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USCG – Tropical Storm Ernesto Update

The US Coast Guard stated that the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City have been closed due to the approach of Tropical Storm Ernesto. It also said that cargo and bunkering activity within Sector North Carolina must cease and vessels bound for North Carolina should seek an alternative destination until after the storm passes. The Port of Hampton Roads is preparing for the arrival of the storm. Similar preparations are being made in the Port of Baltimore. Restrictions previously imposed for ports in Florida have been lifted. Source: HK Law


BOEMRE Guidelines for Reporting Effects of Hurricanes, Storms

As the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season gets under way, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued its annual guidance to offshore operators on reporting tropical storm and hurricane effects on oil and gas operations, and the specific information to be included in the various reports required by BOEMRE. These requirements are explained in a Notice to Lessees, NTL No. 2011-G01, which is available at: www.gomr.boemre.gov/homepg/whatsnew/hurricane/index


NJ Sues RCCL After Diversion

Reports indicate that New Jersey's attorney general sued Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. for diverting a Bermuda-bound cruise to Canada last summer and refusing to issue refunds. The cruise line said a looming storm prompted the change, and was adhering to policies. The state's lawsuit accuses the cruise line of violating the state Consumer Fraud Act. It seeks restitution for the people aboard the ship plus civil penalties.


This Day in Coast Guard History – June 9

1910-Congress passed the Motorboat Act that required inspections on recreational and commercial motor boats over 40-feet in length.  It was enforced by the Revenue Cutter Service. 1990- The 853-foot Norwegian tanker Mega Borg exploded near Galveston, Texas, killing two of her crew.  Coast Guard  units consisting of 500 Coast Guardsmen fought the fires and cleaned up the resulting oil spill.  The units included CGCs Buttonwood, Point Spencer, Steadfast


China Deep-Dive Expedition Anchors to Avoid Typhoon

The oceanographic ship carrying 'Jiaolong', China's manned deep-sea submersible, anchored in Yangtze entrance to avoid typhoon Mawar ahead of a 7,000-meter attempt The ship, the Xiangyanghong 09, left the eastern port city of Jiangyin earlier on Sunday and travelled about 155 nautical miles to an anchorage at the mouth of the Yangtze River near Shanghai, according to the onboard headquarter of the operation. The submersible, named after a mythical sea dragon, will dive 7


Hurricane Season Stakes Raised by NOAA

Photo credit NOAA

NOAA raises hurricane season prediction despite expected El Niño, updated outlook calls for near- or above-normal Atlantic season. This year’s Atlantic hurricane season got off to a busy start, with 6 named storms to date, and may have a busy second half, according to the updated hurricane season outlook issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The updated outlook still indicates a 50 percent chance of a near-normal season


COMSAT Mobile Communications -- Working With U.S. Coast Guard to Save Lives at Sea

Two employees of the COMSAT Mobile Communications (CMC) Land Earth Station in Southbury, Conn., were recognized recently by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for coordinating life-saving satellite communications for the Coast Guard, the maritime vessel Ocean Wolf and four rescue ships. The incident began around 6:30 p.m. EST on Monday, October 30, 2000, when the (USCG) Station in San Juan, Puerto Rico, contacted Southbury requesting assistance in communicating with Ocean Wolf


NOAA to Use New Hurricane Wind Scale

(Credit: NOAA)

NOAA's National Weather Service will use a new hurricane scale this season called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  The scale keeps the same wind speed ranges as the original Saffir-Simpson Scale for each of the five hurricane categories, but no longer ties specific storm surge and flooding effects to each category. Herbert Saffir, a consulting engineer, and Robert Simpson, who was director of the National Hurricane Center from 1967 through 1973


First FPSO Approved for Gulf of Mexico

Pictured is the Espirito Santo Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, the type of vessel that will soon be working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo courtesy Shell)

BOEMRE Approves First-Ever Use of Deepwater Floating Production Storage Offloading Facility in Gulf of Mexico The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today provided the final approval necessary for Petrobras America, Inc. to begin oil and natural gas production at its Chinook-Cascade project using a Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) facility. This will be the first time this technology is used in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico


Crowley’s First Ocean Class Tugboat Performs Inaugural Job in Cuba

The first of four Crowley Maritime Corporation ocean class tugboats, Ocean Wave, completed its inaugural project earlier this month by removing a grounded containership from the northern coast of Cuba. The job is additionally significant because it utilized many of Crowley’s unique capabilities, equipment and established relationships with Cuban entities and government to complete the job quickly despite many challenges.


