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Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Trailer
https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=650847 In the 1980s, agencies including the International Telecommunications Union and the International Maritime Organization collaborated on the development of a global search and rescue plan based on a combination of satellite and terrestrial radio services. Called the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, it changed international distress communications from being primarily a system of ship-to-ship communications, to a ship-to-shore communications system.
Views: 58978 John Sabella
Spend the afternoon with naval architect Bill Garden on Toad's Landing, his private island in British Columbia. An excerpt from Throwbacks to a Golden Age of Northwest Boats, this tribute to the late, great naval architect was produced by videographer John Sabella in 2004. Click on the following link for information about the documentary. Pay per view screenings start at $4.95. https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=50101
Views: 7678 John Sabella
Working Aboard the F/V Starbound.flv
The factory fishing vessel Starbound, operated by Aleutian Spray Fisheries Company of Seattle. http://www.johnsabella.com/
Views: 9983 John Sabella
The Elements of Fire and Explosion
A fire requires fuel to vaporize and burn, heat to raise the temperature of the vapor to its ignition point and oxygen to combine with the fuel vapor. The mixture of heat, fuel and oxygen is referred to as the Fire Triangle. A fourth component of fire, referred to as the Chain Reaction, combines with heat, fuel and oxygen to form the Fire Tetrahedron. Remove any leg of the fire triangle, or interrupt the chain reaction, and the fire will be extinguished. All matter exists in one of three physical states. Matter in each state can serve as the fuel for fire. Solid materials like wood, paper and cloth are common sources of fuel. Vessels carry a wide variety of sold fuels ranging from furnishings to cargo. Combustible metals including magnesium, titanium, aluminum and sodium are dangerous solid fuels that may be carried as cargo. The burning rate of solids varies according to their configuration. Bulky fuels burn longer. Finely divided solids like dust or shavings burn faster because they present more surface area. Combustible and flammable liquids are another form of fuel. These materials are most commonly found aboard ship as bunker fuel, lubricating oil, diesel oil, and hydraulic fluid. Bulk liquid cargos may also be classified as combustible or flammable liquids. Liquid fuels release vapors more readily than solids because they have less densely packed molecules. Pound for pound, liquids produce about 2.5 times more heat and liberate heat 3 to 10 times faster than wood. Combustible fuels have a flash point above 80 degrees F. Flammable fuels have a flash point of 80 degrees F or less. The flash point is the temperature at which the fuels are capable of being ignited. For example, the flash point of gasoline occurs at minus 45 degrees F, while lubricating oil has an ignition point of 400 degrees F. Vapors produced by petroleum based fuels are heavier than air and seek low places, dissipating slowly and traveling to distant ignition sources Gases represent a dangerous form of fuel. Gases are always in a vapor state ready to mix with oxygen and heat to cause ignition.
Views: 9177 John Sabella
Personal Safety and Social Responsibility Trailer
Produced in conjunction with the Ship Operations Cooperative Program, this product illustrates safe working practices, effective human relationships, fundamentals of communication and chain of command, emergency procedures and pollution prevention. It utilizes dramatized scenarios that produce emotionally-based comprehension of the subject matter. Like the other components of the Onboard Basic Safety Training Program, it consists of DVD training media, an audio-visual test and a Workbook. The content of this program is compatible with the Interactive Training, Drilling & Assessment Compact Disk. http://www.johnsabella.com/
Views: 8629 John Sabella
The Great Star Fleet
At the turn of the 20th Century, the Alaska Packers Association assembled the largest fleet of privately owned sailing ships in the world. It was an era in which the shipping industry was mothballing its sailing ships in favor of faster steam powered vessels. The APA didn't need speed; it needed low cost cargo haulers to ferry men and supplies north to Alaska to can salmon each spring, and to deliver the non-perishable cargo south each fall in hopes it would sell at a profit. Ultimately, the APA acquired 19 iron and steel full rigged ships and called their armada The Great Star Fleet. Their operations extended the age of working sail on the Pacific Coast by several decades. See the Star Ships under sail in this excerpt from John Sabella's 2001 documentary Sockeye and the Age of Sail: https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=30117
Views: 8709 John Sabella
Personal Survival Trailer
https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=102121 Modern ships are extraordinarily seaworthy craft, built to exacting standards of construction and outfitted with technology worthy of the Starship Enterprise. Even the best ships can capsize or sink with terrifying speed, however, and equipment is only as good as the men and women who operate it. These realities are reflected in the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) that have been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its member nations. Competence in Personal Survival is one of four core elements of the Basic Safety Training that all ships are now required to provide, and all seamen are obligated to achieve. Using this Product Intended for use by commercial marine industry and seagoing recreational vessels, this training program is based on requirements set forth in Table VI of the STCW Code, as amended in 2010. Consisting of DVD training media, an audio-visual Test and a Workbook, the product offers training, testing and assessment features that facilitate compliance with international regulatory codes.
