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Vessels: The Ghosts of Cove Point Vanish

It was the late 1970s and El Paso Energy ran a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal known as Cove Point in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay — midway between the East Coast ports of Baltimore, Md. and Hampton Roads, Va. As the demand for gas waned, the terminal ceased operations after only two years, and it sat dormant for nearly two decades. Today the market for LNG is rising fast, with positive ripple effects being felt across the maritime niche. Two tug companies — McAllister Towing and Moran Towing, were tapped to help bring the terminal back to life, winning the contract to dock some of the world's most expensive ships. Ensuring that the job is done correctly has required a significant investment in boats and training. — By Regina P. Ciardiello Despite the promise of an alternate energy source on the heels of the mid-1970s energy crisis, the demand for LNG never quite materialized. Jump ahead nearly a quarter of a century, and the projected demand v. supply numbers are far more impressive, and the production and transportation of LNG is booming. "LNG consumption in the U.S. was comparatively low for many years," said Buckley McAllister, V.P. and General Counsel of McAllister Towing. "Now the demand is expected to outstrip the supply." And McAllister should be keenly aware of this fact, as they, along with Moran Towing, will be operating two of their own tugs that were custom built for the Cove Point Terminal - the Emily Anne McAllister and A.J. McAllister.


Chesapeake Bay Enforces Safety and Security Zone

The U.S. Coast Guard is making permanent its current temporary safety and security zones at the Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal on Chesapeake Bay. Source: HK Law


Weaver's Cove Offers Plan for LNG Shipments

Weaver's Cove Energy plans to use liquefied natural gas transports that are even smaller than the second set of vessels it specified in recent updates to its proposal to operate an LNG plant on the Taunton River and newer, stronger tug boats to guide them, the company said. According to South Coast Today, more LNG tankers, however, will sail to Fall River under the change because of the lower capacity of the vessels and because tankers once earmarked to go to a proposed Providence terminal


Coast Guard Finds Weaver Cove LNG Terminal Waterway Unsuitable

The Coast Guard announced its determination that the waterway approach to the proposed Weaver's Cove Liquefied Natural Gas terminal in Fall River, Mass., is unsuitable for LNG tanker traffic due to navigational safety challenges. In his letter of recommendation, the Captain of the Port and Commander of Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, Capt. Roy Nash, said that a segment of the transit route extending from Sandy Point to the Weaver's Cove site


F/V Deep Sea Refloated

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Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. successfully rigged and refloated the sunken 140-foot fishing vessel.   The abandoned and derelict fishing vessel Deep Sea, while at anchor in Penn Cove, WA, caught fire and sank in 60 feet of water. The U.S. Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) responded and deployed boom to contain the leaking fuel oil in an effort to protect the world renowned mussel and clam fishery in the cove.


US Finalizes Overhaul of Natural Gas Export Reviews

The U.S. Energy Department has finalized a plan to revamp its process for approving liquefied natural gas exports, and as originally proposed the changes eliminate conditional approvals for LNG projects. Beginning Thursday, the department will only issue final rulings on whether exports are in the public interest after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or another authorized agency, has completed an environmental review of the project.


CG Rescues Yacht Harassed by Whales

Brixham Coastguard recently received an emergency 999 call on a mobile phone from a lone yachtsman who had suffered engine failure, and was being harassed by a pod of whales. The yachtsman called Brixham Coastguard via his mobile telephone after suffering an engine and total power failure and being unsure of his position. His situation was further exacerbated by the fact his vessel was being harassed by a pod of whales.


Weavers Cove LNG facility – letter of recommendation

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that, in response to a Letter of Intent to operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Weavers Cove, Fall River, Massachusetts to accept shipments of LNG by water, the Coast Guard is preparing a letter of recommendation as to the suitability of the Narragansett Bay waterways for LNG marine traffic. Comments pertaining to maritime operation and waterways management aspects of the proposed LNG facility should be submitted by


NY Security Advisory

The U.S. Coast Guard expanded the advisory notice issued Saturday to include all waters within 100 yards of the southern Manhattan Pierhead Line between the North Cove Yacht Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. Recreational vessels are not authorized to operate within this area, except for those requiring access to the North Cove Yacht Harbor. Ferries and charter boats that normally operate in this area and recreational vessels requiring access to the yacht harbor must contact the USCG


This Day in Coast Guard History – April 26

1898- During the Spanish-American War, Morrill, Hudson, and Hamilton, formerly Revenue Cutters and recently armed for service in the so-called "Mosquito Fleet," passed through Hampton Roads and after asking formal permission of the Commodore, proceeded to Key West.  From that point they joint the Navy ship's of the Cuban blockading fleet. 1899-On April 26, the Revenue Cutter Service signed a lease with two prominent Baltimore landowners for 36 acres of farmland surrounding


Baltic Index Edges Lower as Capesize Activity Decreases

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, slipped on Thursday primarily due to lower demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Index Inches Up on Increased Rates for Bigger Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged higher on Friday on increased rates for bigger vessels. The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Index Flat on Muted Shipping Activity

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, remained flat on Monday on muted shipping activity.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels


Baltic Index Inches Up, Vessel Activity Muted

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, inched up on Monday amid muted shipping activity.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels


Baltic Sea Freight Index Flat for Second Straight Session

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, remained flat for the second straight session on Friday on muted vessel activity.   The index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down on Muted Shipping Activity

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged lower on Monday on muted shipping activity.   The index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels


Baltic Index Inches up on Higher Vessel Activity

  The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities edged higher on increased activity for bigger vessel segments.   The index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Index up on Higher Rates for Bigger Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities inched up on increased rates for bigger vessel segments.   The index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels


Baltic Index Perks up on Increased Rates for Bigger Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged higher on Thursday as rates for bigger vessels rose.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Main Sea Freight Index at Baltic Exchange Raises

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 The main sea freight index at Baltic Exchange for ships carrying dry bulk commodities rose further on Friday mostly on higher capesize rates. The index tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize


Baltic Index Up Slightly on Higher Rates for Large Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose slightly on Monday due to firmer rates for the large vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Towboat Delivered to Tidewater Transportation & Terminals

Crown Point (Photo courtesy of Tidewater Transportation & Terminals)

Tidewater Transportation & Terminals takes delivery of new towboat Crown Point from Vigor Industrial to be deployed in Tidewater’s Columbia and Snake River service mid-April   Tidewater Transportation and Terminals, headquartered in Vancouver, Washington


Vane Brothers Welcomes Latest Tug Newbuild

Kings Point (Photo courtesy of Vane Brothers)

The Vane Brothers Company, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, has taken delivery of Kings Point, the latest in a wave of Maryland-built tugboats.   Constructed under the supervision of Vane Senior Port Captain Jim Demske


Baltic Index Rises as Demand for Large Vessels Increases

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday primarily because of higher rates for the large vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Index Slips on Lower Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell slightly on Wednesday on lower capesize rates.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels






 
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