Archive for 02/09/2012

Maritime Journal –

Traditional boatbuilder Mark Edwards of Richmond UK is building the Royal Rowbarge, which will take part in a number of high profile events this year, including leading the Jubilee Pageant on the Thames on 3 June.

Commissioned through Lord Sterling, with the support of a small syndicate consisting of The Gosling Foundation, Eyal Ofer, Lloyd’s Register and the Weston Foundation, the Royal Rowbarge will highlight and pay tribute to the role of the River Thames in the history and pageantry of London through the ages, whilst providing a long term legacy of the Jubilee for years to come.

The largest flotilla seen on the river in modern times will include thousands of boats, expected to stretch along the Thames for a distance of over 12 miles.

The Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA) has proudly announced that Ted Spears, a highly experienced Fellow member of the YDSA has been selected as the specialist surveyor to Lloyd’s Register for the Royal Rowbarge, which has been specially commissioned for Her Majesty the Queen in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.

As the Lloyd’s Register specialist surveyor, Ted is responsible for assessing, monitoring and reporting on the overall condition of the Royal Rowbarge, as well as ensuring the materials used for the build are compliant with official standards and specifications.

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RT – 

An excited crowd gathered in the Pakistani port of Karachi to see local fishermen land a massive 12-meter whale shark.

The seven-ton fish was lifted with the help of several cranes and ropes in an operation that took over four hours.

The whale shark got caught in the fishing nets of a passing trawler. The fishermen said it appeared to be semi-conscious when discovered, but died few hours later.

According to local media reports, it was later auctioned for 1.7 million rupees (US$18,760). The whale shark is the biggest fish in the world and can grow up to 20 meters in length.

However, it poses no threat as it feeds on plankton and small fish that it filters into its wide, flat mouth.

It inhabits warm, tropical seas and has a lifespan of about 70 years.