Views: 5121 John Sabella
The Mosquito Fleet and the Northwest Classic
Boatbuilding emerged as one of the original industries in the Puget Sound region. The Sound itself was the region's first highway and trade route. The Mosquito Fleet, an armada of privately owned vessels that delivered cargo, passengers, mail and sustenance throughout the area, was the foundation of the region's early economy. The construction of commercial fishing and workboats was a signature Puget Sound industry in the early days, but soon, Northwesterners sought boats for recreation as well as toil. The first yachts were based on workboat designs. Northwest designers specialized in rugged vessels designed for cruising the challenging waters extending from Seattle along the coast of British Columbia to Alaska. They were good boats that have stood the test of time. Take a ride on the Virginia V, the last steam-powered remnant of the mosquito fleet still making a living carrying passengers around the Puget Sound. Tour some of the original Northwest Classic yachts in this excerpt from John Sabella's documentary Throwbacks to a Golden Age of Northwest Boats. View the full documentary on Pay Per View for as little as $4.95.
Views: 6837 John Sabella
How Anacortes Got its Name
Amos Bowman, railroad man and promoter extraordinaire, named the city of his dreams after the woman he loved, Annie Curtis. How his town came be be called Anacortes is the source of legend and lore. This vignette on the founding of Anacortes, Washington is an excerpt from John Sabella's 2006 documentary Anacorted: The Perfect Port: https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=30102
Views: 2410 John Sabella
Come to Jesus Boats
Half a century ago, the United Church of Canada operated the Argonaut II as a mission ship that ministered to the spiritual and physical needs of remote communities along the British Columbia coast. Boats like this came to be known as Come to Jesus Boats. Watch this fascinating glimpse of a bygone era in an excerpt from John Sabella's documentary Throwbacks to a Golden Age of Northwest Boats: https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=50101.
Views: 2683 John Sabella
Ted Geary's Fantails
Celebrated Seattle naval architect Ted Geary was at his peak in the 1920s and 1930s when he designed his luxurious fantail motor yachts for clients including Hollywood movie stars like John Barrymore. In this excerpt from John Sabella's documentary Throwbacks to a Golden Age of Northwest Boats, we are treated to a tour of some of Geary's finest. For the full program, click here: https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=50101
Views: 15499 John Sabella
Lessons from the Galaxy: Tragedy and Courage on the Bering Sea
https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=650712 It was just another day at the office on the Bering Sea on the afternoon of October 20, 2002, with 20-foot seas and 30-knot winds. There were 25 men and a woman aboard the 190-foot freezer longliner Galaxy when the crew detected smoke on multiple decks. Within four minutes, the first violent explosion rocked the vessel and blew three members of the starboard fire team through the gear setting hatch at the stern and 30 feet through the air, into the frigid water. Even as he exhorted his crew to focus their minds on survival, Captain Dave Shoemaker, the ex-Marine and devout Christian, knew they were too far from civilization for credible hope of rescue. With his radios melting off the wheelhouse bulkheads and most of his survival gear consumed in flames, Shoemaker battled insurmountable odds and his own certainty that he and his crewmates were about to die. Today, he uses the term divine intervention to explain the VHF contact that enabled all but three of them to survive their journey to the gates of Hell and back. Now, hear the story straight from Captain Shoemaker's lips. It's a narrative every seaman should hear, and heed. Lessons from the Galaxy offers incontrovertible proof that safety training is a critical aspect of vessel operations, because it can happen to you. This is an educational DVD that will make your crew sit up and take notice.
