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Manitowoc Launches Coast Guard Cutter

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. has launched the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Fir, the thirteenth ship in a series of 16 seagoing buoy tenders being built at Manitowoc's Marinette Marine subsidiary. This 225-ft. Juniper-class vessel is part of a series of contracts that were awarded to Marinette in 1993 and 1998. "Like its sister vessels, the Fir contains the most advanced technology available for buoy tenders," said Terry D. Growcock, Manitowoc's president and chief executive officer. "We believe the new FIR is as strong as Manitowoc's commitment to the U.S. Coast Guard and will serve with the same uncompromising dedication as its predecessor." The launch ceremony, which took place August 18, featured Vice Admiral Thomas J. Barrett, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, as the keynote speaker. His wife, Sheila Barrett, the sponsor of the ship, performed the traditional christening ceremony. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter FIR will operate from Astoria, Oregon, under the command of LCDR Hal Pitts. It will have a complement of six officers and 34 enlisted personnel. FIR and her sister cutters now operating in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are equipped to perform search and rescue, law enforcement, pollution response, and domestic icebreaking missions, as well as servicing aids to navigation.


Manitowoc Marine Launches USCG Cutter Hickory

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. successfully launched the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, the twelfth ship in a series of 16 seagoing buoy tenders being built at Manitowoc's Marinette Marine subsidiary. This 225-foot Juniper-class vessel is part of a series of contracts that were awarded to Marinette in 1993 and 1998. "This launch marks another milestone event for both the U.S. Coast Guard and Manitowoc Marine Group," said Terry D. Growcock, Manitowoc's president and chief executive officer


USCG Photo: Sycamore Sets Buoy in Valdez

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The Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore crew sets one of two security zone buoys marking the restricted navigational area the Coast Guard patrols helping to protect the Trans Alaska pipeline terminal in the port of Valdez Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. The Sycamore is a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Cordova, Alaska, and is responsible for helping maintain 130 aids to navigation in Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Carla Geyer


Coastguard Rescues Lakers Stuck in Ice

The Cutter Mackinaw comes ahead and creates a track through the ice for the motor vessel James R. Barker (which had become stuck in brash ice) to follow in the vicinity of the Johnson Point Turn in the lower St. Marys River. Photo: USCG

Three icebreaking cutters worked together to keep traffic moving through the St. Mary’s River. The  U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, a 240-foot icebreaker homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., along with Coast Guard Cutter Alder, a 225-foot buoy tender with ice-breaking capabilities homeported in Duluth, Minn., and the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley assisted vessels in the ice-bound river. The Mackinaw, CCGS Samuel Risley along with the Coast Guard Cutter Alder


USCG: The Fleet Faces Forward

USCG Cutter Sapelo and the Royal Netherlands Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HNLMS Holland search Caribbean Sea waters for bales of contraband jettisoned by Dominican drug smugglers.

Coast Guard Replacing Aging Ships with 91 New Cutters The numerous cutters and craft of the U.S. Coast Guard —from the sail training ship Eagle to the large oceangoing patrol ships; from polar icebrakers to small utility boats — form a formidable fleet to meet the many challenging assignments undertaken by the service.  In 2014 the Coast Guard continues its recapitalization program with its National Security Cutter (NSC)


USCG Cutter in Oregon Spill Drill

Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Bellone (yellow hat), a boatswains mate aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Astoria, Ore., observes the buoy deck as the 60-foot-long Fast Sweep Boom is ra

  The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Astoria, Oregon, participated in a Spilled Oil Response System exercise near Blake Island, Washington, Wednesday. The exercise was part of an annual response exercise and included members of the Coast Guard 13th District Response Advisor Team, Pacific Strike Team out of Novato, California, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Washington State Department of Ecology, Harley Marine Service Inc


Manitowoc Launches New Cutter

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. has launched the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter SEQUOIA, the 15th ship in a series of 16 seagoing buoy tenders being built at Manitowoc's Marinette Marine subsidiary. This 225-foot, Juniper-class vessel is part of a series of contracts that were awarded to Marinette in 1993 and 1998. "SEQUOIA joins her sophisticated sister cutters in helping the U.S. Coast Guard to successfully complete a variety of important missions," said Terry D.


This Day in Coast Guard Hisory – Oct. 13

1883 - Between 4 and 5 o’clock in the afternoon, a small sailboat, owned at West Hampton, New York, capsized In crossing the bay with one man on board. Three of the crew of the Petunk Station (Third District) sprang into a skiff, rowed out, rescued the man, and towed the boat ashore. 1988 - The first U.S. merchant marine World War II veterans received their Coast Guard issued discharge certificates.  Congress gave the merchant mariners veterans' status and tasked the Coast Guard


WMG & Thales Teaming Agreement Signed

Washington Marine Group (WMG) announced the signing of a Teaming Agreement with Thales Canada forming a strategic alliance to provide the Government of Canada a single solution for the future build and in service support of the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). The AOPS program is worth over $2b dollars, delivering six ice breaking patrol vessels to the Canadian Navy, as part of the Federal Government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS)


Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Captain of HMS Bounty

The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for the missing captain of the HMS Bounty 200 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C. Missing is Robin Walbridge, 63. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Walbridge and Christian families," said Capt. Doug Cameron, the chief of incident response for the Coast Guard 5th District. ”Suspending a search and rescue case is one of the hardest decisions we have to make.”  


