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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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


Update: Spill Response Continues in Miami

U.S. Coast Guard crewmembers are responding to a fuel spill in the vicinity of Government Cut in Miami Wednesday, following a leak discovered aboard the 95-foot tug Neptune Tuesday night. Upon further investigation, it has been determined that an estimated 2


Miami Tugboat Oil Spill: Coast Guard Respond

Oil spill containment: File image

The US Coast Guard says that its crewmembers are responding to a fuel spill in the vicinity of Government Cut in Miami, following a leak discovered aboard the 95-foot tugboat 'Neptune'. Upon further investigation, it has been determined that an estimated 2


Body Found, 2 Fishermen Missing in Lake Erie

U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews continue to search for three people in the water in Lake Erie, Thursday, after one body was recovered and a boat was found five miles northeast of Locust Point, Ohio. The Coast Guard is not releasing the names of the missing people or the recovered individual


Canaveral Tops State List for Sand Bypass Funding

Port Canaveral

The Canaveral Harbor Inlet Sand Bypass Project has earned the top state ranking for 2014/15 inlet management funding. As a result, Port Canaveral is expected to receive $100,500 in grant funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for beach renourishment.


Texas City "Y" incident: Latest Update

Entrance to Texas City Dike: Photo in public domain

The Coast Guard informs that it continues clean up operations in the Port of Houston/Galveston after having authorized limited marine traffic in the safety zone for commercial ship traffic, Tuesday. The Port Coordination Team is prioritizing ships for transit through the channel


Cleanup Efforts Ramp up in Texas City

The U.S. Coast Guard is ramping up efforts to clean oil in the Ports of Texas City and Galveston Wednesday, as expected afternoon weather will likely hinder or cease operations due to safety concerns for responders. Storms may keep responders from being able to safely collect oil on the water


Texas City Oil Spill Update: Pollution Affects Coast

Oil washing ashore Matagorda Island: USCG photo

The Captain of the Port of Houston/Galveston opened the bay to all traffic Thursday after multiple cleanup assessments and input from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Oil is washing up on Matagorda Island. Coast Guard recruit volunteer 'Sentinels.


BP Whiting Refinery Spill: Latest Update

Oil spill clean-up: File photo

An assessment of yesterday's cleanup operations found small amounts of oil on the beach and along the east shoreline of the cove. A BP cleanup crew repositioned the boom to prevent the sheen from spreading outside of the cove and will remove the remaining traces of oil, inform the US Coast Guard.


Texas City Port Open to All Traffic, Response Continues

The Captain of the Port of Houston/Galveston has opened the bay to all traffic Thursday after multiple cleanup assessments and input from the Texas Department of State Health Services. A current Broadcast Notice to Mariners instructs all boaters that the safety zone remains in affect


BP Whiting Oil Spill: Latest Update

Clean-up operations: USCG photo

The US Coast Guard informs that weather conditions improved overnight enabling clean up operations and assessment activities to progress near the BP Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Indiana. High winds and heavy surf created unsafe conditions for contractors and assessment team personnel both


Texas City "Y" Oil Spill Update: 300 Boats De-Contaminated

Oil spill clean-up: File photo

The Coast Guard reports that their Galveston-based response efforts for the Texas City collision has included the de-contamination of approximately 300 boats, oiled as a result of the earlier Houston Ship Channel maritime casualty. Responders continue to focus on shoreline cleanup and facility


Texas City Spill Clean-up Continues

Reponse efforts continue on South Matagorda Island, Mustand Island and Padre Island National Seashore More than 465 response contractors continued work today along the shores of Mustang and South Matagorda Islands and Padre Island National Seashore


BP Whiting Refinery Cleanup Winds Down

No further cleanup actions recommended following survey of rocky cove near BP Whiting Refinery An assessment team, comprised of representatives from the Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency and BP, stated Friday that no further cleanup actions were recommended following a scheduled


Update: Response Efforts Continue on South Matagorda Island

Photo courtesy of Texas City Y Response

Effective shoreline clean-up efforts are on-going, Saturday, along Mustang, South Matagorda and North Padre islands in response to the Texas City oil spill. As of sunset Friday, response workers have removed a total of 200,775 pounds of oiled sand and oiled debris from the shorelines of Mustang


USCG: Deepwater Horizon Response is Far from Complete

Discoverer Enterprise arrives to install the capping equipment - July 2010 (Photo: BP)

The U.S. Coast Guard federal on-scene coordinator (FOSC) for the Deepwater Horizon Response completed the transition to the “Middle Response” (“Middle R”) process and opened active National Response Center (NRC) cases for three miles of coastline in Louisiana.


 
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