Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Cargo Ship Loses Containers Off Key West
The U.S. Coast Guard is warning vessels of an unseen navigational hazard about 30 miles south of Key West. The area is where a cargo ship lost approximately 30 containers when its load shifted while at sea on Monday.Seaboard's "Intrepid" was brought to the Port of Miami for repairs with the rest of the containers teetering precariously on the ship's deck.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
11 Evacuated From Stricken Russian Ship
Rescuers evacuated 11 people by helicopter yesterday morning from a Russian cargo vessel stranded in icy waters off the coast of eastern Russia, an official said. Russian officials say the evacuees have been flown on a privately owned helicopter to the town of Nogliki on nearby Sakhalin Island, which lies to the north of Japan. The Smolninsky refrigerated ship was battered by heavy winds on Friday, freezing it over and causing the vessel to list dangerously to its port side in the Sea of Okhotsk, which separates Russia's Kamchatka peninsula from the mainland.The Sakhalin rescue center's spokesman, Nikolai Ivanov, said the Smolninsky still has 20 crew members on board and is making slow progress to safer waters closer to the shore, some 55 kilometers away, in the hope of saving the vessel. The Smolninsky collects fresh fish from local boats and delivers the catch to local ports, cleaning, processing and canning en route. Ivanov said he had no information about whether the evacuees were fisheries workers or crew members. An icebreaker is sailing in the vicinity of the Smolninsky to ensure the safety of the crew.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Collision Causes Oil Spill At Texas Port
Roughly 450,000 gallons of crude oil spilled at the Port of Port Arthur when a 600-foot tanker collided with a towing vessel pushing a loaded barge, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The collision occurred on Saturday, leaving part of the port closed but no reported injuries.
A 15-by-8-foot hole was left in the tanker, the Coast Guard said. A portion of the oil in the damaged tank was moved to another holding tank on the ship to prevent more oil from spilling, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Renee Aiello told reporters. The towing vessel ricocheted and hit another tanker was was tied to a pier.
98-Foot Ship Runs Aground In Manatee County
The Coast Guard rescued seven people early this morning from a 98-foot commercial vessel that ran aground in Longboat Pass. No one was injured in the incident. At 3 a.m., Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg Operations Center received a report from Winston Knauss, the captain and owner of the Sir Winston.According to a release: Kanuss told the Coast Guard that the vessel was taking on water. Because of the dense fog conditions, a tow boat could not be deployed, so the Coast Guard's Station Cortez sent a 25-foot response boat out to the Sir Winston. The rescue boat arrived on scene at 3:38 a.m., and its crew was able to safely transfer the thee women and four men off the grounded vessel and back to Coast Guard Station Cortez. The Coast Guard is currently assessing the condition of the Sir WInston with a marine inspection and investigation team. No pollution has yet been reported as a result of the grounding.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
First Woman Becomes Provost Marshal
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Towboat Strikes I-155 Caruthersville Bridge
A towboat traveling on the Mississippi River struck the I-155 Caruthersville Bridge around 4:45 p.m. between Dyersburg and Caruthersville, Mo. The boat was towing 20 barges filled with grain and the impact caused all of them to become adrift down the river. Petty Officer Sneller of the United States Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River said there were no reported injuries and all of the barges were retrieved after the incident. The barges' cargo did not pose an environmental hazard since they only contained grain. River traffic was shutdown, but was reopened around 6:30 p.m.After the accident, the Tennessee Department of Transportation closed traffic traveling over the bridge while it was inspected for structural damage. The bridge was reopened just after 8:30 p.m. The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Dyersburg Police Department, Dyer County Sheriff's Department, Dyer County Rescue Squad and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency all responded to the situation. Sneller said there would be an investigation by the USCG to determine the cause of the accident. Also, the boat, barges and cargo would be inspected. The capabilities of the crew will also be examined.
Monday, January 18, 2010
CG Ice Breaking Ops All Wrapped Up
Ninth Coast Guard District cutters concluded a busy week of ice breaking operations on the Great Lakes, with a majority of this week's operations occurring on the Lake St. Clair River system. A combination of five U.S. Coast Guard cutters broke paths for nearly 20 commercial vessels in the Lake St. Clair River system, which includes Lake St. Clair and the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers. All of the cutters opened channels and ensured the delivery of critical supplies of food and heating oil. This week, Jan. 11-15, 2010, the Coast Guard facilitated approximately $80 million in commerce vital to the Great Lakes economy. In particular, Coast Guard cutters on Jan. 12, 2010, assisted freighters carrying 300,000 tons of cargo with an estimated value of $20 million. "The ice choked up the St. Clair River this year much sooner than usual, and we recommended that shippers not transit without a Coast Guard escort," said Lt. Cmdr. Brian Donahue, Chief of Domestic Ice Breaking, Ninth Coast Guard District. "At the end of the day, it's all about getting people their product there safely."