Buoy Tender Vessel Delivered Ahead of Time under IRClass

MV Indira Point

  IRClass (Indian Register of Shipping) has just completed the new construction survey of a high value, technologically sophisticated Buoy Tender cum multi-purpose vessel built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd (India) under single class.The new vessel MV Indira Point, 72 mts long,1350 tons DWT


High-Tech Buoy Tender Vessel Delivered

MV Indira Point (Photo courtesy of IRClass)

A newly built, technologically sophisticated buoy tender multipurpose vessel, MV Indira Point, was delivered to the Directorate General of Light Houses and Light Ships (DGLL India) in April after being completing ahead of schedule by India’s Cochin Shipyard Ltd


Vandalism to Lights & Bouys Endangers Mariners in Pacific Northwest

The recently replaced Elk Rock Island Light 13 dayboard near Portland, Ore., U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell

The Coast Guard is asking for the public's help to put a stop to the vandalism of aids to navigation throughout the Pacific Northwest. Several navigational lights in the region have been vandalized rendering them inoperable or limiting their visibility.


Mercury Diesel Engines for 16 New USCG Boats

Mercury Marine’s 2.0 diesel engine (Photo: Mercury Marine)

Mercury Marine has entered an agreement with Metal Shark Aluminum Boats to power 16 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) boats with Mercury diesel engines.   “Mercury Marine’s 2.0 diesel engines are ideal for smaller vessels such as the Coast Guard Cutter Boat ATON Medium


More than 100 USCG Vessels Install KVH mini-VSAT

A fast-response cutter of the U.S. Coast Guard is one of several classes of cutters with KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband systems onboard as the connectivity solution.

The ongoing maritime VSAT installations are part of KVH’s 10-year contract with the U.S. Coast Guard to upgrade vessel communications capability KVH Industries, Inc., said it has surpassed the 100-vessel mark in its 10-year contract to supply the next-generation satellite communications


USCG Schedules Icebreaking for Saginaw Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced it is scheduled to begin icebreaking operations in the vicinity of the Saginaw Bay Entrance Channel Sunday beginning at 7 a.m. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Port Huron, Mich


Icebreaking Postponed in Saginaw Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) postponed an icebreaking operation originally scheduled to begin Sunday morning in the vicinity of the Saginaw Bay Entrance Channel. Based on the extent of ice coverage in the region, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock


U.S. Coast Guard Doing Less with Less

Dennis L. Bryant

The Administration’s budget request for FY 2016 calls for a 6.2% decrease in Coast Guard funding Funds appropriated for use by the US Coast Guard are about to be decreased – again.  The service’s funding has decreased in four of the previous five fiscal years


Bay Shipbuilding Awarded USCG Repair Contracts

Hollyhock (WLB-21)

Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG) subsidiary, Bay Shipbuilding Company (BSC) of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, has been awarded a USCG contract for drydock repairs to the United States Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock (WLB-21) and a second USCG repair and sustainment contract for the icebreaker Mackinaw


USCG Icebreaker 'Polar Star' Change of Command

Polar Star: Photo USCG

Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, will preside over the ceremony where Capt. Matthew R. Walker will assume the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of 'Polar Star' from Capt. George E. Pellissier, informs the Coast Guard.


MN 100: Fincantieri Marine Group LLC

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3301 S. Packerland Drive, Suite D De Pere, WI 54115 E-mail: jeffery.freeman@us.fincantieri.com Website: www.fincantierimarinegroup.com CEO of Fincantieri: Giuseppe Bono FMG’s President and CEO: Francesco Valente Number of Employees: 2,000 The Company:


Almarin Buoys for GNL del Plata in Uruguay

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Almarin has supplied fourteen buoys to OAS constructor for the maritime beaconing of the works of GNL del Plata project in Uruguay. Almarin Spanish AtoN supplier has provided fourteen buoys to OAS for the marking of the works of GNL del Plata project in Uruguay. OAS, S.A


USCG Begins Northeast Icebreaking Season

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The U.S. Coast Guard's (USCG) winter icebreaking season has officially kicked off in the Northeast, starting December 15 and running through March.    OP RENEW is the USCG's region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies


USCG Responding to Vessel Aground in St. Marys River

The motor vessel Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Mich., April 22, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station

  The Coast Guard continues to monitor the 603-foot bulk carrier Mississagi which ran aground in the St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Michigan early Wednesday. The motor vessel, a Canadian-flagged bulk carrier with a load of stone, was transiting downbound the St


Grounded Bulker Refloated on St. Marys River

Cargo from the grounded 603-foot Canadian bulk carrier Mississagi (right) is offloaded onto a barge as lightering operations commenced to refloat the vessel April 25, 2015. The Mississagi became grounded early Wednesday whi

The grounded 603-foot Canadian bulk carrier Mississagi was refloated on the St. Marys River following operations to offload approximately 2,000 tons of stone, Saturday. The motor vessel, carrying more than 17,000 tons of stone, was transiting downbound the St






 
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