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Container Vessel Damages San Francisco Bay Bridge

The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of a container vessel Cosco Busan allision with the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The vessel was out bound with a pilot onboard at the time of the allision. The vessel reported damage to the forward left side and bulk fuel (MF 380) was leaking from the vessel. Visibility was limited during the time of the allision due to fog. U. S. Coast Guard and San Francisco Police Department are enforcing a 100 foot saftey zone around the vessel and the fuel in the water and CALTRANS is assessing the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The vessel is currently being moved to Anchorage 9. U. S. Coast Guard pollution investigators and marine inspectors from Sector San Francisco are conducting investigations into the amount of bulk fuel spilled and the cause of the allision.


New San Francisco Ferry Service Set to Start

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San Francisco Bay Ferry's much-anticipated service between the East Bay and South San Francisco will launch on Monday, June 4, giving commuters a fast, stress-free alternative to the daily grind of traffic on the Bay Bridge and along Highway 101.  Commuters will have the option to enjoy a comfortable and scenic 40- to 50-minute ride aboard sleek, modern vessels equipped with free WiFi and a host of other amenities.  And, their fare is free for the first week of service


Coast Guard Investigates Possible Oil Spill

The U.S. Coast Guard was investigating a possible gasoline spill in the San Francisco Bay between Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge that left a slick that stretched for several miles along the waterfront, according to a Bay Insider report. The Coast Guard was trying to track the spill to any vessels in the area. There was not much of the product in the water since it was declared unrecoverable. The spill was reported around 9 a.m. Source: Bay Insider


San Francisco Bay Area WTA Appoints New CEO

On October 30, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority Board of Directors appointed Steve Castleberry as the WTA’s new Chief Executive Officer. He will take the helm on January 1, 2004. Castleberry has been serving as the WTA’s manager of System Planning since shortly after the inception of the organization. Prior to joining the WTA, he served as deputy director of the Alameda County Transportation Authority. (ACTA)


Ship Owner to Pay $2m for SF Oil Spill

Agents for the owner of a cargo ship that dumped oil into San Francisco Bay have agreed to pay $2 million to the city of San Francisco, the AP reported Thousands of birds died, beaches closed and the crabbing season was delayed after the 900-ft. Cosco Busan sideswiped the Bay Bridge. The crash cut a gash in the hull, and 54,000 gallons of oil were spilled. The agreement was reached with Hudson Marine Management Services of Pennsauken, N.J


Kvichak Delivers Debris Removal Vessel

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Kvichak Marine Industries recently constructed and delivered the M/V John A.B. Dillard, Jr., a Debris Removal Vessel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) San Francisco Bay District. The USACE San Francisco Bay District has a unique mix of duties, including keeping the navigation and shipping lanes of the greater San Francisco Bay region and its lower tributaries free of floating debris deemed as hazardous to marine vessels


San Francisco: Rapid Repower for Westar's Wildcat

San Francisco Bay, with its huge area and several ports, could more rightly be called an inland sea. Small harbors like Vallejo, major container ports like Oakland and several great bridges combine to create an immense demand for marine construction and repair. Moving a lot of that construction equipment around the Bay is an important part of the work of Port of San Francisco-based Westar Marine Services. In business since 1976, Westar has a fleet of six barges


Guilty Plea in Case of Cosco Busan Ship Pilot

John Joseph Cota, a California ship pilot, pleaded guilty on March 6 to negligently causing the discharge of approximately 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay in violation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, a law enacted in the wake of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Cota, who piloted the M/V Cosco Busan when it hit the San Francisco Bay Bridge on Nov. 7, 2007, also pleaded guilty to violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for the death of protected migratory birds.


