Nautical News: For the week of July 1st, 2012

BOSTON’S HARBORFEST IS UNDERWAY

Federal, state, and local police are on high alert as Boston’s 4th of July Harborfest and Sail Op 2012 are now officially underway. The USS WASP, a massive amphibious assault warship arrived in the harbor and is open to the public as are several other U.S. Navy vessels and tall ships that are docked in Boston. All boat traffic on the 4th of July will be directed to follow a counter-clockwise pattern through the harbor to allow boaters to observe the Tall Ships and the Navy ships tied up at the Fish Pier and at the Black Falcon cruise terminal.


9 PEOPLE RESCUED ON A TOY RAFT AND PADDLE BOARDS

The Coast Guard rescued nine young people on a toy raft and on paddle boards who drifted too far away from a Cape Cod beach. A Coast Guard crew on a 45 foot boat picked up the group and returned them to shore at a Cape Cod Canal pier. Petty Officer Shane Carpenter said none of the teens were wearing life jackets and were very lucky that nobody was injured.


TEAM ORACLE WINS AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES

The decisive final day of America’s Cup World Series Newport will be televised coast to coast on NBC television this afternoon. This is the first time in 20 years that sailing returns to national TV. Today’s race will determine not just the winner of the Newport event, but will also decide the 2011-12 America’s Cup World Series Champion.


MILLIMETER SEA LEVEL RISE CAUSES DIRE PREDICTION

Sea levels along the Atlantic Coast of the United States are rising four to five times faster than the global average according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. The sharp rise in sea levels from North Carolina to Massachusetts could mean serious flooding and storm damage for major cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Boston, as well as threats to wetlands habitats. The main cause of recent sea level increases along the coast is believed to be from the arrival of fresh water from the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet.


SEA SHEPHERDS WIN BLUEFIN TUNA LAWSUIT

The lawsuit against the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for releasing hundreds of blue fin tuna from pens off the coast of Libya in June 2010 was dismissed by the Admiralty Court in London. The Sea Shepherds admitted to freeing 800 large bluefin tuna, saying the fish were caught after the fishing season had ended. In a press release, Captain Paul Watson said, “We freed 800 large endangered bluefin tuna illegally caught by poachers off the coast of Libya. We cut the nets and when the Maltese company that claimed ownership of these liberated fish sued us, we stood our ground in court and we won, the tuna won, and the poachers lost.”


HARWICH HARBORMASTER RETIRES

Harwich Harbormaster Tom Leach retired from that position after 40 years of service. In addition to fulfilling the regular duties of a harbormaster. Tom also managed the town’s marinas. Although Tom graduated from Tufts as a pre-med student with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, his family always knew he had a love for the sea. Tom said he will continue to have something to do with boats and the sea during his retirement years.


COAST GUARD HEARS KNOCKING FROM CONTAINER

One of the ways the Coast Guard inspects a container ship is to knock on each container before it is offloaded. When knocking on a container that arrived in Port Newark, New Jersey from the United Arab Emirates, the Coast Guard believed they heard someone knocking back. That started a huge search as officials believed there were possible terrorists hiding inside. After unloading and x-raying hundreds of containers, no stowaways or terrorists were found on the ship.


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