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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

FEDERAL PILOTS

New Pilotage Services in U.S. Gulf

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Federal pilotage service is now available by the recently formed NW Gulf Federal Pilots in the Ports Galveston and Texas City, Texas, as well as in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The NW Gulf Federal Pilots service U.S. flagged vessels in coastwise trade under enrollment and operate independently of state pilots. Captain Graylin Gant established the NW Gulf Federal Pilots to meet the needs for federal pilotage required by law in the various channels served. The NW Gulf Federal Pilots plan to offer federal pilotage services to other ship channels in the Northwest Gulf of Mexico in the near future. Captain Gant is a Beaumont native with 28 years of experience as a licensed Master.

USCG Proposes Federal Pilotage Requirement

The USCG has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), requiring vessels engaged in foreign trade on the navigable waterways within the State of Maryland to be under the direction and control of federally-licensed pilots, when not under the control and direction of state-licensed pilots. Maryland law requires every foreign vessel and every domestic vessel sailing under register use a state-licensed pilot, except when the vessel is under the control of a docking master while maneuvering

NOAA Launches Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web Site

The NOAA Office of Coast Survey has established a special Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web site to help speed the recovery efforts of 21 significant port facilities in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The purpose of the Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web site is to help facilitate the recovery efforts by providing a resource for port facility managers to send critical information to NOAA's Coast Survey

NOAA Issues New Coast Pilot for Alaska

In order to promote safe navigation and enhance marine conservation, NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and the National Marine Protected Areas Center have partnered to publish key information about the location, purpose, and permitted activities of existing marine managed areas off Alaska's southeastern coast in the United States Coast Pilot Volume 8. The U.S. Coast Pilot is used by the maritime industry, fishermen, the military, recreational boaters

Chinese Captain Fined for Entering Great Barrier Reef

The senior captain of a Chinese coal carrier was fined $8000 AUD ($6,252 USD) for sailing into a restricted section of Australia's Great Barrier Reef without a pilot, the Brisbane times reported today. Local magistrate Ian Cheetham said Chih-Ming Lu, captain of the 288-meter China Steel Developer, displayed "reckless behavior" when his ship travelled 4.88 km (2.9 miles) into a restricted area without a pilot.

The Quest to Fund Inland Waterways

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Infrastructure Projects: Perhaps Not So Quixotic After All? Over the course of 2014, significant steps forward were taken in the quest to find additional sources of funding for inland waterways infrastructure projects. First came the long awaited and much-celebrated Water Resources, Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) in June, which included several provisions to address the funding needs of the ever-worsening condition of the inland waterways infrastructure

DHS Announces West Coast Maritime Radiation Detection Project

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) announced the West Coast Maritime pilot program that will provide maritime radiation detection capabilities for State and local authorities in Washington’s Puget Sound and California’s San Diego areas. The three-year pilot program involves the development of a radiation detection architecture that reduces the risk of radiological and nuclear threats that could be illegally transported on recreational or small

HOGANSAC to Meet

Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) will hold its next public meetings on September 5, 2002 (working groups only) and September 19, 2002 (full committee), at the offices of the Houston Pilots Association in Houston, Texas. The notice appears in the July 25, 2002, Federal Register. Source: Marine Legal Update

Hearing for Fleet Management Pilot

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, federal prosecutors told a judge that the pilot of the container ship that struck the Bay Bridge in November 2007 ignored basic safety precautions, lied to licensing authorities about his prescription drug use, and should be sentenced to 10 months in prison, the maximum recommended by his plea agreement. Capt. John Cota's lawyers asked for a two-month sentence, the minimum term in the plea agreement

US FMC Commissioner Visits Panama Canal Expansion Sites

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Counsel to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission informs that  Commissioner William P. Doyle has recently surveyed the construction site on a visit to the Pacific-side of the expanded Panama Canal. Doyle viewed construction sites on the Pacific side and received extensive updates on several of the projects-- including the Third Set of Locks – Water Saving Basins;  Rolling Gates; Excavation of the Navigation Channels; Dredging; Gatun Lake and Culebra Cut; and Raising Gatun

New Pilot Boat Delivered to Alabama Pilots

(Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding)

 The Alabama Pilot, Inc. in Mobile, Ala., has taken delivery of Dixey, a newly built Chesapeake Class pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation.    With length overall of 53.6’, beam of 17.8’, and draft of 4.8’, the all-aluminum pilot boat features the C. Raymond Hunt-designed Deep-V hull. It is powered by twin Caterpillar C-18 diesel engines, each delivering 671Bhp at 2100 rpm and a top speed of 27 knots

AAPA Pushes for $66 bln for Port Upgrades

Photo: The American Association of Port Authorities Twitter Account

 The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has identified $66 billion in potential federal waterside and landside investments over the next decade that will help assure the benefits from an anticipated $155 billion in port-related capital infrastructure investments.   AAPA Chairman-Elect William Friedman provided examples of waterside infrastructure needs, and offered recommendations for water resources legislation to enhance the U.S

Search for ONGC Offshore Helicopter Crew Continues

Photo: Pawan Hans Ltd

 The Indian Navy has widened its search operations for the missing crew members of the Pawan Hans helicopter  (C/s VT-PWA) which crashed off the Mumbai coast on Saturday.   The helicopter with seven people on-board, including five Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) officers and two pilots, crashed off the Mumbai coast minutes after it took off for the state-owned company’s oil installation in the Arabian sea on Saturday.  

