Baltimore Harbor News

20 Sep 2019

GLDD Wins $141Mln Across Several Awards

Pic: GLDD

The American company providing construction services in dredging and land reclamation, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company (GLDD) announced the receipt of several major dredging awards totaling $141 million.The North America's dredging industry leader said in a release that  awarded work includes: Jacksonville Deepening Contract B Option (Capital Deepening, Florida, $96.6 million); Baltimore Harbor (Maintenance, Maryland, $38.4 million) and Boston Harbor (Maintenance, Massachusetts…

14 Aug 2017

SeaCURE BWTS Completes USCG Type Approval Tests

The Evoqua SeaCURE system has completed all USCG Type Approval tests (Photo: Evoqua)

SeaCURE Ballast Water Management System (BWMS), the electrochlorination based solution from Evoqua Water Technologies, has completed all biological efficacy U.S. Coast Guard Type-Approval tests. Tests were carried out under the supervision of classification society Lloyd’s Register and the independent laboratory NSF International will now compile test data for submission to the USCG for imminent approval. Matt Granitto, Business Manager, Ballast Water, said, “We are delighted…

07 Mar 2017

Docking Errors Caused Cruise Ship Allision -NTSB

Screen shot from a CCTV monitor, provided to the NTSB by the U.S. Coast Guard, shows the allision of the Carnival Pride with the pier at Cruise Maryland Terminal, South Locust Point, Baltimore Harbor, Md., as the elevated passenger embarkation walkway falls and crushes three vehicles parked below on the pier (Photo: USCG / NTSB)

Too much speed and too steep of an angle of approach resulted in the May 8, 2016, allision involving the cruise ship Carnival Pride in which more than $2 million in property damage occurred, according to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) marine accident brief released Tuesday. No fatalities, injuries or damage to the environment were reported in connection with the Carnival Pride’s allision with the pier at Cruise Maryland Terminal, South Locust Point, Baltimore Harbor, Md.

13 Sep 2016

This Day In Naval History: September 13

Christening Ceremony of the Cheyenne (SSN-773) (Photo by Jim Hemeon, courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat)

1803 - Commodore John Barry dies at Philadelphia, Pa., having served in numerous commands and over vessels in the Continental Navy during the American Revolution and in the newly formed U.S. Navy. 1814 - During the War of 1812, the British bomb Fort McHenry at Baltimore Harbor for 25 hours. The sight of Fort McHenrys flag and the British withdrawing from Baltimore the next morning inspires Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner. 1847 - During the Mexican-American War, Chapultepec - the gateway to Mexico City - is successfully stormed by Marines.

23 Sep 2014

Mariner's 'Command Bridge' Helps Keep Baltimore Celebration Safe

Baltimore security monitoring: Photo Mariner Group

The Mariner Group informs that it augmented the security efforts of Maryland's Natural Resources Police and other federal, state and local agencies for Baltimore's recent Star-Spangled Spectacular and Sailabration. Mariner provided CommandBridge situation awareness support to the Incident Command Center at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore. The CommandBridge displays and on-site staff helped maintain safety and security during several high-profile maritime events, including a Parade of Ships into Baltimore Harbor and the Navy's Blue Angels air show performances.

01 Sep 2014

DoD Award Dredging, Ship Maintenance, Charter Contracts

USS Pearl Harbor: Photo USN

US Department of Defense informs of placement of contracts for Chesapeake Bay dredging, dry-docking of USS Pearl Harbor, and charter of surface escort vessels. Norfolk Dredging Company, Chesapeake, Virginia, has been awarded $18,784,248 for a dredging requirement for Baltimore harbor and channels. Maintenance dredging will take place in various channel sections in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $18,784,248 were obligated at the time of the award.

07 Nov 2013

Latest US DofD Contracts

Great Lakes Dock and Dredge Company LLC, Oak Brook, Ill., was awarded a $10,273,971 firm-fixed-price contract for dredging services in support of the Baltimore Harbor Dredging Project. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Md., with an estimated completion date of March 28, 2014. The Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity (W912DR-14-C-0003). General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $7,103,796 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4301) to provide ship's force duties; protection and operation; and organizational-level repairs and preservation of floating dry dock ARDM-4 at the Naval Submarine Support Facility, Naval Submarine Base, New London, Conn.

