Archive for the ‘vessels’ Category
If you liked the Cosco Busan, you’ll love the Cosco Indo – it’s lots bigger:
Hey, did you know that our U.S. Coast Guard is a branch of the U.S. military? Hey, you know who knew that at the time of the Cosco Busan Petroleum Spill? The crew of the Cosco Busan, hence the lack cooperation after one of our well-paid* bar pilots screwed up, big-time.
*Hey, who pays our bar pilots? You do. You do when you buy an iPhone, and other tings…
Color Photograph: Sunset or Moonrise? Telegraph Hill, Sailboat, Cruise Ship, Alcatraz, and Angel IslandFriday, May 22nd, 2015
The answer will amaze you, or not:
This is the sun, as seen from a span of our troubled San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
It looked like the moon though.
That could be the troubled Star Princess, which should be norovirus-free these days. Let’s hope so. And if it’s not the Princess, well, let’s hope it’s norovirus-free as well…
Yet Another James Bond Villain Yacht in SF Bay: Galeocerdo – A “Tiger Shark” with Three Turbine EnginesTuesday, January 6th, 2015
AKA WallyPower 118, AKA Wally 118.
This thing gets 15 gallons to the mile.
As photographed by Paul Kaplan at Gas House Cove in The Marina on January 2, 2015:
And look, it super-impressed the SFMOMA in SoMA a decade back:
“The WallyPower is … being honored by the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art as the sole boat in its major architecture and design exhibition, “Glamour: Fabricating Affluence,” which runs from October 9 2004 to January 16 2005.”
And hey, did thing get pulled over by the US Coast Guard last year? I think so.
That’s your James Bond Villain Yacht In SF Bay Update.
Who’s Looking Out for San Francisco Taxpayers? The Republican Caucus of the State Senate – America’s Cup FiascoThursday, January 1st, 2015
Well, Larry Ellison has decided to take his little boat race to Bermuda for 2017. Now here’s the coda to his scandal-plagued 2013 effort in the 415. It was written last year but it’s still pretty much up to date:
What a burn.
From the conclusion of the analyst’s full report:
Because both the America’s Cup Organizing Committee’s fundraising and tax revenues generated by the America’s Cup events fell short of the original projections, the City’s General Fund incurred net costs of nearly $6.0 million and the Port incurred net costs of nearly $5.5 million, totaling nearly $11.5 million.
Moreover, according to the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office, it would appear that San Francisco also failed to meet expectations of job creation and small business involvement:
The impact of America’s Cup tourism on hotel occupancy was minimal with increases in hotel occupancy rates during the events generally less than one percentage point versus prior non-event years.
The Event Authority did not notify or work with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) to recruit San Francisco residents for Event Authority Contracts in 2012.
The America’s Cup provided jobs for 517 city residents out of a total of 2,800 jobs (note original projections stood at 8,840 new jobs).
Neither the Event Authority nor OEWD sufficiently tracked small business participation in Event Authority contracts.
What an embarrassment.
The Bay Area Runs on Petroleum – A Dozen Tankers at Anchorage 9, the Former Hangout of the Exxon ValdezThursday, October 30th, 2014
Here’s four of them:
The big ships offload to smaller tankers – a process called lightering.
Oddly enough, San Francisco’s inept SFMTA transit agency has spilled more petroleum into SF Bay than any single vessel spill over the past 40 years. We had the Cosco Busan mishap a few years back, but that was a container ship and it only spilled fuel it was going to use on its trip across the Pacific. The Bay Area has never had a big big oil tanker spill.
The 1971 SF Bay Oil Spill was as close as we came…