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USCG Cutter Drydocked in Curtis Bay

Coast Guard Cutter Diligence up for repair in Curtis Bay, Md. (USCG photo)

The Wilmington, N.C.-based Cutter Diligence recently entered the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Yard in Curtis Bay, Md. for drydock availability. The 50-year-old medium endurance cutter will spend the next three months drydocked for approximately $2 million worth of “critical maintenance work,” the USCG said. Shortly after arriving in Curtis Bay, Diligence, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter permanently homeported in Wilmington, N.C. with a crew of approximately 70, was lifted out of the water on the Coast Guard Yard’s new synchronized lift platform drydock. For the next nine weeks, Coast Guard Yard crew will replace the cutter’s worn shaft bearings, repaint the hull, underwater body, superstructure and improve the habitability of crew berthing areas. “Diligence is entering her first major depot repair availability in three years at the Coast Guard Yard,” said Lt. Todd R. Devries, the cutter’s engineering officer. “The men and women of the Coast Guard Yard make up a fantastic industrial ship repair facility, and we can't wait to see the results of this maintenance project.” While critical work is being done on the Diligence, its crew will stay busy. Some will be attending training or will be detailed to other Coast Guard units. Those staying onboard will be working on areas and systems not being renewed or repaired by the Coast Guard Yard and completing a variety of other tasks to get the cutter fully prepared


'All-Hands' Ceremony Held at Coast Guard Yard

During an "All-Hands" celebration held at the Coast Guard Yard on Oct. 2, four members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation and the Coast Guard's Assistant Commandant for Systems presented three prestigious awards to the shipyard's work force. Employees of the yard, its tenants commands and invited guests numbered nearly 900 and enjoyed the mid-morning festivities on the parade grounds of the 101 year old shipyard in Baltimore, Md


Ferry Collision Kills One

A ferry collided with a recreational boat on Monday in heavy fog off southwest Florida, killing one person and injuring two others aboard the smaller vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The ferry boat Atlantis was making a morning run in the Gulf of Mexico from Fort Myers, Florida, to the Florida Keys when it collided with a 21-ft. (6.4-m) pleasure craft about 9 miles from shore, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Dana Warr.


U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Navy Yard Shooter

U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard establishes safety, security zone in response to shooter at Washington Navy Yard The Coast Guard captain of the port has established a temporary safety and security zone Monday in response to a report of a shooter at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The safety and security zone will be in effect for an undetermined amount of time and will limit all navigation on the Anacostia River from Haines Point to the John Philip Sousa Bridge


Shell Protesters Cited for Entering Safety Zone

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Puget Sound investigating officers initiated civil penalties, Friday, against four individuals who entered an established safety-zone around a Shell-contracted vessel in Bellingham during Memorial Day weekend.   Cody Erdman, Chiara D’Angelo, Paul Adler and Matthew Fuller were cited in accordance with Code of Federal Regulations for entry into or staying in a federally-regulated safety zone between May 22 and 24.  


Renovation Begins On USCG Cutter Kukui

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Dottie Mitchell

 U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kukui arrived at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, Feb. 21, 2017, to begin its midlife maintenance availability (MMA) as part of the In-Service Vessel Sustainment (ISVS) Program.   The MMA work on the buoy tenders includes an overhaul of the deck equipment and weight handling gear, updates to the machinery control system and HVAC systems, topside preservation and a stability assessment.  


Tanker Runs Aground

The Coast Guard is monitoring a tanker that ran aground in East Rockaway Inlet, NY about 450 yards from shore. Poling and Cutler Marine, the owners of the tanker, notified the Coast Guard Sector in New Haven, CT, that the tanker ran aground on sandy bottom and is carrying 672,000 gallons of #2 home heating oil. Coast Guard pollution response officers report that the ship suffered no apparent hull breach and no oil product entered the water


Coast Guard Contributes Material for Artificial Reef

The Coast Guard, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), is scheduled to deploy worn buoy sinkers to an artificial reef off the coast of New Jersey on Saturday. The Coast Guard cutter Juniper, a 225-ft. buoy tender homeported in Newport, R.I., will be adding a total of 10 buoy sinkers weighing approximately 16,000 pounds each to the Axel Carlson Reef site located approximately six miles from Shark River Inlet and four miles from Manasquan


Towed RoRo Too Tall, Hits Florida River Bridge

Matthews Bridge: Photo CCL

The U.S. Coast Guard has closed a portion of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Fla., after the 'USNS 1st Lt. Harry L. Martin' struck the Mathews Bridge, which connects downtown Jacksonville to the Arlington area The RoRo vessel was being towed from its home pier in Jacksonville to the North Florida Ship Yard for normal dock and maintenance work. There were no injuries reported. Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Mayport and other law enforcement agencies are currently enforcing a


Sunken Barge Salvage Stops Traffic on Chicago River

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is restricting vessel traffic on the Chicago River to allow for salvage of a sunken barge. All cargo has been removed from the sunken barge in the Chicago River between the Lake and Randolph Street bridges and divers are currently in the water to conduct a survey of the barge's hull.

