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PVA Elects 2013 President, Officers and Board

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During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2013, held February 16 - 19, in Jacksonville, FL, members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Carolyn Horgan, Blue & Gold Fleet, San Francisco, CA, as PVA President for 2013.    Also elected to terms as PVA Officers for 2013 were:    PVA Vice President: Terri Bernstein, BB Riverboats, Inc., Newport, KY PVA Secretary Treasurer:  Dave Anderson, Fire Island Ferries, Inc., Bay Shore, NY   PVA President:  Carolyn Horgan   Carolyn Horgan is President of Blue and Gold Fleet in San Francisco, CA.  Blue & Gold operates 19 vessels in ferry and excursion routes in the Bay Area.  The company is also under contract to the Water Emergency Transportation Authority to operate vessels in the Alameda, Oakland, Vallejo and South San Francisco ferry services.   Horgan has worked in the maritime industry since 1973.     PVA Vice-President:  Terri Bernstein Captain Terri Bernstein is Vice President of Operations of BB Riverboats in Newport, KY.  This third-generation, family-owned business is the oldest riverboat company in the Greater Cincinnati Ohio Region.  Founded in 1979, BB Riverboats owns three vessels that offer sightseeing cruises, dinner cruises and specialty cruises, as well as an off-premise catering company.  Bernstein holds a 100-ton Masters license.  


Lake Michigan Refinery Oil Discharge: Latest Update

Response team meeting: Image courtesy of USCG

The Coast Guard informs that their representatives together with those from the Environmental Protection Agency were back on scene Wednesday to oversee cleanup operations after a crude oil discharge Monday evening at the BP Whiting Refinery in Whiting. Eight members of a shoreline cleanup assessment team, consisting of members of both agencies and BP, inspected the shoreline to verify presence of crude oil and to recommend cleanup techniques as required.


Massive Washington Industrial Waterfront Property on the Market

Owners, Kimberley-Clark Corp. retain agents Kidder Matthews & Binswanger to sell off 2,500 ft industrial shoreline area adjacemt naval base Kidder Mathews and Binswanger have been retained by Kimberly-Clark Corporation to sell its exceptionally rare waterfront industrial property in Everett, Wash. The property, immediately adjacent to Naval Station Everett, boasts more than 2,500 linear feet of deep-water industrial shoreline area and a total land area in excess of 66 acres


Deleware Bay Oil Spill Update

The Unified Command continues to oversee the recovery and clean-up operations of oil spilled in the upper Delaware Bay last Tuesday. Over the weekend, shoreline crews and assessment teams worked to clean up Delaware shorelines affected in Port Mahon, Pickering Beach and Kelly Island as well as Gandy's Beach in New Jersey. State and local officials also worked to identify additional areas impacted by the spill. Shoreline assessment crews today are focusing on areas from Kitts Hummock


ZF Donate Gearbox, Engine Controls for 'Chauncy Maples'

Photo credit Chauncy Maples Trust

ZF donate to the 'Chauncy Maples' project which aims to bring health care to Lake Malawi's poor by renovating Africa's oldest motor ship Malawi in Central Africa is a quiet, peaceful country of immense beauty. However, it is one of the ten poorest nations in the world, with a life expectancy of only 50 years. For much of the thousand miles of shoreline of Lake Malawi, there are no roads and no access to health services


CG Final Update on Port Arthur Spill

Photo courtesy USCG

The unified response to the collision and oil spill from the tankship Eagle Otome continues.  To date, more than 9,600 barrels of oil/water mixture has been recovered, evaporated or dispersed naturally of the 11,000 barrels spilled.  Current response assets include 88 oil skimmers, 6 oil vacuum vehicles and 114,545 feet of containment boom.  As the majority of the on-water oil has been recovered, the operation will begin to focus on shoreline clean-up and restoration.


Ribcraft Provides Boat Operator Training

Ribcraft will provide complimentary small boat operator training to professional customers who order a Ribcraft rescue RIB during the month of April. Rescue boat operations in rough seas, strong winds, and along rocky shorelines are a challenge even to experienced and well trained crews, but when the urgency of a response combines with the skill needed to maneuver a vessel alongside people in the water, recreational boating experience is often insufficient to safely operate a rescue craft


Response Underway for Sunken Landing Craft in West Seattle

Waterfront Construction, the owner of the 75’ vessel “Justin” that sank in the Puget Sound early this morning (14 October), has contracted with NRC Environmental Services to contain the surface sheen released from the vessel.    NRC Environmental Services has multiple spill response vessels and skimmers on scene and has deployed containment boom.  Additional boom is on scene and ready to be deployed as needed


Environmental Groups Receive Funding

At a special action Port of Tacoma Commission, eight non-profit environmental groups received funding, and the Commission passed a resolution in support of the Shared Strategy for Puget Sound. The Port of Tacoma, Pierce County and the City of Tacoma jointly announced a total of $41,888 to environmental groups that are working to improve the environment of Commencement Bay and the lower Puyallup River watershed. Ranging from $3,000 to $7,000 per group


