Archive for December, 2011

Sea salt, Is it a more healthy choice than rock salt?

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Natural sea salt is a healthy choice when compared to ordinary table salt, but you also have to take in consideration that iodine levels in sea salt are low in contrast to salts that have added iodine. Too little iodine in your daily diet can cause goiter and other illnesses. Below are some added information you need to know about sea salt and rock salt:

Sea salt

  • Comes from seawater that has evaporated, and along with sodium chloride, contains other hints of minerals.
  • Contains parallel amounts of sodium compared to table or rock salt.
  • Must be produced in such a way where possible impurities and contaminants are eliminated.
  • Far from being pure sodium, there has been little or no research to prove the helpful benefits.

Rock or table salt

  • Is mined and extracted which goes through the whole progression of being heavily processed.
  • Practically pure sodium due to heavy processing making people think that this may be a healthy choice.

Sodium as a component of salt

What is all this buzz about sodium? Sodium is a vital mineral that the body cannot make. It is a significant electrolyte present in the added cellular solution. It controls and synchronizes the body fluid. It also plays a task in enzyme operation and muscle contraction, and even transmits electrical propulsions. Too much sodium can be harmful despite the body’s need for sodium. The kidneys normally get rid of sodium excess but when the quantity is too high, they won’t be able to eliminate all of it.

A normal person needs a teaspoon of sodium or iodine daily to continue a good health. Sea salt is no more superior or worse than the normal table salt. With regards to the sodium source, most table salts have been iodized during its processing.

Sea salt or rock salt?

The sea salt advantages are basically mostly aesthetic, not dietary or nutritional. Some people say that sea salt has a more intricate or cleaner taste, perhaps because of the trace minerals it still contains. Yet those extra raw materials would not still be sufficient to make a significant nutritional difference.

Having read all these information, it is now a matter of personal choice which one appeals to your palate. Just remember that too much of either iodine or sodium will not do you any good. Striking a balance is the key in choosing which of these salts you may choose.

Shipbuilding and its risks

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Shipbuilding is defined as the manufacturing of sea vessels that often happens in shipyards or some other facility that specializes in marine gear manufacturing. The people who build or construct ships are known as shipbuilders, shipwrights, marine engineers, or even boat builders.

They call the term ship breaking as the splitting, ripping, and tearing down of a vessel that is previously used. One trivia you might find fascinating is that South Korea created more water vessels than a world combined sometime last 2008.

Vessels must be created and put together before sailors can start working offshore and before cargos are loaded and unloaded. A naval architect that is trained will help in building the merchant ships such as cargo ships, merchant ships, oil tankers, barges, and more structures that are for offshore. The modern ships nowadays are made out of steel that is welded.

Risks in shipbuilding

Being a shipbuilder is no piece of cake. There are dangers and risks included in shipbuilding. Below are some:

1. Disease from exposure to asbestos.

It is not known to everyone that asbestos is the primary material used in building ships for decades. Years before the disease from exposure of asbestos was discovered, lots of ships were already built. This only means that a lot of ship builders were already exposed even before they realized it. A disease related to asbestos exposure is mesothelioma where a benign or malignant tumor develops on the linings of the lungs, heart and abdomen takes 30 years to develop.

2. Back injuries

The risk on back injuries is due to the cramped and stuffed spaces shipbuilders are exposed to. This only gets aggravated when exposed to cold temperature, force, stress and repetition. It is recommended that the employees open up themselves to better training, proper posture, and to use mechanical devices provided for work assistance.

3. Injuries associated to wielding

Considered as the most common since they make up a huge percent of the injuries found in ship construction work. The burning of metal is dangerous and can cause really serious injuries. Even the exposure to a variety of fumes and gases may prove to be lethal and deadly. One must always be provided with protective clothing and safety equipment for the security and safety of the workers, and the people around them.

The General Maritime Law and Its specifics

Monday, December 12th, 2011

One branch of the law that makes provision to all the sea activities is the Maritime law. This law was developed and evolved as one of the initial trade modes. Below are the matters included in this branch:

  1. Marine commerce or the trading of goods and services.
  2. Navigation of the sea vessels.
  3. Shipping corporation
  4. Seafarers or sailors
  5. Salvage
  6. The goods and passenger’s transportation.
  7. Maritime contracts
  8. Maritime compensation for the injuries inflicted on board a maritime vessel.

