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This Day in Coast Guard History – August 31

1819-The cutters Alabama and Louisiana captured the privateer Bravo in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Bravo's master, Jean Le Farges -- a lieutenant of Jean Lafitte -- was later hanged from the Louisiana's yardarm.  The cutters then sailed for Patterson's Town on Breton Island to destroy the notorious pirates' den there. 1852-The Lighthouse Board was created and charged with administering the Lighthouse Service, as the Revenue Cutter Service was again decentralized.  The board was comprised of Army and Navy officers, and civilian scientists.  Channel marking and light operation acquired scientific precision and engineering.  Classical lenses and lateral buoy systems were introduced.  (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)


Workers Shutter Israeli Port after Rocket Fire

Workers at a major Israeli seaport in the southern city of Ashdod suspended operations on Tuesday following heavy rocket fire from the nearby Gaza Strip. Violence has flared in recent days across the Israel-Gaza border, and the Israeli military said on Tuesday its Iron Dome defense system shot down four Palestinian rockets in the skies above Ashdod, about 25 km (15 miles) up the coast from Gaza. The Ashdod port, which is notorious for labor unrest


Hi-speed Subsea Drill Reaming System Success

Statoil G-4 AHT2 rig floor: Photo credit Deep Casing Tools

Aberdeen-based Deep Casing Tools, completes  first operation of its 'Turbocaser' in the Norwegian North Sea, with a successful 21 hour reaming run. The Turbocaser™ Express is a high-speed drillable reaming system that enables drilling teams to land casings and intermediate liners at target depth first time. Two conventional attempts to run a 7” liner to total depth (TD) had been unsuccessful in the Statoil operated Gullfaks’ satellite well


Cruise Ship Lifeboat Fall Kills Five Crew

Thomson Majesty: Photo credit Thomson

5 are killed & 3 injured during emergency drill on 'Thomson Majesty' while moored at Santa Cruz, La Palma, Canary Islands. The lifeboat fell from the vessel during an emergency training drill on the 20-year-old ship owned by Cyprus-based Louis Cruises and leased to Thomson, according to 'The Guardian' report. Spanish reports state that those killed were believed to be three Indonesians, a Filipino and a Ghanaian


Ecospeed Agent Appointed in Germany

Karberg & Schmitz GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, have been appointed as Ecospeed agents for the German territory, representing Subsea Industries and Hydrex in the sale and delivery of Ecospeed, Ecoshield and related products including service, maintenance and warranty work. The appointment follows increased interest in Ecospeed on the part of German based owners, operators and shipyards. Owners of many different types of vessels such as cruise ships, harbor tugs


Australian Tall Ship Rounds Cape Horn

Young Endeavour

  The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour rounded Cape Horn on Australia Day, 36 days into a 12-month circumnavigation of the world. Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN congratulated the 36 seafarers on board the square-rigged tall ship, including 12 Royal Australian Navy crew and 24 alumni crew specially selected for the passage. Vice Admiral Barrett said the passage around the southernmost tip of South America remained one of the most


Hallin Marine's Windermere Active in Indonesia

Windermere

Hallin Marine, a Superior Energy Services company, has announced that its SOV Windermere subsea operations vessel is providing offshore support services in the Maleo gas field off Madura, East Java.   Operating on behalf of a major Indonesian oil company, the Windermere is engaged in a wide range of testing and platform support operations. These include repair and maintenance of subsea gussets, underwater welding of gusset plates and grouting work on mobile offshore production unit


Arctic Holds Boatloads of Shipping Potential

Leive Lunde (Photo: FNI)

The Arctic region is notorious for relentlessly harsh climates that make shipping operations grueling. But despite the many limitations these conditions present, Leiv Lunde, Director, Fridtjof Nansen Institue, says the outlook is optimistic for the Arctic maritime industry 10-20 years down the road. Lunde presented “Asia’s Rise, Arctic Change and Energy Trade: Myths, Realities and Implications for the Shipping Industry” at the 26th annual Marine Money Week in New York on


Beijing to Build Ventilation "Corridors" to Tackle Smog

Beijing, China Photo Gazprom

Authorities in Beijing plan to develop a network of ventilation "corridors" to help tackle the city's notorious air pollution, China's state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday. Construction in the zones, which will be created by connecting parks, rivers, lakes, highways and low building blocks, will be strictly controlled and obstacles to air flow will be removed over time, Xinhua cited Wang Fei, deputy head of Beijing's urban planning committee, as saying.


