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USCG Respond to Grounded Vessel near Pleasant Harbor, Washington

The Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology responded to a report of a 65-foot pleasure craft that ran aground near Pleasant Harbor in Brinnon, Wash., Sept. 14, 2014.  It was reported that there is the potential for up to 500 gallons of diesel fuel to be aboard the vessel and an unrecoverable sheen was reported on the water.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Incident Management Division.

  The Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology are responding to a report a of 65-foot pleasure craft aground near Pleasant Harbor in Brinnon, Washington, Sunday morning. There is reportedly up to 500 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the vessel and an unrecoverable sheen was reported to be visible on the water. Responders are working with the owner to deploy containment boom around the vessel and develop plans to remove the fuel aboard. Jefferson County dispatch notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound that the 65-foot pleasure craft Avalon was aground in Pleasant Harbor at 2:30 a.m. The vessel was under tow by a 14-foot skiff at the time of incident. All four people involved departed the 65-foot vessel and made it ashore at Pleasant Harbor State Park in the skiff. Members from Sector Puget Sound’s Incident Management Division along with the Washington State Department of Ecology, Global Diving and Salvage and the local fire department responded to the scene. USCG

UPI Wins Engineering Contract from Dominion Resources

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) subsidiary UniversalPegasus International (UPI) was awarded the engineering services contract for the Pleasant Valley Compressor Station Project in Virginia by Dominion Resources. The value of the transaction was not disclosed.   The Pleasant Valley Compressor Station Project is a modification of the existing compressor station to accommodate increasing customer demand. UPI will provide detailed engineering and construction support services for the

USCG to Evaluate Passamaquoddy Bay for LNG Shipments

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release stating that it will assess safety and security issues associated with liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers transiting Passamaquoddy Bay to deliver cargoes to a proposed LNG terminal to be built at Point Pleasant, Maine. Source: HK Law

Charleston Gets New Water Taxi

The Charleston Water Taxi is in business. The taxi started running earlier Monday, shuffling commuters between Mount Pleasant and Charleston. The trip costs $5 one way, $8 round trip or $12 for a day pass. Docking at the Charleston Harbor Marina and the Maritime Center, the water ride makes 12 stops a day. It's owners say their goal is to help commuters avoid traffic and parking problems downtown. The boat can hold 49 passengers and in the Springtime the taxi hopes to add more stops to

Coast Guard Responds to Vessel Aground

The Coast Guard is responding today to the scene of a fishing vessel that ran aground in Mantoloking, N.J. The Coast Guard was notified a that the Danielle, a 48-ft. wooden fishing vessel out of Cape May, N.J., was aground on the beaches of Mantoloking. Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., were dispatched to the scene to conduct an initial assessment and survey the scene.

British Forces Assist Stricken Cruise Liner

Military assets deployed in support of Falkland Island government in cruise ship rescue. In support of the Falkland Island Government, British forces based in the Falkland Islands yesterday responded to a distress call by the 10,000 tonne cruise ship ‘Le Boreal’. The ship reported suffering a major engine room fire, which caused the loss of all power and left the ship drifting. A north-westerly gale placed the ship in real danger of grounding on Cape Dolphin, East Falkland.

Commerce Committee Will Hold Port Security Field Hearing

U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC), Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced today a full Committee hearing on the implementation of the Port and Maritime Security Act on Tuesday, February 19th, 2002, at 1:30 PM at the Charleston, S.C., Maritime Center. Witnesses will include: Panel I, Norman Y. Mineta, Secretary of Transportation; Admiral James M. Loy, Commandant, United States Coast Guard; Robert C

Dometic Marine Supplies Chilled Water Systems to Signet

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) specialist Dometic Marine has recently secured orders to supply its chilled water equipment to high performance tug builder Signet Maritime. As part of the new contract, Dometic Marine will supply its chillers on-board three  Signet 82 Metric Ton Bollard Pull Z-Drive tugs, to provide each vessel with 240,000 BTU (British Thermal Unit) or 20 tons of capacity.  

DonJon Marine Completes Atlantic Traveler Salvage

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On May 11, the 70-ft fishing boat Atlantic Traveler sank after hitting the South Jetty of Manasquan Inlet off Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.  Three crewmen onboard were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.   The vessel sank outside the south Jetty in an Ocean Environment in an upside down position.  After more than three weeks of inclement weather, Donjon  Marine was able to mobilize its 400-ton capacity Derrick barge Columbia, NY  from its home base in Port Newark

Coast Guard Monitors Sunken Vessel for Pollution

Members assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston are monitoring a sunken vessel Wednesday for potential pollution in Shem Creek, in Mount Pleasant, S.C. The Coast Guard was notified by the Charleston County 911 Consolidate Dispatch that the commercial fishing vessel Lady Eva was at the Wando Seafood Company dock and sinking in Shem Creek. Upon being notified of the incident, the Coast Guard dispatched pollution responders to determine if the vessel was discharging any hazardous

