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High seas and low maintenance: Inside the turbulent US effort to build a pier into Gaza – KTVZ

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The Cape Gazette takes to the high seas – CapeGazette.com

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Dominic and Marsha Stimola, Warren and Cheryl Smith, and Warren and Sharon Campbell, from the community of Independence in Millsboro, took the Cape Gazette on a 12-day cruise to the Caribbean Islands. The cruise included ports of call at five islands with informative shore excursions, plenty of food and drink, and great entertainment. On its return to Baltimore, the ship encountered very rough seas for which there was no extra charge.

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Milestone "Adventure" on the High Seas – Live Blogs – Royal Caribbean Blog

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I was not going to blog but do a trip report upon conclusion. Sailing June 7, 2024 and there are so many good trip report strands happening.

But this is in the Royal Suite 1620 so I thought if I could provide any insight it would serve our amazing community some entertainment.

No RUB because none were offered, this is the highest category of cabin.

I am packed, no one else even thought about it.

Celebrating my kiddos High School graduation as well as she turns 18 during the sail week.

I'm enjoying @SweetPeaand @OCSC Mikeblogs right now. I'm looking forward to finally saying hello in person to @smokeybanditand family as well as @TheoneandonlyMICAH. I am inviting them to please add some experiences here as well.

I'll be quiet for now as I have nothing else for now. Here is the reason for the 1620 splurge! See ya real soon!

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Updated Covenant: Dutch State To Provide Continuous Support To The Ocean Cleanup’s High Seas Activities | Updates – The Ocean Cleanup

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On 29 May 2024, we signed an amendment updating the covenant with the State of the Netherlands relating to the deployment of our cleanup system on the high seas, beyond national jurisdiction. This amendment demonstrates the Dutch governments support for The Ocean Cleanups activities and its wish to follow international rules and regulations.

In 2018, the State of the Netherlands and The Ocean Cleanup signed a tailor-made agreement (covenant) relating to the deployment of the cleanup system on the high seas. Due to the novel nature of our work in the GPGP, there was a lack of applicable legislation relating to the system itself, and no ready-made legal framework for our operations.

The covenant embodies the determination of The Ocean Cleanup to deploy its system in line with international rules and regulations with respect to the environment, maritime safety and other users of the high seas.

Since the signing of the covenant in 2018, the system has been further developed, tested and validated, with hundreds of thousands of kilograms removed from the GPGP to date. We have shown that The Ocean Cleanups method is effective in cleaning floating plastic from the ocean. Having done this, the covenant needed to be amended to reflect the current and future activities of The Ocean Cleanup in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also taking into account the developments in international legislation such as the BBNJ Treaty.

We express our gratitude for the support of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and its continuous efforts to protect the worlds oceans against plastic pollution.

We would also like to thank the legal team from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek who helped us shape this future-proof amendment.

To see our 2018 update on the original Covenant with the Dutch State, click here.

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Repairs underway for Gaza floating aid pier that suffered ‘significant damage’ in high seas – 13newsnow.com WVEC

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High seas and low maintenance: Inside the turbulent US effort to build a pier into Gaza – KTEN

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The conversation around a maritime corridor began near the end of October, the first administration official told CNN, when Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides surfaced the idea at a foreign affairs council meeting described by sources as big picture but included little detail about who would provide the financing and construction. Though the US wasnt present at the meeting, the White House heard of it through other partner nations who were there, including France and the UK, the official said.

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Defense Department Conducts Recover, Repair Mission for Temporary Pier After Heavy Sea Sta – Department of Defense

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The Defense Department is working to recover three of four vessels associated with its temporary humanitarian aid pier in Gaza after rough seas caused the motorized sections to run aground May 25, the Pentagon announced today.

The vessels, which are part of U.S. Central Command's Joint Logistics, Over-the-Shore capability and which are used to stabilize the trident pier broke free from their anchors and beached ashore after suffering a loss of power, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters.

"As of today, one of the Army vessels that was beached on the coast of Israel near Ashkelon has been recovered. The second vessel that was also beached near Ashkelon will be recovered in the next 24 hours, and the remaining two vessels that were beached near the Trident pier are expected to be recovered in the next 48 hours," Singh said, adding that the Israeli Navy is assisting in the recovery efforts.

The U.S is not authorizing any American boots on the ground in Gaza, and that is not hindering efforts to recover the three vessels, Singh said.

In addition to the JLOTS vessels running aground, high sea states and a North African weather system caused a portion of the trident pier to detach from the pier that is currently anchored into the Gaza coastline earlier today, resulting in damage to the trident pier and necessitating a need to rebuild and repair it, Singh said.

Over the next 48 hours, U.S. forces will remove the pier from its anchored position on the coast and tow it back to the Israeli coastal city of Ashdod to begin repairs.

"The pier proved highly valuable in delivering aid to the people of Gaza. Thus, upon completion of the pier repair and reassembly, the intention is to re-anchor the temporary pier to the coast of Gaza and resume humanitarian aid to the people who need it most," Singh told reporters, noting that, to date, over 1,000 metric tons of aid has been delivered to the pier for humanitarian organizations to distribute to Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Singh said, U.S. forces are currently loading humanitarian aid into vessels in Cyprus for transport to Gaza so that it can roll out immediately once the repaired pier is reattached to the shoreline in the coming days.

First announced March 8 of this year after President Joe Biden called on the military to lead the temporary humanitarian aid operation, the JLOTS pier became operational May 17.

When questioned as to whether the pier is durable enough to complete its mission, Singh said DOD is optimistic.

"I think, unfortunately, we had a perfect storm of high sea states and this North African weather system also came in at the same time, creating not an optimal environment to operate the JLOTS," Singh said.

