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To stave off terror, feds issue safety strategy for boaters

In Maritime on April 27, 2008 at 11:05 pm

As boating season approaches, the Bush administration wants to enlist the country’s 80 million recreational boaters to help reduce the chances that a small boat could deliver a nuclear or radiological bomb somewhere along the country’s 95,000 miles of coastline and inland waterways. Read the rest of this entry »

Tugboat Minuet

In Maritime, Region on April 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm

TUGBOATS are not as romantic as fire trucks, and they do not have the sleek aerodynamic shape of airplanes. But there is something deeply satisfying about watching them at work. Read the rest of this entry »

For Humble Bungalows, a Plan to Save the Sunshine

In Go Coastal, Queens on April 27, 2008 at 10:27 pm

SUSAN ANDERSON lives on Beach 26th Street in Far Rockaway, on one of the area’s remaining bungalow-lined blocks. Ms. Anderson, who is an artist, bought two bungalows on the street in 2004, and she hopes to turn the one that still has its original cedar shingles into her studio. But over the past few years she has watched in dismay the construction of a 15-story oceanfront condominium just a few yards away. Read the rest of this entry »

Environmental Cost of Shipping Groceries Around the World

In Dive In on April 27, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Cod caught off Norway is shipped to China to be turned into filets, then shipped back to Norway for sale. Read the rest of this entry »

Making Ships Green, in Port and at Sea

In Maritime on April 27, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Something unusual is happening in Swedish waters. Crews docking at the Port of Gothenburg are turning off their engines and plugging into the local power grid rather than burning diesel oil or sulfurous bunker fuel — a thick, black residue left over from refining oil. Read the rest of this entry »

ANGLERS, WEST IS THE BEST

In Get Wet, Natural Waterfront on April 25, 2008 at 3:20 pm

RIGHT now the best salt water action is to the west. Read the rest of this entry »

When the Waters Yield Macabre Secrets

In Dive In, Manhattan on April 25, 2008 at 3:11 pm

In any standard lexicon, the term “floater” refers to a few whimsical images of nature: a gull on the breeze, a passing cloud. Read the rest of this entry »

France Sees Its Heritage in Its Crumbling Lighthouses

In Maritime on April 25, 2008 at 3:09 pm

ÎLE D’OUESSANT, France — From this farthest edge of France, where the rain comes horizontally off the ocean, there is nothing on the horizon except waves and lighthouses, marking the line between land and sea, sea and sky.

 

Owen Franken for The New York Times

The Creac’h lighthouse, on the western end of Île d’Ouessant, has severe rot. Like many French lighthouses, it has become more symbolic than functional.

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Costly Lesson on How Not to Build a Navy Ship

In Maritime on April 25, 2008 at 3:02 pm

With the crack of a Champagne bottle against its bow, the newly minted Navy warship, bedecked with bunting, slid sideways into the Menominee River in Wisconsin with a titanic splash. Read the rest of this entry »

Lease Ends Uncertainty for Red Hook Cargo Docks

In Brooklyn, Go Coastal, Maritime on April 25, 2008 at 2:53 pm

The long-running battle over the future of the cargo docks in Red Hook, Brooklyn, is over. Read the rest of this entry »