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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dutch Harbor

Coast Guard Medevacs Mariner from Cargo Vessel

An Air Station Kodiak Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, forward deployed to the Bering Sea region, medevaced an ill crewman from the bulk carrier Jamaica Bay 92 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Tuesday. The Dolphin crew hoisted the 37-year-old Chinese mariner, who was reportedly suffering from severe abdominal distress, and transported him safely to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Dutch Harbor for treatment. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th District command center in Juneau received a medevac request from the crew of the vessel early Tuesday morning. The Jamaica Bay, more than 356 miles west of Dutch Harbor at the time of the request, was outside the range of the Dolphin. The watchstanders directed the crew of the bulk carrier to alter course toward Dutch Harbor. The Dolphin crew launched from Dutch Harbor once the vessel was in range and hoisted the mariner aboard. “We routinely forward deploy our helicopter crews to the Bering Sea region to minimize our response time to emergencies,” said Chief Petty Officer Christopher Cole, an operations specialist and watchstander at the Coast Guard 17th District command center. “The helicopter crew was in the right position and was able to quickly respond and transport the mariner to a higher level medical care.” The Jamaica Bay is a 537-foot freight bulk carrier flagged out of Hong Kong. uscgnews.com

Mariner Medevaced in Alaska

An ailing mariner was medevaced from a fishing vessel in Beaver Inlet, approximately 13 miles southeast of Dutch Harbor, Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The Coast Guard Air Station MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, deployed with the Munro on a Bering Sea patrol, departed Dutch Harbor, safely hoisted the man from fishing vessel Northern Victor, and transported him to Iliuliuk Family and Health Services in Dutch Harbor.  

Statement from IMC on Selendang Ayu Incident

With deep regret, by late Friday night, IMC had formally accepted that the six seafarers who remain missing following the crash of a United States Coast Guard’s rescue helicopter must now be presumed dead. Peter Chew, Group Managing Director of IMC made a statement through the Joint Command Information Centre following the Coast Guard’s announcement that the Search and Rescue operation was halted by nightfall on Friday

USCG Medevacs Cargo Vessel Crew Member

Two Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews conducted a medevac of a Filipino-crewman off the 656-ft Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel Stellar Harvest 200 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor Saturday at 9:25 a.m.on Feb. 14.  Angelo Tomado, 30, reportedly suffered two broken arms when he fell 16 feet in a cargo hold Feb. 11. The master of the vessel contacted radio watchstanders at Communications Station Kodiak who relayed the request to search and rescue controllers at

Shell Drilling Fleet Sails for Arctic

Two Shell drilling ships with support vessels are leaving Seattle for operations in Arctic waters According to an AP report, the Kulluk and the Noble Discoverer on Wednesday morning began the process of departing and will be en route to Alaska's Dutch Harbor. The rigs will wait in the Aleutian Islands port until open water allows them to move north.

Shipping Company Sentenced for Dumping Oil

Dauelsberg GmbH & Co. KG, a German company, was sentenced in U.S. federal court June 3 to pay a total of $750,000 in fines and community service payments for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by intentionally discharging 1,780 gallons of oily water into the sea off the coast of Alaska and then presenting false records to the U.S. Coast Guard.   Herm. Dauelsberg was also ordered to implement a comprehensive Environmental Compliance Plan and was placed on probation for

F/V Held for Preventable Safety Violations

A USCG Captain of the Port Order will keep U.S. F/V North Command in Dutch Harbor until more than 10 safety hazards and lifesaving deficiencies are corrected, inspectors from Marine Safety Detachment Unalaska said. Inspectors boarded North Command as part of a required USCG post-search and rescue incident boarding. The vessel lost power in heavy seas about 250 miles southeast of Sand Point and had been the focus of a USCG search and rescue operation.