Views: 21802 John Sabella
Inflatable Life Rafts Trailer
The decision to abandon ship is never an easy one. In this kind of extreme emergency, preparation and practice are the keys to survival. This videotape presents viewers with crucial considerations that influence the decision to abandon ship, and essential procedures to follow once that decision has been made. This comprehensive instructional reference covers issues such as installing and servicing inflatable life rafts, launching and boarding procedures, equipment that is and isn't standard issue, and survival procedures inside the raft. http://www.johnsabella.com/
Views: 39144 John Sabella
Fitting the Work to the Worker
Everybody understands the importance of eliminating industrial accidents and injuries...but there's a more subtle health hazard that isn't nearly as obvious. Overuse or wear and tear injuries associated with everyday job tasks can take months or even years to become apparent, but they can be just as debilitating as a traumatic injury. These work-related musculo-skeletal disorders may seem minor, but they're no small problem. Injuries like these account for roughly one-third of the frequency and two-thirds of the costs associated with workplace safety issues. Everybody loses when they occur. To minimize the pain, suffering and dollar cost of work related musculo-skeletal disorders, employees and management must team up to create a better fit between people and the workplace. Ergonomics is the science of fitting the work to the worker. The goal is to help everyone work smarter, not harder.
Views: 10167 John Sabella
The Last Battle of the Civil War, in Alaska
Having depleted their own stocks, Atlantic whalers engaged in a rush to Alaska in the mid-19th Century. During the Civil War, whale oil sustained northern industry and the Confederacy set out to disable the Yankee whaling industry. They dispatched Captain James Waddell of the Confederate States Navy to England where he acquired the gunship Sea King, which they commissioned as the CSN Shenandoah. Waddell proceeded to Alaska where he wiped out most of the New Bedford whaling fleet, only to discover that Lee had already surrendered to Grant at Appomattox. Hear the story from the late, great storyteller Syd Wright in this excerpt from John Sabella's 1999 documentary Syd Wright's Alaska: https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=30118
Views: 809 John Sabella
Onboard First Aid: Treatment of Seizure
Don't attempt to restrain a seizure victim or force anything into his mouth. If necessary, position him on his side so that his airway remains open as vomit or mucus drains away. Make sure he has an open airway. After the convulsions have stopped, remove foreign matter or dentures from his mouth to keep him from choking. Take care not to make him gag. Supply oxygen if it's available. Reassure the victim. He'll be dazed and tired when he begins to awaken and probably won't remember what happened. He may be combative, but you've got to keep him quiet and monitor his condition until he regains full consciousness. Ask if he's taking medication for the condition. Convey his answer to the medical officer or consulting physician. Click this link to learn more about the program. Watch it on pay per view for as little as $19.95: https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=10505
Views: 40682 John Sabella
The Growing Problem of Microplastics
When we made this short movie for the ProSea Foundation in The Netherlands, I was stunned to learn how pernicious plastics are in the marine environment.
Views: 7484 John Sabella
Joe Juneau and the Alaska Gold Rush
The quest for gold that began at Sutter's Mill quickly spread north, led by prospectors with gold pans. The first big gold discoveries in the north occurred in British Columbia. By 1879, the first gold mining and milling operation in Alaska had been established near Sitka by German engineer George Pilz. It quickly proved a failure and Pilz sought new opportunities. He had heard two reports that suggested there could be gold near the future city of Juneau. One came from naturalist John Muir, among the earliest tourists to visit the glacier now called Mendenhall. But it was an important leader from an Auke Tlingit village who led the gold seekers to Juneau. His name was Kawa.ée. Pilz hired a pair of prospectors newly arrived from the gold fields of British Columbia, Joseph Juneau and Richard Harris, grubstaked them and sent them to meet Kawa.ée on the Gastineau Channel. The Tlingit natives took them to the place now called Silver Bow Basin. According to Harris, "We examined several quartz lodes that cropped out on the edges of the gulch and I broke some with a hammer and Juneau and myself could hardly believe our eyes. We knew it was gold, but so much and not in particles; streaks running through the rock and little lumps as large as peas or beans." It was the first big gold strike in Alaska. Word of the discovery quickly spread. The Juneau gold rush was underway.
Views: 2118 John Sabella
Tordenskjold: Boat of the Century
In Seattle in 1911, the fishing vessel Tordenskjold slid down the ways at a little shipyard in the Scandinavian community of Ballard. Of all the events that transpired 100 years ago, the Tordenskjold is one that endures. Remarkably, as she celebrates her centennial, she is neither relic nor museum piece. The Tordenskjold leads a small fleet of hard working commercial fishing schooners that compete head to head with modern boats on the Alaska fishing grounds. Now, a 30-minute PBS style documentary celebrates the old schooners and their extraordinary history. Produced by John Sabella, the program is sponsored by the nearly 100-year-old organizations that represent the halibut schooners and their deckhands: the Fishing Vessel Owners Association and Deep Sea Fisherman's Union of the Pacific. To order copies of the documentary ($19.95 per copy), call John Sabella & Associates, Inc at (360) 379-1668 or follow this link: http://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=650716.
