Desert Tortoise comments

Posted in: Suez Canal chief: Vessel impounded amid financial dispute with Japanese owner See in context

Is kinda impossible to just push the bill to the owner considering the ship itself was operated by a taiwanese company. The ship was in good condition so even if there was a problem, you can only blame at the weather or human error. Doesn't the insurance suppose to handle this? Or are they so greedy that they really think they can extort 900million?

First off, Evergreen Marine Corporation of Taiwan has no operational control of the ship. They are just the shipper. They make the arrangements for the freight to go from point A to point B on a ship they hire for the purpose. In this instance Evergreen hired a japanese company Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd, the owner of the Ever Given to haul their cargo for them, The ship is actually on a long term contract to them. The same ship many be given a different name when on contract to a different shipper. The owners are ultimately responsible for the safe operation of the ship and training of its crew. To effect that Shoei Kisen Kaisha hired a German firm, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), to manage the ship and its staffing needs. BSM hired a crew from India for her and handles all their personnel needs, payroll, crew changes, training, etc.

As for who pays, Shoei Kisen Kaisha declared "General Average" a week ago. General Average is an ancient feature of maritime law most nations still adhere to. It means all of the owners of cargo on that ship will have to pay a proportion of the damages incurred by a mishap, that proportion being based on their exposure which is normally their proportion of the total cargo on the ship. The ship owners also pay a proportion. Insurance then pays the shippers in accordance with the terms of their insurance, if they have any. If not they must pay out of money on hand or raise funds to pay. Shoei Kisen Kaisha will now have to negotiate with the Suez Canal Authority and with every shipper who has a box full of freight on that ship to come to an agreement on what to pay the Suez Canal Authority to free the ship and its cargo. What could possibly go wrong? There are two other ships sitting in Great Bitter Lake for over a year working through details of similar holds placed on them. Settling this may take a long long time.

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Posted in: Gov't decides to release water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea in 2023 See in context

This is from a GAO report of releases of radioactive water from US Navy nuclear powered ships. The discussion on tritium applies to the situation at Fukushima.

"Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen. Trace amounts of tritium are formed in

reactor coolant systems when neutrons interact with deuterium (a non-radioactive

isotope of hydrogen), which is naturally present and comprises about 0.015 percent of

hydrogen atoms in seawater. Although tritium does have a half-life of 12 years, the

radiation it produces is of such low energy as to be environmentally insignificant. In

fact, the safety guidelines issued by the International Commission on Radiological

Protection, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, the U.S.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other standard-setting agencies permit the

presence of 100 times as much tritium as cobalt-60. The tritium produced by naval

nuclear reactors is in the oxide form, chemically indistinguishable from water. Unlike

other radionuclides, tritium neither concentrates significantly in marine life nor collects

on sediment.

Tritium occurs naturally in the environment, generated by cosmic radiation in the upper

atmosphere. According to reference 17, cosmic radiation produces about 4 million curies

of tritium per year. This means that there is a global inventory of about 70 million curies of

tritium at any given time, about 45 million curies of which are in the oceans (reference 18).

In comparison, the amount of tritium released each year from all U.S. naval nuclear powered ships and their supporting tenders, bases, and shipyards has always been less than 200 curies—and virtually all of that was released into the ocean more than 12 miles from shore. This amount is less than the tritium released annually to the environment by a single commercial nuclear power station (reference 19). Further, the amount of

tritium in water released within 12 miles of shore by U.S. naval nuclear-powered ships

and their support facilities is less than one curie.

Because the amount of tritium occurring naturally in the environment is so large, the

amount produced by U.S. naval reactors is too small to have any measurable effect on

the environment. Therefore, tritium has not been combined with data on other

radionuclides in this report. "

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Posted in: Gov't decides to release water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea in 2023 See in context

It DOES pose safety concerns! Why do you think the US Navy dumps anything radioactive into the ocean beyond 100nm from the shore?

Where do these sea stories come from. Can you document this claim? The US Navy was sloppy about this until 1973 but since then is very much more careful handling its radioactive wastes.

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Posted in: Gov't decides to release water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea in 2023 See in context

What are they going to do with all the empty tanks?

They won't stay empty. Groundwater continues to infiltrate the broken reactors through big cracks. That water becomes contaminated from the reactor. It must be treated to remove all the other nuclear particles that are filterable and stored somewhere. TEPCO has been building a new tank every four days. They are rapidly running out of room for new tanks.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to settle financial dispute with mom's ex-fiance See in context

Who the hell has time to type up a 24 page statement?