Titan Redelivers Salvaged Car Carrier

Titan worldwide salvage company and subsidiary of Crowley Maritime Corporation, redelivered the car carrier Cougar Ace to owners yesterday in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The vessel was delivered safely afloat in a condition acceptable to the vessel owners. The vessel still has a small list to port to contain the small pockets of water still onboard, but is well within the vessel's normal operating parameters. The ship, operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

Resolve Marine Group Acquires Magone Marine Services

(L.to R.) Dan Magone & Joe Farrell: Photo courtesy of Resolve Marine Group

Resolve Marine Group, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has agreed to acquire Magone Marine Services of Western Alaska.  The result, say Resolve, will be a greatly expanded, emergency response and marine services company that combines the local expertise amassed by Magone Marine’s Alaskan salvors with the extensive resources, personnel, and vast salvage & wreck removal experience of Resolve Marine Group.

Vigor Fab Delivers New Harley Alaskan Barge

Barge Iliuliuk Bay: Photo courtesy of Vigor Fab

Vigor Fab has delivered Harley Marine Services’ newest vessel, the 250’x70’x15’8” 'Iliuliuk Bay' (an Aleut name meaning Big Island). The deck barge is purpose-built to enhance quality of service provided to customers living and working in Alaska. Iliuliuk Bay is in transit to Dutch Harbor and will enter service on November 3rd. Her unique design provides a flexible workhorse that can easily switch between containers and other cargo to serve the diverse needs of

APM Could Exit Tacoma

Tacoma. Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Tacoma has received notification from Matson, Inc., its main customer, that Matson does not intend to renew its current terminal services agreement after its expiration on December 31, 2017.    Accordingly, APM Terminals is evaluating all options with respect to its existing terminal lease, which is currently set to expire on December 31, 2017.   The terminal, with 12 employees, became part of the Maersk Group portfolio with the acquisition of US-based Sea-Land

Matson Completes Upgrade of Alaska Fleet

Photo Supplied by Matson

 Matson has welcomed Matson Anchorage back to Alaska following three months of work to upgrade the vessel, including the installation of new equipment that virtually eliminates particulate matter and sulfur from engine exhaust, making it one of the cleanest ships operating in Alaska.    Matson Anchorage was the last of Matson's three D7 Class containerships serving Alaska to receive the new equipment.  Sister ships Matson Kodiak and Matson Tacoma underwent the same

Inmarsat Provides Pacific Northwest, Bering Sea Coverage for Dunlap

Photo: Dunlap Towing

 Mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat said it has partnered with satellite communications provider Network Innovations and maritime transportation provider Dunlap Towing to install Fleet One across its fleet of 12 vessels.    For Dunlap, the Dutch Harbor and Pacific Coast routes in Alaskan waters have traditionally been challenging and its existing service did not offer the reliability required to transmit important operating and safety reports

APM Terminals Tacoma Ends Lease

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Tacoma concluded its operations on September 30, 2017, ahead of the December 31, 2017 lease expiration date, transferring the lease to Seattle-based SSA Marine who formed a new joint venture with Matson Lines, called SSAT, starting operations October 2, 2017. APM Terminals Tacoma was used primarily by the Matson Alaska Service, with twice-weekly sailings between Tacoma, Anchorage and Kodiak, Alaska, and a weekly service between Tacoma and Dutch Harbor, Alaska

'Kayaktivists' to Launch Blockade of Shell Icebreaker

Kayaktivists demonstrate in front of the Fennica in Portland Harbor (Photo courtesy Portland Ecofilm Festival)

 A small group of protesters and activists are gathering at the Cathedral Park boat ramp in Portland, preparing to stay for a 24-hour vigil as they wait for Royal Dutch Shell Oil's icebreaker ship, the MSV Fennica, to depart from Portland for the Arctic, reports Reuters.   Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried to block ships headed for Shell's planned oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea, the Portland "kayaktivists" said they would conduct a vigil overnight

Matson Pumps $30 Million into Alaska Operations

Photo: Matson

Ocean cargo shipper Matson, Inc. said it is moving quickly to fund improvements in its new Alaska operations following its May 29 acquisition of Horizon Lines' Alaska services. The company expects to invest more than $30 million in new equipment planned by Horizon prior to its acquisition.   According to the shipper, equipment upgrades to be made over the next three months include 2,000 new standard 40-foot dry containers for general cargo, a new 65-ton gantry crane for Kodiak Terminal

