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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


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


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


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.


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


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.


Damaged Dredge New York Moved

The 200-foot dredge vessel, the New York, completed necessary minimum repairs to its damaged hull enabling it to be moved to the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, N.Y., on February 2. The hull was damaged following a collision with the 669-foot freight ship the Orange Sun, north of Shooters Island in Newark Bay, N.J., at about 1:50 p.m. Jan. 24, 2008. Workers from Randive Incorporated installed a steel framed box in the winch room reinforcing the hull and allowing for more stability


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.  


USCG Repatriates Cuban Boat Migrants

The Cutter Dauntless smallboat crew inspects a rustic vessel used by 20 Cuban migrants south of Dry Tortugas, Florida, Sep. 6, 2014. The migrants were later repatriated by the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Knight Island repatriated 45 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Wednesday. These repatriations are a result of two separate interdictions of people attempting to illegally migrate to the United States through the Florida Straits.


DOT Awards Grant for Rehabilitation of Wando Welch Terminal

Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Demand Demonstrates Need for Greater Transportation Investment through GROW AMERICA Act U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a $10.8 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant for the rehabilitation of the Wando Welch Terminal project


Mnazi Bay Gas Deal Signed

Mnazi Bay and Msimbati fields in Southern Tanzania

  Maurel & Prom announced that, along with Mnazi Bay license partners Wentworth and Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), it has signed a gas sales and purchase agreement with TPDC for the long-term sale of natural gas from the Mnazi Bay and Msimbati fields in southern


LHA 6 'America' Maiden Voyage Completes at San Diego

America arrives San Diego: Photo USN

The Navy informs that the soon to-be-commissioned amphibious assault ship 'USS America' (LHA 6) arrived at its homeport of San Diego after completing its two-month maiden transit around the American continent from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.


Vancouver Shipyards Begins Building New Cable Ferry

(left to right) Vancouver Shipyard’s Chester Saret - Burning Area Chargehand, Brian Carter – President, Seaspan Shipyards, and Mike Corrigan – President & CEO, BC Ferries, oversee the first cut of steel on the new BCFS Cable Ferry.

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) announced today it has officially started construction on a new Cable Ferry for BC Ferries. The 78.5 meter ferry, slated for delivery in Spring 2015, will accommodate up to 50 vehicles and 150 passengers


BP Says US Court Yet to Determine Penalty

Photo: BP

Oil major BP said on Thursday it will appeal a U.S. court decision that found it grossly negligent with respect to the Gulf of Mexico 2010 oil spill and added the court will hold additional proceedings due to begin next January. BP said it will immediately appeal to the United States Court of


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 4

USS Burton Island (AGB-1). USCG photo

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 4 1804 - USS Intrepid (LT Richard Somers) blew up in failed attack on Tripoli 1941 - German submarine, U-652, attacks USS Greer, which was tracking the submarine southeast of Iceland. Greer is not damaged, but drops depth charges, damaging U-652.


Bay Diesel Wins NSWG Maintenance Deal

Photo courtesy of Bay Diesel

Bay Diesel was awarded a five-year contract with the Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG). The NSWG has two teams, one based on the U.S. East Coast and the other on the West Coast. Bay Diesel will work with the East Coast team located in Norfolk, Va


Big Laker Aground in Straits of Mackinaw

American Spirit: Photo courtesy of ASC

The US Coast Guard informs it is responding to the 1004-foot freighter 'American Spirit' after it ran aground in the Straits of Mackinac (which connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron) reporting as follows: At 6:30 p.m., Thursday, a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste


Grounded Freighter Refloated in Straits of Mackinac

The American Spirit, a 1004-foot freighter that had been hard aground in the Straits of Mackinac since Thursday afternoon, was refloated early Friday morning. The vessel is making way to St. Ignace, Michigan, where it will anchor. Coast Guard marine inspectors and American Bureau Shipping


NOAA Expands Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Map of the Thunder Bay expansion

  NOAA today released a final rule and environmental impact statement expanding the boundaries of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron from 448 square miles to 4,300 square miles. The new boundaries now include the waters of Lake Huron adjacent to Michigan’s Alcona


Panama Canal's JIT Transit Service Modified

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  The arrival time for vessels that have been awarded a JIT (Just-in-Time) Transit Service at Panama Canal will be determined based on the conditions listed below, and not the time the vessel arrives at the sea buoy at either terminal of the Canal.


Seattle Seahawks Adopt USCG 13th District

Master Chief Petty Officer Charles Lindsey (top right), command master chief of the Coast Guard 13th District, and Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander of the Coast Guard 13th District, accept a Seattle Seahawks 12th Man flag from the Air Force 446th Airlift Wing (USCG photo by Katelyn Shearer)

The Seattle Seahawks organization formally adopted the U.S. Coast Guard 13th District during a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Tuesday. Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander of the Coast Guard 13th District, accepted the honor from the Air Force 446th Airlift Wing


GD Electric Boat Gets Potential US$1.5-Billion Navy Contract

Virginia-class submarine: Photo USN

The Department of Defense informs that General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is being awarded a $234,229,426 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for design agent, planning yard, engineering and technical support for active nuclear submarines


Holland America Line Offers Diverse Options in Premium Cruising

Half Moon Cay Aerial photo

Travelers looking for an intimate, mid-sized cruise experience in the Caribbean have 126 itineraries to choose from during Holland America Line’s 2014-15 Caribbean season. Featuring nine of the line’s vessels sailing roundtrip from either Fort Lauderdale or Tampa, Fla






 
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