Ever seen how much paper lawyers generate? Dude's studying to be an attorney. Typing 24 pages of cogent text is trivial. It's like breathing.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to settle financial dispute with mom's ex-fiance See in context

All I am saying is for a young man whose family had to borrow money for him to attend university in Japan, it seems strange that suddenly he is flush to attend one of the more expensive law schools in the US.

It is not that much money to tack on to a student loan. Half a year's tuition? Less than the cost of most new cars? Stick it on the student loan and worry about it later. Get the immediate problem solved and marry the woman you love. I knew a lot of law students who bought some really nice European cars and put them on their student loans.

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Posted in: China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea See in context

Unless it can be stored safely, in which case it is much safer.

'We can't be trusted to store this safely' is not an excuse for dumping it.

That is not the problem. TEPCO has to build a new storage tank every four days to hold the treated water created by the amount of groundwater leaking into the reactors through various cracks in their casings. Unlike cesium and strontium, which go into solution with water and are successfully filtered out, tritium bonds directly to the hydrogen atom in water. Tritium generated by nuclear plants is normally disposed of by release into the ocean. That is the non emergency manner it is handled. This is no different.

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Posted in: China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea See in context

No, it is by far not, as just doing nothing but waiting until the containing tanks slowly rust or burst one by one in a much farther away and distributed over a greater time span would have been the choice of lowest risk.

Sigh. The tanks on site now have to be emptied to make room for more treated water. The existing tanks are nearly full and there is no more room on the site for more tanks to be built. Every day more groundwater leaks into the reactors and is contaminated. Every day that water has to be pumped out and treated, a process that removes virtually all of the radioactive materials except the tritium. That water is then stored. What is your proposal to stop ground water from getting into the broken reactors? That is the driver behind the vast amounts of treated water stored on site.

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Posted in: Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site See in context

Remember Iran is a space capable, resource rich, industrialized country, it won't be firing a limited number of obsolete missiles bought out of the American surplus store, but will be firing ones fresh of the production lines that are the newest upgrades to the ones that it showed could get through American defence systems pretty much as if they weren't there, and take out the individual target they were aimed at.

You greatly exaggerate Iran's capabilities. Nothing in their arsenal is even remotely comparable to the best western equipment. Their air defense equipment, air launched weapons and combat aircraft are purchased abroad, normally from Russia or China. They produce copies of some Russian and Chinese equipment locally, Iranian made copies of Chinese copies of old Soviet weapons but Iran isn't advancing the state of the art on any class of weapons. Against a modern western military they would fare very badly.

What they have that restrains Israel isn't technical prowess. No, they have armed Hezbollah with literally thousands to tens of thousands of inexpensive and crude surface to surface ballistic missiles. These don't need to be hugely accurate or be able to penetrate bunkers like modern US precision guided munitions. Hezbollah would fire them in large salvos at Israeli cities as terror weapons. A lot of homes and businesses would get blown up and civilians killed and it would force the Israeli Army to fight in Lebanon causing great destruction that will be used against them in a negative publicity campaign. In 2006 the IDF proved hopelessly incapable of finding and destroying Hezbollah's rockets. Today Hezbollah has vastly more rockets with ranges that allow them to reach anywhere in Israel. They don't need to be really accurate if you can fire them by the hundreds at an area and create a panic.

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Posted in: Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site See in context

 The fact is, they weren't even able to defeat Iraq in eight years of warfare.

Actually Iran was winning the war Saddam started with them until Iraq resorted to using chemical weapons, either mustard gas or a mix of mustard gas and a nerve agent, on Iranian troops.

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Posted in: China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea See in context

What's next? Are we going to ask the opinion of North Korea? Call Kim and ask him too.

Kim probably has a better working understanding of nuclear power than 99% of the people who post here.

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Posted in: China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea See in context

Dumping nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean will cause infinite harm to the ecological environment. The US and Australia have been quiet on Japan's radioactive wastewater. This is a sharp contrast to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster where the Soviets were heavily attacked back then. Environmental concern seems ideologically biased.*

No, it will not cause "infinite harm". It will cause no or very little harm. The water to be released is already treated to remove the radioactive materials in it. All that is left is tritium and not a great deal of it. Before the earthquake that plant and every other coastal nuclear power plant released treated waste water with some tritium in it into the ocean as a matter of routine. Storing the water in an active earthquake and tsunami zone is more dangerous than releasing it slowly into the ocean. It will also stop the current problem of the stuff leaking into the local ground water. Learn some actual science and quit spreading inchoate fear based on exaggerations and outright lies.