Views: 5585 John Sabella
Onboard Lockout Tagout Trailer
https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=650696 Onboard Lockout-Tagout depicts real-world lockout-tagout procedures aboard vessels ranging from harbor tugs to super tankers. Lockout-tagout refers to the set of procedures that is essential for protecting personnel, vessels and the environment from damage caused by the inadvertent operation of onboard systems. Lockout ensures that mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and pressure systems cannot be accidentally energized when personnel are in harm's way or equipment is at risk. Tagout alerts other crewmembers as to the status of a machine or system, about why it has been taken out of service, and the identity of the individual who has applied the lockout. The program is sponsored by a team of vessel operators: Alaska Tanker Company, Chevron Shipping, Crowley Marine Services and Foss Maritime Company. "These companies wanted a training resource that reflects onboard practice rather than the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations that apply to shoreside plants," according to producer John Sabella. "We scripted it in conjunction with the operations departments of the four companies, and photographed working engineers practicing lockout-tagout aboard their vessels. The fact is, there isn't a one-to-one correlation between the shoreside and at-sea workplaces, and up until now, there hasn't been a program on lockout-tagout that treats the subject matter from a marine perspective. Now, vessel personnel have an educational resource that demonstrates good shipboard practice in a maritime context. http://www.johnsabella.com/
Views: 3854 John Sabella
Early in his career, yacht designer Ed Monk worked at Seattle boatyards and took correspondence courses in naval architecture. He put in a stint at the N.J. Blanchard yard, and then went to work for naval architect Ted Geary. In 1930 as the Depression quieted the Seattle yards, Monk followed Geary to Hollywood where he assisted with projects like John Barrymore's yacht Infanta, now the Thea Foss. Three years later, Monk returned to Washington and established his own firm. He needed a home for his family and a place to work, so he built the 50-foot Nan and moored her at the Seattle Yacht Club. His "office" was a cubbyhole in a corner of the house. Ultimately, Monk became one of Seattle's most celebrated yacht designers. Get to know the man and his work in this vignette from John Sabella's documentary Throwbacks to a Golden Age of Northwest Boats: http://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=50101
Views: 733 John Sabella
The Ted Geary designed M/V Westward is arguably the most famous motor yacht ever launched on the Puget Sound. Built by Campbell Church, Sr. in 1924, the vessel pioneered the Alaska excursion trade from the 1920s to the 1950s as she ferried early 20th Century business leaders and celebrities as far as the Pribilof Islands to hunt bear, mountain goat, even whales. Impressed into military duty during World War II, she languished in the Sacramento River Delta throughout the 1940s. Purchased by radio pioneer Don Gumpertz in the 1970s, she made a five-year round the world voyage, still powered by her original Atlas Imperial engine. Hugh Reilly, owner of a fleet of Alaska fishing vessels, bought her in the early 1990s and put her back in the Alaska excursion trade, before embarking on a circumnavigation of the Pacific in 2009. Today, she is in pristine condition as she steams toward her second century. Here we see an excerpt from John Sabella's documentary Throwbacks to a Golden Age of Northwest Boats: https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=50101. For a more detailed portrait of the boat, watch Sabella's documentary Westward in the 21st Century: https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=50100
Views: 4482 John Sabella
Rescued from the Galaxy
The catastrophic explosion aboard the Fishing Vessel Galaxy, and the heroic efforts of its crew to save themselves from overwhelming danger, is one of the great stories of sea survival. The rescue of 23 of the 26 men and women aboard the Galaxy that fateful day was one of the most daring, and ultimately successful, search and rescue operations ever undertaken by the U.S. Coast Guard. Astonishingly, much of the rescue was captured on videotape by a crewmember aboard the F/V Blue Pacific, one of the Good Samaritan vessels that responded to the casualty. Hear Captain Dave Shoemaker describe the final minutes aboard the crippled vessel as you watch the crew of the Blackhawk helicopter pluck the last survivors out of danger in this vignette from John Sabella's documentary Tragedy and Courage on the Bering Sea: http://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=650980. The story is now available as an eBook, After the Galaxy: http://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=650979.