16 Jul 2012

WAVcam + Command Bridge Kept Eye on Baltimore Harbor 'Sailabration'

The electronic pairing offered safety and security personnel an unprecedented view of a 25+ square mile area of the harbor from north of Ft McHenry, west to the Hanover Street Bridge and southeast past the Francis Scott Key Bridge. With blue force tracking and the ability to correlate the video, AIS and radar tracks, first responders could see every boat in the harbor and knew its bearing and distance from the nearest fire boat or rescue vessel. "ISA is proud to have provided WAVcam's visual situation awareness technology for the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network during Maryland's Star-Spangled Sailabration. We were honored by the invitation to work with The Mariner Group and add WAVcam's unique wide-area…

07 Jun 2012

Chelsea Demonstrates 'FastOcean' System

FastOcean Shown in Baltimore Harbor: Photo credit Chelsea

Applications for FastOcean include fish survival assessment studies, coastal monitoring, iron fertilization experiments, algal bloom monitoring, water contamination detection, ballast water monitoring and laboratory culture monitoring. The participants took part in the deployment of the FastOcean Profiling System from the University of Maryland’s unique 155’ Mobile Test Platform. They also tried out the sensors in a laboratory setting. The FastOcean system is the only multi-wavelength…

09 Jul 2009

N.S. Savannah Celebrates 50th Anniversary

When the first nuclear-powered merchant ship N.S. Savannah was christened and launched on July 21, 1959, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower served as the sponsor. Plans are being made to replicate those events this year on Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19. The 50th anniversary events will occur at N.S. Savannah's layberth at Canton Marine Terminal Pier 13, Baltimore, Maryland. This will be the first time the 596-ft. ship will be open for general tours since she sailed from Patriots Point, Charleston, SC, in 1994.

12 Mar 2004

NTSB Investigates Fatal Water Taxi Accident

Immediately following the capsizing of a water-taxi, the Lady D, in Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Saturday, March 6, 2004, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Ellen Engleman Conners launched a Go Team to the site of the accident to conduct the on-scene phase of the investigation. The Safety Board is leading the investigation and receiving assistance from several parties. The National Transportation Safety Board's Investigator-In- Charge, Bill Woody, has designated the following parties to the investigation of the Lady D capsizing in Baltimore Harbor: the U.S. Coast Guard; Living Classrooms Foundation (owner of the Lady D); and the City of Baltimore Fire Department.

20 Feb 2001

SENESCO to Build Its First Double-Hull Barge

The Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corporation (SENESCO), Quonset, R.I., will soon enter a new phase of shipbuilding when it begins construction of its first double-hull barge for transporting liquids with a potential environment impact. The vessel- to be built under the 11th contract awarded to SENESCO - will carry 98 percent pure sulfuric acid in Baltimore Harbor between two manufacturing plants for Millenium Inorganic Chemical Company. Based in Ashtabula, Ohio, Millennium manufactures the acid in one plant and then transports it to a factory seven miles away. The 70-ft.barge will carry 7,000 gallons. "Obviously, the integrity of the welding and general manufacturing process is paramount when you consider the cargo," said Robert G. Homan, SENESCO president and CEO.

11 Oct 2004

Baltimore Harbor – anchorage project

The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to amend geographic coordinates and modify regulated use of anchorages in Baltimore Harbor. Among other things, the proposal would change requirements for visitors on board vessels carrying certain dangerous cargoes and reinstate time restrictions for vessels in designated anchorage grounds. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by December 13. 69 Fed. Reg. 60592 (HK Law).