Golden Gate’s High-Speed Ferry at Bay Ship & Yacht

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The Golden Gate Ferry’s high-speed, 450-passenger ferry, the Motor Vessel (MV) Mendocino, is in dry-dock at Bay Ship & Yacht’s Alameda shipyard for its periodic U.S. Coast Guard inspection.  While in dry-dock, the vessel will also undergo minor repairs.  The aluminum catamaran ferry was designed by International Catamaran in Australia and built by Nichols Brothers in Washington in 2001.  It is Golden Gate Ferry’s second high-speed catamaran operating on San


Google Ends Hush-Hush Barge Speculation

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Following feverish media speculation over the past fortnight about the company's plans, Google has issued a statement saying it intends to use the structures as learning spaces for people to find out about new tech., reports the BBC. One popular theory had been that the vessels would be used as floating wave-powered data centres. Government inspectors had signed confidentiality agreements about the four-storey building in San Francisco Bay and another similar structure off Portland, Maine


Propeck Joins Global Diving In Gulf Of Mexico

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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


Moose Boats Delivers Two Patrol Vessels

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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


With an Interceptor, a RHIB and a Cat

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Two extreme AC72 foiling catamarans with wing sails went head-to-head at over 40 knots in San Francisco Bay, California. The teams were competing in the 2013 Americas Cup Challenge which took place from September 7-21, 2013. Anyone watching the first few days of Americas Cup sailing will know


U.S. Maritime Advisory Panel Names 10 New Members

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the appointment of 10 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, trade associations


Ballard Diving & Salvage Changes Name and Announces Expansion

Ballard Diving & Salvage announces that it is changing the company name to Ballard Marine Construction, Inc. to better reflect its customer base and service capabilities. In addition, the company is expanding with fully staffed and equipped locations in Chicago, Florida and Wisconsin


San Francisco Bay Ferry Operating Regular Schedule

San Francisco Bay Ferry will operate its regular schedule Friday, October 11 through the weekend as BART Unions and Management continue negotiations. With the announcement that BART Unions and BART management have requested an extension for their negotiations through the weekend


San Francisco Ferry Plans for Possible Transit Strike

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With the announcement that BART Unions and BART management have requested an extension of their negotiations for another day, the SF Bay Ferry will continue with its regular weekday schedule Wednesday, October 16. If a partial day midday strike occurs


San Francisco Bay Ferry Strike Service in Effect

With the announcement that the BART Strike is on, the SF Bay Ferry has implemented increased service on most routes. Enhanced service will begin with a 5 a.m. Vallejo departure to San Francisco on Friday, October 18. See sanfranciscobayferry.com for all BART strike schedules.  


Mystery Barges Emerge on Both US Coasts

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Two cargo barges have popped up on either coast of the country, prompting wild rumors about whether Google is behind the floating enigmas and what projects could possibly be in store, reports the Christian Science Monitor. On the edge of Treasure Island, an old Navy base in the San Francisco Bay


Google Link With Mystery Barge Confirmed

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CNBC reports, citing a Coast Guard spokesman, that the USCG confirms Google is involved or associated with the barge but there is a non-disclosure agreement in effect. And while most of the attention has been on the hulking structure floating in San Francisco Bay


Coast Guard Statement Regarding Barge BAL0010

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The Coast Guard regulates commercial maritime commerce and ensures compliance with applicable safety, security, and environmental protection requirements. In this capacity, the Coast Guard conducts hundreds of inspections across the region on a wide variety of commercial vessels. 


CSL Tacoma Calls at Port of Redwood City

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The final in a series of five Canada Steamship Lines' (CSL) state-of-the-art, new Trillium Class self-unloading Panamax vessels, the 228-meter long CSL Tacoma, embarked on her maiden voyage from the Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China on Oct


AOTOS Recognizes Americans Brave at Sea

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Six vessels and two individual mariners were recognized for courageous acts at sea at the 44th annual United Seamen's Service (USS) 2013 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) attended by more than 700 guests at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in New York City.


Free Marine VHF Check Call Expanding, Seeks Hosts

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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


Port of Redwood City Reports Tonnage Boost

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Coming off of a strong second quarter for cargo tonnage, the Port of Redwood City's tonnage for all commodities in the first half of fiscal year 2013/2014 reached 829,681 metric tons, an increase of 24 percent over the same period last year.


 
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