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Friday, October 20, 2017

Relief Efforts

Continued Support from MOL in the Philippines

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced another effort to assist those affected by the typhoon in the Philippines. MOL executives and employees have organized a charity donation program within the MOL Group of companies. The company has already made a $30,000 donation to emergency relief efforts and decided to provide free transport of relief supplies by containerships to the central Philippines devastated by the recent typhoon. The main portion of MOL’s donation will go to afflicted people on the island of Leyte, through its group seafarer manning company in Manila, Magsaysay MOL Marine, Inc. The company said it is planning other relief efforts as the situation unfolds.  

USNS Comfort Completes Haiti Mission

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) has completed its mission departed the Joint Task Force-Haiti area of operations. Over the course of seven weeks, the ship's U.S military and civilian medical personnel treated 871 patients, receiving at the height of the recovery effort one patient every six to nine minutes. But now, thanks to more field hospitals ashore and fewer patients in need of specialized care, the ship has not had patients on board for more than a week.

CNO Visits Bataan During Relief Efforts

By Journalist Seaman Joanne De Vera, USS Bataan Public Affairs ABOARD USS BATAAN, Gulf of Mexico (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen visited USS Bataan (LHD 5) Sept. 10 while the ship was at anchor off the coast of Gulfport, Miss., supporting Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. It was one of numerous stops for the CNO during his daylong visit to the Katrina joint operations area (JOA). The CNO was on board to visit the crew of the first Navy warship on scene for

OTC Donates $100,000 for Hurricane Katrina Relief

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist in relief efforts in the Gulf Coast communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. OTC is operated by 14 professional societies and trade associations representing all aspects of the offshore industry, which sponsor an annual technology conference in Houston. "The Gulf Coast region that has been devastated by the hurricane is the center of US offshore operations

Fuel Logistics Enable U.S. Haiti Relief Effort

The United States Government Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) provides fueling services to Department of Defense, federal civilian and government agencies. In the wake of the Haiti disaster, both the access to and convenience of obtaining necessary fuels for aviation and maritime support efforts became a matter of clear necessity. Beginning on Tuesday evening, January 12 – the night of the initial earthquake – support representatives from Multi Service

Brunswick Donates to Harvey Relief Efforts

(Photo: Brunswick Commercial & Government Products)

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) said it has donated three boats to the Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts in Texas.   The 4.7-meter inflatable boats will be operated by first responders and local law enforcement in Texas to assist in search and rescue missions where flooding has forced thousands from their homes.    "Our hearts and full support go out to the communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey," said Boston Whaler President

Crowley Aid with Relief Efforts

Crowley Maritime Corporation's liner services group partnered with the American Red Cross last week to donate ocean transportation services for five container loads of disaster supplies to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. As three islands that have certainly seen their share of Atlantic hurricanes, they were earmarked by the Red Cross to receive disaster relief items ahead of any storms or other natural disasters that might come their way.

NAVSEA Responds, Provides Hurricane Ike Relief

From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), a directorate of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Washington, managed the deployment of salvage equipment Sept. 16 in direct support of Hurricane Ike relief efforts in Galveston, Texas. NAVSEA's SUPSALV received the request from the Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) Sept. 15 for U.S. Navy assistance in removing a number of small vessels sunk in the Gulf Intracoastal

Harrington Hoists in Haiti Relief Effort

Harrington Hoists, Inc., is participating in the Haiti Relief Effort to help the victims of the recent devastating earthquake that rocked the island. “Goods that will assist in the clean up and rebuilding of Haiti will be needed” said Bret Lussow, Business Development Sales Manager. “Our manual hand chain hoists and lever hoists are tools that can be used to accomplish this task. We are fortunate to be able to contribute our products and we encourage others to do whatever

US Navy Ship Steaming toward Haiti to Support Relief Efforts

The USS Mesa Verde, a U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship, is steaming toward Haiti to support relief efforts after Hurricane Matthew killed more than 500 people and left thousands homeless in the Caribbean country, the Navy said on Friday.   A Navy spokesman said the ship would bring a large set of capabilities, including three CH-53 heavy lift helicopters, bulldozers and fresh water delivery vehicles. The ship can produce 72

President Trump Visits USS Kearsarge

Photo: United States Navy

 President Donald J. Trump visited the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Oct. 3, to discuss relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with Navy and Marine Corps leadership.   "This is some ship," said Trump. "It has done a tremendous service for Puerto Rico and for the U.S. Virgin Islands."   Kearsarge and the 26th MEU are assisting with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.   

