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6,000 Gallons of Diesel Spilt in Alaskan Gulf

Unified Command responding to cleanup aboard vessel in Seldovia, Alaska   A Unified Command consisting of representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of the Interior, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, City of Seldovia and the responsible party, formed to respond to a 6,000 gallon diesel fuel discharge into the Gulf of Alaska has completed fuel removal from the damaged tank trailer aboard the motor vessel Thor's Hammer Tuesday.    Response crews and contractors from Alaska Chadux Corporation removed the 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel remaining in the punctured tank, as well as 28 bags of oily waste collected by the motor vessel Thor's Hammer’s crew. The 6,000 gallons of spilled diesel is no longer recoverable due to weathering and evaporation.    A Western Alaska Captain of the Port Order required the motor vessel Thor's Hammer to remain in Seldovia until the vessel was cleaned and determined to be safe for transit to Homer.  The vessel was later authorized to proceed to Homer where Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Homer personnel are scheduled to conduct a safety examination. The Captain of the Port Order also required the Thor's Hammer to remain in Homer until determined safe for commercial operation.   The Coast Guard is currently conducting an investigation into the operations of the vessel

This Day in Coast Guard History – May 17

1999-The Coast Guard "kept the peace" when the Makah Indian tribe hunted and killed a gray whale in Neah Bay, Washington.  The Makah were guaranteed the right to hunt whales in their 1855 treaty with the U.S. (Source: USCG Historian’s)

New Keller Ferry Closer to Reality

Foss Maritime Co. of Seattle is the apparent low bidder to build a new 20-car Keller Ferry to serve Washington’s only ferry route east of the Cascade Mountains.   The Keller ferry crosses Lake Roosevelt (part of the Columbia River) between the towns of Wilbur, Wash., and Keller, Wash., and provides essential transportation to several northeastern Washington counties, including Lincoln, Ferry and Stevens. “We’ve worked long and hard to replace this ferry

NOAA Awards $967,000 to 11 Marine Debris Removal Projects

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources will continue organizing cleanups to remove debris from beaches in Kahoolawe.

NOAA’s Marine Debris Program provided $967,000 through its Restoration Center to support locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects. Eleven groups across the country received funding to remove derelict fishing nets, litter, lumber, tires and other harmful marine debris from shorelines and coastal waters. “Marine debris plagues coastlines all over the country, and these communities have the expertise and motivation to address it

Chile Desert Rains Sign of Climate Change

Image of desert rain- Wikipedia,

  The heavy rainfall that battered Chile's usually arid north this week happened because of climate change, a senior meteorologist said, as the region gradually returns to normal after rivers broke banks and villages were cut off. "For Chile, this particular system can only be possible in an environment of a changed climate," Deputy Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization Jeremiah Lengoasa told Reuters on a visit to Santiago on Friday.

Seattle Flotilla Protests Shell's Arctic Drilling Plans

Environment Friendly Port of Seattle

  Hundreds of activists in kayaks and small boats fanned out on a Seattle bay on Saturday to protest plans by Royal Dutch Shell to resume oil exploration in the Arctic and keep two of its drilling rigs stored in the city's port. Environmental groups have vowed to disrupt the Anglo-Dutch oil company's efforts to use the Seattle as a home base as it outfits the rigs to return to the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, saying drilling in the remote Arctic waters could lead to an ecological

Museum Exhibition on Boatbuilding

Beginning January 28, 2000, the Peabody Essex Museum, in Salem, Mass., will present an exhibition on boat design entitled Suggestive Curves. The groundbreaking exhibition showcases the work of craftsmen from the U.S., Native America, Asia and the Pacific Islands, spanning two centuries of small watercraft design. The exhibition will run through May 7, 2000. The exhibition features 22 vessels, including a sealskin kayak built in Greenland sometime in the late 19th Century

Bunker Fuel Spill Threatens Environmental Disaster

The Coast Guard and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources yesterday were racing against time to prevent a major environmental disaster as oil seeped from a tanker that sank between Guimaras and Negros Islands Friday. The spill is threatening marine life and the tourism industry of Western Visayas, officials said, and moving closer to Negros Occidental. The Coast Guard in Bacolod had a Marine Environment Protection Unit

JW Fishers ROV's Provide 'In Depth' Solutions

SeaLion-2 & Users: Photo credit JW Fishers

US-based ROV provider, JW Fishers, report its Sea Otter ROV's go deep for government & industry. The company report that many and varied organizations are acquiring ROVs to assist in their underwater operations. These highly maneuverable remote operated vehicles perform a variety of tasks at depths of 1,000 feet or more. Deploying an ROV instead of a diver can reduce the cost and increase the safety of any search or inspection operation.

