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Crowley Expands Tug Business in Northern California

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it has purchased the tug boat business of SeaRiver Maritime in Northern California, effectively doubling the size of Crowley's tug fleet in the San Francisco Bay Area. The two new Crowley tugs are the Goliah (4400 BHP) and Resolute (6800 BHP), two azimuth stern drive tractor tugs built in 1997 and 1996, respectively. The purchase of SeaRiver follows Crowley's reentry into the Bay Area in 2004 and the subsequent relocation of Crowley's Oakland terminal from 10th Avenue to Berth 9 at the port in 2006. That move helped put the company's tugs closer to its customers and allowed them


Marinette Marine Workers Get $500K Training Grant

According to a report from the Green Bay Press Gazetter, Wisconsin’s Bay Area Workforce Development Board will receive a $500,000 state grant to train new and existing Marinette Marine Corp. workers ahead of a pending contract to build 10 additional Navy combat ships at the shipyard.   (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)  


Ferries to Provide Assistance in Future Disasters

To address future disasters, the Bay Area Council is working in Sacramento with the governor and legislative leaders on major infrastructure bond proposals, which may well set the agenda for decades to come. Being discussed is the legislation authored by Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland eight years ago, and signed into law by the governor, regarding the Bay Area Council’s proposal for a comprehensive high-speed water transit system that -- in addition to significantly improving daily traffic --


Tampa Bay Coast Guard Tests Pollution-Recovery System

Coast Guard personnel from Sector St. Petersburg, along with members from Port Manatee and Tampa Fire and Rescue, conducted a pollution-response exercise at the Port of Manatee in Palmetto, Fla., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The exercise was aimed at testing and improving the Coast Guard's ability to assemble, deploy and operate a Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS). A VOSS is used to isolate and collect the spilled substance during or after a spill


Connaughton to Inspect Ships Docked in Suisun Bay

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the head of the Marad, Administrator Sean Connaughton will be in the Bay Area to take a look at the mothball fleet docked in Suisun Bay. The visit by Administrator Sean Connaughton comes as the agency seeks to scrap more than half the fleet. MarAd wants to tow the ships out of Suisun Bay to a scrapping facility in Texas. Before the ships are allowed to be moved, they have to have their hulls cleaned to get rid of intrusive marine organisms.


Solicitation for Emissions Reduction Grant Program

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced an open solicitation period for the Proposition 1B:  Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program Ships at Berth and Cargo Handling Equipment funding category. Please see the Program website (http://www.arb.ca.gov/gmbond) for more information.  


Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Wash., has been involved in the following recent sales and

Crowley Marine Service sold its 3,200 hp twin screw tug, Howard H, to buyers in the Caribbean. The 125 x 32 ft. tug was originally built in 1967 by Southern Shipbuilding as Gulf King and is powered by twin Fairbanks Morse diesels. Private interests in the San Francisco Bay Area have purchased model bow, single screw tug Tara C (ex-Tacoma) from Campbell Towing, Inc., Wrangell, Alaska. The 64.5 x 19.5 ft. tug was built in 1957 in Bellingham, Wash


Global Diving & Salvage Acquires Offshore Divers

Seattle-based Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has announced the acquisition of Offshore Divers of Anchorage, Alaska. As Global Offshore Divers, the new company will continue to be based out of Anchorage, utilizing the same personnel and management team that has served the offshore oil and gas fields in Cook Inlet and the North Slope for over a decade. Global Diving & Salvage CEO Tim Beaver said that keeping Offshore’s existing management and staff in place was a key


Cal Maritime Installs Massive Ship Propeller Display

Photo courtesy Cal Maritime

On August 26 Cal Maritime received and installed a massive 18-ton, 18-ft wide brass ship’s propeller which for many years was a landmark of San Francisco’s downtown business district. For several decades, the entrance to the San Francisco office building at 100 Spear Street has been graced by an eye-catching display … a highly-polished brass ship propeller.  This 18-ton piece of “commercial art” was a natural


China Terminal Joint Venture for Odfjell SE

Odfjell SE has made an agreement to enter into a joint venture via its subsidiary Odfjell Terminals Asia Pte Ltd (Singapore), with Tianjin Economic-Technology Development Area (TEDA) via its subsidiary Nangang Port Company to develop a terminal and marine facilities for bulk liquid chemicals, petroleum products and gases in the Nangang Industrial Zone (Tianjin) in China.   The initial phase of the joint venture will consist of three deep sea berths and have a total storage capacity of