Equipment Donation Solve Hospital Ship’s Heat Problem

Africa Mercy at sea (Photo: Mercy Ships)

When Mercy Ships decided to increase the airflow in the CAT scanner room on board its hospital ship, Africa Mercy, the international charity turned to Elta Fans’ Applied Technology division for help.   The Africa Mercy operates in hot and humid climates in Africa making it challenging

Russia Submits Vast Arctic Territory Claims to UN

Map by  National Snow and Ice Data Center

 Russia has submitted its bid for vast territories in the Arctic to the United Nations, AP reported as the Foreign Ministry saying.   The ministry said in a statement that Russia is claiming 1.2 million square kilometres (over 463

A Pleasant Sub-prise for Penang Ferry Passengers

The sudden appearance of a submarine has caused excitement among hundreds of ferry users at Penang Port, Malaysia.  The Australian navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrived in for a visit Penang at around 11.30am Monday. HMAS Sheean is in the port for the crewmen’s holiday before they start a joint exercise with a Malaysian submarine later.  Penang Port Sdn Bhd senior general manager (corporate support division) Md Derick Basir said the vessel, which is 77.8m long and 7.8m wide, will be here until Oct

 The sudden appearance of a submarine has caused excitement among hundreds of ferry users at Penang Port, Malaysia.   The Australian navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrived in for a visit Penang at around 11.30am Monday. HMAS Sheean is in the port for the crewmen’s holiday before they

Maersk Orders BWTS for 7 Newbuilds

Image: DESMI Ocean Guard

DESMI Ocean Guard A/S to supply ballast water treatment systems to a series of new container vessels to be built at COSCO Zhoushan shipyard in China, for Danish shipper Maersk Line.   DESMI Ocean Guard announced that its RayClean ballast water treatment system (BWTS) has been selected for

South Korea's Park: Ferry Crew Conduct Tantamount to Murder

South Korea President Park Geun-hye. (Image:

South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday the actions of some crew of a ferry that sank with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder, as a four-year-old video transcript showed the captain promoting the safety of the same route.

Viking Welding Delivers Fire/Rescue Boats

Photo: Viking Welding & Fabrication

Fire Departments in South Carolina and Minnesota have recently accepted delivery of Response FR-28 and FR-31J boats built of welded aluminum by Viking Welding & Fabrication in Kensington, N.H. The boats were designed by Response Marine in Newburyport, Mass.

Companies Collaborate to Find Cool Solutions

Arcturus launch

Dometic’s HVAC systems fit right into the dual purpose of providing comfortable workboat environments while also protecting vital equipment. Both tasks go hand in hand and collaboration between parties is the key. An efficient and reliable HVAC (heating

Energy Markets Buoy U.S. Shipbuilding

McAllister Towing marks its 150th anniversary this year, and the company’s fleet includes more than 75 tugs serving the U.S. East Coast from Maine down to Puerto Rico. Pictured are Buckley McAllister, President; Brian McAllister, Chairman; and Eric McAllister, Chief Operating Officer.

Proliferation of energy related transport continues to drive commercial U.S. Shipbuilding As the United States aims towards energy independence by the end of this decade, domestic shipyards and vessels owners are reaping rewards from this most unexpected turn of events.

Security for the Long Run

Swiftships sandblasting of the 148 ft vessels for South Oil Company of Iraq.

Firms Building Sought-After Security Boats Have Multiyear Backlogs U.S. companies continue to land lucrative contracts with domestic and foreign customers for vessels that are designed or specially customized to meet defense, police and anti-piracy needs

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

Moose Boats Delivers 2 Patrol Boats

Photo: Moose Boats

Aluminum boat manufacturer Moose Boats announced the delivery of two patrol boats. The builder delivered a M2-38’ Patrol Catamaran to the United States Park Police in Fort Tilden, New York, as well as a M2-38’ Wide Cabin Patrol Catamaran to the New Jersey State Police in Point Pleasant

GE Powers Diadema Cruise Ship

Fincantieri shipyard to equip in-board propulsion for Carnival and Costa vessels, GE’s Power Conversion business has helped the shipyard successfully deliver the Costa Diadema cruise ship to the Carnival Corporation on October 28, 2014.

Smooth Sailing for MSC with GE Marine On Board

MSC Preliminary Courtesy GE Marine

  When it comes to taking thousands of passengers on the luxury cruise of a lifetime, it’s reassuring to have a name like GE ensuring you a smooth and pleasant journey.  While MSC with its next generation ships may be setting off to conquer more distant waters

Grounding Kills 1, Injures 2 in Charleston Harbor

One person was killed and two people were injured when a boat ran aground on Shutes Folly off Charleston, South Carolina, late Thursday evening, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   One man was killed after being ejected from the vessel.  Two female passengers were treated for injuries and

Snarled in Traffic, Intermodal Answers Include the Water

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It was just last month that the (challenged) Keefe family packed up the SUV and set out for a little bit of spring break fun, mixed in with a college visit for my son, who will be a senior in high school next Fall. The decision to drive was, in part

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