Stern view of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Neah Bay as it breaks a path through the ice.U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Neah Bay, homeported in Cleveland; Penobscot Bay, homeported in Bayonne, N.J., but temporarily homeported here for the winter; Hollyhock, homeported in Port Huron, Mich.; the Bristol Bay, homeported in Detroit, and the Mackinaw, homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., coordinated operations to create navigable tracks for commercial vessels to transit. The commercial vessels then transited one after another in an order determined by each vessel's horsepower. All five cutters were underway in support of Operation Coal Shovel, which encompasses southern Lake Huron, St. Clair/Detroit River systems and Lakes Erie and Ontario, including the St. Lawrence Seaway. Operation Taconite, the other ice breaking mission on the Great Lakes, encompasses Lake Superior, the St. Marys River, the Straits of Mackinac, Lake Michigan and northern Lake Huron. The Coast Guard Cutters Katmai Bay and Biscayne Bay, under Operation Taconite, assisted the towing vessel Algocanada, while the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon assisted the Neebish Island Ferry. Operations Coal Shovel and Taconite are based on the statutory authorities of 14 USC 2, 14 USC 88 and 14 USC 141. Both direct ice breaking resources to the highest priority areas and missions based on the most current ice conditions.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Turkish Navy Rescues Indian Ship From Somali Pirates
A Turkish frigate Saturday staved off an armed attack on an Indian commercial ship in the Gulf of Aden and captured six pirates, the Turkish army said here. The M/V Jal Layak came under machine gun fire as it was sailing 105 miles (195 kilometres) off shore through the warship-patrolled transit corridor that vessels are encouraged to use for safe passage, the army statement said.
TCG Gokova (F496)Turkish frigate Gokova, a member of the NATO anti-piracy mission, foiled the attempt to hijack the ship in an operation also involving a helicopter and amphibian commandos. The six assailants were "rendered ineffective" and a search of their skiff resulted in the seizure of equipment used in piracy attacks, including a machine gun and knives. An international flotilla of warships has been patrolling the piracy-plagued Gulf of Aden, one of the globe's busiest maritime trade routes, since 2008.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Cargo Ship Runs Aground In Leyte
A cargo ship ran aground in Tolosa, Leyte Friday night, a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) report said. The PCG said the Leyte bound MV Tomi Elegance, which sailed from Surigao, hit the shores of Barangay Telefagro around 8:30 p.m.The ship was carrying copra which was supposed to be delivered to Crude Coconut Oil Processing plant in Barangay Opong. Crew members refused to explain why their ship ran aground. Nobody was killed or injured in the incident.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Airman Follows Famous Uncle
Monday, January 11, 2010
Dubai To Open New Cruise Ship Terminal In Feb.
The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has announced that its new cruise terminal located in the Port Rashid complex will be inaugurated in February, Gulf News reported. The facade of the New Cruise Terminal building is based upon Dubai's contemporary Arabic design.It is anticipated to give a big boost to the cruise tourism segment in the region's best cruise tourism destination The terminal has been designed to handle four ships simultaneously and cater to the increased number of cruise ship calls. The terminal has a tourist support infrastructure that includes facilities like currency exchange, ATMs, post office, duty free shop, souvenir shops, gift shops, a business centre with internet access, Wi-Fi for lap-top users and a VIP majlis.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Boaters Upset Over St. Croix Buoy Plan
There is a red-hot controversy brewing out on the frozen St. Croix River. The U.S. Coast Guard is considering pulling 15 navigational buoys from 25 miles of the river this spring. Boaters are unhappy about the proposal. They say the move would be akin to removing stop signs or stop lights from city streets. Joe Riley of Windmill Marina called the proposal totally ridiculous. He said, "It is ridiculous to be removing those buoys. They have been there for 50-60 years they are needed for safe navigational pleasure craft commercial vessels and charter boats."The Coast Guard said the St. Croix is a recreational waterway, not a commercial route where such buoys are normally found. The Coast Guard said its boats and crews are not equipped to reach and maintain the buoys each year without putting personnel at risk. Mike O'Berry with the Coast Guard said it costs nearly $1,000 to maintain the buoys. He said, "It is better for us to allocate those resources to commercially trafficked rivers." The Coast Guard is planning a public hearing on the proposal for sometime in February.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Diver Dies While Retrieving Bodies From Sunken Ship In Manila Bay
A Philippine coastguard diver died yesterday retrieving bodies from a ship that sank in deep water in Manila Bay last month, the coastguard service said. The death, the cause of which was not immediately clear, was a grim footnote in a catalogue of shipping disasters to have hit the Philippines in recent years.
