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Marinette Marine Awarded More CG RB-Ms

Photo courtesy TLW Productions

Marinette Marine Corporation announced that, as prime contractor and program manager, it has been awarded an additional 10 Response Boat – Mediums (RB-Ms), and other Program management work, by the U.S. Coast Guard. With an approximate value of $21,850,000, the new boats are part of a multi-year, Coast Guard contract requiring the construction and delivery of up to 250 RB-Ms at a total contract value of up to $600 million.   Delivery of the 10 boats is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2012. This brings the total number of boats under contract to 115 at the present time. Marinette Marine will build 50% of the boats at its ACE facility in Green Bay Wis. MMC’s Teaming Partner, Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle, will build the other 50% of the boats at its Kent Wash. facility.


Report: Taxi Accident Preventable

The National Transportation Safety Board met in Washington to consider the final report of its investigation into the fatal water taxi accident two years ago this week in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. A water taxi capsized and killed five people in Baltimore Harbor in 2004 because excessive passenger weight made the boat too unstable to withstand a sudden gust of wind, the government said on March 7. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the Coast Guard underestimated the


ACB Awarded $9.8m Coast Guard Contract

Aluminum Chambered Boats (ACB) has been awarded a $9.88m contract to provide the United States Coast Guard (USCG) with 47 rigid hull inflatable boats for their Cutter Boat-Large (CB-L) fleet. This is a five year contract with the first boat deliverable in 90 days. The ACB CB-L will replace the USCG’s aging fleet. The 24-foot CB-L is a center console vessel capable of conducting multiple missions in all weather conditions such as search and rescue (SAR), maritime law enforcement (MLE)


Shipyard Fincantieri Gains Large USCG Order

USCG Response Boat: Photo credit USCG

Fincantieri clinch a $90M contract to construct 40 boats for the US Coastguard At the Cruise Shipping Miami Conference and Exhibition, Fincantieri took the opportunity to announce it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Coast Guard for the construction of 40 boats, scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2013. With an approximate value of $89,600,000, the new boats are part of a multi-year, U.S. Coast Guard contract for the construction and delivery of up to 250 Response Boats


Marinette Marine to Build More Coast Guard RB-M's

Response Boat Medium: Photo credit USCG

Marinette Marine Corporation a Fincantieri Company contracted to build an additional 4 Response Boats – Medium (RB-Ms) by the U.S. Coast Guard. With an approximate value of $9,400,000, the new boats are part of a multi-year, Coast Guard contract requiring the construction and delivery of up to 250 RB-Ms at a total contract value of up to $600 million. Delivery of the 4 boats is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2014. This brings the total number of boats under Contract to 170


Bollinger Shipyards Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Suit

Bollinger Shipyards will pay the United States $8.5 million and release contract claims to settle a False Claims Act action filed against it in the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Department of Justice announced today.   The False Claims Act suit alleges that Bollinger misrepresented the longitudinal strength of patrol boats it delivered to the Coast Guard that resulted in the boats buckling and failing once they were put into service


Coast Guard Looks To Space For Maritime Awareness

The U.S. Coast Guard announced its intention to explore increased use of space as a tool to enhance awareness of activities in ports, coastal waters and their approaches. The Coast Guard has been studying the feasibility of receiving maritime automatic identification system (AIS) signals from space since 2001. In May 2004 the Coast Guard contracted with ORBCOMM, a satellite data communications company, to develop and build the capability to receive process and forward AIS signals from


Tenix Secures Second Philippines Contract

The go-ahead for six new search and rescue vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard confirms Tenix Defence as Australia’s leading patrol boat constructor, Tenix Group Managing Director Paul Salteri said today. Tenix Defence will build two 56-metre search and rescue vessels and four 35-metre high-speed search and rescue vessels for the Coast Guard, with an option for 10 more 35-metre vessels, under a contract worth up to US$150m.


Ribcraft Signs Contracts with USCG, USAF

Ribcraft USA entered into a multi-boat contract with the U.S. Guard and will supply the U.S. Air Force with its recently launched Mitigator 7.8 m boat. The Air Force order represents the first in a series of orders from federal, state and local agencies for this newly launched craft. The Ribcraft Mitigator will be used in conjunction with the Air Force's Para Rescue activities along the Florida coastline. The Patrick Air Force Base Para Rescue team will use this new RIB for near shore


Alaris Helps USCG "Go Green"

Alaris engineers perform an audit of energy use aboard a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter. (Photo courtesy Raina O Clark PR Cosulting)

Alaris Companies (Alaris) is helping the U.S. Coast Guard to decrease energy use and greenhouse gas emissions with its fleet energy management program. Working under a previously announced Michael Baker Jr., Inc (Baker) Department of Homeland Security - Coast Guard contract for Architect / Engineering Services, engineers from Alaris completed an assessment and report for the 110-ft Patrol Boat (WPB) and 225-ft Seagoing Buoy Tender (WLB) class of cutters.


