down roots make sure you pick a state without income-tax.
why is there nowhere for people to walk?
There's a catwalk down the midline of the ship, and nonskid black paths down the bulwarks.
I'm not entirely sure on the exact limits because it doesn't apply to me, but a US merchant Mariner working overseas (which I assume is outside US territorial waters) is tax exempt up to $80,000.

I, along with most people in this thread I assume, work coastwise. In the US, you owe three different income taxes: Federal, State, and Town. The federal tax is bracketed, pic related. An income of $100,000 would incur about $18,000 of taxes. No escaping that. There are seven states that have no income tax: Alaska,Florida, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wyoming, South Dakota, and New Hampshire. Town taxes vary. If you own land, you'll also have real estate taxes. Money is also witheld for social security and Medicare

All in, with $100,000 example for ease, you can expect a take home of $65,000-$75,000 depending on state and town. If you're working coastal.
Ya but why isn't it like a huge platform that you can put stuff on?
Because it's a tanker and you wouldn't be carrying anything heavy on that catwalk?
you're a tanker
I'd be staying at my company, sailing globally. I doub't i will go on one of their US-flagged ships unless I become a citizen.
On a tanker, you want as much of the piping on deck as possible. Easier to maintain, inspect, repair and replace. Downside is that it restricts movement on deck. Gotta work around that.
excellent counterpoint, sir
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Check out muh whip
>but a US merchant Mariner working overseas (which I assume is outside US territorial waters) is tax exempt up to $80,000
>t. Marty Kapp

You got a source for that?
I assume they're talking about "Foreign Income Exclusion", which if you quickly glance at the IRS website, does not cover work on International Waters. Plus you'd have to be outside the US for 330 days of the year.

There are always schemes, like trying to deduct the value of all your meals on the ship. There are threads on the terrible failure of all these schemes on gCaptain.

I count myself lucky that South Carolina hasn't tried to pursue state income taxes from me, since I *legally* moved to Florida as soon as I got a sailing job.
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That's not a boat, this is a boat.

I just saw a boat that looked eerily like that half submerged.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking of. Researched it a little more, and realized I was mistaken. I think I was repeating this after having heard it from my friends that work for MSC (military sealift command, US civilian ships contracted to resupply Navy vessels). I think they're allowed to take the tax exemption.
a boat carries shit in a compartment that displaces water, not on top of said compartment. that's a raft
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They found the wreck in Grenada's waters
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She wasn't the cleanest before she went down 3.5weeks ago
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I had seen a photo of one of the divers holding a sack of eddos (similar to a potato) in good condition but I can't seem to locate them.
>emergency lights still burning

That's creepy as shit.
good to see the hydrostatic release worked on that liferaft

There's a reason why we are a flag of convenience. There will be no investigation in any shape or form. Even if someone claims negligence they'd be like "our investigators can't dive".
I work for MSC as well, also not the case for us.
What happens to the wreck? Will it be salvaged or left there?
What does that mean?

It will be left there. Most commercial wrecks like these are never salvaged or recovered even if they are right in the harbour.

The equipment required for these weights are not on hand and when teams are brought it it's really not worth it.

The ships are usually already on the brink of scrap so it's cheaper just to buy a 1st world reject and run that for another couple decades.


The raft is supposed to open up on submersion. I have a feeling that they deactivated it because decks in this region are often all awash but I can't say for sure.
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This is a wreck on the most popular tourist island in our archipelago. Any sail boat that passes on the Lee of the island, which is a popular choice for comfort, will happen upon this view.

If this is not ordered cleared, nothing will.

I like it desu
> I have a feeling that they deactivated it because decks in this region are often all awash but I can't say for sure.

that deck is just aft of the wheelhouse, I don't think it's supposed to be awash lol

>Supposed to be

Like I say, I can't be sure, but I can ask the guys why it didn't release.

We have been getting small craft warnings on average 2 days a week since January and some of my comrades come back in saying that it is really difficult out there

The hydrostatic release should require a significant amount of pressure, if they activated just from getting wet, they'd be no good at all.

It's really disconcerting how many failures we've been seeing of supposedly foolproof lifesaving appliances.

>he's never been pooped
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Another ore carrier went down.


MV Stellar Daisy, 2 survivors, 22 missing.
hoping there are some engineers on here

studying, got a class test coming up in a few days

one of the possible questions is this;
A ship's bus bars are fed by 2 identical generator sets. (Generator No.1 and Generator No. 2). The Generator No.3 is under repairs and cannot be used.
i. A duty engineer mistakenly shut the fuel to Generator No.1. Write down the sequence of events that can take place if the total load cannot be handled by No.2 Generator.

ii. A duty engineer mistakenly disconnects excitation to the Generator No.1 Rotor. Write down the sequence of events that can take place.

