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USCG Search For Boater Missing 50 miles South St Marks, Florida

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  The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater 50-miles south of St. Marks, Florida, Sunday. Missing is George Taylor, 60, from Tallahassee, Florida, who was reportedly sailing his 27-foot Catalina sailboat from St. Marks to Carrabelle Florida. A friend of Taylor’s called Coast Guard Sector Mobile to report him overdue at 4.p.m.Saturday. The caller’s last contact with Taylor was Thursday morning via social media; he reportedly stated his intentions were to be in Carrabelle Friday evening. Sector Mobile issued an urgent marine information broadcast, dispatched a MH-60 Dolphin Helicopter and a C-130 Hercules Fixed Wing Aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, as well as a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium from Coast Guard Station Panama City, Saturday at 5 p.m. The crew of the C-130 located a sailing vessel that matched the description about 50-miles south of St. Marks, and the small boat crew from Panama City was diverted to investigate Sunday at 7a.m. The crew arrived and confirmed that it was George Taylor’s vessel, and found Taylor’s dog and belongings aboard. The Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who have added additional surface and air assets, are continuing the search for Taylor.  


Tanker Slams Light Tower off NYC

According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Coast Guard said a light tower off New York City has been substantially damaged by a tanker ship that slammed into it. The agency is urging boaters to steer clear of the Ambrose Light until it can be fixed. The Coast Guard says the tanker Axel Spirit rammed into the 76-foot steel tower damaging its legs. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Annie Berlin says the light is on, but no longer rotating and not reliable


Austal Patrol Boat Begins Operation in Bermuda

The sister ship to the recently delivered six New South Wales Water Police boats officially entered service on December 4 with the Bermuda Water Police. This follows a delivery trip from the West Australian shipyard that included shipping the 16 metre vessel to Savannah, Georgia before traveling under her own power on a 900 nautical mile final voyage to the island of Bermuda via Morehead City in North Carolina. Marking the occasion the Bermuda Police Service held a press conference outside


Warmer Temperatures, But Mississippi Traffic Still Slow

Warmer temperatures across the U.S. Midwest were seen easing navigation on the Mississippi River near St. Louis but barge traffic continued slow on the Illinois River due to ice buildup, river officials said. "Milder temperatures over the weekend cleared the navigational channel of ice in the St. Louis area and water levels are about foot higher than they were a week ago," said Charles Camillo, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman at St. Louis.


Matson Expands Savannah Operation

Photo: Georgia Ports Authority

Part of regional boom in third-party logistics providers.  Matson Logistics, a leading provider of multimodal transportation, warehousing, and distribution services throughout North America, has established new distribution center space in Savannah.   “Our new operation expands on our ability to move retail goods in through the Port of Savannah,” said Mark Ferzacca, assistant vice president of sales for Matson Logistics Warehousing


Royal IHC Names Dredger Mahury

 Shoalbuster 3009 naming ceremony (2)

Shipbuilder Royal IHC has named the Mahury, a 1,840m3 capacity twin-screw trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) on October 29, 2015 at its partner MTG Dolphin’s shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria. The new TSHD is Baggerbedrijf de Boer – Dutch Dredging’s fourth IHC-built vessel. The ceremony was performed by Mrs. Gressier, who was invited to perform the naming of the ship due to the close (working) relationship between Dutch Dredging and the Gressier family.  


Trials of Tanker Completed in Japan

The running trials of the tanker Prisco Alcor, built in the Republic of Korea for the Primorsky shipping company (PSC), have been completed in the Sea of Japan on Tuesday, Itar-Tass reported. A ceremony marking an official handover of the newly built tanker is scheduled for this weekend. Dimensions of the Prisco Alcor are as follows: length – 935 ft., width – 164 ft., and total displacement -- 193,000 tons. The cruising capacity of the tanker is 20,000 miles.


This Day in Coast Guard History – June 3

1882-At 8 in the morning the three-masted schooner, J.P. Decamdres, bound for Milwaukee with a cargo of cord-wood and railroad ties, stranded about one mile north of the life-saving station at the entrance to Milwaukee Harbor (No. 15, Eleventh District) and became a total wreck. Her crew of six men and a passenger were rescued by the lifesaving crew. 1941-President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order making 2,100 US Coast Guard officers and men available to man four transports


USCG Assists Resupply of McMurdo, Antarctica

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Paul Garcia)

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star successfully completed its breakout of McMurdo Science Station in Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze Wednesday. The cutter assisted by breaking a navigable shipping lane through 12 miles of  ice in McMurdo Sound, encountering ice up to 10 feet in thickness. The shipping channel through the ice created by Polar Star was used by the tanker ship Maersk Peary to deliver approximately three and a half million U.S


Abu Dhabi Wins Volvo Ocean Race

Abu Dhabi Ocean racing on the approach to Itajaí. Photo by Volvo Ocean Race

 After 19 days of sailing, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has won leg five of the Volvo Ocean yacht Race, between New Zealand and Brazil.   Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing emerged victorious on Sunday after 6,776 nautical miles (nm) of immensely challenging racing in leg five to take a big advantage at the top of the Volvo Ocean Race standings.   Ian Walker’s crew fought off three competitors during a “drag race” of nearly 2


Seaborne Trade: Keep the Cargo Moving

Graph: Clarksons Research.

