Disney, Norwegian & Princess Cruises – Port of LA 'AMP' Clients

By George Backwell at March 06, 2011 02:50
Filed Under: General
Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line ships have all been provided with 'Alternative Maritime Power' (AMP)  while berthed in the Port of Los Angeles over the past few weeks according to a Port correspondent on 24, February 2011, who also quoted Mayor Villaraigosa's proud statement that: "The use of AMP at our World Cruise Center [located in San Pedro] reduces emissions not just at the Port, but improves the quality of air throughout the Los Angeles region".It sounds as if something noteworthy is afoot in sunny San Pedro, but coincidentallly the AMP concept is still widely known by another term with roots in the maritime past. Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) – 'Cold Ironing'AMP is known colloquially among many seafarers as 'Cold Ironing', a term stemming from the early steamship days when coal-fired boilers supplied steam to drive reciprocating and steam-turbine main engines. Once in port these boilers would be shut down to become literally  'c... [More]

Nuclear Waste Ship Patched-up in Nick of Time in North Sea

By George Backwell at January 10, 2011 02:55
Filed Under: General
'Puma in trouble on its way back from Murmansk', Kjesti Album's headline news item set alarm bells ringing in Norway when it was published in the environmental online publication Naturvernvorbundet just before Christmas. Somewhat clandestinely, the Danish ship had sailed along Norway's north-west seaboard a week earlier to Murmansk, Russia, loaded with 333 tons of weapons-grade nuclear hazardous waste from a Serbian research facility. The 1994 built, 2120 dwt Puma attracted unwelcome publicity on the way back south from the Barents Sea, close by the northern coast of Norway, when crew were unable to stop the engine room flooding from a damaged sea-water inlet valve and assistance had to be called. Norwegians breathed a collective sigh of relief when they heard that all hazardous waste cargo had already been offloaded, but still the Puma was in danger of foundering in these icy waters off the coast of North Norway. Map: Courtesy of BarentsObserver.com Hazardous Waste Trade to Russia... [More]

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