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Sunken Canadian Ship Polluting Alaskan Coast

According to a Feb. 24 report from The Gazette, a sunken Canadian steamship that offered luxury cruises for decades along the British Columbia coast, then served a crucial role during the Second World War transporting troops, supplies and Jewish refugees, is now polluting the waters of a major Pacific Ocean inlet. The Princess Kathleen, a Canadian Pacific cruise ship sank in a storm off southeast Alaska nearly 60 years ago and has been identified as the source of a persistent oil slick in waters north of Juneau after U.S. Coast Guard officials dived to the wreck site last week. (Source: The Gazette)


Fast Ferry Southeast Express Begins Between Juneau and Ketchikan

The Alaska Marine Highway System will inaugurate its fast vehicle ferry service three days per week between Juneau-Petersburg-Wrangell-Ketchikan on Thursday, November 3. The M/V Fairweather will depart Juneau at 8 a.m. on each of its runs and the M/V Chenega will depart Ketchikan at 7:15 a.m. on two of its service days, and 8:15 a.m. on the third. The ferries will meet in Petersburg to trade passengers and vehicles at mid-day. Each ferry will return to its homeport by early evening


Wesmar Thrusters Propel Alaska Ferry to Success

For years the citizens of Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska were only able to commute to the Island of Ketchikan on a weekly basis, leaving them frustrated and isolated. In January of 2002 the 150 passenger car/ferry Prince of Wales entered service providing a much awaited daily transportation link between the two islands, and providing the 5,000 residents of the remote southeast Alaska region with a critical link and regular, reliable service-something they had long been without


Navy Conducts First Escape Exercise From Nuclear Sub

Seven personnel practiced locking out from the attack submarine USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) and ascending to the surface wearing special suits that are designed to enable a free ascent from a stricken submarine Dec. 2 during ESCAPEX at the Navy’s Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility in Ketchikan, Alaska. While several foreign navies practice the maneuver routinely, the U.S. Navy had not conducted it in more than three decades, and never from a nuclear-powered submarine.


WESMAR Thrusters Important Equipment For Alaska Ferry

For years the citizens of Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska were only able to commute to the Island of Ketchikan on a weekly basis, leaving them frustrated and isolated. In January of 2002 the 150 passenger car/ferry Prince of Wales entered service providing a much awaited daily transportation link between the two islands, and providing the 5,000 residents of the remote southeast Alaska region with a critical link and regular, reliable service—something they had long been without.


Alaskan Cruise Back Underway

A cruise ship hit by fire early Tuesday has been cleared to continue its voyage and was headed Wednesday to its final port of Seward, Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam, a ship with nearly 1,200 passengers and 542 crew members, departed Bartlett Cove in southeast Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park late Tuesday after investigators began their probe of the fire, the Coast Guard said. No one was seriously injured in the blaze


Hydralift Skeg Use Gaining Speed

A device that increases the efficiency of barges is gaining in popularity on the West Coast, especially for Seattle to Alaska and Southeast Alaska runs. Many people report that Hydralift skegs substantially increase the efficiency of towed barges. This results in either increased towing speed or reduced fuel consumption because the horsepower required to tow at the same speed decreases. The Lynden Companies, Alaska Railbelt Marine (ARM) and Alaska Marine Lines (AML)


USCG's Newest Cutter Arrives in Ketchikan

The newest USCG cutter to join the fleet in Alaska arrived in Ketchikan. Cutter Anthony Petit sailed toward its new southeast Alaska homeport after beginning its travels in Maryland, following construction by Marinette Marine. The ship's crew, consisting of one officer and 23 enlisted men, hosted a welcoming reception sponsored by 17th USCG District Commander Rear Adm. Thomas J. Barrett in Ketchikan following the ship's arrival.


Supreme Court Finalizes Decision on Marine Submerged Lands

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a final decree regarding Alaska's assertion of ownership of certain marine submerged lands in the southeast portion of the state. The court finalized its earlier ruling that the federal government retained ownership of those portions of the Alexander Archipelago more than three geographical (nautical) miles from shore because those waters do not constitute historic inland waters. The federal government retained ownership of those portions of North Bay


Guido Perla Delivers Inter-Island Alaskan Ferry

Guido Perla, Chairman of Guido Perla and Associates, announced the delivery of the M/V Stikine, a 197-ft. passenger-vehicle ferry, to Inter-Island Ferry Authority (IFA) for its new northern route between Prince of Wales Island’s Coffman Cove, Wrangell, and Petersburg terminals in Southeast Alaska. “GPA provided the construction engineering for the first IFA ferry, M/V Prince of Wales in 2001, and, ultimately, was hired as the owners’ naval architect for the design development for the


Southeast Asian Shipbuilders Turn Bullish

Picture by Korea Offshore & Shipbuilding Association (KOSHIPA)

  Despite the issues surrounding over-tonnaging in the ship-building industry as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, more than 587 vessels are expected to be built in Southeast Asia in 2015.    According to a report by Robert Willmington of IHS Maritime


Vietnam, Australia Call for South China Sea 'Restraint'

Vietnam and Australia called on Wednesday for "self-restraint" in the South China Sea and warned against the unilateral use of force, an obvious reference to China's increasingly aggressive presence that has stirred concerns across the disputed region.


