This weeks article looks at a species considered to be one of the most potentially damaging to enter Western Europe.
This weeks post looks at the delivery of the S.S. Don Alberto in 1928. The cargo vessel was delivered from the shipbuilders, Smiths Dock Company Ltd, to Valparaiso where her new owners – The Pacific Steam Navigation Company – awaited her arrival.
A meeting by the IMO’s council last week (July 4-7) concluded that the IMO will henceforth abandon the practice of reassessing conventions at the end of each month, which was introduced in January this year.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, these fish were once popular as pets. However, their destructive potential was overlooked because of their beauty and the spread of the lionfish populations beyond their native range is now considered to be one of the worst marine invasions ever.
This weeks archive looks at the delivery of the HMS Plantagenet in 1939. Henry Abram Limited was called upon by Lobnitz & Co Limited to transport the HMS Plantagenet from the West Yard to her new owners in Rosyth.
This weeks invader, more commonly referred to as Dead Mans Fingers, is native to the Pacific Ocean around Japan and Korea. However it was first found in Ireland in 1808, and 30 years later in Scotland. It made an appearance on the shores of the Netherlands just before 1900 and can now be found throughout Europe and along the east coast of the US, from the Gulf of St Lawrence all the way to North Carolina. It is not entirely clear how the species came to travel so far, but it is thought that fouling of ships hulls played a …
In a further twist to what is a hot topic in ballast water treatment – MPN vs CMFDA test methods for ballast water management systems – the Canadian government has confirmed its backing of the MPN method…
This weeks invader is native to the Mediterranean and Northeastern Atlantic ocean. It is a filter-feeding tube worm that can form vast meadows across the sea floor. It is considered an invasive species in Australia, where it was first seen in 1965. The species is thought to have been introduced both as larvae in ballast water and adults attaching themselves to ships hulls. Their presence can be a nuisance as they can reduce fish numbers, destroy aquaculture and clog dredges and nets. They also excrete nitrogen which encourages the growth of algal blooms. (Photo courtesy of scienceimage.csiro.au)
100 years’ worth of archived projects makes for some interesting reading. Today’s world of almost instantaneous marine communications would be unrecognizable to our ship delivery team in the early 1900s. In November 1927, the British Empire still in full swing, Henry Abrams & Sons were contracted to deliver a triple expansion steamer vessel – the SS Parvati – to Bombay from the Grangemouth Dockyard.
Progress well underway with the South Rotunda.