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Friday, October 20, 2017

Guard Seeks

Members Sought for Towing Safety Advisory Committee

The U.S. Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). Applications should be submitted by March 7. 76 Fed. Reg. 3647 (January 20, 2011). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)

USCG National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee Vacancies

The U.S. Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC). Applications should be received by August 22. 76 Fed. Reg. 39410 (July 6, 2011).   Source: Bryant’s Maritime News  

AWO Pledges Support in I-40 Investigation

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) pledged as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the results of its investigation of the May 2002 I-40 bridge accident at Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. AWO President Thomas A. Allegretti called the NTSB findings "important information that will help our industry and make the traveling public safer. AWO is a partner with the NTSB and the Coast Guard in improving marine transportation safety

NTSB Releases Finding of I-40 Accident Investigation

The nation’s tugboat, towboat, and barge industry is committed to improving public safety and preventing accidents involving vessels and bridges, the American Waterways Operators (AWO) pledged as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the results of its investigation of the May 2002 I-40 bridge accident at Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. AWO President Thomas A. Allegretti called the NTSB findings “important information that will help our industry and make the traveling public

Kennebec River Waterway Study

The Coast Guard is conducting a waterways analysis review of the Kennebec River in Maine, to determine the effectiveness of aids to navigation in the river. The following areas are under review for the Kennebec River: •    Sequin Ledges to the Bath Rail Road Bridge •    North of the Bath Rail Road Bridge to Augusta  Due to difficulties in keeping aids on station north of the Richmond/Dresden Bridge

US Outer Continental Shelf: New Vessel Safety & Environment Rules Proposed

USCG HQ Logo

The U.S. Coast Guard herald the publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to publicize regulations requiring vessels engaged in outer continental shelf activities  to develop, implement and maintain a vessel-specific safety and environmental management system. The safety and environmental management system incorporates the management program and principles of American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice for Development of a Safety and Environmental Management

USCG Seeking Applications For CTAC

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking applications to membership on the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC). The committee provides advice and recommendations to the Coast Guard on matters relating to the safe transportation and handling of hazardous materials in bulk on U.S.-flag vessels in U.S. ports and waterways. Application forms should be submitted by October 1, 2002.

U.S. Seeks Foreign Help for Spill Cleanup Vessels

According to a June 1 report from the AFP, the U.S. Coast Guard said the government lacks key equipment it needs to battle the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and is seeking international help. Coast Guard official Thad Allen, who is in charge of the government's efforts, told reporters that skimmers to help siphon the oil off the surface of the water are most needed now. (Source: AFP)

Coast Guard Asks for NOSAC Applications

Vacancies on National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC; Coast Looks for Applicants. AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS. ACTION: Request for applications.   SUMMARY: The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee. This Committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters and actions concerning activities directly involved with or in support of the exploration of offshore mineral and energy resources

USCG Reopens Port Allen Post Hurricane Ana

Port Allen Small Boat Harbor - Kauai

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port reopened Port Allen in Kauai Monday morning after surveying crews deemed it  safe for transit. The maritime public is advised to be vigilant when entering ports and harbors and to cooperate with the direction of the Coast Guard and local harbor masters. Mariners seeking additional information on port and harbor openings should contact Sector Honolulu at (808) 842-2600 or monitor VHF Channel 16 or the Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbors

Fishing Vessel Runs Aground off Honolulu

Twenty fishermen were transported to shore from an aground vessel less than a half mile off Honolulu early Wednesday morning. Honolulu Fire Department Jet Ski crews transported fishermen from the vessel to a Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium for further transport to awaiting emergency responders at Ala Wai Harbor. A Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter crew hoisted two of the fishermen and the master of the vessel and transported them to Honolulu airport.

Marine Casualty Investigation

Dennis Bryant

In the realm of marine casualty investigations the allocation of blame should be secondary to marine safety.   There are three important criteria for marine casualty investigations to be of value to the maritime industry. First, the report must be completed promptly. It does little good to see for the first time the report on a casualty that occurred three or more years ago. Second, the report must be publicly disseminated

Patrol Vessels Delivered to Bangladesh Coast Guard

(Photo: Fincantieri)

Two Minerva class corvettes decommissioned by the Italian Navy have been delivered to the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) following upgrade and conversion at the Fincantieri shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia.   Urania and Danaide, renamed Karamuzzaman and Mansoor Ali, are the final two units part of the supply contract of four offshore patrol vessels (OPV), to the BCG, which have been retired from the national fleet in March 2016.   