Views: 1280 John Sabella
Personal Flotation Devices Trailer
No one ever plans on falling overboard, and the key to survival often amounts to whether flotation is worn all the time. With the numerous styles and types available today, there is a comfortable, wearable Personal Flotation Device that provides a significant measure of safety during virtually any marine activity if you know how to use it. This program provides a comprehensive overview of PFD types, maintenance and use. 17 minutes. DVD-Video
Views: 4964 John Sabella
Star of Bengal: Alaska Maritime Disaster
The crew that boarded the square rigged sailing ship Star of Bengal at the Alaska Packer's Association Wrangel cannery in September, 1908 were about to become unwilling participants in one of the great maritime disasters in Pacific Northwest history. There were 134 sailors and cannery hands on the ship, laden with 52,000 cases of canned salmon valued at $216,000. As the vessel left the dock, a pair of small steamers took the ship's six-inch hemp lines in tow, and the three-vessel flotilla headed seaward. Only 28 men lived to tell the story of what happened next. Experience the wreck of the Star of Bengal in John Sabella's 2001 documentary Sockeye and the Age of Sail.
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Four minutes after crewmembers smelled smoke aboard the F/V Galaxy, near the Pribilof Islands in October, 2002, a backdraft explosion blew three senior officers through a small hatch at the stern and into the Bering Sea. The event transformed an emgergency into a full-blown crisis. Tragedy and Courage on the Bering Sea is Captain Dave Shoemaker's first hand account of the struggle by the 24 men and women onboard the vessel to save their lives. For more information about the DVD, or the companion eBook After the Galaxy, visit our website: http://www.johnsabella.com/category_listing.lasso?category=1170
Views: 1623 John Sabella
Job Hazard Analysis
Job hazard analysis is a critical tool for identifying hazards and managing risks before the work begins. The task leader is responsible for conducting the JHA, and for ensuring that all aspects of the job have been thoroughly evaluated before the work begins. If he needs help, he can seek the advice of other vessel officers, shore staff or third-party specialists before completing the JHA document. It is his job to ensure that no work begins until all hazards associated with the job have been identified, and safeguards have been applied to all of the associated risks. Those safeguards may range from physical actions like locking out a breaker to procedural measures including the use of appropriate PPE, monitoring the work and ensuring that the work team has been properly trained. This clip is from John Sabella's instructional program The Program of Shipboard Safety: https://www.johnsabella.com/category_listing.lasso?category=1160
Views: 7911 John Sabella
Immersion Suits Trailer
These garments are essential items of gear for vessels operating in northern latitudes. Perhaps better referred to as abandon ship suits, they are the only garments capable of prolonging human life for extended periods of time in cold water. This program delineates the best ways to test, inspect and store immersion suits, as well as procedures for donning the gear, abandoning the vessel and surviving in the water. The program helps ensure that your vessel's immersion suits are ready when and where they're required to help save lives. http://www.johnsabella.com/
Views: 2985 John Sabella
Petersburg: The Town that Fish Built
Since Peter Buschmann founded the community that bears his name a century ago, Petersburg has been purely and simply a fishing town. Buschmann's cannery ventures collapsed during the robber baron era of frontier capitalism, but the town referred to as Alaska's little Norway continues to thrive with an economy built almost entirely on fish. When Seattle-based Pacific American Fisheries Company threatened to shut down the town's largest cannery in the Nineteen Sixties, the local fishermen bought the facility and went into business for themselves. Today, this community situated among the glaciers and fjords of Southeast Alaska is not only remarkably prosperous but uncharacteristically independent. Thirty minutes. http://www.johnsabella.com/
Views: 1969 John Sabella
Conducting Onboard Drills Trailer
https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=10903 No one is ever 100 percent ready for an emergency at sea. Emergency situations always develop unexpectedly, and every situation is unique. Nearly all vessel casualties are the result of human error. In a crisis, making good decisions is the only thing that stands between the vessel and catastrophe, but fear and confusion can easily overwhelm good judgement. Two steps, preparation and practice, are vital for ensuring that your crew makes the best possible decisions under pressure. The alternatives to preparation and practice are chaos and panic. Imagine a football team trying to compete without plays or assigned positions. Completely revised in 2012, the 2nd Edition of this highly regarded marine training program was filmed at sea aboard vessels ranging from Bering Sea fishing vessels, to West Coast container ships, to oil and liquid natural gas tankers operating on Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico waters. The program is designed to assist vessel owners and operators in preparing their crews for coping with potential emergencies, and in meeting federal regulations. It delineates the importance of crew preparation and practice in responding to potential emergencies, the role of the skipper or leader, mechanisms for developing emergency plans, and detailed procedures for conducting abandon ship and fire drills. The program is a versatile and effective educational tool that can be utilized during crew meetings, meal breaks or shoreside safety orientations. Conducting Onboard Drills is one of the eight titles in the Marine Survival Equipment Training Program. DVD-Video. 19 minutes.
