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Update on Vessel grounded outside San Juan harbor

Commercial tugs come to the assistance of the M/V Kent Reliant, aground outside the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Panamanian-flagged freighter ran aground while approaching the channel entrance early in the morning Sept. 18 . None of the 17 crewmembers aboard were injured, and no pollution has been observed from the vessel. Coast Guard personnel from Marine Safety Office San Juan are onboard monitoring the safety of the vessel and its crew, as well as investigating the cause of the grounding. San Juan Harbor remains open. Salvage operations for the grounded M/V Kent Reliant continue to progress outside San Juan harbor today in accorance with the Coast Guard approved plan. The salvage company, Titan Marine, has removed sufficient fuel oil as suggested by the naval engineer and began off-loading cargo yesterday. These lightening operations are anticipated to take 4-5 days, weather permitting. The good weather of the last two days have allowed salvaging operations to progress smoothly. Removal operations will be conducted around the clock for the duration of the operation. A protective boom is still deployed and staged in environmentally sensitive areas around Isla de Cabras and Isla de Esperanza. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are on-scene providing environmental and scientific expertise support in assisting the U.S


Trailer Bridge Study Culminates In New Tug Contracts

Following a detailed six-month study assessing its contract towing requirements, Trailer Bridge, Inc. signed separate long-term agreements that match the best marine power units in the market with the company's vessel assets. In March 2001 Trailer Bridge finalized a long-term agreement with Moran Towing Corporation to exclusively utilize Moran's Heidi class 4,350 hp tugs to pull all four of the TBC's currently deployed by Trailer Bridge


This Day in Coast Guard History – Nov. 18

1953- Heavy rains in the Coquile, Coos, and Willamette River Valleys of western Oregon caused flooding of the lowland areas and isolation of some towns through the blocking of highways by slides and high water, necessitating the evacuation of families and livestock.   A Coast Guard relief detail of boats, men, and aircraft participated in relief assistance measures, cooperating with the Red Cross and civil authorities.


Change in WA Ferry Service

Customers on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route should be aware of the reduction in capacity, but the change should not inconvenience customers. Customers are encouraged to arrive early for their desired sailings. The Sealth is coming out of a nine-week drydock period for planned maintenance. When the Sealth arrives in Anacortes, the 144-car Elwha will head south for three days of service on the Seattle/Bremerton route


Horizon Enters into OSHA Partnership

Horizon Lines of Puerto Rico, Inc., a subsidiary of Horizon Lines, Inc., participated in a signing ceremony of its Maritime Industry Safety Partnership Agreement with the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) Local 1575 and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This agreement marks the second time Horizon Lines has taken a leadership position nationwide with a safety program of this nature. In 2002


Couple Found Dead Aboard Cruise Ship

MS Ryndam (Pic by Holland America Line)

 Two passengers were found dead on a cruise ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday morning in an apparent murder-suicide.     The unidentified man and woman were in their 50s and from Cleveland, Ohio, AP reports quoting police Sgt. Ricardo Cruz. Cruz said blood was found in the cabin aboard the Ryndam, but it was unclear how the couple died. "We don't know yet whether an object was used or what the motive was," he said.  


M/V Kent Reliant to be Refloated

The U.S. Coast Guard has stated that the M/V KENT RELIANT is scheduled to be refloated today. Most of the cargo has been removed from the ship, grounded off San Juan Harbor.


SOCP to Meet in Puerto Rico

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP), sponsored by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will meet in San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 22-24. Topics on the agenda include shipboard and port security plans; bridge technologies; mariner credentialing; and ballast water technology. For more information visit http://www.socp.org/main.shtml


Bid Solicitation for 60,000 bbls DH Oil Barge

An invitation to bid on the construction of a new 60,000 BBLS Double Hull Oil Barge for Harbor Bunkering Corporation of San Juan, Puerto Rico is expected this quarter. Bristol Harbor Marine Design (BHMD) is currently designing the vessel for the San Juan based bunkering company, while the 30,000 BBLS Double Hull Oil Barge that BHMD designed for the company last year is being completed at Orange Shipbuilding, Orange, Texas


Crowley Names Ayala General Manager Puerto Rico Ops

Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Jose "Pache" Ayala has been promoted to general manager of operations for the company's liner services group in Puerto Rico. In this role, he will direct port operations, equipment control, information technology and materials management, and he will have responsibilities in finance and administration. Ayala will be domiciled in San Juan and will report to Rudy Leming


WSDOT Christens New Ferry Chimacum

WSF’s third Olympic Class vessel, M/V Chimacum, will will replace an older vessel on the Seattle/Bremerton route in 2017. (Photo: WSDOT)

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) christened Chimacum, the third Olympic Class vessel to join the Washington State Ferries (WSF) fleet. The ceremony took place at Vigor's Harbor Island Shipyard in Seattle, and marked the vessel’s final stage of construction and its