Coast Guard Responds to Oil Platform Blast

The U.S. Coast Guard is coordinating search efforts for a missing man after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, La., Sunday evening.   Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from a witness at approximately 8 p.m. of an oil platform explosion. The cause of the incident is unknown.   It was reported by one of the platform workers that eight people were aboard at the time of the explosion, and one person did not make it to shore

Search Continues for Missing Army Aviators off Hawaii

Responders continue the search for five Army aviators who went missing Tuesday night approximately two miles west of Ka'ena Point, the westernmost tip of land on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu.   The search began late Tuesday following notification to the Coast Guard from personnel at Wheeler Army Airfield stating they lost communication with one of their UH-60 Black Hawk aircrews. The missing aircrew was reportedly engaged in night time training operations between Ka'ena Point and

Tanker Goes Aground Off Brooklyn

 Oil tanker Kamome Victoria that ran aground in a shipping channel between New York and New Jersey has been cleared to depart after it passed inspections, the U.S. Coast Guard said.   According to AP report, the product tanker was carrying 373,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of fuel but there is no indication any fuel has spilled.    Crews found no sign of any pollution from the Panamanian-flag vessel. There are no reports of injuries

Coast Guard Foundation: Harvey Relief

Coast Guard Aircrew Assists Infant During the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chase Redditt)

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, has activated its Disaster Relief and Response Fund to assist Coast Guard Members impacted by Hurricane Harvey.   “As we see the hurricane rescue efforts unfold, we bear witness to the skill and expertise of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation

Bollinger Delivers 25th Fast Response Cutter

USCGC Jacob Poroo in Key West, Fla. (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the 25th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) USCGC Jacob Poroo to the U.S. Coast Guard on September 5, 2017 in Key West, Fla. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for November 8 in New Orleans.   Ben Bordelon, Bollinger president and CEO, said, “This FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards will be the second FRC to be stationed in Pascagoula, Miss. Previous cutters have been stationed in Florida; San Juan, P.R.; Cape May, N.J

Haycock to Lead Business Development at BMT

Paul Haycock (Photo: BMT)

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Asset Performance has appointed Paul Haycock as Business Development Lead for Surface Systems.     Haycock joins BMT after 35 years in the Royal Navy, serving on a variety of ships and in a diverse range of environments. A Warfare Officer and Lynx Helicopter Observer, Haycock’s sea time has ranged from Minesweepers on Fishery Protection duties to Frigates and Destroyers as a Bridge Watch Keeper, Ships Communications Officer

JCG Praises MOL Vessels

MOL Managing Executive Officer Masanori Kato (right) receives the testimonial. Photo: MOL

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that 15 MOL-operated / managed vessels won commendations from the commanders of the 3rd and 5th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters of Japan Coast Guard (JCG).   To mark Japan Hydrography Day (September 12), the commanders of the Regional Coast Guard Headquarters presented testimonials to individuals and organizations that have contributed to marine information services (assisting with research related to the sea and marine information). 

Migrant Boat Sinks off Turkish Coast, Four Dead

Four people drowned when a fishing boat carrying migrants sank off the Turkish coast in the Marmara Sea on Friday, the coast guard said in a statement.   The boat sank off the northwestern province of Kocaeli shortly after calling for help. The statement said 38 migrants were rescued. The coastguard was seeking 15 to 20 others and was being assisted by two helicopters, planes and commercial boats.   The origin of the migrants and their destination was not immediately clear.

Man Medevaced from Chinese Research Vessel near Alaska

U.S. Coast Guard photo

 Man Medevaced from Chinese Research Vessel near Alaska   A man with a broken arm was medevaced from the Chinese research vessel Xue Long, 15 nautical miles from Nome, Alaska, Saturday morning.   A smallboat crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley embarked the man and transferred him to the Alex Haley for further transfer to Nome.   Coast Guard District 17 command center watchstanders received a relay notification from a Coast Guard liaison to China who

Metal Shark Wins USN PB(X) Contract

In order to fully optimize the hull and propose a more mature design, Metal Shark built a PBX running prototype hull, designated PB(X)-P1, which was extensively tested in a wide range of operating conditions. (Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark won the contract to produce the U.S. Navy’s next-generation patrol boat, the PB(X), the replacement for the fleet of force protection boats currently in use with Navy Expeditionary Combad Command’s Coastal Riverine Forces (CRF). Subject to annual appropriations, the Navy intends to replace approximately 100 to 160 of its existing 25-ft. and 34-ft. CRF patrol boats with the larger and more modern PB(X) platform over the next 15 years.

Harley Marine Hires Adlakha as CFO

(Photo: Harley Marine Services)

Harley Marine Services is pleased to welcome Sterling Adlakha to its executive team where he will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer.   A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Sterling served 10 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He began his career as an engineer on a 210' cutter before moving to the West Coast and becoming a double-ended marine inspector and plank owner of the country's first Sea Marshal program following the 9/11 terrorist attacks

USCG: Remain Upright by Fully Understanding Vessel Stability

Photo: Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation

This Safety Alert addresses concerns related to vessel stability and watertight integrity. Recently, a marine casualty involving a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea resulted in multiple fatalities and complete loss of the vessel.   A Marine Board of Investigation is currently analyzing the various circumstances surrounding the casualty. Although the investigation is not complete, testimony and fact finding indicate that vessel owners, operators

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