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Cutter Sweetgum To Be Decommissioned

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sweetgum will be decommissioned after nearly 60 years of service in a ceremony scheduled Wednesday, September 19, at 2:00 p.m. at Coast Guard Group Mobile in Mobile, Ala. The Sweetgum was commissioned into the Coast Guard November 20, 1943, and was briefly homeported in Grand Haven, Mich. The Sweetgum moved to Mayport, Fla., September 1, 1946 where it proudly served for years 44 years. While stationed in Mayport, the Sweetgum was responsible for maintaining 333 buoys and structures from Kings Bay, Ga., to the Bahamas. In the winter of 1977, the Sweetgum was ordered north to open up shipping routes, free frozen-in-ships, and help clean up a 400,000 gallon oil spill in New York’s Hudson River. In 1986, the Sweetgum was temporarily decommissioned on February 2, 1990, to enter the Coast Guard’s Service Life Extension Program for aging buoy tenders. It was then thoroughly renovated at the USCG Yard in Curtis Bay, Md. The ship arrived at its new homeport of Mobile on December 1, 1991, and was formerly commissioned on January 10, 1992. In addition to maintaining 120 aids to navigation, the Sweetgum assisted in the Sunset Limited Amtrak bridge accident recovery in 1994, and provided disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricanes Opal in 1995, Danny in 1997, Earl and Georges in 1998, and Bret in 1999. The Sweetgum’s priority is search and rescue. Its primary mission, however, is maintaining aids to navigation


Opera on PortSide Tanker in Container Port

As part of PortSide NewYork’s efforts to raise awareness of, and appreciation for, the waterfront and working waterfront in the Port of New York, Puccini’s opera Il Tabarro set on the tanker home of the Mary Whalen, in a working container port will be performed by Vertical Player Repertory and hosted by American Stevedoring, the operators of the Red Hook container port in Brooklyn. The tanker is the stage; the audience sits on the pier.


Icebreakers Break into Action

With ice forming at a rate that suggests the first “normal” winter shipping season in several years, Coast Guard officials have icebreakers working in disparate locations this week, according to a report on www.sooeveningnews.com. For now, two Bay-Class tugs, Katmai Bay and Biscayne Bay are working the ice in largely unfamiliar waters at Thunder Bay, Ont. and at Serpent Harbor, Ont. located at the northern end of Georgian Bay. Biscayne Bay, based at St


Alameda’s Newest Eco-Friendly Ferry, Pisces

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) and the City of Alameda today announced that starting June 8, Alameda Harbor Bay ferry riders will be treated to a daily ferry commute onboard Pisces, the Bay Area’s newest ferry. Pisces’ interior design responds to Bay Area commuters' desire for convenience and comfort.  The ferry has several seating options to maximize passenger comfort, plus room for 34 bicycles


Overnight Cruise Ship Visits Suspended in White Bay

The New South Wales (NSW) Port Authority has suspended all overnight cruise ship visits to White Bay until the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has regulated ultra-low sulphur fuel use for ships berthing at the terminal.   Port Authority of NSW CEO, Grant Gilfillan, said previous overnight cruise ship visits to White Bay Cruise Terminal and the adjoining berth named White Bay 4 had caused concern to some residents, particularly unscheduled overnight arrivals.  


Waterways from Matagorda to Galveston Reopened

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has reopened waterways from Matagorda Bay to Galveston Bay following their closure due to Tropical Storm Bill.   The USCG informs it has lifted the Federal Safety Zone in place for small crafts, and has opened the waterways from Matagorda Bay to Galveston Bay, at 6 a.m. Wednesday.   Port Condition is back to normal as set by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Houston.


BC Ferries Commissions Second PacifiCat

BC Ferries' second fast ferry, PacifiCat Discovery, was officially commissioned at a ceremony attended by Gordon Wilson, minister responsible for BC Ferries; Michael Francis, chair of BC Ferries' board of directors; and Bob Lingwood, president and CEO. The second PacifiCat delivers considerable cost savings and construction efficiencies compared with the first PacifiCat. Discovery was completed eight months faster and cost $10 million less than the first vessel.


One PacifiCat Delivered; One in Dry Dock

Following a phasing-in period last year, PacifiCat Explorer became the first vessel out of Departure Bay in the morning, and the last one out of Horseshoe Bay at the end of the day. Now, BC Ferries has brought PacifiCat Discovery, its second fast ferry, into action on the crossing between Nanaimo and West Vancouver. As Discovery was delivered, Explorer went into dry dock for scheduled maintenance work. Pacificat sailing times will change because Discovery will be the lead vessel out of


Blount Boats Awarded Contract for Casco Bay Ferry

Blount Boats, Inc. has been awarded a contract by the Maine Department of Transportation to build a 110-ft passenger ferry for the Casco Bay Island Transit District. The design specifications are similar to the Aucocisco III, which were developed by Seaworthy Systems. The proposed 399 passenger, Sub-Chapter K vessel will operate year round ferry service to islands in Casco Bay, Portland, Maine. The vessel will be equipped with electronically controlled diesel engines that meet the latest