USCG Medevacs Man from Fishing Boat

Image: USCG

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) aircrew hoisted a 26-year-old man suffering with head pains from a fishing boat, Thursday, the USCG reported. At 3:45 p.m., watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a distress report from the captain of the fishing boat Cap’n Willy


NY/NJ Port Authority Orders Two Vessels from Moose Boats

Image courtesy of Moose Boats

Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently finalized contract specifications with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the construction of two M2-35 Outboard Catamarans for Patrol and Emergency Rescue Response in the waters surrounding JFK


Moose Boats to Build Fireboat for Bellingham

Image courtesy of Moose Boats

Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been awarded a contract from Bellingham Fire Department in Washington State for the construction of a M2-38 Catamaran CBRN Emergency Response and Recovery Vessel.


Phillips 66 Marine Fueling Facility Nears Completion

Phillips 66’s previously announced marine over-the-water fueling facility at its Richmond, Calif. terminal is nearing completion. The facility, located on Canal Boulevard, and known as Pier No.12 in the Richmond Harbor, is scheduled to come online in early September 2014.


Free Marine VHF Check Call Expanding, Seeks Hosts

VHF whip antenna: Image in public domain

Sea Tow Services International, Inc., a leading professional marine assistance provider in the USA, says that the number of stations transmitting its free Automated Radio Check service in coastal and inland boating areas across the U.S. has risen to over 130 locations


Propeck Joins Global Diving In Gulf Of Mexico

John Propeck: Photo credit Global Diving & Salvage

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. say they have hired John Propeck as General Manager for their Gulf Coast regional office, located in Houston, TX. The company adds that Propeck brings with him over forty-five years of multi-faceted experience in the commercial diving and maritime industry


Coast Guard Responds to Loss of Propulsion Incident

U.S. Coast Guard investigators and inspectors have responded and are investigating a container vessel that lost propulsion near Berth 35 in Oakland, Calif., Friday. At approximately 8:45 a.m., the Coast Guard was notified of a container ship that lost propulsion while mooring at berth in


Moose Boats Delivers Two Patrol Vessels

photo: Moose Boats

Moose Boats, an aluminum boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area announced the delivery of two patrol boats in late 2013. M1-44’ Patrol Boat delivered to Bridgeport Police Department in Connecticut Moose Boats delivered a new M1-44 Catamaran Patrol Boat to Bridgeport


Coast Guard Medevac Injured Man from Motor Vessel

The U.S. Coast Guard conducted a medical evacuation, Monday morning, of an injured man aboard a motor vessel in the vicinity of Marinette, Wis. At about 8:45 a.m., the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay was notified via a shipboard radio of an injured man aboard the motor vessel Sikuliaq


Texas City "Y" Spill Response Update

Oil spill responders established a Matagorda Bay Forward Branch in Port O’Connor, Texas, to coordinate protection of the environment of the Matagorda Bay area, as a portion of the oil spilled on Saturday in a ship-barge collision near Texas City, Texas, moves south along the Texas Coast.


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.


USCG Lifts Matagorda Safety Zone, Response Ongoing

Boom is put in place to prevent oil from the Texas City collision from affecting environmentally-sensitive areas in Matagorda Bay, March 28, 2014. Approximately 150 response personnel have placed more than 16,000 feet of boom. (Unified response photo)

Oil spill responders from the Matagorda Incident Command Post in Port O’Connor, Texas, continue to implement their aggressive plans, Friday, intended to protect environmentally sensitive areas of the Matagorda Bay area against any impact from a portion of the oil spilled in Saturday’s


America's First 'Virtual' Aids to Navigation on Test

Electronic Chart Display: File photo

The Coast Guard informs it is now testing 25 electronic aids to navigation (eATON) to augment existing physical aids and mark unique and potentially hazardous navigation features in the San Francisco Bay Area. Commonly referred to as “virtual” buoys


USCG Testing eATON in San Francisco Bay

Photo credit: Darren Wright (buoy in port of Baltimore.)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it is now testing 25 electronic aids to navigation (eATON) to augment existing physical aids and mark unique and potentially hazardous navigation features in the San Francisco Bay Area. Commonly referred to as “virtual” buoys


Ultra-Large Containership Tow: USCG Evaluate Bay Exercise

SF Bay towing exercise: Photo USCG

US Coast Guard Sector San Francisco advise that its personnel joined with  CMA CGM – the third-largest shipping group – along with other local industry partners to test the Bay Area’s capability to tow ultra-large container vessels.






 
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