Author Peter Janssen

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Sandy Hook Pilot Dies After Fall from Container Ship

Captain Dennis R. Sherwood, who had been piloting ships in and out of New York Harbor for more than 35 years, died after trying to board an inbound container ship near the Ambrose Light. Sherwood, a member of the Sandy Hook Pilots Association, fell from the accommodation ladder on the Maersk Kensington (pictured above) at 0430 hours. He fell back into his pilot boat, which rushed him to Staten Island. He passed away in a hospital there. The Coast Guard responded to the accident, as did vessels from the New York Fire Department, and the New York Police Department Harbor…

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New 42-Foot Boat Slams into Port Everglades Jetty

The 42-foot Hydrasports Custom Boats center console that hit a Port Everglades jetty in the middle of the night, seriously injuring two of its four passengers, was so new that the owner had not yet registered it at the time of the accident, according to the Sun-Sentinel.  Officials did not know whether the owner, Daniel Towriss, the CEO of an Indiana insurance company, was driving his new boat at the time. All four people, who also were from Indiana, were injured in the accident. The Sun-Sentinel said one woman was thrown onto the rocks by the impact. The jetty marks…

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Alaska Fishing Boat Sinks. 2 Rescued; 5 Missing. See Video

The Coast Guard rescued two crew members and called off a search for five others after their 130-foot crab fishing boat, Scandies Rose, capsized and sank in 45-knot winds and 21-foot seas about five miles off Sutwik Island on the south side of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. The boat issued a Mayday call at 10:15 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, with the crew saying it was taking on water and listing. The Coast Guard in Kodiak launched an immediate search and rescue operation. At 2 a.m. the next morning, a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter lifted two crew members, who…

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Great Dismal Swamp Canal Closed for Three Months

The Army Corps of Engineers has closed the Great Dismal Swamp Canal for repairs, and it will remain closed for about three months. The original announcement, below, said the canal would be closed starting Jan. 6, but the Corps found a mechanical problem at the South Mills Lock and they closed the Canal ahead of schedule. If you’re cruising north or south on the ICW, you can take the  Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal through the Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake, Virginia. Operators monitor Channel 13. VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – DISMAL SWAMP CANAL – CLOSED TO NAVIGATION On…

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Marc Anthony’s 120-foot Yacht Burns, Capsizes, in Miami

JLo’s ex-husband Marc Anthony’s $7million yacht bursts into flames and CAPSIZES in Miami marina Grammy-award winner Marc Anthony’s yacht caught on fire and capsized at the Island Gardens Marina in Miami, Florida  Fire rescue crews dispatched to the scene around 7.30pm and had the fire under control within two hours Anthony was not on the yacht at the time and the crew members who were evacuated   The cause of the fire is unknown and no one was injured  Anthony’s $7million yacht is 120-feet long and has five cabins that sleep 12 people  It also included amenities like a BBQ, satellite TV,…

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Did Lithium-ion Batteries Sink the 134-foot Yacht Kanga?

On the morning of Sept. 7, 2018, a fierce fire destroyed the 134-foot yacht Kanga as it was anchored off the coast of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic. The nine guests and four crew all were evacuated; no one was injured. Kanga, a tri-deck displacement yacht, was almost brand new. An experienced American owner ordered it from the CNN yard in La Spezia, Italy. It was built to hold 12 guests in five staterooms; the crew quarters could hold a staff of 11. It was launched in May, and was scheduled to be displayed at the Cannes and Monaco yacht shows…

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For 2020: The 20 Best Beach Bars in the Caribbean

You may have been wondering, as you plan your next cruise or charter vacation, what are the best beach bars in the Caribbean? Even if you haven’t been concentrating on this yet, the people at Caribbean Journal have put together a list of “The 20 Best Caribbean Beach Bars to Visit in 2020,” just to get you in the mood. I may be remiss in this department, but I haven’t set foot in most of them; then again, this gives me something to aim for in the year, or years, ahead. The point is that the best bars are more…

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Ocean Cleanup Collects Plastic from Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch non-profit organization that’s trying to clean the waters offshore, just brought its first batch of plastic back from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Boyan Slat, the group’s founder and CEO, stood amid bags of plastic retrieved from the ocean when they were unloaded in Vancouver, British Columbia, to announce the successful catch. The Ocean Cleanup got off to a rocky start in September, 2018, when its U-shaped floating collection system with a ten-foot skirt hanging underwater didn’t retrieve much of the plastic it was supposed to trap. The group made some changes in the design…

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New Sirena 58 Coupe To Debut at Miami Show

The new Sirena 58 Coupe will make its world debut at the Miami Yacht Show, starting Feb. 13. The latest entry from the high-end Turkish builder, the 58 Coupe is the little sister to the 58 Flybridge that is the most successful yacht in Sirena’s lineup. The Coupe was designed for the American market. Sirena says that many potential buyers said they wanted an express style yacht, so they could fit under Florida’s many bridges or cruise easily around the Great Loop. Still, the Coupe, designed by Germán Frers, has all the style and performance that distinguished the original flybridge…

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New 48 Wallytender Hits 55 Knots with Four Outboards

Wally is launching its new head-turning 55-knot 48 Wallytender X at the Miami Yacht Show, starting Feb. 13. The beautiful new Wally, powered by four 450-hp Mercury Verado R outboards, is the performance-oriented sister to the inboard 48 Wallytender introduced this past fall. The original 48 Wallytender was powered by twin 480-hp Volvo IPS650 pod drives, and topped out at 38 knots. It was the first Wally produced since the Ferretti Group took over the company. For the U.S. market, Wally wanted a faster, outboard boat. “As a hotspot for the outboard yachting lifestyle, Florida is the perfect place to…

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