Views: 1587 John Sabella
Saving the Men in the Water
Roughly four minutes after crewmembers detected smoke on the working deck of the 190-foot longline fishing vessel Galaxy, a backdraft explosion blew three members of the starboard fire team through the gear setting hatch at the stern of the vessel and 30 feet through the air into the Bering Sea. For Captain Dave Shoemaker, it was the worst crisis of his 23 years at the helm of Alaska fishing vessels or his combat service in Vietnam. Twenty-foot seas and 30-knot winds buffeted the boat. His engines and generators were dead. A gathering inferno consumed the superstructure. One of the vessel's two life rafts and most of its survival suits were burning. Choking black smoke filled the wheelhouse where his radios offered the only hope of alerting rescue authorities...if he could reach them. Clad in t-shirts, sweat pants and pajamas in the subarctic wind, seventeen men and a woman mustered on top of the house, three stories above the water. There were more me n on the foredeck, isloated from their crewmates by a wall of flame, and three in the water. In this excerpt from Lessons from the Galaxy: Tragedy and Courage on the Bering Sea, Shoemaker describes the desperate effort to rescue the starboard fire team.
Views: 777 John Sabella
Fishing for the Future: The Southeast Alaska Salmon Industry
There are few regions and few industries as mutually-dependent as Southeast Alaska and salmon. In the remote Alaska panhandle, pristine habitat and remarkably successful conservation efforts have produced an enormous wild salmon resource that promises to sustain jobs and nourish consumers for generations to come. Each summer, sleepy Southeast Alaska villages like Ketchikan, Petersburg and Sitka are transformed into throbbing industrial arenas where tens of thousands of men and women toil in the harvesting, processing, distribution and support sectors of the salmon industry. This thirty minute documentary videotape takes you aboard the boats, into the processing plants and around the communities where the business of salmon is a way of life. http://www.johnsabella.com/
Views: 1875 John Sabella
Neets Bay: Land of Bears
Neets Bay, on Revillagigedo Island north of Ketchikan, Alaska, is the land of bears. In fact, it's the place where an Alaska tourist has the best chance of seeing bears; not one, not two but perhaps dozens at a time. It's such a show that tourists flock to the bay to watch the action from about July 25 through early September. What do they get for their time and effort? During an hour visit, most groups see 8 to 10 bears feeding on the river at any given time. Several years ago, 51 bears were counted during a group visit. So, if bear viewing is your cup of tea, you can't beat Neets Bay. This vignette from John Sabella's documentary Neets Bay: An Alaska Salmon Ranch, will give you a taste of what there is to see.
