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This Day in Coast Guard History – Dec. 17

1897-The Overland Expedition, consisting of three officers from the Revenue Cutter Service, departed from the cutter Bear off Nunivak Island to rescue 300 whalers trapped in the ice at Point Barrow, Alaska.  The rescuers were First Lieutenant D. H. Jarvis, Second Lieutenant E. P. Bertholf (later a commandant), and Surgeon S. J. Call.  The rescuers had to travel over 1,000 miles overland to reach the whalers. 1903-Life-Saving Service personnel from Kill Devil Hills Life-Saving Station helped carry materials to the launch site for the first successful heavier-than-air aircraft flight by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and then assisted the brothers in their flights that day. The life-savers were John T. Daniels, W.S. Dough and A.D. Etheridge. 1942-CGC Natsek, part of the Greenland Patrol, disappeared in Belle Isle Strait. There were no survivors.  It was thought that she capsized due to severe icing.  1942-The Navy credited the CGC Ingham with attacking and sinking the submerged U-boat U-626 south of Greenland. 1951-President Harry Truman presented the Collier Trophy to the Coast Guard, the Department of Defense and the "helicopter industry" in a joint award, citing "outstanding development and use of rotary-winged aircraft for air rescue operations."  Coast Guard Commandant VADM Merlin O'Neill accepted the trophy for the Coast Guard. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)


LCAC 91 Achieves High Speed on Algal Blend

Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) amphibious transport vehicle.

The U.S. Navy successfully concluded its final alternative fuel demonstration for the year today with the Dec. 7-9 operational tests of the 50/50 algae-derived, hydro-processed algal oil and petroleum F-76 blend in a Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) amphibious transport vehicle at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City.   The tests also marked the fastest speed achieved to date by a U.S. Navy surface craft using alternative fuel blends


Crowley-Managed MARAD Ship Headed to New Orleans

The Crowley-managed aviation logistics support ship SS Wright has been activated by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) to respond to the crisis in the New Orleans area brought about by Hurricane Katrina. The ship is sailing from Baltimore today, and upon arrival in New Orleans next week, will be used as housing for more than 300 people who will be involved with infrastructure restoration The SS Wright, a MARAD-owned vessel operated by Crowley, is one of two


Curtiss-Wright Awarded $14.6M in Contracts

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced it has been awarded $14.6 million of contracts from Northrop Grumman Newport News to design and manufacture engineered pumps for use on the United States Navy's next generation CVN-21 Class aircraft carriers. The pumps will be manufactured by Curtiss-Wright's Flow Control segment located in Phillipsburg, NJ, and delivered in 2008 and 2009. Construction on the first aircraft carrier is scheduled to begin in 2007


Melding The Old With The New

It's a timeless piece of history that is the newest deal going on in the cruise ship industry - the deal between the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. and Atlantic Marine, which calls for the building of two U.S. Coastal flag ships inspired by the former Fall River Line Vessels which ran from 1847 to 1937. It was the age in which water transportation was the only mode of distance travel. Henry Ford and the Wright Brothers had not yet become household names and the horse and carriage reigned as the


Curtiss-Wright Acquires Nu-Torque

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) has acquired substantially all of the assets of Nu-Torque, a designer and manufacturer of electric and hydraulic valve actuation and control devices primarily for U.S. Navy ships. The business will become part of Curtiss-Wright's Flow Control segment. Curtiss-Wright Chairman and CEO Martin R. Benante said, "Nu-Torque also provides the opportunity to expand our presence in the U.S


Is Navy Mulling New Cuts?

According to a Reuters report, the U.S. Navy has proposed cutting a Lockheed Martin Corp. missile program and a Northrop Grumman Corp. amphibious assault ship in its fiscal 2008 budget, but Pentagon leaders will make the final decision, analysts said. Navy officials declined to comment on its spending proposal for 2008, saying the Pentagon and White House must still review all proposals. The Bush administration is expected to send its massive government-wide budget proposal for fiscal 2008


Prince of Wales Visits Seagen at Strangford Lough

Seeing SeaGen close up - HRH Prince Charles with Mrs Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland’s Minister of Enterprise, Trade & Investment. (Photo courtesy Marine Current Turbines)

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has visited Marine Current Turbines’ SeaGen, a marine current and tidal stream technology that is deployed in Northern Ireland’s Strangford Lough and generating power into the local grid on a daily basis.   On May 13, HRH was greeted by Mr David Lindsay the Lord-Lieutenant for County Down and went on to meet Mrs Arlene Foster MLA Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment


Vane Brothers, Alban Tractor Aid Oil Spill Clean-up

Vane Brothers closed a deal with British Petroleum (BP) to supply six tug boats which would maneuver six 50,000 barrel barges next to the skimmers that are collecting the oil from the gulf before pumping the oil out of the skimmers for transport to a disposal point at an oil refinery. While Vane Brothers, a marine transportation company headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, was definitely supportive of the task, the commission from BP could not have come at a more inopportune time for the


Nichols Brothers to Build Second WSF 144-Car Ferry

144-Car Washington State Ferry.

