On June 13, a member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) responded to grounded vessel in the Mississippi River just above Cubit’s Gap, about 10 miles below Venice, Louisiana. Traffic on the Mississippi was not impeded by the grounded vessel. The ASA member was placed on standby pending the results of aninitial effort to refloat the vessel with tugs. Within a few hours of the vessel owner’s activation of its Vessel Response Plan (VRP) on June 14 in accordance with the new US Coast Guard Salvage and Marine Firefighting Regulations, the ASA member began efforts to conduct an on board survey, prepare a damaged stability assessment, and develop a salvage plan to refloat the vessel. With the assistance of five tugs used to scour the buildup of silt around the vessel, the vessel was refloated and maneuvered back into the channel. She was then successfully anchored at South West Pass Fairway anchorage. “ASA’s member performed another successful professional salvage response to this grounded vessel, alleviating any damage to the vessel, harm to its crew, and to permit the continued movement of traffic on this key river artery,” said Mauricio Garrido, ASA President
A member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) responded to a grounded bulk carrier, CSL Assiniboine, which occurred on November 16 in the St. Lawrence Seaway near Cardinal, Ontario, Canada. It has been reported that engine troubles caused the vessel to drift off course, but an investigation is underway. The Assiniboine was ballasted down until the ASA member’s four tugboats were ready to free the grounded vessel from the shoal
A tank barge that ran aground outside the channel in Raritan Bay near Wards Point Bend successfully re-floated. Reinauer Transportation conducted lightering operations throughout the night, and with the rising tide in the morning they were able to free the grounded vessel. The barge George Morris was being towed out to sea by the tug Rowan M. McAllister carrying 50,000 barrels of Ethanol aboard when it ran aground around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
UK Maritime & Coastguard report MV Carrier free of oil fuel, wreck removal contract awarded to PGC Demolition The operation to remove the remaining 24,000 litres of fuel oil, along with oily water and other hazardous materials from the grounded vessel ‘Carrier’ has been completed. The vessel, which ran aground on 4 April near Llanddulas in North Wales, remains aground and is resting against concrete dolosse blocks on the beach close to the North Wales Expressway (A55)
Salvage crews & coral ecologists return to Mona Island, Puerto Rico, to cut apart the grounded freighter M/V Jireh. The U.S. Coast Guard and the rest of the response crew have been working carefully to cut up portions of the ship, in order to lighten the vessel enough to refloat and remove it from the reef. Once disassembled, the removed portions of the ship are loaded onto a barge and taken to Puerto Rico for recycling.
The Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Anchorage continues to monitor the Genei Maru No. 7, which was reported aground in Kazakof Bay on Afognak Island Sunday. KK Yamatsu Anichi Shoten, the Japanese company that owns the Genei Maru No. 7, will take responsibility for the clean-up and salvage of the vessel. The Coast Guard has contracted with Crowley Marine in Seward to lighten the vessel by removing the fuel and oils onboard. Crowley mobilized their tug and barge at 6 a.m. this morning
The Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology are responding to a report a of 65-foot pleasure craft aground near Pleasant Harbor in Brinnon, Washington, Sunday morning. There is reportedly up to 500 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the vessel and an unrecoverable sheen was reported to be visible on the water. Responders are working with the owner to deploy containment boom around the vessel and develop plans to remove the fuel aboard.
The U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during February 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. During February, there were four new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in U.K. ports, while five vessels remained under detention from previous months. Three of the detained vessels were released during February, leaving six vessels under detention at the end of the month.
US Coast Guard responds to grounding of 1000-ft long freighter hard aground in downbound channel of St. Mary's River. The vessel is carrying approximately 62,000 tons of coal. The motor vessel Paul R. Tregurtha, owned by Interlake Shipping Company of Ohio, grounded on the west side of Neebish Island in the vicinity of what is commonly known as the “Rock Cut.” Initial reports indicate there is no resultant pollution and no injuries were reported
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the passenger vessel BALMORAL on Dagger Reef off Gower Peninsula, Wales on 18 October 2004. It was déjà vu all over again. On 20 June 2004, another passenger vessel owned and operated by the same company had grounded on a sightseeing trip when no passage plan was prepared and the vessel was brought too close to shore
OceanGrip, a leading manufacturer of high-quality, marine-grade non-skid padding protection, announced today that it has been selected as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for Legacy Paddlesports’ Native Watercraft kayak line.
Recent casualties involving explosions aboard barges conducting tank cleaning operations alongside marine terminals have resulted in serious injuries to vessel crews and facility workers, catastrophic property damage, as well as harm to the environment
Indonesia on Thursday officially launched a $263 million project to build a giant sea wall along the coast of its capital, Jakarta, in an attempt to protect businesses and homes from flooding. Last year's rainy season brought Jakarta to a standstill
European Union sanctions on Iran's main oil tanker firm NITC have been annulled after the EU did not appeal against a court ruling that the measures should be lifted, the shipping group's lawyer said on Tuesday. An EU official told Reuters the European Union was working to resolve the issue
The giant corn harvest about to hit full stride in America's Midwest looks set to overwhelm storage and pile up outdoors, grain industry sources said, raising quality issues and making it hard to keep supplies moving. This year's record corn crop of 14
Port, City and Caltrans officials, along with an international team of builders and designers, celebrated a key milestone today in the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project: Construction of the first set of bridge foundations is under way.
Stavropol hosted today a groundbreaking ceremony of a versatile sports & recreation complex of Gazprom. The sports & recreation complex will include a 50 meter Olympic swimming pool, a versatile gym, a hall of martial arts as well as training grounds
The United States National Ice Center (NIC) named three new icebergs after a previous iceberg B15T broke into four pieces. B15T remains, while the resultant icebergs are named B15Z, B15AA and B15AB. B15T is the largest surviving remnant of the largest ever recorded iceberg B15
Damn the Torpedoes: T&T Salvage completes another successful OPA 90 response T&T Salvage and their strategic response partner, Cabras Marine, successfully refloated a 17,000 ton fully cellular containership that went aground near Micro Beach in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.
SpeedCast International Limited (SpeedCast) says it has been awarded a multi-year contract from Jan De Nul Group, a leading dredging, marine construction, and specialized services company in the offshore oil & gas, and renewable energy industries
The American Spirit, a 1004-foot freighter that had been hard aground in the Straits of Mackinac since Thursday afternoon, was refloated early Friday morning. The vessel is making way to St. Ignace, Michigan, where it will anchor. Coast Guard marine inspectors and American Bureau Shipping
Raytheon Anschütz announced the recent contract award for its SMARTBLUE maritime situational awareness system on board two vessels being built in South Korea for a major oil and gas company. The two vessels will operate on the Norwegian Continental Shelf
McMurdo Group’s Techno-Sciences Inc. says it has been chosen by the Australia Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) to deploy their next-generation satellite-aided search and rescue systems. The MEOSAR (Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) installations
The IMO is on the verge of adopting the Polar Code, something that is important and long overdue. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, is on the verge of adopting the Polar Code. When implemented
General Dynamics C4 Systems successfully demonstrated that the AN/PRC-155 two-channel Manpack radios closed a 2,000-mile communications gap between Phoenix, Ariz., and a second set of users in Taunton, Mass. The successful 2,000-mile transmission of the PRC-155 Manpack radio channels