Ship Owner to Pay Ransom for Indonesian Hostages

Luhut Pandjaitan. Photo: Indonesian Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs

 Indonesian government said that the company that owns the hijacked tugboat Brahma 12 has agreed to pay the 50-million-peso ($1 million) ransom demanded by the Philippine rebel group Abu Sayyaf for the release of 10 Indonesian crewmembers who have been held hostage since March 26.   Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan confirmed this, saying the company and the militants, believed to be linked to Abu Sayyaf


Canada to Scale Back Plan for Navy Ships, Go Over Budget

Canadian officials said on Friday a C$26.2 billion ($21.5 billion) program to build 15 naval ships could end up below target and over budget, the latest challenge to Canada's troubled military procurement process.   In 2010, the Conservative government announced the program to replace three


Norway’s (Winding) Path Ahead

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A precipitous plunge in energy pricing is problematic for a prodigious oil producing nation such as Norway, but it really only tells a portion of the story when evaluating the immediate future for the collective maritime and offshore energy markets


Great Lakes Freighters Getting Underway Again

The Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) announced that the 2016 shipping season on the Great Lakes began on March 2 when the tug/barge unit Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder loaded 4,600 tons of iron ore at Cleveland Bulk Terminal for delivery to ArcelorMittal Cleveland at the end of the navigable portion


Southeast Asian Nations Designate Safe Shipping Corridor

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on Monday agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines. Nearly 20 Indonesian and Malaysian tugboat crew have been kidnapped by the Abu


Places of Refuge

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The concept of force majeure has been broadly accepted since mariners initially encountered the perils of the sea.  Persons and governments ashore have been obligated, at least by natural law, to accept and succor those in distress at sea


Discovery in U.K. Archives Reveal Key Shipwreck Documents

The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum’s Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP), Director, Chuck Meide, made some key discoveries recently in London, England.  Meide spent January 14-17, 2013 examining documents in the United Kingdom’s National Archives (formerly the


Piracy Update: Nautilus Calls for Gulf of Guinea Action

Nautilus International has expressed concern about the seizure of a master and chief engineer officer from an offshore support vessel operating in the Gulf of Guinea. The two men — both reported to be U.S. citizens — were taken from the U.S


AAIB Granted License to Operate in Somalia

William Wakeham

Regional insurance brokerage and risk management company AAIB first to be granted license to operate in Somalia as economic opportunities drive demand. Regional specialist in broking, risk management and consultancy Anglo Arab Insurance Brokers (AAIB), has broadened its footprint


Chinese Soy Project in Brazil: Just an Empty Field

No signs identify a barren field in northeastern Brazil that was meant to be the center of one of China's most ambitious agricultural forays into South America. In 2011, Chongqing Grain Group Corp announced plans to build a soy crushing plant


ESG Replicates Historic Schooner 'Columbia'

Schooner Columbia launch: Photo collage courtesy of ESG

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) informs that a steel hull replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner COLUMBA has been launched at its Panama City, Florida, shipyard with employees, dignitaries and guests in attendance. The original COLUMBIA was a 141’ classic Gloucester


1923 Schooner Replica Completes Sailing Trials

Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) announced that the Columbia (ESG Hull 981) a steel hull exact replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner, has completed her sailing trials. The sailing trials were held on September 18, 2014 directly offshore of the beaches of Panama City, Florida


Eastern's Columbia on Display in Fort Lauderdale

The modernized steel hull Columbia replica is based on the classic 1923 design. (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group’s reengineered Columbia, built from the original design plans of the classic 1923 Essex-built schooner, will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30-November 3, 2014. The original Columbia


Ferry Fixation: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

King County Water Taxi

It all adds up to the global effort to strengthen bottom lines, safety margins and the collective environmental footprint.   The future for ferries seems to be on fire; both in good ways and bad. The good is always a good place to start. And, that’s because it is ferry fabrication time


Australian Tall Ship Rounds Cape Horn

Commanding Officer of STS Young Endeavour, Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe OAM RAN (front, centre), and World Voyage Passage One Youth Crew celebrate rounding Cape Horn on Australia Day 2015.

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour rounded Cape Horn on Australia Day, 36 days into a 12-month circumnavigation of the world. Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN congratulated the 36 seafarers on board the square-rigged tall ship


Shipyard Shakedown

Courtesy of Frank von Hoorn

Shipyard selection, whether it involves newbuild or repair, can be a daunting task. It doesn’t have to be that way. Selecting a shipyard is a challenging proposition, an investment really, but how does one choose the right one? Location, capabilities, price






 
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