Please note your answer should be in chronological order. If there is more than one possibility write all of them with the end result.

googling these questions just brings up shore based answers (lots of Hydro) was hoping someone on here could either point in a good direction or throw down some dot points.

i got a rough idea for i.
so, fuel gets cut;
1. prime mover starts to slow due to no fuel
2. AVR senses loss of voltage
3. boosts excitation to keep voltage steady
4. prime mover keeps slowing down
5. AVR can't keep voltage high enough as prime mover is now too slow
6. CB opens due to (i think) undervoltage trip)
7. all the load jumps onto the other generator
8. preferential trips starting opening cutting power to non essential services
9. either this sheds the load enough until that generator can handle it, or if not that generator will start to slow under the load, and trip, causing a black out.

but for ii. i got no idea. asking friends n stuff but yeah, finding a decent ship based source is proving hard.

with loss of excitation, the rotor will still be spinning at its normal RPM. what happens to the stator? is it now drawing power from the grid?
for ii i found;
1. excitation loss in #1
2. gen #1 runs as an induction generator
3. gen #1 draws excitation kVAr from #2 gen
4. currents in both rapidly rise
5. #2 with a lagging and #1 with a leading power factor
6. loss of excitation will trip #1 (if fitted) or overcurrent will trip causing #2 to be overloaded
7. alternatively #2 trips on overcurrent which deprives #1 of excitation and it trips on undervoltage
8 result, total power failure.
What about corrosion and unseen floating debris on landing/takeoff?
This boat (Stellar Daisy) sank yesterday, they think water got in thru a crack, liquified the ore cargo, then she split and rolled over, taking 22 of the 24 crew with her.

:/ must have been a decent fucking crack :/ christ
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I'm currently exploring historical shipping, much respect for the mighty old clippers and windjammers.
if others have time I would much recommend investigating the Kindly light sailed by lewis anderson
The most successful Pilot to ever work the bristol channel under sail, both before and after WW1 piloting a record 13 vessels in one week

He was forced to sell her by his competitors a few years after WW1 and join the local Pilot amalgamation working under steam.
and her restorer
Carolina Coast inbound with barge Sugar Express
AHS Hamburger outbound

Is your port the sugar hub of the southern states or what?
I wouldn't call it a hub, but they definitely move a lot of sugar through here.
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>no gangs required
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ATB Freeport
I had a similar thing to i happen to me on a pair of electronically injected cats. Loose connection caused the port side engine to lose the run signal, injection stopped instantly, port engine tripped on reverse power, starboard on overload.
The DM put out another article on the El Faro.

#tbt to the Goodyear Blimp in 1931 transferring mail from an ocean liner to the blimp in the Port of Los Angeles. Thank you Los Angeles Department of Water & Power for this piece of history. And although we won't see the blimp for a while, Goodyear is replacing the blimp later this year with a new "blimp" named Wingfoot Two. This new aircraft will be faster, quieter, larger, easier to fly, and more more maneuverable than the blimps it introduced more than 90 years ago!
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Did some wakeboarding and swimming today
I have NEVER heard of municipality levying an income tax. You're retarded.

It's pretty standard shit. If you're an American that doesn't live in America you pay no income tax on the firat $80k you make. After that you pay income tax, but you can use any foreign income tax you pay to offset some of that up to an amount.

The USA is really stupid in that regard. Almost no other nation forces their citizens to pay income tax if they're not living there.
no, u

How many other nations will send a c130, 4 rescue swimmers and a frigate if you activate your epirb 1000 miles from shore?
What lake?
>I have NEVER heard of municipality levying an income tax.
Me neither. I live in the communist shithole known as the city of los angeles. If other cities were levying an income tax, the jews of the LA city council wouldnt hesitate to do the same.
Is ILWU linesman the graviest gig in the maritime industry?
Some do. City of LA has a business income tax rather than a personal one.
It's gotta be Sea Pilot.
>Board ship a few miles out at the sea buoy
>Make a few turns, few easy passing arrangements
>Hand off to docking pilot once inside the harbor
>Waltz off once all the hard work is done
>Pass GO, collect $300,000

I got interested in joining the NYC Sea Pilots, but had already barely passed their age limit, I think it's 25.
I didnt even know that was a job. I knew about port pilots, but i didnt know about sea pilots. So they take control once the ship is in national waters or what?
It differs from Port to Port, state to state and country to country. Differing laws, regulations, and agreements between pilot associations.
Sometimes that Sea(aka Bar) pilot will also dock the ship. Sometimes there are multiple pilots for different areas (Sea>River>Docking).
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That's called a "racket"
Can anyone explain what a berth pocket is? Or is this just the same as a berth?

Just listened to Gordon Lightfoot's "Edmund Fitzgerald", and I was wondering if anyone of you has ever been in a situation where you truly were afraid onboard.
I remember my first turn onboard on international waters as a Deck Cadet when I was 16.
>crossing the Bay of Biscay
>bound for Tangiers from St.Nazaire
>the weather roughens
>wind 30 knots
>9-10 m waves
>swell 30-35 degrees
>got thrown out of my bunk twice during the night
>OOW legit scared
>VHF traffic filled with panicked french fishermen

Looking back there wasn't even the slightest chance of going under, but at the time I had only sailed on smaller cargo transport ferries in the Finnish archipelago. After the storm faded, I had realised how petrifying it would be to know your ship wont handle the weather conditions.

>Does anyone know where the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours?


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