Typhoon Batters Philippines, Thousand Flee to Manila

Rammasun hits eastern Rapu-Rapu island, heads towards Manila; Strongest storm after last year's Haiyan. Thousands evacuated from coastal villages. Thousands of people in the Philippines fled from their homes on Tuesday as the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year made landfall, toppling trees and cutting power as it made its way straight towards the capital, Manila. Parts of the Philippines are still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan

Brazilian Village Destroyed in Dam Deluge

Courtesy BHP Billiton, Vale Mina GermanoSamarco

  From when the first warnings were heard, the Brazilian village of Bento Rodrigues had about 25 minutes to escape. The water from a broken dam holding waste water from the nearby Samarco mine in Minas Gerais state moved fast down the valley

South African Boatbuilding: Tugboat Honors Mandela Birthplace

(Photos courtesy of Southern African Shipyards)

Transnet National Ports Authority announced a milestone in its $98 million tug building contract when the first of its nine new tugboats was launched at the Durban premises of contractor, Southern African Shipyards.     “This is the largest single contract TNPA has ever

Heavy Rain Hampers Kenya Port Trade

A washed-out road in Kenya has blocked the flow of goods from Kenya's Indian Ocean port of Mombasa for a second straight day, officials said on Wednesday, choking the main trade route into East Africa.   Mombasa handles imports such as fuel and other vital goods for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda

APM Terminals Opens Aqaba Logistics Village Expansion

Aqaba Logistics Village Expansion Courtesy APM Terminals

  APM Terminals, with local Jordanian partner Kawar Group, officially opened the expanded Aqaba Logistics Village (ALV) on November 12th, with a formal ceremony attended by Jordanian Prime Minister His Excellency Abdullah Ensour, the Minister of Transport His Excellency Ayman Hatahet and

Myanmar Finds 200 Bangladeshis in Offshore Boat

Myanmar's navy found a boat carrying more than 200 Bangladeshis, the government said on Friday, after the military chief said some migrants landing in Malaysia and Indonesia this month are pretending to be Rohingya Muslims so they can get U.N. aid.

High-tech Car Ferry Debuts: It’s Electric

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Norwegian Car Ferry Debuts World’s First All-Electric Propulsion System Norled Ampere, the world’s first all-electric car ferry, began service this year carrying up to 120 cars and 360 passengers across the 4.2-mile (6.8 km) Sognefjord channel that separates Norway’s villages of

Shell Steps Closer to Arctic Drilling

Arctic Challenger Photo Greenpeace

  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the nonlethal, incidental, and unintentional take of small numbers of polar bears and Pacific walrus that result from Shell’s exploratory drilling activities in the Chukchi Sea. The agency gave authorization despite finding information

Israeli Drone Crashes near Lebanon's Port of Tripoli

Image: Lebanese Army

 Lebanese Army officials say an Israeli drone crashed in the waters off Tripoli on Saturday, reports Reuters.   “At around 8:30 am (0530 GMT), a drone belonging to the Israeli enemy went down in the port of Tripoli, and the army has taken the necessary measures

Obama to Visit Arctic

Photo: Official Facebook Page of Obama

 President Barack Obama is traveling to Alaska in late August to visit the front lines of climate change, which he called "one of the greatest challenges we face this century".   He'll speak to a global Arctic leadership summit in Anchorage and also travel north to the Arctic

Clipper Round the World Race Begins

As anticipation builds for the start of the tenth edition race, the long awaited opening of the Race Village at St Katharine Docks, London. Photo: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

 The 12 Clipper Race yachts left the Gosport Marina and will perform a parade of sails alongside the Spinnaker Tower before heading off to London.   As the boats left the marina, other crews waved goodbye and wished them luck for their quick journey to the capitol where they will have

DP World Nhava Sheva Helps Enhance Efficiency

Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal is part of DP World’s Subcontinent Region

  DP World Nhava Sheva, well-known for its operational efficiency; once again orchestrated a win-win situation for the trade and maintained normal import and export activities when the port confronted both, natural and manmade crisis.

Fishing Vessel Sinks, Spills Oil in Alaska

Boom surrounds the sunken vessel Pacific Venture near The Twins, Sitka, Alaska (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lewis Beck)

 A 58-foot fishing vessel ran aground, sunk and spilled oil in Sitka, Alaska, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. No injuries have been reported, and there have been no confirmed reports of impacts to wildlife.   The fishing vessel Pacific Venture, a 58-foot seiner

Storm Weakens after Ravaging Philippines

A typhoon swept across the northern Philippines killing at least nine people as trees, power lines and walls were toppled and flood waters spread far from riverbeds, but tens of thousands of people were evacuated in time. Officials fear the death toll may rise after Typhoon Koppu tore through

Mercury Marine Donates Engines for Hydro-Ambulance

Ambulatory services in Congo, Africa are now improved thanks to a donation by Mercury Marine.  The global marine propulsion company recently donated two 60hp outboard engines that have been installed on a boat that will act as a hydro-ambulance

Hurricane Patricia Threatens Mexico

Photo: NOAA

Hurricane Patricia strengthened into one of the most powerful storms in history on Friday as it barreled toward Mexico's Pacific Coast, forcing resort hotels to evacuate tourists and residents to stockpile supplies. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the Category 5 storm was the strongest

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