 The barge has been secured so that a 50-foot clearance can allow for vessel traffic to transit. Once the divers complete their survey


Two Sailors Saved in International Rescue Effort

(Photo: U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Borosch)

U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen and the Amver participating Handysize tanker Nord Nightingale came to the rescue of two German sailors who abandoned their burning sailboat more than 500 miles off of Florida.   On Friday, July 7, 2017, U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities in Miami, Fla


A Significant Date for Subchapter M

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July 20 marks a milestone in Subchapter M implementation.   Towing vessels with keels laid or major conversions on or after July 20, 2017 are required to meet 46 CFR Subchapter M and obtain a Certificate of Inspection (COI) prior to operating.  


US Navy Ship Fires Warning Shots near Iranian Vessel

A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots when an Iranian vessel in the Gulf came within 150 yards (137 meters) on Tuesday in the first such incident since President Donald Trump took office in January, U.S. officials said.   The last major incident was earlier in January


ESG Completes First OPC Milestone On Schedule, Within Budget

A depiction of the U.S. Coast Guards Offshore Patrol Cutter design (CREDIT: ESG)

Panama City, FL, Eastern Shipbuilding has successfully completed its Initial Critical Design Review (ICDR) milestone with the United States Coast Guard on 21 July, 2017 for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) Program.   ESG’s accomplishment is noteworthy as it occurred on schedule and


Shipping Firms Pay $1.9 Mln for Pollution Cover-up

Two shipping companies based in Egypt and Singapore will pay $1.9 million in penalties after pleading guilty in federal court to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and obstruction of justice for covering up the illegal dumping of oil-contaminated bilge water and garbage into


US Warship Stayed on Collision Course despite Warning

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) returns to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following a collision with a merchant vessel while operating southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Peter Burghart)

A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship's captain.  


Coast Guard Recognizes PVA's Flagship Safety Management System

On June 12, 2017, the Coast Guard's national Director of Inspections and Compliance formally recognized PVA's Flagship Safety Management System (SMS) as an acceptable method for developing and implementing a company specific voluntary SMS.  


Garry Joins Bouchard as Regulatory Compliance VP

Shawn Garry (Photo: Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.)

Shawn Garry has joined Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. as Vice President of Regulatory Compliance and Inspections, tasked with ensuring that the company achieves regulatory compliance and meets SubChapter M requirements.   Garry will be the primary contact for Gulf Coast region internal


Bollinger Delivers FRC Oliver Berry to the USCG

USCGC Oliver Berry in Key West, Fla. (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards said it has delivered the Fast Response Cutter (FRC) USCGC Oliver Berry to the U.S. Coast Guard on June 27, 2017 in Key West, Fla. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for October 2017 in Honolulu.   The 154-foot patrol craft USCGC Oliver Berry is the 24th


USCG Vice Commandant Visits Fairbanks Morse

Photo: Fairbanks Morse

On June 21, Fairbanks Morse hosted U.S. Coast Guard Vice Commandant, Admiral Charles Michel at its facility in Beloit, Wisc., where the USCG second in command was briefed on the company and viewed the manufacturing line that will build the engines to power the Coast Guard’s newly awarded


Cargo Ship Runs Aground off Virginia

 The U.S. Coast Guard said it is monitoring a 586-foot Thai-flagged cargo vessel that ran aground off Sewells Point in Norfolk, Via., Thursday.   Watchstanders at the Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth received a call at 12:50 p.m


Japan Investigators Unlikely to be Granted Access to Fitzgerald Crew

The USS Fitzgerald is shown being assisted back to port after a deadly collision (CREDIT: USN / K Weierman

The United States will likely bar Japanese investigators from interviewing USS Fitzgerald crew manning the guided missile destroyer when it was struck by a cargo ship in Japanese waters killing seven American sailors, a U.S. navy official said.  


Turkish Captain Says Greek Coast Guard Fired on His Ship

The captain of a Turkish freighter said on Monday that the Greek coast guard had fired on his vessel after he refused an order to dock at a port on the Greek island of Rhodes.   Turkey said the action was "disproportionate" and showed no regard for human life.  


Tanker Runs Aground near Skamokawa, Wash.

U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Sector Columbia River.

A 557-foot tanker Argent Cosmos lost use of a fuel pump and ran aground near Skamokawa, Wash. at 6:28 a.m. Thursday while heading outbound on the Columbia River following a port call in Longview, Wash.   The Panamanian-flagged tanker is loaded with 1.63 million gallons of ethanol and 6


TVIB Issues Its First TSMS Certificate to Crounse

 On June 23, 2017, Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau (TVIB) issued its first Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) certificate to Crounse Corporation, who successfully completed a full Subchapter M TSMS audit including a review of its operations for compliance with Subchapter M.  






 
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