Petty Officer Armand Bonifacio lost consciousness while diving to the wreck of the Catalyn B, a small wooden ferry that sank on December 24 after hitting a steel-hulled fishing boat, local coastguard chief Commodore Luis Tuason said. Although he regained consciousness after being pulled from the water and placed in a decompression chamber, Bonifacio died a few minutes later as he was being rushed to hospital.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Air Force Activates Newest Expeditionary Unit
Monday, January 04, 2010
15 Missing In Boat Accident
Fifteen people are missing after a boat carrying a group of picnickers capsized in the Rupnarayan River at Kolaghat in Purba Medinipur district on Sunday. They include many children. “Search operations are still going on,” Choten Lama, district Magistrate, told reporters over telephone. A group from Kolkata had come to a park on a picnic and some decided to board a local boat. At about 4:30 p.m. the boat overturned.
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Fishing Boat Taking On Water Safely Reaches Sebastian Inlet
A fishing boat that was taking on water four miles offshore mid-afternoon Friday safety made it back to its home here with all six people aboard, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The 34-foot boat was assisted by a 47-foot Coast Guard ship, out of Fort Pierce, a spokesman said.The Coast Guard said the escort was done as a precaution after the fishing boat said it was taking on some water in the rough seas. Indian River County Fire Rescue also assisted. The name of the fishing boat owner wasn't released. The Coast Guard is continuing to look into the incident.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
22 North Koreans Abandon Troubled Ship In Philippines
Twenty-two North Korean crewmen abandoned their cargo ship after it listed dangerously and then ran aground in the northern Philippines, officials said Friday. One of the Koreans was slightly injured as he abandoned the listing M/V Nam Yang 8 late Thursday off Claveria township in Cagayan province. They transferred to a life raft and reached Claveria, where villagers helped them obtain police assistance, regional police Chief Superintendent Roberto Damian said. The Nam Yang 8, loaded with a low-grade iron ore called magnetite, left the northern Philippine province of Aparri late Thursday and was en route to China when it encountered large waves and began to list off Claveria, coast guard chief Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo said.When the 3,461-ton ship's engine lost power, its skipper ordered his crew to abandon ship, Tamayo said. The ship drifted and later ran aground in nearby Ilocos Norte province, he said. Damian said immigration authorities were checking if the North Koreans have required work permits. The sea accident was the latest off the Philippines in recent days. Dozens of people remain missing after the ferry MV Baleno-9 sank off Batangas, south of Manila, on Dec. 26. Separately, 24 people remain missing and are feared dead after their wooden-hulled ferry collided with a fishing boat and rapidly sank near Manila on Christmas Eve, the coast guard said. Sea accidents are common in the archipelago because of frequent tropical storms, badly maintained boats and weak enforcement of safety regulations.
Friday, January 01, 2010
South Africans May Save Oldest Passenger Ship
Representatives of a South African company are expected in Singapore next week to assess whether the world’s oldest operating passenger ship could have a life beyond its decommissioning today. Floyd Bascones, a media relations officer on the MV Doulos, said yesterday that the company’s representatives would decide whether the ship, built in 1914, could be converted into a maritime training facility and museum. If the company takes over the ship, it would be able to make a final voyage to SA by the end of March, he said. “But failing which, we would still negotiate with at least two other companies on keeping the 95-year- old Doulos afloat,” Bascones said. The ship was built two years after the Titanic. If talks failed the Doulos would be scrapped at an Indian shipyard from March 31, he said.The ship is owned by Christian charity Gute Bücher für Alle, or Good Books for All, which is based in Mosbach, Germany. The ship has been operating as an international floating bookshop since 1978. It took affordable books to ports where cheap books were not available, and has sailed to 104 states. Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest active ocean-going passenger ship, the Doulos was declassified during its last dry-docking in Singapore under a new maritime law that prohibits vessels with combustible material from sailing from next year. Much of the vessel is wood. Bascones said an estimated 14m - 17m would be needed to extend its life. In previous incarnations it has been the cargo carrier Medina, the passenger ferry Roma and cruise liner Franca C. Sapa