US Fab Contracts Nichols Brothers Boat Builders to build the second 144-Car Washington State Ferry Superstructure. At their Seattle facility, US Fab, a subsidiary company of Vigor Industrial will partner once again with Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Washington to build the second 144-Car Washington State Ferry. The Vessel is the second to be built in the Olympic Class for Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries division


Global Ocean Trade: Latest Shipbuilding Orders

Bulk carrier bow: File photo

No tankship orders noted the past week by Clarkson Hellas in their latest S&P Weekly Bulletin, but no lack of orders in the dry bulk carrier market, all from Far East shipbuilders. Dry bulk carriers Foremost Maritime are understood by Clarkson Hellas to have added a further four 180


Upcoming Maritime Recruitment Fair at CMTI

Maritime Studyies Lecture: Image courtesy of CMTI

Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (CMTI) says that Norfolk Tug will be among the maritime companies recruiting new talent at its professional mariner job fair August 13, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CMTI campus in Hayes, Va. CMTI adds that Vane Brothers will also be on hand


Cause of S.Korea Ferry Businessman's Death Remains Unknown

 Yoo's body too badly decomposed to determine cause of death; mystery surrounding final days of de-factor owner of doomed ferry deepens. Yoo's son arrested in latest capture of family members. South Korea's forensic agency said on Friday it was impossible to determine the cause of death of


Obituary: Joseph E. LeBlanc Jr.

Joe LeBlanc with his wife, Betty

Joseph E. LeBlanc Jr. passed away on June 27, 2014. He was 87 years old. Joe was president of Three Rivers Rock Quarry in Smithland, Ky. (a division of Harbert Construction), Three Rivers Towing, Harcon Barge Lines and Louisiana Limestone during the late 60s and 70s


Bangladesh Salvages Capsized Ferry, 54 Bodies Recovered

Search for bodies in the stricken river ferry in Bangladesh

  Rescue workers in Bangladesh completed the search of a stricken river ferry on Saturday, bringing the number of bodies recovered to 54 two days after the vessel capsized with around 200 people on board. "We were able to salvage the capsized ferry today and there are no more


FORCE Expands Tidal Energy Project Team

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Nova Scotia's efforts to harness the power of the highest tides in the world are accelerating this year, and more people are joining the project to help ensure its success.   Today, speaking to industry, science, and government representatives at the Nova Scotia Energy Research and


Unlicensed Bunker Supplier Charged in Singapore

Progressive Power Co Pte Ltd convicted for being an unlicensed bunker supplier Progressive Power Co Pte Ltd pleaded guilty in court on May 20, 2014 to five charges for supplying bunkers on five occasions in the Port of Singapore without a valid bunker supplier license issued by the Maritime and


Florida Ship's Crew Arrested on Gun Charges in Honduras

The crew of a Florida-based shipwreck salvage company has been held for a month in a Honduras jail after authorities accused them of gun smuggling, a company spokesman said on Thursday. Stephen Mayne of the Tarpon Springs-based Aqua Quest International said the company had a contract with a


USCG Rescue Boaters In 2 Vessels Near Oswego, N.Y.

US Coast Guard

The Coast Guard assisted six recreational boaters in Oswego, NY, in two separate cases this morning after each of the vessels began taking on water. The names of the people assisted are not being released and there is no Coast Guard imagery.


W. Palm T-Ball Flies “Maritime Reporter” Flag

The Maritime Reporter 6U T-ball team.

After 75 years another first: An MR-sponsored 6U T-Ball Team West Palm Beach - The boys of summer are now proudly wearing the red & black of Maritime Reporter. With this publication’s backing, a 6U T-ball team is setting course for a championship.


Bay Delta Equips New Tug with Markey Winches

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San Francisco headquartered Bay Delta Maritime commissioned a sixth Delta Class Tug with Nichols Brothers Boat Builders out of Whidbey Island Washington. The Jensen designed M/V Delta Audrey, is a 100’x40’ z-drive tractor tug that is set to be delivered in June


Upcoming Chesapeake MTI Professional Mariner Job Fair

Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (Chesapeake MTI) says it will host a professional mariner job fair August 13, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its campus in Hayes, Va. Among the mariners the companies are seeking include wheelhouse tug operators, engineers, and tankermen.


Philanthropists to Set up Mediterranean Migrant Rescue Service

Maritime migrant rescue: File photo

 A philanthropist couple has spent millions of euros to buy a ship which they plan to use to rescue migrants from rickety boats in the centre of the Mediterranean. Malta-based Christopher and Regina Catrambone told the media that they felt compelled to act following an appeal by the Pope


Pope Affirms Apostleship of the Sea’s Work

Pope Francis (Photo courtesy of the Official Vatican Network)

Pope Francis has affirmed seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea’s (AoS’) ministry with peoples of the sea in his address in the Vatican, as churches around the world celebrated Sea Sunday. In his address on July 13 in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said


Ferry Return Adds to SF Bay Passenger Capacity

MV Bay Breeze: Photo SF Bay Ferry

SF Bay Ferry says that its passenger loads increased significantly in 2013 and continue to increase in 2014. The refurbished 250 passenger Bay Breeze will bring needed additional carrying capacity to San Francisco Bay Ferry’s Harbor Bay/San Francisco service thereby relieving occasional






 
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