 In the world of seaborne trade, distance forms a crucial element in terms of determining how much demand for vessel capacity is created by trade volumes, says Clarksons Research.   One interesting measure of this is the estimated average haul of global seaborne trade


Little Rock Port Gets $6M for New Dock, Improvements

Photo Little Rock Port Authority

Congressman French Hill (AR-2) joined Mayor Mark Stodola to celebrate the official announcement of the a $6.185M TIGER grant awarded by the US Department of Transportation to the Little Rock Port Authority.  The funds will be used to support the Little Rock Port Authority Growth Initiative to


Meyer Turku Cuts Steel for New Mein Schiff

Courtesy MEYER WERFT

The production of a new generation of Mein Schiff ships started today at Meyer Turku shipyard, Finland, with the steel cutting ceremony.  The new Mein Schiff 1, NB-1392, will be around 20 meters longer than the previous Mein Schiff ships and will have space for additional 180 cabins.  


Q4 Bounce Forecast for Dry Bulk Market

File photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping

The Q4 bounce – a seasonal staple of the dry bulk markets – looks likely for Capesize and Panamax segments, but the effects may be limited.    Independent research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI) is forecasting a fourth quarter bounce in dry


Sanmar Building 150th Robert Allan Designed Tug

Photo courtesy of Robert Allan

Robert Allan Ltd. and Sanmar Denizcilik A.S. have reached a milestone in their ongoing relationship: scheduled to be launched later this year, a RAstar 2800 will mark the 150th tug that Sanmar has built to a Robert Allan Ltd. design.  


Subsea Cables Protected with Virtual Tech

The Vesper solution is elegant in its simplicity, using two land-based communication towers to establish a set of ‘virtual beacons’ on the water clearly marking the cable field, also establishing a wide buffer zone that is seen on a vessel’s electronic charts.

New York Power Authority (NYPA) had a costly and environmentally charged problem. Twice in a decade (in 2004 and 2014) a commercial tugboat dropped anchor and damaged one of its submerged power cables, a critical 7.5 mile stretch of four cables


Blount Boats Delivers Chicago Tour Boat

M/V Skyview (Photo: Blount Boats)

Blount Boats of Warren, R.I. has delivered the M/V Skyview to Shoreline Sightseeing, marking the builder’s second delivery for the Chicago sightseeing company.   With a LOA of 100 feet and maximum beam of 35 feet, the steel Subchapter K passenger vessel designed by Seacraft Design


Storm Earl lashes Belize, Heads for Mexico

Tropical storm Earl whipped Belize with wind and heavy rain as it weakened, moving into Guatemala toward southeastern Mexico on Thursday after hundreds of people took shelter overnight. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said at 1200 GMT that Earl had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles


New Mission Set to Retrieve El Faro's VDR

El Faros voyage data recorder next to the ships mast on ocean floor (Photo: NTSB)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will launch its third mission to the wreckage of the El Faro on Friday from Virginia Beach, Virginia. The mission’s primary objective is to retrieve the sunken cargo ship’s voyage data recorder.  


Injured Mariner Medevaced from Tanker off Florida

Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Air Station Clearwater

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a man Thursday who sustained a head injury 90-miles east of Jacksonville.   A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced the 33-year-old man from the vessel Eagle Texas, an 800-foot tanker homeported in the Marshall Islands.


Tropical Storm Javier Forms off of Mexico's Pacific Coast

Image: NOAA

Tropical Storm Javier formed off of Mexico's Pacific coast on Sunday, unleashing intense winds amid expectations it will churn north toward Baja California and the beach resort of Los Cabos, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Javier was producing maximum sustained winds of 45 miles


Hueneme Welcomes Its First Post-Panamax Ship

(Photo: Port of Hueneme)

Port of Hueneme’s first Post-Panamax ship was greeted by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines (WWL) company leaders and Port officials during an occasion marking a paradigm shift in how the widened Panama Canal will bring a new class of vessels to the Port of Hueneme.  


Video: Tanker Crewman Medevaced near Oahu

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ron Green

An ailing crewmember aboard an oil tanker was medevaced by the U.S. Coast Guard roughly 12 miles south of Oahu, Hawaii, Wednesday.   The crewman, a 45-year-old citizen of India, was said to be suffering from heart attack symptoms when personnel aboard the ship contacted watchstanders at the


Oil Rig Rescue Highlights ETV Importance - Nautilus

Herakles Photo  Nautilus International

Responding to reports that the government’s Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) Herakles was deployed to assist a tug experiencing trouble off the coast of Scotland, Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson said, ‘The incident highlights the vital work that the Maritime & Coastguard


Lease Sale Proposed for Wind Energy Off North Carolina

A new lease sale has been proposed for 122,405 acres for commercial wind energy leasing offshore North Carolina.     The proposed lease, announced today by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper as part of






 
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