Views: 3424 John Sabella
Permits to Work
If the Job Hazard Analysis determines that a task exposes personnel to significant hazards, a Permit to Work must be issued before the work can begin. The objective of the permit to work system is to implement comprehensive risk control measures before the work begins. Each permit should include a written description of the risks to personnel and how they will be managed during the performance of the task. Although the process takes time, the effort is trivial compared to the ordeal of coping with accidents and injuries when this formal approach to controlling risk is ignored
Views: 5623 John Sabella
Good Communications, Human Relationships, Valuing Diversity
The safe operation of a ship depends upon a chain of command that extends from the captain through deck, engine and steward's departments. The chain of command, in turn, depends upon good communication. Because many shipboard operations are large and complex, requiring the coordinated actions of multiple crewmembers, it is critical that you be capable of understanding orders and of communicating clearly with your crewmates. The close confines, the challenging conditions and the extended periods aboard ship faced by seamen make it especially important to maintain good human and working relationships. A positive attitude and a smile can be critical elements in maintaining good crew relations. Simple courtesies like a greeting or a thank you make shipboard life more bearable. It's important to practice these social skills during both on‑duty and off‑duty hours. Promoting good crew relations begins with the examples set by senior officers. It depends on valuing diversity and on the fairness with which everyone is treated. Aboard ship, every crewmember should be treated with respect and dignity, and the onboard workplace must be free from harassment and discrimination. No crewmember can be permitted to engage in verbal, physical, racial or sexual harassment. Because the onboard workplace is comprised of human beings, there is no way to ensure there will never be friction between employees of different genders or different racial and cultural backgrounds. What every vessel operator must guarantee, however, is that if problems arise, there are mechanisms in place to resolve them quickly and fairly. To see the full program, click here: https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=10209
Views: 2978 John Sabella
Digital Selective Calling Trailer
https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=650848 Digital Selective Calling or DSC is the modern system for sending digital distress messages over MF, HF and VHF marine radio frequencies. DSC offers faster, more reliable, longer range communications than older analog signals. When the vessel's DSC compliant radio is registered with a Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number and interfaced with the onboard Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, Search and Rescue authorities receive detailed information about the identity of the vessel in distress, its location and even the nature of the emergency at the push of a button. DSC also enhances routine radio communications. In this program Master Radio Electronics Officer Walter Gibson shows you how it works.
Views: 4122 John Sabella
An Elephant on the Chest
This excerpt from John Sabella's Maritime Medical Emergencies series demonstrates treatment of crewmember who is suffering from chest pain and has a history of angina.
Views: 2090 John Sabella
Halibut Fishing: A Family Affair
The 102-year-old halibut fishing schooner Tordensjkold spearheads a small fleet of Seattle-based commercial fishing vessels as they steam into their second centuries on the Alaska fishing grounds. Halibut fishing schooner-style is and always has been a family affair. Some of these venerable vessels have been passed from father to son to grandson and nearly everybody in this most historic of commercial fisheries has a blood relationship to the fleet. These old boats aren't hobby vessels or museum pieces; they're hardened work boats that compete head-to-head with modern vessels, as they've been doing since 1911. Climb aboard a halibut schooner in this excerpt from Tordenskjold: Boat of the Century. View the full documentary on Pay Per View for as little as $4.95.
Views: 4338 John Sabella
Peter Buschmann, Founder of Petersburg
In 1897, Peter Buschmann, a Norwegian immigrant with interests in canneries and salteries in Washington state and Alaska, began developing the townsite that would bear his name. Seeking to expand his Alaska holdings, Buschmann purchased a 40-acre Trade and Manufacturing Site at the north end of Wrangell Narrows, using Civil War-era soldier script as currency. This vignette is from John Sabella's documentary Petersburg: The Town that Fish Built: https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=30115
Views: 602 John Sabella
In a quest for greater speed the turn of the 20th Century, the world's ship owners mothballed their sailing ships in favor of steam. Companies like the Alaska Packer's Association that were engaged in the Alaska salmon canning industry didn't care about speed. They needed low cost cargo haulers to ferry men and supplies north each spring, and to return in the fall with holds laden with non-perishable canned fish. The APA ultimately bought 19 iron and steel sailing ships and christened its armada The Great Star Fleet. The APA navy became the largest fleet of privately owned sailing ships in the world, and the company extended the age of working sail on the Pacific Coast by several decades. Vessels like the Star of France took on supplies along the waterfronts of San Francisco and Seattle and sailed to remote locales including Bristol Bay, scene of the world's largest red salmon harvest. Fishing industry pioneer Stan Tarrant headed the rival Pacific American Fisheries Company, but he fondly remembers the Great Star Fleet. He reminisces about the early days in this excerpt from John Sabella's 1994 documentary The Great Age of Salmon and the PAF.
Views: 3467 John Sabella
Ship Safety Orientation Trailer
https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=650695 A component of The Ship Safety Suite, Ship Safety Orientation begins with a discussion of the goal of modern vessel operations: to serve the shipping marketplace by providing marine operations that cause no accidents, no injuries to personnel and no environmental damage. The program describes the importance of a safety culture extending from top management through the ranks of onboard personnel. It discusses the importance of ship familiarization training for new crewmembers and goes on to cover maritime security, the HSSE (health, safety, security and environmental) management system, safety and survival at sea, safety on the job, basic seamanship, accident and injury reporting, onboard emergencies, zero tolerance for controlled substances and an introduction to shipboard environmental management. http://www.johnsabella.com/
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Plastics and the Plight of the Albatross
The Laysan albatross regards anything floating on the surface of the ocean as edible. For millions of years, this proved to be a good assumption. Today, in some parts of the Pacific, there is more plastic floating on the surface than food. See the shocking consequence in this short vignette produced for the ProSea Foundation.