Despite this branch of law, the maritime policy and its activities are still controlled by the Global maritime organization and are still under the federal system jurisdiction. The maritime law has progressed in a certain manner that there is no distinct specification indicated.

A glimpse of the maritime law

If an owner of a sea vessel or port abandons his property and does not hold claims to it anymore, then a salvage crew would possess and retrieve the unneeded claims.  However, if by any chance the owner of the sea vessel cannot be found or located by their respective government authority, the government has a certain duty to protect, thus, is not responsible or liable for the salvage rewards of a property found in a sunken ship. More so, a salvaged group or crew cannot assert, request, or claim a reward if its salvaging the ship does not compensate a reward.

What a vessel owner must keep in mind

As a ship owner, you are responsible for the well-being, safety and security of the people including the goods on board your vessel. He is also liable for his crew and employees, as their employer. There is now the Jones act that was passed in 1920 created to protect the employees and the employees injured due to negligence. Yet this law was called unprecedented because it handles areas that are beyond the general maritime law.

There are a lot of ports and sea bases all around America that carry out the maritime business bringing in billions in the industry. One of them is Miami who caters the largest ship or cruise liner port in the whole world. This does a good thing for them as it attracts a large number of vacationers and tourists. In case an accident or an injury happens within Miami’s boundary, all legal actions will be handled in Miami.

Philippine Maritime Shipping and Manning Companies Directories – Part 29

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The list of Philippine Shipping and Manning Companies provided in this article, and their information including their links would help a lot in finding what you need. This list connects to the previous related articles posted in the maritime category. You can subscribe for updates by using your email for free to get instant update about this post.

    • TECHNOMAR CREW MANAGEMENT CORP.

12F NATIVIDAD BLG, 470 TM KALAW COR CORTADO ST ERMITA MANILA
Phone: 3028888/5671512 TO 14/56
Fax: 3023866/5671354

    • TEEKAY SHIPPING PHILIPPINES, INC. FOR: MAYON MARINE MNGT INC.

U201,301&302ALVION CTR.110THAILAND ST LEGASPI VILLAGE MAKATI
Phone: 784-8484
Fax: 8132131
eMail: philippines.web@teekay.com
WebSite: www.teekay.com

    • TIWALA HUMAN RESOURCES INC

SUITE 910 ERMITA CTR BLDG 1350 ROXAS BLVD ERMITA MANILA
Phone: 5267416 Loc, 103
Fax: 5219125
eMail: pdeguzman@philtrans.com

    • TOP EVER MARINE MANAGEMENT PHILIPPINE CORP.

512 GEN HIZON COR. CAPT M. REYES STS. BANGKAL MAKATI
Phone: 8452188
Fax: 8890177

    • TORM SHIPPING PHILS., INC.

G/F & 2/F, TSM BLDG.1747 DIAN ST. PALANAN MAKATI
Phone: 5512808
Fax: 5513193
email: torm@tormphil.ph

    • TRADEPHIL SHIPPING AGENCIES INC

703/704 EMERALD BLG,DON FRANCISCO ORTIGAS, JR RD. ORTIGAS PASIG CITY
Phone: 6333989 / 6333990
Fax: 6312939
eMail: tradephil@pldtdsl.net

    • TRANS ORIENT MARITIME AGENCIES INC

TRANSORIENT MAR II BLDG 1438 AGONCILLO ERMITA MANILA
Phone: 5219798/5212859/5219778
Fax: 5212877
eMail: transorient@pldtdsl.net
WebSite: www.transorientmar.net

    • TRANS STAR SHIPPING AGENCY CORP

5F JS CON BLDG 423 MAGALLANES ST INTRAMUROS MLA.
Phone: 5275534 / 5275541
Fax: 5271309
eMail: transtar@transtar.com.ph
WebSite: www.transtar.com.ph

    • TRANS-GLOBAL MARITIME AGENCY INC

3F PLANTERS PROD.BLG.109 ESTEBAN LEGASPI VILLAGE MAKATI
Phone: 8152048 / 81604348/89352
Fax: 8176509/8403127
eMail: ships@transglobal.com.ph
WebSite: www.transglobal.com.ph


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