More Vessels Call on Port of Rotterdam

Photo: Kees Torn, Port of Rotterdam

 Over the past year, 29,646 sea-going vessels entered the port of Rotterdam. This is over 600 more than the preceding year (29,022 sea-going vessels).    The number of incidents in the port fell from 159 to 129. This unfortunately included one ‘serious accident’. The incident in question involved an inland vessel that went adrift after hitting a groyne with its rudder.   According to National Harbour Master René de Vries

Op/Ed: Making the Mississippi River Mightier

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A plan unfolds and support grows for a 50-foot Ship Channel to support economical and efficient grain exports. The Big River Coalition remains at the heart of that collaborative effort to make the Mississippi River Mightier.    In 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Institute of Water Resources (IWR) released a report under the direction of Congress to document the status of U.S. Ports to accept post-panamax vessels. The report, entitled, “U.S

Metal Shark Bags Pilot Boat Build Contracts

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Metal Shark said it has its sights locked on the pilot boat market, with two new vessels from its range of custom-configurable pilot boat offering currently under construction. The Louisiana-based shipbuilder is building a 45-foot Defiant Pilot Boat for the Virgin Islands Port Authority at its Jeanerette, La. production facility. At its shipyard in nearby Franklin, La., Metal Shark is building a 64-foot Defiant Pilot Boat for the Brazos Pilots Association of Freeport, Texas

Davie Delivers Canada’s New Naval Support Ship

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Commissioning and sea-trials have been completed for Canada’s first Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship, Asterix, the first new naval support ship to enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy in more than five decades.   The ship, which is also the first large naval platform to be delivered from a Canadian shipyard in over 20 years and the first naval ship to be delivered since the launch of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, was delivered on time

Eni Begins Drilling Oil Well in Alaska's Beaufort Sea

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Italian oil producer Eni this week began drilling a new well in U.S. waters off the north coast of Alaska, becoming the first company to do so since 2015, federal regulators said on Wednesday.   The oil and gas firm is working from an artificial island in the Beaufort Sea about three miles off Oliktok Point in the Arctic Ocean. The well is expected to run more than 6 miles (10 km) long.   The project could result in 20,000 barrels a day of oil production, according to regulator U

BSEE Oversees Spudding of New Oil Well in Arctic

Photo: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

 Italian oil producer Eni began drilling the new well off the north coast of Alaska, becoming the first company to do so since 2015, reports Reuters.   "New oil exploration in Arctic federal waters is underway this week with the spudding of a new oil well from an existing man-made island in the Beaufort Sea. Two Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) personnel were on-hand Monday ensuring compliance with approved permits

NIMASA Set to Acquire More Fast Intervention Vessels

Dr. Dakuku Peterside. Photo provided by NIMASA

 In line with the recent approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA is set to acquire strategic maritime safety and security assets, which are also in line with the total spectrum of maritime security strategy.                                                           

Bulker Refloated in St. Lawrence Seaway

 A 623-foot bulk carrier was refloated in the St. Lawrence Seaway Saturday after running aground near Wellesley Island, N.Y. last Wednesday.   The Antigua Barbuda flagged vessel Pacific Huron was refloated under the direction of the Donjon-Smit salvage master, two Canadian tugs, the Evans Mckeil and the Ocean A. Simard. No injuries or pollution have been reported.   A pilot boarded Pacific Huron to navigate the vessel to its anchorage location at Mason Point.  

Canada Fines another Vessel for Speeding

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Transport Canada has issued a $6,000 fine to the owner of Panama flagged bulk carrier Federal Cardinal after the supramax vessel allegedly failed to comply with vessel speed restrictions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In August Canada put in place a temporary mandate for vessels of 20 meters or more to slow to a maximum of 10 knots due to the increased presence of whales in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, between the Quebec north shore and just north of Prince Edward Island – a rule

Coast Guard Searching for Missing Aircraft in GoM

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The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for an unresponsive aircraft that went missing in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 118 nautical miles north of the Yucatan Peninsula, Thursday.   The Coast Guard said its watchstanders at the Eighth District command center in New Orleans received a report from the North American Aerospace Defense Command, Wednesday evening that one person aboard a privately owned Cirrus plane was unresponsive likely due to hypoxia.  

Tug Safety Training Offered at Port of Milford Haven

Milford Havens simulator suite has the potential to put you at the helm of any marine vessel, in any port. (Photo: MPHA)

A powerful virtual-reality ship simulation system, operated by the Port of Milford Haven is running courses to train tug boat operators from across Britain. The Navigation Suite, based at Milford Waterfront, creates highly realistic computer-generated versions of any port in the world, giving trainees the opportunity to take the controls of any vessel, including tugboats, to practice scenarios. Tug skippers from Williams Marine Services and Teignmouth Harbor Commission spent two days

Coast Guard Calls off Search for Pilot Missing in GoM

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The U.S Coast Guard has called off the search for missing pilot Bill Kinsinger, 55, and his Cirrus aircraft that vanished over the Gulf of Mexico. Last week, Kinsinger had plans to land in Georgiatown, Texas from Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City. When the plane failed to land, air traffic controllers attempted to reach Kinsinger, but received no response. Investigators said the plane continued on course past its destination, and was last observed on radar over the Gulf of Mexico

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