Alaska's Biggest Crane Arrives in Kodiak

Photo courtesy of Matson

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, took delivery of a new 65-ton gantry crane to replace one half its size at the company's Kodiak Terminal.    Standing more than 340 feet tall at its peak with a boom spanning 164 feet, Matson's new crane is the largest in Alaska, capable of lifting loads up to 60 feet long and weighing up to 145,000 pounds. Its state-of-the-art industrial equipment will be powered entirely by renewable energy

US Coast Guard Cutter Reaches the North Pole

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy and the Geotraces science team have their portrait taken at the North Pole Sept. 7, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Cory J. Mendenhall)

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy arrived at the North Pole September 5, 2015, becoming the first U.S. surface ship to do so unaccompanied.   Healy’s arrival to the North Pole marks the fourth time a U.S. surface vessel has ever reached the North Pole, and the first since 2005.    The Seattle-homeported Healy departed Dutch Harbor, Alaska August 9 with a crew and science party of 145 people in support of GEOTRACES

The New Standard in Transportation and Propulsion

Cargo vessel Coastal Standard (Photo: Coastal Transportation)

The latest addition to the Coastal Transportation fleet, MV Coastal Standard, was built at Dakota Creek Industries Shipyard in Anacortes, Wash. with a design developed to maximize cargo carrying capacity while minimizing construction and operating costs, according to the shipbuilder. With help from its SCHOTTEL propulsion system, the vessel also scores high marks in safety, maneuverability and operability.   The vessel’s owner, Seattle-based Coastal Transportation

This Day In Naval History: June 3

1785 - The order is given to sell the last ship remaining in the Continental Navy, the frigate Alliance. No other Navy ships are authorized until 1794.   1898 - During the Spanish-American War, the 8-man volunteer crew from USS Merrimac are taken as prisoners of war by the Spanish following a courageous attempt to sink the collier to obstruct navigation. For their extraordinary heroism during this operation, the men are awarded the Medal of Honor.  

Damen ASD Tug for Mexico

ASD Tug 2411 Jesus  naming ceremony Photo Damen

Damen congratulates Reylaver on the safe arrival and naming ceremony of the new ASD Tug 2411 Jesus. In order to reach her owners, the vessel undertook, on her own keel, a significant voyage covering 10,500 nautical miles. Reylaver ordered the new vessel from Damen Shipyards Group in April 2015. After a successful construction phase at Damen Shipyards Changde, she made a major journey starting in Shanghai, via Japan to Dutch Harbor in Alaska, through the Panama Canal, all under her own keel

Fennica Grounding Caused by Inaccurate Charts

Fennica (File photo: Arctia Shipping)

The July 2015 grounding of icebreaker Fennica near Dutch Harbor, Alaska was found to be caused by inaccuracy of nautical charts in the area, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Report of Investigation (ROI). The Finnish multipurpose icebreaker, owned by Arctia Offshore, was carrying the capping stack for Shell’s planned arctic drilling when it ran aground and suffered a gash in its hull on July 2, 2015. The event did not cause any injuries or damage to the environment.

Damaged Tug Heads to Seattle for Repair

The U.S. Coast Guard said it has green lighted a transit plan for the damaged tug Samson Mariner to head south from Ketchikan, Alaska for repairs in Seattle. The vessel departed on Tuesday accompanied by an escort tug.   Samson Mariner was damaged and spilled approximately 1,100 gallons of fuel when it ran aground on February 15 while towing a barge near Rosa Reef in north Tongass Narrows, Alaska.   No sheen or further pollution has been reported.  

Industry 4.0 on the High Seas

Photo: Siemens

Werner von Siemens’ mission to lay 50,000 nautical miles of transatlantic cables might not have been destined to fail – but at least one business rival tried to make sure that it would. It wasn’t enough to merely execute a risky project that had never been done before. The crew aboard the Faraday, the ship that Siemens and his brothers commissioned, also had to move faster than saboteurs who planted false reports in the press and even broke cables

Memorial Fund Set Up for Families of Lost Fishing Crew

Joining members of the maritime community to assist families of the six crew members of the FV Destination that went missing in the Bering Sea on February 11, 2017, Peoples Bank is now collecting donations for the families of the missing crew members.   Donations to the F/V Destination Memorial Fund can be made at all Peoples Bank locations throughout Western Washington, and Peoples Bank, a long-time banking partner for the North Pacific Fleet

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