Archive for the Maritime Law Category

Iranian Provocations in Strait of Hormuz!!

Posted in Maritime Law, Politics on January 11, 2008 by lindendale

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This is the USS Port Royal, one of the three ships harassed by Iranian powerboats in the Strait of Hormuz.  There is a good explanation of the incident on Slate. There are also links to competing video accounts by the Americans and Iranians.  Also, if you look real closely in the American account, I think you can see Crockett and Tubbs driving one of the powerboats.  WTF?

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I would like to point out that this incident occurred outside of the territorial waters of Iran, which is a belt of coastal waters extending at most twelve nautical miles from the baseline (usually the mean low-water mark) of a coastal state, as defined by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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Hyper-Sub: I’m so getting one of these.

Posted in Maritime Law, Technology on January 10, 2008 by lindendale

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It’s 2008, and there are still no flying cars, which I am more than a little annoyed about. But now this hybrid surface boat/submersible, the Marion Hyper-Sub, has just finished prototype testing. Here are the specs:

General/Dimensions

  • Seating Capacity (cabin): 4, plus pilot
  • Overall Length: 34�
  • Total Beam/Width: 13�6�
  • Height (keel to top of cabin): 6�10�
  • Height with Arch/Spoiler: 8�6�
  • Draft: 24� (saltwater)
  • Dry Weight: 29,300 lbs

Surface Performance

  • Surface Powerplant: Twin 440 horsepower inboard Yanmar diesels
  • Fuel Capacity: 262.5 gallons, variable displacement cells
  • Out Drives: Arneson ASD-10, surface piercing props, 3,400 ft.-lbs. torque
  • Navigational Aids: GPS, chart plotting, radar, forward and downward sensing sonar, autopilot

Dive Performance

  • Submerged Propulsion: electric over hydraulic
  • Twin main hydraulic thrusters, 60 hp maximum
  • Bow and stern steering thrusters
  • Air Capacity: 2,000 std. cu. ft.
  • Air Recharge: Twin 5,000 psi SCBA compressors
  • Battery load: 2 AGM-type battery banks storing 13kWh (135Ah @ 96VDC).

I don’t know if the twin 440-HP diesels are going to get it done for me. But otherwise, damn. There is some video footage of testing on their site. The music is super cheesy.

I wonder how this vehicle will be classified?  Is it a boat or a sub? I guess that’s really a question of maritime law.

You know who already has one of these? Baby Teddy.

Giving a Shit

Posted in Maritime Law on January 8, 2008 by darbydale

Ok, in a given year, I only deal with 8 or 9 service people on a consistent (more than once) basis. Why not rank them based on my perception of how much of a shit they give?

8. My dentist: He’s fairly upbeat, but I’m almost positive that my main defining feature for him is a willingness to pay for expensive dental work. I’m telling the next dentist that I’m a street musician.

7. Sales rep for company we purchased our house from: When her company was building our house, she used to complain that we visited her at the model less than any other couple. We were never quite sure what we were supposed to be asking her about. We did stop in to use the bathroom once. She once told me that attractive women sold less houses because they intimidated the wives/girlfriends in potential buying couples.

6. Lawn guy: I’d like to think of him as one guy, but the “lawn guy” is really a crew of guys that work for a large landscaping company. He might have finished higher, but my lighted lawn penguin was askew after his last visit. What’s up with that?

5. My physician: I should give him extra points for working curse words into every appointment. Also, I appreciate our mutual agreement to postpone my next prostate exam until I’m 40.

4. Guy who sold me season tickets for local college basketball team: Somehow this involved 6 or 7 phone calls including an awkward one in which he asked if I’d be willing to switch my seats one seat to the left. Still, I’m under the impression that if I had a complaint or need, he’d make sure it was taken care of.

3. The guy who delivers for my dry cleaner: Sure, sometimes I’ll lose pants for months at a time. But who tracks them down? This guy.

2. Girl at Dunkin’ Donuts: I really think Dunkin’ Donuts should make trading cards for any employee that has been there more than a year. I have my personal favorite. Cheery, always gets my coffee order right, combines a cherubic appearance with some tattoos that look like she got them in prison.

1. The entire wait staff at my local Thai restaurant: Seriously. These people are amazing. I feel guilty when I don’t go there at least once a week.