"But we believe that given the time of year we will be able to re-anchor this pier; and it will be able to be operational; and, hopefully, weather conditions won't hinder it anymore."

When further pressed as to whether the pier, which is budgeted at roughly $300 million, is worth the cost, Singh reiterated how much aid the pier was able to get into Gaza in just a short period of time.

" [I]t's pretty important for the people that are suffering right now that are in a dire humanitarian situation to get whatever aid they can, by whatever means," Singh said.

"We want to do everything possible to help; and it is our forces our men and women who are running toward the problem and doing everything they can to find a solution."

Centcom anticipates repairs to the pier to take approximately one week.

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Olive Heffernan takes a deep dive into protecting the world’s oceans in The High Seas – Irish Independent

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The sea is massive. That sounds obvious but, until reading Olive Heffernans The High Seas, I hadnt quite grasped the enormity of scale.

Oceans cover 70pc of Earths surface and can reach depths of 11 kilometres (Mount Everest is less than nine kilometres tall). And its positively teeming with life, often of the most incredible kind.

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Pentagon Suspends Gaza Aid Efforts After Rocky Rollout of Gaza Pier as ‘High Seas’ Disrupt Operations – The New York Sun

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The Pentagon will temporarily suspend aid deliveries to Gaza via an American-built, $320 million temporary pier that was damaged by rough weather and seas in recent days.

Due to high sea states and a North African weather system, earlier today, a portion of the Trident pier separated from the pier that is currently anchored into the coast of Gaza, the deputy Pentagon press secretary, Sabrina Singh, told reporters on Tuesday. As a result, the Trident pier was damaged and sections of the pier need rebuilding and repairing.

In its less than two weeks of operations, the pier has faced setbacks including three injured American service members, including one who remains in critical condition. The Pentagon said it is working to recover several vessels that were beached near the pier.

Over the next 48 hours, the Trident pier will be removed from its anchored position on the coast and towed back to Ashdod where U.S. Central Command will conduct repairs, Ms. Singh added, noting that the repairs will take more than a week and then the pier will need to be re-anchored to the Gaza coast.

The Pentagon said the pier proved highly valuable in delivering aid and thus is intended to be re-anchored so that aid to Gaza can resume.

To date, over 1,000 metric tons have been delivered from the pier to the marshaling area for onward delivery by humanitarian organizations and into the hands of Palestinians, Ms. Singh added while noting that the Pentagon hopes to get aid to Gaza as quickly as it can.

When asked about aid that hasnt yet been delivered through the pier but was intended to be over the next week, Ms. Singh said some of it is being loaded into vessels so that it is in position to move through once the pier is re-anchored, while some of the aids future will be determined in conversations with USAID about how to get it into Gaza. While the pier has been effective, she said, land routes are the most efficient way to move aid.

You guys put a lot of money into this and then it didnt last, it lasted for less than two weeks, one attendee at the press conference said, asking whether poor planning and poor quality materials could have contributed.

Over 1,000 metric tons of aid got to the people in Gaza, so I dont think thats a total loss, Ms. Singh responded, adding that it was important to get aid in by whatever means.

Last week, however, a Pentagon official stated that hundreds of tons of aid meant to be delivered to Gazans via the pier never reached its intended recipients. Much of it, a Pentagon spokesman said, was looted from food trucks leaving the staging area or commandeered by Hamas terrorists.

If you want to characterize it as a failure, I leave it to you, what I can tell you is that we dont control the weather, she said, adding that an unfortunate, unique pattern of events with high seas and another storm that came in caused it to be inoperable.

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Sailing Into Success: Omi Tanchanok’s Visionary Leadership Crowned Queen Of The High Seas With Blue Voyage … – Haute Living

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As the Founder and Chairwoman of Blue Voyage Group, Omi Tanchanok has championed innovation in the luxury yacht charter industry since 2015. Serving as both owner and CEO of Southfleet Boatyard, she has tirelessly merged the highest standards of luxury hospitality with the yachting experience, propelling Thailand to the forefront of global destinations for yacht enthusiasts.

Driven by a relentless desire to redefine the essence of luxury yachting, Omi Tanchanok has dedicated herself to creating the ultimate vacation experience. Inspired by Thailands stunning seascapes and driven by her passionate vision, she founded Blue Voyage Group to address an unmet market need, focusing on quality, safety, service, and innovation, leading the company to significant growth and profitability.

Starting with modest beginnings and a single small cruiser, Blue Voyage Group rapidly expanded its fleet in response to growing client demand and its burgeoning reputation. This strategic expansion established the company as Thailands leading authority on immersive yacht charters that exceed expectations.

Southfleet Boatyard was established to meet the high standards of Thailands luxury resorts, enhancing the quality and customization of sea excursions and cementing its status as a top provider of luxury yacht experiences. The exceptional quality of the vessels it operates and the rigorous training provided to its dedicated team ensure that every department within the organization exceeds industry standards.

Operating in Thailands competitive market, the achievements and reputation of Blue Voyage Group have solidified its position as an essential player in the industry. Offering a diverse fleet that includes superyachts, sailing catamarans, luxurious speedboats, motor yachts, and traditional wooden boats, the company delivers luxury experiences tailored to the varied preferences and budgets of its distinguished clientele.

Blue Voyage is recognized as Thailands premier, government-praised, number-one yacht charter company, trusted by worldwide yacht associations, travel agencies, and luxury resorts across the globe. Additionally, the affiliated Southfleet Boatyard produces bespoke, high-quality yachts, each individually designed to meet the unique needs of each resort.

As it looks toward the future, Blue Voyage Group is strategically positioned to expand into world-class yacht marina operations, broadening its offerings to include yacht supplies, engineering services, and more. This expansion aims to enhance the companys comprehensive suite of maritime services, further establishing its leadership in the luxury yachting industry.

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