Mnazi Bay Gas Deal Signed

Mnazi Bay and Msimbati fields in Southern Tanzania

  Maurel & Prom announced that, along with Mnazi Bay license partners Wentworth and Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), it has signed a gas sales and purchase agreement with TPDC for the long-term sale of natural gas from the Mnazi Bay and Msimbati fields in southern Tanzania to the government owned and operated Mtwara to Dar es Salaam pipeline and Madimba central processing facility currently under construction and scheduled for completion and commissioning in Q1 2015


Port Manatee Welcomes Ship Repair Tenant

Port Manatee has added operations of Manatee Ship Repair and Fabrication LLC, enhancing its full-service port offerings at the entrance to Tampa Bay.             “The services offered by Manatee Ship Repair and Fabrication are an ideal


USCG Icebreaking Tug Up for Drydocking

USCG Cutter Katmai Bay on the Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard (Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard)

Great Lakes Shipyard awarded drydocking contract for USCG Cutter Katmai Bay   U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay (WTGB-101), homeported in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, arrived at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, for drydocking, inspection, maintenance and repairs on July 8, 2015.


HHI’s New Weather System Helps Plan Sea Trials

Sea Weather Forecasting System Concept Diagram (Image: HHI)

A new system has been developed by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to help better manage sea trial schedules for vessels built at its Ulsan yard.   The new Sea Weather Forecasting System, developed by HHI in collaboration with Korea Institute of Ocean Science &


Sterndrive Boost Offshore Fishing Charter Boat

Volvo Penta Diesel Sterndrive Proves Itself on New Offshore Charter Fishing Boat

  Capt. Rick Croson has been running a successful fishing charter business from North Carolina’s Wrightsville Beach for more than 10 years. When the time came to order a new boat, he made the unusual decision to request a diesel sterndrive power package


Cruise Ship Hits St. Lawrence Seaway Lock Wall

A cruise ship struck a lock wall in the Saint Lawrence Seaway upstate New York Thursday night, injuring several passengers, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   There were 274 people, including passengers and crew, aboard the 286-foot vessel Saint Laurent when the ship allided with a wall in


Newport News to Host JAMF Ground-breaking Event

Newport News Shipbuilding to host ground-breaking ceremony for aircraft carrier and submarine production facility   Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding subsidiary will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for its new Joint Manufacturing and Assembly Facility (JMAF) on Monday


Green Bay Recovers Mariners in Makassar Strait

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) arrives on station for a photo exercise during the Korean Marine Exchange Program

  Amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) rendered assistance to distressed mariners in the waters between the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi June 19. Shipboard lookouts first spotted the distressed mariners waving a black flag approximately 3 to 5 nautical


Safety Zone at Delaware Bay

Delaware Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is alerting mariners of a safety zone to mitigate the risks associated with the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015 Parade of Sail. The safety zone is effective 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on June 25, 2015.


USCG Suspends Search for Missing Olympic Sailor

Trevor Moore is shown in this handout photo provided by USA Sailing

  Search efforts for a missing Olympic sailor, Trevor Moore, in Biscayne Bay, Florida, were suspended Saturday evening at sunset. The Coast Guard and partner agencies covered more than 510 square nautical miles and completed more than 29 search patterns before suspending the three day


Indian Warships Visit Cambodia, Thailand

Welcome ceremony at Thailand. Photo by National Informatics Centre, Govt of India

 In pursuit of India’s ‘Look East’ and ‘Act East’ policy, the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet ships under the command of Rear Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF)


Australian Navy Awards In-service Support Contract

HMAS Choules is a Bay Class Landing Ship Dock, based on the Royal Schelde Enforcer design. It served with the U.K. Royal Fleet Auxiliary from 2006 to 2011, before being transferred to the Royal Australian Navy. (Australian Navy photo)

The Australian Government informs it has awarded a $60.6 million in-service support contract for maintenance of the Bay-Class Landing Ship Dock, HMAS Choules, over the next two years.    The maintenance contract awarded to Atlantic & Peninsula Australia Pty Ltd (A&P Australia)


Best Bunkering Practices

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Vessel operators have an additional tool in their arsenal for preventing oil spills during bunkering operations.   “Bunkering Best Practices: Protecting People and the Environment” is a free, 14-minute training video that demonstrates bunkering best practices applicable to


Port of Oakland Adds 400 Dockworkers

Photo: Port of Oakland

An added 400 dockworkers to handle Port of Oakland cargo; first new hires arrive this week to help clear vessel buildup   The first of 400 new dockworkers arrive this week to meet the Port of Oakland’s need for more labor, the port announced today


Redwood City Proposes Port Deepening Project

Photo: Port of Redwood City

Recommended $73 Million Plan for Redwood City Navigation Improvement Program; Public Hearing Set for August 10   A recommended $73 million plan to deepen the Redwood City Harbor and San Bruno Shoal channels, the navigation corridors essential for commerce and the Port of Redwood City


Eastern Shipbuilding Bags Four Z-drive Tugs Order

z-drive tractor - ASD tugs

  Bay-Houston Towing Co. announced it has contracted with Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City, Florida to build four new z-drive tractor/ASD tugs. The new tugs will utilize the popular and proven Z-Tech 2400 series designed by naval architect Robert Allen






 
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