Archive for April, 2012
An Excellent example of a working model for a fundraising campaign to get our ship. Looking for input on what "Friends of Pirate Relief", family, supporters, and crew think about this. Should we do something in this fashion?Â ~ Input requested ....
Cross-posted from WordPress "Press This" - April 18, 2012 -
Posted by Bryan on February 20, 2011Crowdfunding websites that let you contribute to specific projects are nothing new, but anewwarrior.greenpeace.org launched by Greenpeace to generate funds for their new Rainbow Warrior has lifted the bar to a new level in terms of on-site experience. The site opens with a great full screen video telling the story of the current Rainbow Warrior and the need for a replacement. Then you can take a look at the planned new vessel through an interactive 3d model and browse through detailed blueprints of the new ship to select items that youâ€™d like to â€˜buyâ€™ to help fund its construction â€“ anything from a Survival Suit at â‚¬800 to a â‚¬10 Toilet Roll Holder. All donors will receive a Certificate of Purchase and have their name added to a dedication wall on the ship itself. Elsewhere on the site you can see personal stories from the Rainbow Warrior crew and view video of the latest stage of construction via a webcam at the dry dock in Germany. Social sharing opportunities are provided through Facebook and Twitter share buttons. Overall, itâ€™s a great user experience. Right down to the soundtrack becoming muffled if you drop beneath the surface of the sea to view the underside of the ship! The only thing they donâ€™t seem to have got right is the search strategy to help drive traffic to the site. I first heard about it on Twitter (thanks to @101reinier). But then when I wanted to show the site to someone else and tried to find it using Google it was nowhere to be seen. Even typing â€˜New Rainbow Warriorâ€™ didnâ€™t bring-up the site, although it did return a wide range of news stories about the ship being built and a range of other Greenpeace fundraising landing pages like this one.
Catch our web video series "Stories from the Rainbow Warrior" and see the maiden voyage through the eyes of our newest activists, the New Hands on Deck: www.facebook.com/newhandsondeck It's our way of saying "Thank you" and to show off what 100,000+ of you bought when you funded the ship bolt by bolt, cleat by cleat, and sail by sail.
The Educational Tall Ship is a project to build an environmentally sustainable wooden sailing vessel and operate her as a teaching platform for San Francisco Bay Area youth and adults.
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese freighter has been hijacked byÂ piratesÂ off southern Iran, theÂ Chinese EmbassyÂ in Tehran reported on Friday.
TheÂ cargo ship, the "Xianghuamen," belongs toÂ Nanjing Ocean Shipping Co LtdÂ inÂ Nanjing, eastern China, the embassy said in a posting on its website.The ship was commandeered Friday morning in the Gulf of Oman near the south Iranian port of Chabahar, the embassy said. The embassy is in touch with Iranian authorities and has asked the government to take all necessary steps to recover the vessel and its crew safely, according to the statement.
There were no other details, including the number of pirates or crew members.
An official withÂ Nanjing Ocean ShippingÂ contacted by telephone confirmed the hijacking, but would not provide further information.
(Reporting by Terril Yue Jones; Editing by Kim Coghill)
ANCHORAGE, AlaskaÂ (AP) â€” A derelict Japanese ship dislodged by last year's massive tsunami was drifting towardÂ AlaskaÂ Monday, the U.S.Â Coast GuardÂ said.
The shrimping vessel was floating slowly northwest in theÂ Gulf of AlaskaÂ about 125 miles west of the nearest point of land â€” Forrester Island outside the Dixon Entrance, a maritime transportation corridor separating U.S. and Canada jurisdictions. The ship is heading in the direction of the southeast Alaska town of Sitka 170 miles to the north, traveling at about one mile per hour, Coast Guard spokesmanDavid MosleyÂ said.
There are no immediate concerns regarding the community of about 9,000, however. Mosley said the town is just a reference point at this time and that currents could always change."Our main concern is maritime traffic," he said. "We're trying to minimize any safety concerns, alerting vessels. We don't want any vessels to run into it."
A Coast Guard C-130 was heading to the ship Monday to pinpoint the exact location and check if a data buoy was successfully dropped on it Saturday.The vessel has been adrift since it was launched by the tsunami caused by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that struck Japan last year. About 5 million tons of debris were swept into the ocean by the tsunami. The ship has been identified as coming from Hokkaido, Japan. Beside boat traffic, another concern is the ship's impact on the maritime environment after floating at sea more than a year. What's on board is unknown. Also unknown is whether the ship is carrying fuel. The vessel, named Ryou-Un Maru, is believed to be 150 to 200 feet long, according to Mosley. Officials are studying various options on how to deal with the ship, including scuttling it at sea or towing it to land. The Japan earthquake triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since the Chernobyl accident in 1986, but Alaska state health and environmental officials have said there's little need to be worried that debris landing on Alaska shores will be contaminated by radiation. They have been working with federal counterparts to gauge the danger of debris including material affected by a damaged nuclear power plant, to see if Alaska residents, seafood or wild game could be affected. In January, a half dozen large buoys suspected to be from Japanese oyster farms appeared at the top of Alaska's panhandle and may be among the first debris from the tsunami.
The United States needs to hurry up and prepare for debris from the tsunami, U.S. Sens.Â Mark BegichÂ of Alaska and Maria Cantwell of Washington state said last week in Seattle, before the ship crossed into U.S. waters from the coast of Canada. The Democratic senators said they're seeking three things from the federal government, including emergency research money to better understand where the debris is going and how much can be expected on U.S. shores.At the time, Begich said he was worried the derelict vessel might end up in Alaska waters.
"My understanding is they know the owner and he has indicated they don't want it," Begich said Friday. "Neither do we."
Begich was not available for comment Monday. His spokeswoman, Julie Hasquet, repeated his call for a plan and funding as a necessity.
"The rapid pace at which events are changing and debris is moving only underscores that need," she said.