Draft Restriction at Panama Canal Postponed
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has issued an updated Advisory to Shipping to alert all Canal shipping agents, owners and operators that water conditions at this time do not warrant the need to institute a second draft restriction, which was tentatively scheduled for September 15, 2015. Due to recent rainfall the Panama Canal watershed has experienced, the Canal has postponed the need for the second restriction which was announced earlier this month.
Walk-through Lockages at Iroquois Lock - Montreal / Lake Ontario
• The vessel must maintain contact with the lock on marine VHF channel 17 during the entire lockage. The vessel may leave channel 17 only after having left the lock. • The vessel must have personnel ready at the fairleads with mooring lines ready for deployment in the event they are required. Vessels found not to have sufficient crew members on deck or mooring lines ready for deployment may be disqualified from participating in “walkthrough” lockages at Iroquois Lock.
Design Competition for Safe Affordable Ferries
Registration opened for Third annual International Student Design Competition for Safe Affordable Ferries. Today the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) announced its latest competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry, with entries being sought from naval architectural students from all over the world. WFSA’s Executive Director, Dr. Roberta Weisbrod, said: “The goal of the design competition, now in its third year…
New Submarine Named USS Idaho
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony today to announce that SSN 799, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Idaho. The submarine will be named to honor the history its namesake state has with the Navy. Idaho is home to the former Farragut Naval Training Station, which was the second largest training facility in the world during World War II. From the early 1950s to the mid-1990s…
USCG Reopens Neches River, Restrictions in Place
The Coast Guard has reopened the Neches River with restrictions to all vessel traffic, Saturday. Vessel traffic is restricted from meeting or overtaking one another 1,000 feet up bound and 1,000 feet down bound near the capsized towing vessel Louise at mile marker 284. Additionally, mariners are cautioned to create a minimum wake for the safety of salvage and recovery crews. A minimal sheen is reported on scene; however hard boom, lined with absorbent boom is containing it.