CG Prepared to Assist FEMA

Tuesday, February 04, 2003
The Coast Guard is alerting mariners along the Gulf coast from Tampa, Fla., to Galveston, Tx., to be on alert and report any sightings of debris possibly related to the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia to the Coast Guard. There are no confirmed reports of debris in the Gulf of Mexico as of 5 p.m. An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) was transmitted to mariners via marine radio channel 16 (VHF-FM). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been designated as the lead federal agency for the search, find, and secure efforts in response to the loss of space shuttle Columbia. Coast Guard ships, aircraft and personnel along the Gulf coast are standing by ready to assist and support FEMA as necessary. As of 3 p.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard launched a Dolphin helicopter from its base in New Orleans to Shreveport, La., to assist the USAF in searching for debris.

Another Coast Guard helicopter from Houston transported two NASA officials from Houston to Palestine, Tx., to investigate reported debris there. Anyone who believes they may have spotted debris from the Columbia should report it immediately to local Coast Guard, police or fire officials and to stay away from debris because of possible hazardous materials involved. The men and women of the Coast Guard extend our condolences to the families of the Columbia crew. The Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command, here, is coordinating Coast Guard support to FEMA as needed.


Fuels & Lubes

C-Job Designs Flettner Freighter for Switijnk

The Dutch shipping company family Switijnk has contracted C-Job Naval Architects to develop a Rotor Sail-equipped design to meet their specific loading and sailing profile.

Vitol's Malaysia Terminal Suspends Ops after Spill

VTTI, the storage unit of world's largest oil trader Vitol, has suspended operations at its terminal in southern Malaysia following an oil spill, two industry sources said on Friday.

Viking Grace Marks 1,000 LNG Bunkering Milestone

From the very beginning, the M/S Viking Grace – delivered in January 2013 – was an environmental milestone.   The vessel attracted global attention as an environmental

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0520 sec (19 req/sec)