Malaysia Proposes Asean Peacekeeping Force for South China Sea

Image: ASEAN member countries

 Malaysia is proposing a joint peacekeeping force to help rebuild trust among Southeast Asian countries after bitter arguments over their handling of China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, reports WSJ.   Members of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations


China Criticizes US over Maritime Patrol Proposal in South China Sea

Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet: US Navy Photo

 China asked the United States to take no position on the South China Sea issue after US Navy Officer Robert Thomas promised to back the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in patrolling areas of the waterway.   "We hope the United States will strictly honor its


Manila: China Dredging in Disputed Waters

China has started dredging around the disputed Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, a Philippine navy commander said on Thursday, signalling Beijing may be preparing to expand its facilities in the area. Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping tried to set Southeast Asian minds at ease over


CGC Alex Haley Returns from 70-day Bering Sea Patrol

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley makes its way to homeport in Kodiak, Alaska, Feb. 8, 2015

  The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returned to Kodiak Sunday following a successful 70-day deployment patrolling more than 10,800 miles throughout the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. Alex Haley, known as the “Bulldog of the Bering,” departed Kodiak on Dec


USCG Medevacs Fisherman near Cold Bay, Alaska

Courtesy USCG

  The Coast Guard medevaced a 36-year-old man from the 252-foot fishing vessel American Triumph approximately 92 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska, Thursday. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed in Cold Bay safely hoisted the man and transported


DOI Issues FSEIS for Chukchi Sea Lease Sale

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193, moving the DOI a step closer to resolving federal court concerns regarding the 2008 oil and gas leases offshore Alaska


Shipping Company, Chief Engineer Charged for Dumping Oil

U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced  that AML Ship Management GMBH, a German company, and Nicolas Sassin, Chief Engineer of a vehicle carrier ship it operated, the M/V City of Tokyo, were both charged with knowingly dumping oil into United States’ waters off the coast of


NOIA: Don’t Freeze US Opportunity with Arctic Regulations

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued a statement in response to the Obama Administration’s proposed Arctic Regulations on offshore oil and gas production, stating the U.S. must take steps to become a leader in Arctic Energy.  


USCG, Alaska State Investigate Spill near Auke Bay

Coast Guard personnel from Sector Juneau lay absorbent pads into the water to absorb spilled petroleum products at Auke Bay Harbor in Auke Bay, Alaska, Feb. 23, 2015. Coast Guard and Alaska Department of Environmental Conse

  Coast Guard Sector Juneau and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation personnel are investigating the spill of approximately of 50-100 gallons of petroleum products at the Auke Bay Harbor, Monday. Southeast Alaska Lighterage has been contracted to contain and mitigate the


Strip Club Barge Accused of Dumping Sewage into Harbor

Owners of floating Kodiak strip club indicted by Federal Grand Jury; Wild Alaskan operators accused of dumping raw sewage into Kodiak Harbor, Alaska   A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against the owners of a floating bar and strip club barge


Kvichak, Vigor Announce Merger

Vigor CEO and owner Frank Foti

Merger positions combined company to play a dominant role in recapitalization of North Pacific fishing fleet and emerging Arctic oil gas operations. Kvichak Marine Industries and Vigor Industrial today announced the companies are merging to unite their strengths in the design and fabrication of


USCG Medevacs Mariner SE of Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Coast-Guard-MH-60-Jayhawk. Courtesy USCG

  A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed in Cold Bay, Alaska, medevaced an ailing mariner off the Turkish-flagged 600-foot freight ship 26 Agustos approximately 230 miles southeast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Saturday morning. 


Fishing Boat Adrift Near Nantucket

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Jake Ayers)

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a stranded fishing vessel 32 miles east of Nantucket, Massachusetts, Wednesday.   Watchstanders at Sector Southeast New England in Woods Hole, Massachusetts received a distress call via channel 16 VHF from the five-person crew aboard the 75-foot scallop vessel






 
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