Cyclone Approach Sends NW Australia Iron Ore Carriers to Sea

Bulk carrier at wharf: Photo CCL

A tropical cyclone intensifying off northwestern Australia was on course to sweep across some of the world's largest iron ore mines after causing giant shipping ports to close. Vale declared 'force majeur' and iron ore prices rose world-wide, reports Reuters.


Coast Guard Foundation to Tribute USCG Spouses

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its 21st Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard Eighth District will take place on Friday, March 14, 2014 in New Orleans


Saltchuk to Acquire Tropical Shipping

A subsidiary of Saltchuk Resources, one of the nation’s leading transportation and petroleum distribution companies, has entered into a binding purchase & sale agreement to acquire Tropical Shipping and its related companies.           


Saltchuk Acquires Tropical Shipping

Photo: Tropical Shipping

A subsidiary of Saltchuk Resources, a transportation and petroleum distribution company, has entered into a binding purchase and sale agreement to acquire Tropical Shipping and its related companies. The acquisition includes the premier shipping and logistics company for the Bahamas and


Safety Rope Demand in Florida Spotted by Local Supplier

Image courtesy of Disaster Relief Supply

'Disaster Relief Supply' store in Destin, FL  stocks marine and multi-purpose rope with safety in mind Disaster Relief Supply is located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, which presents a large market for commercial fishing, military, and recreational customers


Cruise Ship Returns to Erie Canal

Brian U. Stratton, director of the New York State Canal Corporation.

Grande Mariner was Stranded on Canal System During 2011 Flooding. The M/V Grande Mariner, a 96-passenger cruise ship that was stranded for more than two months because of flooding in 2011, today returned to the Erie Canal for a new season of cruising America's most storied waterway.


SatPhone Saves Typhoon Victim

A solo rower saved from the Pacific Ocean by Inmarsat's satellite phone, IsatPhone Pro, after his boat was severely damaged during a tropical typhoon Charlie Martell used the phone to contact Falmouth Coastguard in the UK to summon help after his boat capsized several times when it was hit by


Stranded GOM Drill Barge Refloated

ISI Salvage Operations.

Inland Salvage Inc. Successfully Refloats Stranded Drill Barge from the Caillou Island Oilfield in the Gulf of Mexico.   Inland Salvage Inc. (ISI) recently demonstrated its diversified capabilities with the offshore deployment ISI salvage and emergency response equipment and personnel


Captain of the Port sets Port Condition ZULU, Closing Ports

 The Captain of the Port for New York and New Jersey set port condition ZULU for all commercial waterways, effective 7 a.m., Monday,  in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. During Port Condition ZULU (sustained gale force winds from a hurricane force storm are predicted within 12 hours)


Webtool Emergency Cutting Tools

Photo: Allspeeds Ltd.

Allspeeds Ltd. designs and manufactures the Webtool range of cutting and gripping tools. In addition to the standard range, Allspeeds has manufactured a bespoke emergency cutting tool. The tool was supplied to an organization operating a number of floating production storage and offloading


TS Karen Approach Closes Mississippi SW Pass

Image courtesy of NOAA

Vessel traffic to vease at Southwest Pass at 6 a.m. Friday, but cargo operations at Port of New Orleans terminals will continue as scheduled Friday, despite the impending closure. The Associated Branch Pilots, the pilots that guide ships through the mouth of the Mississippi River


Port of New Orleans Prepares for Tropical Storm Karen

Photo: Port of New Orleans

Cargo operations at Port of New Orleans terminals will continue as scheduled Friday, despite the impending closure of the Mississippi River at Southwest Pass due to potential affects from Tropical Storm Karen. The Associated Branch Pilots, the pilots that guide ships through the mouth of the


Port of New Orleans: Tropical Storm Update

Hapag-Lloyds 810-foot container ship Summer E arrives at the Port of New Orleans today at 11 a.m. CST. Terminal Operator Ports America will handle 300 container moves on the ship Friday afternoon at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. The Summer E is one of nine ships at Port docks this weekend.

Cargo operations at Port of New Orleans terminals continued uninterrupted today, despite the closure of Southwest Pass at the mouth of the Mississippi River in anticipation of affects from Tropical Storm Karen. “The entire Port community continues to monitor the storm and we have


GofM Tropical Storm Karen Fizzles Out

Image courtesy of National Hurricane Center

Satellite imagery indicates that the center of KAREN is no longer well defined and as a result it is no longer a tropical cyclone. In New Orleans cargo operations continued at Port docks Saturday as Tropical Storm Karen weakened in the central Gulf of Mexico


New Orleans Vessel Traffic Returns to Normal

Carnival Conquest

Vessel traffic on the Mississippi River returned to normal Sunday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen dissipated. U.S. Coast Guard officials rescinded all restrictions on the River and area waterways about midnight, allowing vessels and mariners to resume normal operations.


 
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