Year-round Response Tug for Neah Bay

A state-funded emergency response tug will be stationed at Neah Bay, ready to prevent oil spills 365 days a year under a contract extension agreement signed today between the Department of Ecology (Ecology) and Crowley Maritime Corporation (Crowley).The extension agreement marks the first time that a response tug will be stationed at Neah Bay for a full year of service. During the 2008 legislative session, Gov. Chris Gregoire and lawmakers provided $3.7m for emergency response tug service


Port of Long Beach to the Rescue of Birds

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  The Port of Long Beach announced Tuesday that it is expanding its partnership with International Bird Rescue, a global expert in oiled wildlife emergencies and aquatic bird care, a partnership that was unofficially established during an animal cruelty case that made Southern California


Marine Site Investigation off Tit Cham Chau, Hong Kong

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From 20 August 2014 and for a period of approximately three months, marine site investigation works involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (F) and the adjacent shoreline:


NOAA: Marine Debris Costs California Millions

Marine debris found on Seal Beach, Orange County, California. (Credit:NOAA)

Southern California residents lose millions of dollars each year avoiding littered, local beaches in favor of choosing cleaner beaches that are farther away and may cost more to reach, according to a new NOAA-funded Marine Debris Program economics study.


US Marine Consultancy EBDG Expands, Employs Marine Engineers

Bill Summers & Eileen Tausch

Elliott Bay Design Group LLC (EBDG) says it has welcomed two new Marine Engineers to its team: William Summers (Bill) in its New Orleans office and Eileen Tausch in its Seattle office.  Summers is a seasoned marine professional with more than three decades experience in the offshore and


Dryad Maritime: Ocean Ambush “Game Changer”

Ian Millen

In the early hours of Saturday 9th August 2014, the radar of a product tanker transiting south, 200 nautical miles off the Nigerian shoreline detected a probable pirate mother ship lying in wait close to its track.   Shortly after detecting the vessel


Dredging at New Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter, Hong Kong

For approximately 5 months, dredging operations will be carried out [at New Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to (B) and (C) to (D) and the adjacent breakwater and shoreline:


Video: USCG Medevacs Tanker Captain

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A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew medevaced the captain of a tanker approximately 50 miles offshore of Corpus Christi Wednesday morning. Watch the video here. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi command center were notified Tuesday at approximately 4:30 p.m


Company Fined for Oil Spill Near Anacortes

Ecology issues $112,500 penalty for sunken vessel.   American Gold Seafoods faces a $112,500 penalty for an oil spill caused by the accidental sinking of its vessel, the Clam Digger, in July 2013 near Anacortes. The Washington Department of Ecology investigated the cause of the sinking


Study: An Arctic Oil Well Blowout Could Spread More Than 1,000km

Oil from a spill or oil well blowout in the Arctic waters of Canada's Beaufort Sea could easily become trapped in sea ice and potentially spread more than 1,000 kilometres to the west coast of Alaska, a World Wildlife Fund study showed on Friday.


BP Marine to Migrate Marine Lubricant to Castrol

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Consolidation will provide marine customers with a simpler and more consistent product offering.   Global lubricants manufacturer, Castrol, has announced that it will become the sole brand for the BP group’s marine lubricant offering


Melting Sea Ice Opens Arctic Passages for Invasive Species

Arctic Navigation: File photo

For the first time in roughly 2 million years, melting Arctic sea ice is connecting the north Pacific and north Atlantic oceans. The newly opened passages leave both coasts and Arctic waters vulnerable to a large wave of invasive species, biologists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research


Foss Honors Newbuild POLB Fireboat

Photo courtesy Foss

The first of two new fireboats built by Foss Maritime for the Port of Long Beach (POLB) was dedicated in a blessing ceremony on Thursday, May 1 at Foss Maritime's Seattle Shipyard, the company said. The vessel, named Fireboat 20, is being readied for service and is slated for delivery to Long


BOEM and New Jersey Pact to Identify Sand Resources

Sand resources for coastal resilience and restoration planning

  As a part of President Obama's continuing commitment to help coastal communities recover from Hurricane Sandy and promote resilient coastal systems, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the State of New Jersey signed a two-year cooperative agreement totaling $400


Chicago Tug Grounding: Latest Update

Kimberly Selvick: Image credit USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard informs it continues its response to the grounded towing vessel Kimberly Selvick in Lake Michigan off of Burnahm Park. It has been determined that ten times more diesel fuel, 14,000 gallons, is on board the tugboat than originally reported.


Port of Everett Solicits Bids for Nearly $6 million marina cleanup project

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  ESY In-water cleanup area Everett, Wash. – Last month, the Port of Everett began soliciting bids for the final phase of its Everett Shipyard Cleanup project, located along West Marine View Drive between 15th and 14th Street.






 
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