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Towline Aboard Stranded 'Kulluk' Rig

Rig Kulluk Aground: Photo credit Shell

Aerial and onboard inspections confirm the vessel remains firmly aground & stable on Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, with no sign of leakage of pollutants. Naval architects on the survey team confirm the Kulluk is structurally sound and fit for towing to safe harbor in nearby Kiliuda Bay.  The exact timing for potential towing activity is dependent on weather, tides and operational readiness. Once the Unified Command team managing the incident confirms it is safe and ready to move forward, the recovery operation will begin.
 The Unified Command report that the main tow line is attached, with the  'Kulluk' ready for transit. Tension will be maintained on the line overnight, with recovery expected to begin Jan. 7. However, the Salvage Master has the discretion to initiate the tow earlier should favorable conditions occur throughout the night. The proposed plan is that the Kulluk will be moved from its current grounded position in Ocean Bay to Kiliuda Bay, about 30 miles north. The tow will include several vessels, including the Aiviq, an anchor-handling vessel with ship towing capabilities. A U.S. Coast Guard marine inspector is aboard the Aiviq. The Salvage Master is aboard the Kulluk and will remain during transit to Kiliuda Bay. The tug Alert will also be connected to the Kulluk and assist in the tow. A 10-member salvage crew and one Shell representative are on board the Kulluk and will remain on the drilling unit throughout the tow.


WETA Awarded Blue & Gold Fleet Five-Year Contract

Water Emergency Transportation Authority Awards Ferry Operating Contract to Blue & Gold Fleet. At its October 6 Board of Directors meeting, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) awarded Blue & Gold Fleet ("B&GF") a five-year contract for the operation of WETA's San Francisco Bay Ferry services. San Francisco Bay Ferry, which recently assumed operation of the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay Ferries


Summary Judgment Sought Against Mass. 2009 Oil Spill Law

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), the Chamber of Shipping of America, the International Chamber of Shipping, and the International Group of Protection & Indemnity Clubs filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on Friday, January 28 in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against a 2009 Massachusetts oil spill law. The plaintiffs also requested that the judge issue a Permanent Injunction to enjoin its


Cruise Ship Pollution Bills Introduced in Maine

Two bills have been introduced in Maine to address water pollution from cruise ships. State Senator Michael Brennan (D) introduced an 'Act to Protect Maines Coastal Waters


Coast Guard Foundation to Honor USCG in Miami

Admiral Thad Allen, 23rd Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard Seventh District will take place on November 13 at the Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida. During the event, emceed by Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, chairman and CEO of Active Interest Media, Inc


Vigor Fab Delivers New Harley Alaskan Barge

Barge Iliuliuk Bay: Photo courtesy of Vigor Fab

Vigor Fab has delivered Harley Marine Services’ newest vessel, the 250’x70’x15’8” 'Iliuliuk Bay' (an Aleut name meaning Big Island). The deck barge is purpose-built to enhance quality of service provided to customers living and working in Alaska. Iliuliuk Bay is in transit to Dutch Harbor and will enter service on November 3rd. Her unique design provides a flexible workhorse that can easily switch between containers and other cargo to serve the diverse needs of


Wayward Rig 'Kulluk' Safely Arrives Kiliuda Bay

Logos courtesy of Unified Command

The 'Kulluk', towed by the 'AHTS Aiviq' has arrived in the safe harbor for assessment of any damage caused by its recent grounding. The Kulluk was refloated from its Ocean Bay position, off Sitkalidak Island, late Jan. 6, and will remain connected to its support vessels while it undergoes assessment in Kiliuda Bay, located about 30 miles north of Ocean Bay. The final location for assessment within the Bay will be determined by environmental conditions, including weather.


Overseas Reymar Cleared to Sail; Investigation Continues

Overseas Reymar cleared to sail; Coast Guard Calls on Harbor Safety Committee to review Critical Maneuvering Areas; investigation continues.   The U.S. Coast Guard has completed interviews, evidence collection, and a thorough safety inspection onboard the oil tanker Overseas Reymar which has been anchored in San Francisco Bay’s Anchorage 7 since the vessel’s allision with a support tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Monday morning.  


Settlement Reached In R.I. Oil Spill Case

The owner, operator and insurer of the vessel North Cape have agreed to restock 1.24 million lobsters and pay $8 million to restore other natural resources injured by the 1996 oil spill off the southern coast of Rhode Island. The Governor and federal officials announced that they have reached a "settlement in principle" with West of England Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association, the insurer of the companies responsible for the spill


CSSC to Establish Yacht Building Facility

China State Shipbuilding Corporation and the government of the Fengxian District of the Municipality of Shanghai have signed an outline agreement to establish the country’s largest yacht building facility, in the southern part of the Fengxian District of Shanghai, on the bay of Hangzhou. The new facility will build yachts for both home and export markets, but it is the latter that will be the main focus.


