Saturday, January 26, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Whitsunday 2013 event lead recovery
From Australia Day activities at the Whitsunday Sailing Club to the start of winter sailing activities and celebrating the naming of Whitsunday on Whit Sunday May 19 through to both the Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island Race Weeks, 2013 is shaping up to a resurgence of activity.
However it must be noted that both race weeks have had continuing success with both numbers of boat and people but the recent joining of Reef Festival in the mix brings land and sea activities closer for all. With a bit of luck we will have more visitors coming our way especially when more drive market miners realize what is on their doorstep.
Let's not forget the fifty or so cruise ships now making port calls here and the continuing work on Airlie's high street. When the water main was holed creating a huge fountain, we thought we were getting the new water feature many wanted.
What about the new boating facilities at Port of Airlie? Looking real good and getting patronage over the summer making Airlie a good spot once again to bring the family and put the boat in the water.
Every Saturday our waterfront Lion's Club markets provide a fun atmosphere and additional cruise ship markets and the occasional car show consistently bring visitors.
Let's all work together toward a fun event resurgence in 2013.
On the island of Giglio in Italy's Tyrrhenian Sea, relatives of the 32 passengers and crew who died when the Costa Concordia crashed into rocks last year gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of the tragedy. One year ago, the cruise ship Costa Concordia was steered perilously close to the island, sideswiped Le Scole reef and ripped open a 150' gash in the port side of the hull.
The ship itself is still on its side, close to where it sank and rolled over. The major change is that there are now barges and cranes alongside the stricken ship, making preparations for what will be, if successful, the largest intact salvage of any ship in history. Much of the work is currently, like the Titanic's iceberg, mostly underwater.
The cruise industry has adopted a raft of new rules which they claim will make cruising significantly safer. The most significant rule change is the obvious safety drills will now take place at the dock before the ship sails, rather than within 24 hours of sailing. The Costa Concordia sank before a safety drill was performed. The rest of the rules are largely window dressing. Each conceivably could help to improve vessel safety, if property implemented. Given that the captain and senior officers on the Costa Concordia appear to have largely ignored the existing rules for passenger safety, it is unclear how much difference the new rules might make.
Investigation and legal proceedings continue at a snail's pace; Italian Marine Casualty Investigation Central Board, charged with the technical investigation into the casualty, has not yet produced a final report on the sinking.
Item last week regarding tides. Yes, the tide height was also the same height of 4.24 metres on both Friday and Saturday, the highest for 2013.
29 year old Matthew Clark almost won the Bailiwick Bass Club Open Challenge in Guernsey. The almost 14 pound fish that he presented at the weigh in should have won the £800 first prize if one of the judges had not recognized the fish, which had two distinctive markings on its head. The fish had been stolen from the local Guernsey Aquarium where Clark was employed. The felonious fish thief was nicked by police for theft and fraud. The bass, unfortunately, died before it could be returned to the aquarium.
Lindeman Island - Mariners are advised that the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting controlled burns on Lindeman Island between Wednesday, 16 January and Monday, 29 January. The area around Lindeman Island will be affected. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when in the vicinity as visibility may be restricted due to smoke. AUS charts 250, 251, 824 & 825
Daydream leading lights reported unlit, the back light is lit but of low intensity and may be somewhat obscured.
Whitehaven Bay as reported last week both new replacement lights are operational with an intensity not seen for years, good job.
"My Mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style."
Fair winds to Ye!
Monday, January 07, 2013
Whitsunday wins winter
Australian Traveller magazine deems Queensland the year-round destination for readers, crowned favourite destination in both summer and winter with Whitsunday and its charms receiving the 2012 Readers' Choice Awards for the Favourite Winter Destination.
The magazine poses the question about Whitsundays best kept secret and answers it with, "yachts the kind of sleek, gorgeous cruisers that most of us associate with the rich and the very famous; complete with bedrooms, bathrooms, and of course, champagne. But here's the secret: they're available for hire; often, for less than the price of a hotel room."
"These yachts or 'bareboats', as they're known often are owned by the wealthy or well-known, people who can afford a yacht, but don't have the time to spend lazing about on them for months on end.
"So they're not 'bare' in the sense you'd expect, actually, they're fantastically well appointed". "They're called bareboats because you get to fill it with the people and have holiday you want."
"Lush, green foliage. Every colour of blue. Barren, rocky cliff sides that hint at Australia's colonial reputation as a somewhat less-than-hospitable place; interspersed with soft, perfectly white beaches, away from internet and phone reception"
Australian Traveller says it's Australia's premier and iconic domestic Australian travel magazine based on a readership of committed, smart and discerning travellers. It must be working as they are a publication that has increased its readership.
System deadline missed
National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety (National System) will now start in March 2013 having missed the January 1 target.
Regulations to support the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act, which was passed by the Australian Parliament in August this year, will also be implemented on that date.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will become the National Regulator for domestic commercial vessel safety and administrator of the National System and State and Northern Territory marine safety agencies will act as delegates to the National Regulator.
Regulations and Marine Orders to support the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 will also be implemented on the commencement date.
NSCV Part E consultation has an exposure draft of the NSCV Operations, available for public consultation until 16 January 2013). Also available for consultation is the draft of the NSCV Part D Crew Competencies again until 16 January 2013. This is an important licensing standard for industry and individual seafarers and will provide some holiday reading.
Marine Safety Inspector (MSI) training for the start of the National System reached a milestone, with all Jurisdictions except WA, now having started Marine Safety Inspector training.
Twenty Maritime Safety Queensland staff became the latest group of officers to receive the training from AMSA staff. Topics covered in the two-day workshop included prohibition, improvement and infringement notices and the practical consequences of the National Law.
The training helps ready marine safety inspectors to apply the new laws on the water from the first day they are in force.
Maritime reform initiatives include the introduction of the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety (National System), the new Navigation Act 2012, the Australian International Shipping Register and the Maritime Labour Convention, as well as AMSA's role in marine environment protection, search and rescue and ship safety.
To guide industry through the key requirements of the new National System, an Industry Guide to the National System and accompanying Fact Sheets are now available by visiting any State and Territory maritime safety office; by downloading the material from the National System website. www.nationalsystem.amsa.gov.au
Schooner Rock, near Keswick Island, off Mackay - Mariners are advised that the temporary buoy, replacing the destroyed north cardinal mark Q on Schooner Rock, north of St Bees Island, has been restored with a temporary light. The temporary light has a visible range of 2-3 nautical miles. AUS charts 251 & 824
South of Cape Bowling Green - Mariners are advised that a structure composing of net and 3 PVC rails with approximately 15 to 20 metres of rope attached and various size buoys is floating approximately 16 Nautical miles offshore Southwest of the Yongala wreck site outside of the Green zone. The structure measures 3 metres x 2.5 metres. AUS charts 826 & 827. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution whilst in these areas.
Newfoundland fisherman's saying.
'Tis another year gone
God Bless you an' yours
May 'ee grant you
As you bend at d'oars.
Best wishes of the Season and Long may your big jib draw!
Cap'n Dan will return to ABC Radio Tropical North and 4MK in the New Year