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Posted in: China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea See in context

Why don’t they ferry it to the middle of the ocean and dump it there, far from any coastline?

How? Now you are talking building a special purpose ship as tankers are not designed to unload cargo underway, man this vessel for how long and at what cost and later dispose of it? All to what advantage?

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Posted in: Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site See in context

Third, if a foreign military attack on a CIVILIAN site is not an example of state sponsored terrorism, the term is completely meaningless.

The site is owned and operated by the government of Iran. It is notionally producing uranium enriched to a level suitable for use in power generating reactors for "civilian" nuclear power. I hope that clears up any confusion.

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Posted in: Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site See in context

Everyone seems spring loaded to accuse Israel while ignoring the Saudi led coalition arrayed against Iran. They are even fighting a proxy war in Yemen against Iranian supplied Houthis with attacks on Saudi Arabia by Houthis and in a few instances possibly directly from Iran. The Saudis certainly have the means and the motive to attack Iran. It would not surprise me if some of the recent attacks on Iranian ships were conducted by Saudi divers.

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Posted in: China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea See in context

The non scientific overly emotional hankie wringing on this matter is tiring. Time for a little science.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2258055-should-japan-dump-radioactive-water-from-fukushima-into-the-ocean/

Dumping that water is the lowest risk choice of the choices available.

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Posted in: China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea See in context

The currents in the Pacific will carry the waste north and east to the west coast of North America. China and Korea will be unaffected.

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Posted in: S Korean electric vehicle battery firms settle trade dispute See in context

Nope, Panasonic is a goner. Look how no one else but Tesla touched Panasonic's battery, and Tesla, which was bound by the 10 year exclusivity agreement with Panasonic signed in 2009, started moving away from Panasonic in favor of LG and CATL batteries as soon as the exclusivity agreement ended in 2019.

Tesla only uses LG batteries on one top of the line model made in Shanghai for the simple reason their battery plant in Nevada cannot produce enough batteries to meet demand. US built Teslas only come with Panasonic batteries. Panasonic is really producing Tesla's technology. Their new 4680 battery is the state of the art today greatly reducing the amount of wiring in the car thus reducing production costs but manufacturing the batteries requires a higher degree of craftsmanship and quality control than current batteries.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to settle financial dispute with mom's ex-fiance See in context

You don’t pay the whole tuition up front. There are loans and all kinds of financial aid.

I worked and paid cash for my undergraduate and graduate degrees, graduating both times debt free with money in the bank, but I didn't attend Fordham and I took a few years longer than most to complete my degrees.

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Posted in: Tokyo Gas to install 19 offshore wind turbines in carbon-free push See in context

And to top it off all of these are non lethal and during an earthquake would either be resilient or wouldn't cause a radiation leek that will last 35,000 years

Japan would be a natural for wave technology offshore 

Somehow I just don't think a tidal energy system would survive a tsunami very well. I could be wrong, but .....

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Posted in: Tokyo Gas to install 19 offshore wind turbines in carbon-free push See in context

radiation leek 

Is that something the farmers around Fukushima grow now? Put them on your salad for a little tingle in the mouth?

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Posted in: Suga receives 2nd vaccine shot ahead of U.S. trip See in context

And what could it ever be to be so important, not also to be discussed via public and unsecured video conferencing?

Basically everything. Governments protect their plans and strategies more closely than just about anything else. They also tend to protect the unfiltered opinions their leaders may share in private, especially when those opinions are uncharitable towards other world leaders whom they may dislike and with whom they both feel threatened by. They may also wish to bounce ideas off each other in private and see where they go. It is just like you and your doctor or attorney, or two business owners, you close the door so you can share frank opinions on the matters at hand without worrying you might divulge something your competitor can use against you or releasing a trade secret that eliminates an advantage you have. Do you discuss private matters in public? Last I'm sure both men want to size the other up. See them in person, look in their eye, shake their hand and judge their character. You can't do that very well on a Zoom call.

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Posted in: Suga receives 2nd vaccine shot ahead of U.S. trip See in context

What happens if he catches COVID as a result ?

It's not possible. Read the material in the link to learn how the vaccines work.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/different-types-of-covid-19-vaccines/art-20506465

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Posted in: S Korean electric vehicle battery firms settle trade dispute See in context

Notice that they didn't state who LG stole those secrets from.