Foss Joins FEMA's Hurricane Relief Operations

(Photo: Foss Maritime Company)

Foss Maritime Company said it has contracted with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support the relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.   Three accommodation vessels are being utilized and will serve as floating hotels, providing safe housing and warm meals for responders. With these vessels, Foss will be able to help feed and temporarily house 729 people

USS Iwo Jima and USS New York Underway

Photo: United States Navy

 Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, Adm. Phil Davidson, has ordered the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), with elements from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, to get underway from their homeport in Mayport Oct. 7.   Both ships are directed to be in position to support the gulf coast region in the event assistance is needed following Tropical Storm Nate

Crowley's 24/7 Response to Puerto Rico Crisis is Ongoing

Crowleys La Princesa Barge Leaving Talleyrand. (CREDIT: Crowley)

20 Vessels, 6,500 Loads of Cargo will be Offloaded by Week’s End. The Full-Scale Logistics Operation includes 375 Trucks Used to Expedite Deliveries.   With employees working around the clock and its vessels calling the Port of San Juan almost daily, Crowley Maritime Corp. said today it will have offloaded by the end of this week more than 6,500 loads of FEMA and commercial cargo from 20 vessels since Hurricane Maria struck the island in late September

Australia: Melville Assists Daydream Island

HMAS Melvilles Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat prepares to deliver emergency water supplies to Daydream Island as the ship supports the rescue of more than 400 people, following the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 More than 400 stranded guests and staff have been rescued from Daydream Island off Queensland, ravaged by Tropical Cyclone Debbie, thanks to the actions of HMAS Melville.    The hydrographic ship was operating near Townsville when the cyclone hit the Whitsunday Islands, and followed the tail end of the system through rough seas as Debbie headed south.   Melville’s Commanding Officer, Commander Neil Cheverton said his crew had worked with local authorities to

Heavy Lift for HMAS Choules

An Australian Army 35th Water Transport Squadron LCM8 landing craft enters the well dock of amphibious ship HMAS Choules off the coast of Yeppoon in Central Queensland. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 The Australian Defence Force's amphibious capability was on point in the recent response to Cyclone Debbie, with HMAS Choules delivering one of her largest loads of supplies to affected communities last week.   Working seamlessly with Army’s 35th Water Transport Squadron LCM8 landing craft, 80 troops and 43 vehicles took more than 36 hours to offload 850 tonnes of equipment and disaster relief stores destined for Rockhampton.  

Iridium Announces Third Iridium NEXT Launch Date

File Image: Credit Iridium

Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) has announced that the upcoming Iridium NEXT launch has been targeted for September 30, 2017 at 6:30 a.m. PDT.   This launch will deliver another 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and will bring the total number of Iridium NEXT satellites deployed to 30. SpaceX selected the September 30th launch date based on rocket and Vandenberg Air Force Base range availability

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

MARAD Calls in NDRF Ships for Harvey Relief

Empire State VI (Photo: MARAD)

 The U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) has activated two National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) vessels for a pre-scripted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission to support relief efforts in Texas.   The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College’s training ship, Empire State VI, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s  training ship, Kennedy

US Amphibious Assault Ships Relief Mission in Virgin Islands

Photo: United States Navy

 The amphibious assault ships USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) along with the Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are supporting the lead federal agency in providing humanitarian relief efforts for Hurricane Irma.    Wasp, the first Navy platform to arrive in the vicinity of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is providing medium and heavy lift helicopters to transport people and supplies

Reps. Hunter, Garamendi Concerned over Jones Act Waiver

(File photo: Crowley)

Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman and Ranking Member respectively of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, raised concerns today over the Trump Administration’s decision to issue a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act for relief shipments into Puerto Rico. Hunter and Garamendi held a listening session Thursday morning with other members of the Maritime Transportation Committee and representatives from the American maritime

Fuel Imports, Distribution in Puerto Rico Starts to Unclog

Shipments of gasoline and diesel into Puerto Rico have resumed after Hurricane Maria, with ports restarting operations, though there were still long fuel lines around the island on Thursday, according to traders and Thomson Reuters tracking data.   Residents lined up for diesel for power generators and to fill cars with gasoline, while at least one tanker discharged at the port of San Juan as oil terminals reopened some facilities.  

U.S. Army General to Lead to Puerto Rico Recovery Effort

File Image: Crowley Maritime is part of a robust domestic sealift response to the post-Maria crisis in Puerto Rico. (CREDIT: Crowley)

The Pentagon named a senior general to command military relief operations in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Thursday and the Trump administration sent a Cabinet emissary to the island as U.S. lawmakers called for a more robust response to the crisis.   The U.S. territory of 3.4 million people struggled through a ninth day with virtually no electricity, patchy communications and shortages of fuel, clean water and other essentials in the wake of Hurricane Maria

SUNY Maritime Training Ship Sent to Puerto Rico

(File photo: SUNY Maritime)

SUNY Maritime College’s Training Ship Empire State VI will soon sail to Puerto Rico to aid in the recovery efforts and to deliver basic necessities to the island’s residents. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) activated the vessel for a pre-scripted Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission to support relief efforts. Once moored on site, the self-contained vessel will support recovery efforts by providing housing, power

USNS Comfort Departs for Puerto Rico

Photo: US Navy

 The Military Sealift Command hospital ship, USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), departed Naval Station Norfolk today and is now underway and making final preparations to support relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  USNS Comfort can arrive in Puerto Rico as early as Oct. 3, but the final date and arrival location is to be determined.    "The medical capability the ship can deliver can be done underway, it can be done in port

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