Denmark Issues New Pilotage Regulations

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

In an effort to make the pilotage market more efficient, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) issued several new regulations following on amendments to the pilotage act.   A number of DMA measures to launch January 1, 2015 will target simpler regulation of the pilotage area.  


CSL St-Laurent on Maiden Voyage

CSL Trillium Class Great Lakes bulk carriers

  The second of Canada Steamship Lines' (CSL) two newbuild Trillium Class Great Lakes bulk carriers, CSL St-Laurent, was delivered on November 26, 2014 and set sail on her maiden voyage on December 13. She departed at 20:00 CST from Yangfan shipyard on Zhoushan Island, China


US Jury Rules in Favor of Apache Corp.

Apache Corp was not in breach of contract in a lawsuit brought by Houston-based oil and gas producer W&T Offshore Inc in 2011, a federal jury found on Monday, according to a court filing. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has accepted the jury verdict and W&T


Cape Horn Delivered into Service

Cape Horn

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle and Ketchikan, announced the delivery into service of the Cape Horn, a Specialty Oilfield Vessel. EBDG partnered with Gulf of Mexico Operator SeaMar


USCG Begins Northeast Icebreaking Season

USCG photo

The U.S. Coast Guard's (USCG) winter icebreaking season has officially kicked off in the Northeast, starting December 15 and running through March.    OP RENEW is the USCG's region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies


Canada Invests $1.8m in Tignish Harbor

Canada’s Shea announces a $1.8 million contract for Tignish Harbor; contract awarded to Gaudette's Transit Mix Ltd.   The Government of Canada has awarded a $1.8 million contract through a public tendering process to Gaudette’s Transit Mix Ltd


Cruise Ship Fire under Investigation

Photo: Oceania Cruises

The U.S. Coast Guard assembled a joint investigative team with the National Transportation Safety Board and is sending four marine safety professionals from Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico and the Cruise Ship and Investigation National Centers of Expertise


USS Paul Hamilton Rescues Mariner

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) rescue stranded mariner, Ron Ingraham, aboard his vessel Malia. Ingraham was stranded at sea without food or water since Nov. 2

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) rescued a stranded mariner Dec. 9 while operating south of the Hawaiian Islands. Paul Hamilton Sailors rendered assistance to Ron Ingraham after receiving a distress call from U.S. Coast Guard District 14's Honolulu Sector


Winter Storm to Hit San Francisco Bay

California braces for fiercest storm

  A major winter storm is forecast for the San Francisco Bay this week. The storm is forecast to impact the entire Bay Area region, Monterey, and Lake Tahoe. Patchy fog, heavy rain, gale force winds (in excess of 34 knots) and increased wave action are expected Wednesday night


Shepler’s Taps Moran Iron Works to Build Ferry

A $3.8 million ferry for Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry will soon be under construction at Moran Iron Works in Onaway, Michigan.   The 85-foot, all-aluminum ferry—to be christened Miss Margy—is scheduled to carry its first passengers in July 2015


USCG Report Vessel Traffic Restriction on ICW

Intracoastal Waterway near Bal Harbor

  Vessel traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway near Bal Harbor, Florida is restricted following an incident involving a yacht and the Broad Causeway bridge. Due to the incident, only the bridge's west leaf is able to open.  Restrictions on vessel traffic limit movement of large


Long Beach Port Helps Fund Westside “Livability” Study

The goal of both plans is to improve the quality of life in West Long Beach

  The public is invited to attend the first community workshop to discuss the Livable West Long Beach Plan and Green Terminal Island (TI) Plan on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. at Silverado Park, 1545 W. 31st St. “The goal of both plans is to improve the quality of life in West Long


Swede Ship Marine Acquires Sublift Boat Hoists

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In 2014 Swede Ship Marine acquired the SUBLIFT boat hoist operation. A new company has been formed called Swede Ship Sublift AB. The first deliveries of boat hoists from the yard at Djupvik on the island of Tjörn, Sweden to customers in Sweden and Norway took place in the autumn 2014.


NATO Unconcerned by Russian Warships in English Channel

A squadron of Russian warships entered the English Channel on Friday but a NATO official dismissed a Russian media report that they were there to conduct military exercises. Russian news agency RIA quoted the Northern Fleet as saying its vessels, led by anti-submarine ship Severomorsk


Avoiding the Edges of the Sea

As predicted by Rudyard Kipling in 1935, we have reached the point where technology has instilled a false sense of complacency in many mariners.  Technology only performs its designed tasks if properly programmed and utilized.

Mariners do best when they avoid the edges of the sea – the shoals, rocks, and other hard spots.  Coming into contact with the edges of the sea at other than a slow walking speed can ruin an otherwise pleasant voyage. Unfortunately, though






 
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