Italian Tanker Officer Receives 8-month Prison Sentence

A senior engineering officer employed by an Italian shipping company was sentenced to eight months in prison for deliberately concealing a vessel’s discharge of oily waste into the sea, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.  


AWO RCP Accepted as Existing SMS Under Subchapter M

Jennifer Carpenter (Photo: AWO)

The U.S. Coast Guard formally accepted the American Waterways Operators (AWO) Responsible Carrier Program (RCP) as an existing Safety Management System that complies with the requirements of Subchapter M.   In a letter conveying the acceptance, RADM Paul Thomas


Coast Guard Repatriate 38 Cuban Migrants

A Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans small boat crew interdicts 17 Cuban migrants approximately 30 miles north of Havana, Cuba,  Photo U.S.Coast Guard

The Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. repatriated 38 Cuban migrants Thursday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. These repatriations are a result of three separate at-sea migrant interdictions in the South Florida Straits. In each instance, the Coast Guard helped secure the U.S


USCG Approves first Ballast Water Management System

USCG Approved 500 Unit Photo Optimarin

The U.S. Coast Guard issued the first U.S. type-approval certificate for a ballast water management system Friday. The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the certificate to Optimarin after its application for U.S. type approval was reviewed and determined to meet the requirements of the


German Shipping Firms Convicted of Environmental Crimes

Photo: Sap Marine

 Two German shipping companies that owned and operated the Motor Vessel (M/V) Nils B, pleaded guilty today to an environmental crime in federal court in San Diego before the Honorable Jan M. Adler, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden and United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy.


US Coast Guard Reports Record Year in Counterdrug Ops

Coast Guard offloads approximately 20 tons of cocaine (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sondra-Kay Kneen.)

The U.S. Coast Guard marked the end of a record year in counterdrug operations as the crew of Cutter Waesche from Alameda, California, offloaded more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine in San Diego Thursday, October 27. The Coast Guard and its interagency partners removed more than 416


Incentivizing Spill Response Innovation

(Photo: MPC)

Researchers tackle the tough problems despite a lack of funding and official incentives to move forward. Progress, in particular for Arctic spill response equipment and techniques, is being made.   Even in the messy but now seemingly distant wake of such environmental disasters such as the


China Condemns South Korea's Warning Shots at Fishing Vessels

China on Wednesday said it was "very dissatisfied" with South Korea after the latter's coast guard fired warning shots at Chinese fishermen in South Korean waters. South Korea's coast guard vessels regularly chase Chinese boats for fishing illegally off the country's coast


Man Medevaced in Water Near Lafitte

MH-65 Dolphin helicopter Photo Coast Guard

The Coast Guard medevaced a 64-year-old man from Bayou Rigolettes near Lafitte, Louisiana, Saturday.   Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 11:35 a.m. from Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office that a man fell overboard from his boat into Bayou Rigolettes


Tribute to the Seventh Coast Guard District

Courtesy Coast Guard Foundation

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its annual Tribute to the Seventh Coast Guard District will be held at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach in Fort Lauderdale


Jamaica Orders Two Offshore Patrol Vessels

Photo: Damen

The Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) has awarded Damen Shipyards Group a contract for two new Stan Patrol 4207 vessels.   Because the shipbuilder had both vessels available on stock, delivery is expected within the coming months. Damen said it is currently completing minor modifications before


Ludwig Named Coast Guard Foundation President

Susan Ludwig (Photo: Coast Guard Foundation)

Susan P. Ludwig will replace Anne B. Brengle as president of the Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families. Ludwig, presently Regional Director of Philanthropy


Cargo Ship Runs Aground off US East Coast

North Carolina’s Beaufort Inlet Channel has been temporarily closed Thursday after a 590-foot cargo ship ran aground between buoys 16 and 17 in the channel.   Watchstanders at U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call via landline at 1:15 p.m


Canada Mulls Options to Fill Icebreaker Gaps

File photo: Canadian Coast Guard

Canada's Coast Guard mulls its options as it awaits the arrival of replacement icebreakers to its aging fleet. In order to maintain open tracks through ice, escort ships, free ice-beset vessels, break up ice in harbors, resupply isolated northern communities and protect them from flooding


All Set for Ice Breaking Operations in Bay of Green Bay

Green Bay Ice Safety Information Photo by Chief Petty Officer Lauren Jorgensen U.S. Coast Guard District

In January 2017 the U.S. Coast Guard will commence ice breaking operations in the bay of Green Bay to ensure the safe navigation and overall safe transport of economically-significant commercial shipments. In support of the Port of Green Bay






 
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