09 Feb 2005

Baltimore Harbor Drafts Dredged Material Management Plan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has prepared a draft tiered environmental impact statement and dredged material management plan to analyze dredged material placement for the Port of Baltimore for 20 years of maintenance and new work dredging. Comments on the documents should be submitted by March 28. 70 Fed. Reg. 6842 Source: HK Law

08 Mar 2006

NTSB: Insufficient Stability Caused Passenger Vessel to Capsize

In a report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board determined that insufficient intact stability and overloading caused the small passenger pontoon-style vessel, Lady D, to capsize when it encountered strong winds and waves in Baltimore's Northwest Harbor. The accident occurred on the afternoon of March 6, 2004 as the vessel, carrying twenty-three passengers and two crewmembers, was en route from Fort McHenry to Fells Point, Maryland. Five passengers were killed and four suffered serious injuries. stated NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. The lack of intact stability was the result of overloading allowed by a U.S. Coast Guard Certificate…

08 Mar 2006

Report: Taxi Accident Preventable

The National Transportation Safety Board met in Washington to consider the final report of its investigation into the fatal water taxi accident two years ago this week in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. A water taxi capsized and killed five people in Baltimore Harbor in 2004 because excessive passenger weight made the boat too unstable to withstand a sudden gust of wind, the government said on March 7. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the Coast Guard underestimated the tippiness of the 36-foot Lady D pontoon boat because it had conducted the wrong stability test on the wrong vessel. The Coast Guard also assumed the average weight per passenger was 140 pounds, a standard that hasn't changed since 1942, the safety board said.

28 Feb 2006

NTSB to Meet on Water Taxi Capsizing

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public Board meeting Tuesday, March 7 in Washington, D.C. There are two items on the agenda. a pontoon water taxi with two crewmen and 23 passengers on board, was traversing Baltimore Harbor when it encountered a rapidly developing storm with high winds. The vessel capsized, killing 5 of those aboard. Press contact: Lauren Peduzzi, peduzzi@ntsb.gov. helicopter crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, killing all 10 persons aboard. Press contact: Ted Lopatkiewicz, lopatt@ntsb.gov. A summary of the Board's final reports, which will include findings, probable causes and safety recommendations, will appear on the web site shortly after the conclusion of the meeting. The entire reports will appear on the web site several weeks later.

20 Jan 2006

Baltimore Harbor – Dredged Material Management Plan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Notice stating that it has prepared a Final Tiered Environmental Impact Statement (FTEIS) and Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP) to analyze dredged material placement for the Port of Baltimore for 20 years of maintenance and new work dredging. source: HK Law

28 Apr 2006

NTSB Praises Coast Guard and MAIB

National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker today in a speech before the 8th Annual National Harbor Safety Committee Conference applauded the actions taken by the U.S. transportation safety on waterways. "Government, industry, professional groups, and other organizations, are an essential part of a strong and successful marine transportation industry," Rosenker said. During his speech, he applauded the steps the Coast Guard is taking to address the passenger weight issue, noting that in yesterday's Federal Register the Coast Guard announced a commitment to a high priority rulemaking to address this matter, and in the meantime to implement an interim program so that passenger weight stability issues can be addressed right away.

13 Sep 2001

MariTEL Offers Free Marine VHF Telephone Calls To Vessels Affected By Disaster

MariTEL, "The Marine Telephone Company" has announced that all vessels in or near New York/New Jersey and Baltimore Harbors can utilize the company's "Marine Operator" VHF marine telephone service to make calls to home, update relatives, call operations centers, or for any other purpose. The call is both for ship-to-shore calls as well as shore-to-ship calls, which can originate from any US area code. This "Free Five-Minute Call" offer will stay in effect until Wednesday, September 26, 2001. The USCG issued emergency regulations earlier today affecting closures of New York/New Jersey Harbor, Baltimore and the Potomac River that restrict most vessel movements.

17 Aug 1999

Trash Skimmer Boats

United Marine International LLC, of Baltimore, has delivered new Trashcat skimmer vessels to the cities of Baltimore and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The City of Baltimore took delivery of the first of two low profile Trashcat boats. UMI Model #TC-200L, with a 200 cu. ft. on-board storage capacity, is designed with a side-mounted operator's cab, which provides the operator with nearly seven ft. of overhead clearance. The second vessel, UMI Model #TC-200LP, has a unique extra low profile, which is obtained by providing a side-mounted operator's cab with a tilt-over feature. The City of Baltimore specified the design to enable the skimmer to maneuver under pedestrian bridges specially designed with low slopes to assist handicapped tourists to cross its Inner Harbor canal systems.

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