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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


Landmark Bridge Opens in Singapore

Singapore’s new landmark bridge at the southern waterfront, Keppel Bay Bridge, was named and opened by His Excellency S R Nathan, President of Singapore. Keppel Bay Bridge was opened by the President in a grand light-up ceremony involving spectacular pyrotechnics across its 250-m span, witnessed by more than 300 guests gathered at the waterfront promenade at the Reflections at Keppel Bay show gallery. “This new landmark bridge forms part of the masterplan and infrastructure to


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


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


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


Yacht Charters in Hawaii

One of the often overlooked ways to enjoy a vacation to Hawaii is to charter a luxury yacht for a private cruise. There are many options for boat rentals in Hawaii, but they are typically old, rusty boats that are jam packed with tourists. Not exactly the best way to enjoy paradise. Luckily, there is an alternative. There are a number of luxury yachts in Hawaii (especially on the island of Oahu) that can take you for a private cruise far away from the sunburned hordes


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


Owners of Oil Spill Tankship Reach $1.96-million Settlement

Owners of tankship 'Dubai Star' reach settlement in civil suit brought by San Francisco, Oakland Dept. of Fish & Game Bay area East Bay beaches and birds took the brunt of the damage, but the Dubai Star spill was also bad news for crab fishers says SF Weekly. The owner and operator of a tanker that spilled oil in the bay has agreed to a $1.96 million settlement with San Francisco, Oakland and the California Department of Fish and Game.


Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Projects Proposed

Aerial view of Louisiana shoreline (Photo: NOAA)

Deepwater Horizon trustees announce agreement in principle for 10 Gulf early restoration projects   The trustees and BP have identified approximately $134 million in projects to be included in the next proposed phase of early restoration


Great Lakes Shipyard Awarded Ferry Repair Contract

Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a drydocking contract for Miller Boat Line’s M/V Put-In-Bay.   The ferry was hauled out using the 770-ton capacity Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard. The repair contract includes drydocking, inspection and repairs


Marathassa Released After Vancouver Bunker Spill

Marathassa: Western Canada Marine Response Corporation crews replacing oiled boom with clean (yellow) containment boom. Pic courtesy: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

 The Cyprus-flagged  cargo ship M/V Marathassa — which has been blamed for spilling several thousand litres of bunker fuel into English Bay — has been released by the Canadian Coast Guard.   The vessel headed to a berth in Vancouver Harbour to be loaded with grain


Salvage and Wreck Removal Conference

  HINODE Events and Services Pvt Ltd., have announced the 4th Annual Conference on Salvage and Wreck Removal in India to be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Visakhapatnam on India's East Coast. This conference is being held for the first time in Visakhapatnam, a busy Dry Bulk Port


Ecochlor Presents BWTS Case Study at CMA

Credt: Ecochlor

Ballast water treatment technology developer Ecochlor Inc. presented a project case study yesterday at CMA Shipping 2015 in Stamford, Conn. The case study covered the retrofit of Ecochlor’s ballast water treatment system (BWTS) aboard the 2007-built ro/ro car carrier vessel M/V Green Bay


USNS Spearhead Delivers Materials to Ghana Charities

  The U.S. Navy’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) delivered wheelchairs and medical supplies to Ghanaian non-governmental organizations March 26, 2015. The materials were delivered under the U.S. Navy’s Project Handclasp program, which accepts humanitarian


Blaze hits Mexico Oil Platform, 300 Workers Evacuated

Mexican state-run oil company Pemex said on Wednesday that it was fighting a fire on oil platform in Campeche Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, home to the country's biggest oil field, and that some 300 workers have been evacuated. Pemex said on Twitter that a fire had broken out on the Abkatun


Bulk Carrier Runs Aground in Delaware River (Link to Video)

  Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is investigating a ship aground in the Delaware River near the Burlington Bristol Bridge, which connects Burlington, NJ and Bristol Township, PA.   The Liberian-flagged 600-foot bulk carrier, Agia Irini


No Refuge but the Sea - Fleeing Yemen by Boat

The rocket that tore through a minivan outside the Aden Grand Hotel last week killing nine men, women and children was a clear message that it was time to leave. Yemen's civil war had come too close for comfort. As Shi'ite Muslim fighters closed in on Aden to confront President Abd-Rabbu


Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone in Rhode Island

Right Whale Courtesy NOAA

  A voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area - DMA) has been established in Rhode Island Sound to protect an aggregation of 4 right whales sighted in this area on April 1, 2015. This DMA is in effect immediately through April 16, 2015


TransAtlantic Container Service to Härnösand

Courtesy Transatlantic

  TransAtlantic announced a new port of call in North Sweden by adding port of Härnösand to our TransFeeder North product connecting the Bay of Bothnia and the continent. Härnösand will be an excellent option for export and import volumes to North Sweden and an


Garamendi Calls for US Shipbuilding Revitalization

Were going to build in America and Make It In America one ship, two ships, one hundred ships at a time, Garamendi said at Bay Planning Coalition Meeting.

Congressman Garamendi Makes Case for Revitalization of American Shipbuilding Industry and American Jobs at Bay Planning Coalition Meeting in Oakland   Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Calif.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and


US Navy Cargo Ship Drifts Powerless

SS Cape Intrepid. By NavSource

 The U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command cargo ship Cape Intrepid lost power and drifted in the Strait of Juan de Fuca for about 3 miles before a tug intervened to take control of the vessel on Saturday.   The 685-foot Navy-contracted cargo was undergoing sea trials after a long period


Kvichak Delivers Bristol Bay Gillnetter

Photo courtesy of Kvichak

Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc, a Vigor Industrial Company, delivered the first of three new Bristol Bay boats.  The new, top house design all-aluminum 32’ x 16’ jet propelled gillnetter is a product of the Kvichak design team and is powered by twin Volvo D11 EVEC-E engines


Murmansk Region Head for Zoning Arctic Territories

Courtesy Arctic Info

  Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun, at the first meeting of the State Commission for the development of the Arctic has proposed a change to the system of energy pricing for the Murmansk region and zoning of marine areas. The authorities of the Murmansk region linked the successful






 
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