Ensuring Cruise Ship Safety in the Northwest Passage

The Crystal Serenity will be the largest vessel to ever sail across the Northwest Passage. (Photo: Crystal Cruises)

 The luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity is set to become the largest vessel to ever sail across the Northwest Passage as the 250-meter-long vessel carries a record-breaking 1,070 passengers and 655 crew members on a 32-day voyage from Anchorage, Alaska to New York  


MN100: McAllister Towing

(Photo: McAllister Towing)

The Company: McAllister Towing & Transportation operates a fleet of more than 75 tugboats, crew boats and barges in 17 locations along the U.S. East Coast from Portland, ME to San Juan, PR. The fleet consists of 28 Z-Drive/ Tractor tugs, 11 Tier II compliant tugs


This Day In Naval History: August 30

USS Colorado (BB 45) (Photo: USNHC, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center)

1923 - USS Colorado (BB 45) is commissioned. Notable during her pre-World War II service, she helps in the search for missing aviator, Amelia Earhart, in 1937. During WWII, USS Colorado serves in the Pacific during World War II and is hit by kamikazes at Leyte in November 1944.  


Bollinger Delivers 19th FRC to the USCG

Sister Ship of the USCGC Rollin Fritch, USCGC Margaret Norvell operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the 19th Fast Response Cutter (FRC), USCGC Rollin Fritch, to the U.S. Coast Guard.   The 154-foot patrol craft USCGC Rollin Fritch is the 19th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. All previous cutters have been stationed in the 7th Coast


Fire-stricken Ferry Moored Safely

Caribbean Fantasy is towed to Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Aug. 20 (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Jasmine Mieszala)

The fire aboard the passenger vessel ferry Caribbean Fantasy has been extinguished, and the vessel has been moored safely at Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor, the U.S. Coast Guard said.   The fire broke out Wednesday, August 17, leading to the evacuation of 511 people from the ship.  


500 Passengers Abandon Burning Ship In Caribbean Sea

Caribbean Fantasy. Photo: America Cruise Ferries

 More than 500 passengers and crew evacuated from burning Caribbean Fantasy, a combination cruise and ferry ship, about a mile off Puerto Rico’s north coast Wednesday, though there were no reported fatalities or life-threatening injuries.  


Hundreds Rescued from Ferry Ablaze off Puerto Rico

U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Hundreds of people were rescued from a smoldering passenger ferry ship that caught fire off Puerto Rico on Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.   The Coast Guard and local police brought ashore all 512 passengers and crew from the American Cruise Ferries vessel that was burning about two


Ferry Carrying 500 People Catches Fire Near San Juan, Puerto Rico

A passenger ferry with hundreds of passengers caught fire off Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and the U.S. Coast Guard and local crews were rescuing people aboard, officials said.   U.S. Coast Guard and local police were helping more than 500 passengers and crew members on the American Cruise


APL Launches Island Bridge Express Service

IBX – Island Bridge Express  Image APL

APL today announced the launch of a new weekly feeder service – the Island Bridge Express (IBX) Service. Via connecting APL services at the Caribbean transshipment hub of Kingston, Jamaica, IBX will enable cargo movements between the Caribbean and Asia.  


This Day In Naval History: July 13

Richard Byrd (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

1812 - The frigate, USS Essex, commanded by Capt. David Porter, captures the merchant brig, Lamprey, in the Atlantic.    1854 - The sloop of war, USS Cyane, bombards San Juan del Norte (Greytown), Nicaragua, in retaliation for ill-treatment of U.S. citizens


Crowley Ramps up Investment in Puerto Rico

First row (L to R): John Hutchins, principal, Harbor Consulting Engineers; Tucker Gilliam, vice president, Crowley; Humberto Reynolds, president, Del Valle Group; second row: Carmelo Calderon, vice president, infrastructure division, Del Valle Group; Jose Soler, project manager, Del Valle Group. (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Puerto Rico Services announced an additional $21 million construction contract for improvements and upgrades at its Isla Grande port terminal in San Juan.    The contract was awarded to Del Valle Group, S.P. of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico


New CMA CGM Agency in Puerto Rico

Shipping company CMA CGM announced the inauguration of its new agency in San Juan, Puerto Rico as from May 1, 2016.   The agency is opened in partnership with shipping agency Norton Lilly.


USCG Sets 2nd Round of Hearings for El Faro

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a second round of public hearings May 16-27 for the Marine Board of Investigation into the loss of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship El Caro, and its 33 crewmembers.    The Coast Guard completed its first round of hearings in February 2016.


El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder Located

Voyage data recorder next to El Faro mast on ocean floor (Photo: NTSB)

The voyage data recorder (VDR) belonging to sunken cargo ship El Faro was found early Tuesday morning in 15,000 feet of water, about 41 miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced.  






 
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