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Respectful Workplace Policy
The American Seafoods Company respectful Workplace policy. http://www.johnsabella.com/
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The Atlas Imperial.mov
Campbell Church built the famous motor yacht Westward around his massive, Atlas Imperial engine in 1924. Today, it's the oldest working Atlas in existence. It idles at 100 rpm, winds out at 285 and has more than 100 exposed lubrication points that have to be hand oiled every two hours. That hasn't kept the vessel from steaming to the far corners of the globe over her eight decades of hard work and she's in beautiful condition as she steams toward her second century. This clip is an excerpt from Westward in the 21st Century. For more information, click here: https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=50100
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Near Miss Reporting
Aboard ship, all personnel have the right and the responsibility to report defects in the vessel's equipment and procedures, and all near misses. Near misses are events that, under slightly different conditions, could have released the potential of a hazard to become active and cause harm. Each near miss embodies a lesson learned that could help others avoid similar circumstances if the knowledge is circulated throughout the ranks of vessel and company personnel and retained over time. The process should be formalized into a comprehensive near miss reporting system, rather than left to chance. By eliminating bad practices and strengthening good ones, the near miss reporting process is a powerful force for improving safety practice over time. This is an excerpt from John Sabella's instructional title The Program of Shipboard Safety: https://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=650697
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The N.J. Blanchard Boat Company
For decades, the N.J. Blanchard Boat Company built signature wooden yachts along the shore's of Seattle's Lake Union. In 1905, N.J. teamed up with Dean and Lloyd Johnson to found the Johnson Bros. & Blanchard yard on the Duwamish River. Working with N.J.'s, boyhood friend, naval architect Ted Geary, the trio crafted the 100-foot Helori for O.O. Denny in 1911. At the time, it was the largest motor yacht built on the West Coast. Four years later, the yard went broke and N.J. went to work for the Skinner & Eddy yard until he could save enough money to open his own facility at the foot of Wallingford Avenue North. Following a fire that destroyed the original Blanchard yard, N.J. rebuilt at 3201 Fairview Avenue East. It was at this location that many of the production sailboats, including Star Boats, Flatties (also known as Geary 18s), and the still-popular Junior and Senior Knockabouts were built, as well as numerous one-off designs. Production motor yachts built include the 36-foot standardized raised deck cruisers, several of which are still beautifully maintained, and custom yachts, such as the Geary-designed, 100-foot Malibu of 1926. The yard ultimately created some 2,000 boats. Meet N.J.'s son Norman C. Blanchard, who worked alongside his father, in this vignette from John Sabella's documentary Throwbacks to a Golden Age of Northwest Boats.
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Passenger Safety Training for the Alaska Marine Highway System
When the Alaska Marine Highway System placed its Fairweather Class of fast ferries in operation, the state agency turned to Nautical Media to produce a training video for passengers aboard the new boats. The 235 foot vessels each carry 250 passengers and 35 vehicles at a service speed of 32 knots. In the event the Fire and Emergency or Abandon Ship alarms are sounded, passengers are instructed to remain in their seats and await further direction over the public address system. Crewmembers are trained to issue Personal Flotation Devices to each passenger. In the event of a fire, passengers are directed to No Smoke areas, located foward or aft depending on the circumstances of the emergency. If the captain issues the order to Abandon Ship, passengers are directed to Evacuation Slides situated amidships on the port and starboard sides of the vessel. Watch a simulated evacuation in this excerpt from the program. To learn more about Nautical Media's production and training services, contact [email protected]
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The Onboard Basic Safety Training Program
https://www.johnsabella.com/category_listing.lasso?category=1020 An instructional resource that combines broadcast quality media, pictorial workbooks and computer-based training now provides vessel operators with a cost-effective means of providing BST refresher training as required by the International Safety Management (ISM) and Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping (STCW) codes. Each audio-visual training course consists of a DVD and companion workbook covering the requirements established by Table VI of the STCW Code. Photographed aboard vessels ranging from sea-going tugs and fishing vessels to oil tankers and container ships, each module incorporates dramatic emergency scenarios and clearly illustrated response procedures.
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Iron Chink
Produced for the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.
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