Did you read the article?

"The U.S. International Trade Commission decided in February that SK stole 22 trade secrets from LG Energy, and that SK should be barred from importing, making or selling batteries in the United States for 10 years."

SK was proposing to build a big battery plant in Georgia to build batteries for Volkswagen (or should that be Voltswagen, ^_^ ) and the upcoming electric Ford F-150. Had the ban been allowed to be instituted the plant would not have been built by SK and maybe would not be built at all, leaving VW and Ford in the lurch to find a new battery supplier on very short notice. The Executive Branch could have over ruled the ITC to allow SK to build the battery plant, but that would undermine its position on the sanctity of intellectual property. Thus the settlement comes at a very opportune time.

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Posted in: S Korean electric vehicle battery firms settle trade dispute See in context

 Korean companies are leading in batteries at the moment.

For automotive applications the leaders are Panasonic and Tesla. However if you are talking seagoing applications then the state of the are are modular liquid cooled Li battery systems from Rolls Royce Power Systems, developed in conjunction with the Norwegian government and three shipping lines Color Line, Norled and Norwegian Coastal Administration Shipping Company.

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Posted in: Chinese tech company develops robo-dogs See in context

Weaponized all-terrain robots are the next generation military technology.

They have been in service for over a decade. iRobot, the same company that invented the Roomba robot vacuum makes a variety of military and police robots including models armed with shotguns and grenade launchers on the same robot. If you are interested and so inclined look up something called the Interstate Aircraft TDR. The US Navy had an unmanned combat UAS as far back as WWII and expended about 200 of them fighting the Japanese.

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Posted in: Iran says Natanz nuclear site hit by terrorism See in context

How come nobody ever suspects Saudi involvement? They certainly have the resources and the motive, including fighting a proxy war with Iran in Yemen. The Saudis are of the opinion the 2019 Abqaiq-Khurais attack originated from Iran and not from Yemen's Houthis. Revenge is a strong motivator yet nobody ever mentions the Saudis when Iran or its assets are attacked.

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Posted in: Blinken warns 'increasingly aggressive' China over Taiwan See in context

Tibet and recently the Uyghars so-called "liberation" struggles are just the usual US triggers to aid its economic war against China.

Nonsense. Tibet was an independent country until Mao conquered it in 1950. Similarly the Uyghurs have been fighting off and on for their independence since the late 18th Century when the Qing conquered the formerly independent Uyghur Kingdom. The Uyghurs gained their independence briefly after the Qing were defeated by Sun Yat-sen's forces and again during WWII until the Soviets ran them over and turned the region over to Mao. China has no right to either region. They should be independent nations.

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Posted in: Blinken warns 'increasingly aggressive' China over Taiwan See in context

 Others are on land that China regards as its own. South CHINA sea... There's a hint in the name.. :)

Does that mean the state of California owns the Gulf of California? Does that mean all of the Gulf of Mexico belongs to Mexico? They have the same name. Right? Hint, centuries old international law does not support those claims. China's sovereign territory, like that of any other nation bordering the ocean, ends 12 nautical miles from her shoreline. Period, full stop. Any nation has the sovereign right to freely navigate waters outside the 12 nm limit without interference. A nations EEZ may extend up to 200 nautical miles out from the nation's shore line. An EEZ grants the nation the right to control the exploitation of minerals and fisheries within the boundaries of their EEZ but does not preclude freedom of navigation. EEZs are not territorial waters under international law. The Nine Dash Line infringes on the EEZs of every other nation bordering the South China Sea with China claiming international waters as her sovereign territorial sea. China's claims are illegal under centuries old international maritime law, the name of the body of water notwithstanding.

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Posted in: Chinese tech company develops robo-dogs See in context

This robot is based on models developed at Boston Dynamics, which were in turn originally designed at MIT. Boston Dynamics already has a military version called Big Dog, an intimidating robotic creature that can stalk you like a Terminator.

No. Big Dog was developed as a mechanical pack mule and is about the size of a small mule or burro, intended to carry heavy loads over rough terrain other vehicles could not traverse. The program was led not by MIT, but by DARPA, NASA JPL and Harvard University. The program was eventually cancelled because the machine was judged to be too noisy for combat. It used a gasoline engine for power. It didn't go anywhere quietly, which is a big problem for an infantry platoon. Stalk someone? Risible.

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