New Vessel Traffic Control Tower Completed
A new $1.1m Vessel Traffic Control Tower was recently completed at Mile Marker 99 of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway adjacent to Jesse Fontenot Memorial Boat Landing in Berwick, La. The purpose of the tower is to provide additional camera vantage points looking westward along the Intracoastal Waterway, southward along the Lower Atchafalaya River and northward toward Berwick Bay. In addition, the tower will be equipped with a TERMA radar and Automatic Identification System (AIS) transceiver to update and improve the overall Ports and Waterways Safety System in order to provide increased situational awareness for the U. S. Coast Guard vessel traffic controllers at Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Berwick Bay. Captain Terry Gilbreath, the Commanding Officer of U.
USACE Issues Navigation Bulletin
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Navigation Bulletin stating that the contract dredge Tom James is working in the vicinity of the Old River Lock until approximately October 1. It will subsequently be working in Berwick Bay Harbor until approximately November 18. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and to proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.
Comment Period Approaching for New AIS Rules
The comment period for vessel owner/operators affected by the Automated Identification System (AIS) ends July 31. AIS is a shipboard broadcast system that acts like a continuous and autonomous transponder, operating in the VHF maritime band. The system allows ships to easily track, identify and exchange pertinent navigation information from one another or ashore; for collision avoidance, security and VTS reporting. “This schedule is of particular importance to fishing vessels that travel to and from Alaska to Seattle,” said Capt. Richard Preston, chief of the Seventeenth Coast Guard District’s Operational Plans and Policy Division in Juneau.
Lockheed Martin Achieves Milestones for PAWSS
Lockheed Martin completed key milestones for the U.S. Coast Guard's Ports and Waterways Safety System (PAWSS), enhancing safety in New York Harbor and other major waterways. The five milestones involved Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) and Automatic Identification System (AIS) work for the Port of New York and New Jersey, Port of New Orleans, Port of Valdez, AK, Port of Houston and Galveston, and Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The PAWSS system enables the Coast Guard to pay closer attention to vessels requiring more detailed evaluation through the use of radar, AIS, radio communications, closed circuit television and infrared cameras. Initially designed to support the Coast Guard's maritime safety and environmental protection mission…
Six Rescued from Grounded vessels
The Coast Guard rescued six people from grounded vessels in Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana, Saturday. At 2:35 p.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from a private helicopter of a 17-foot johnboat with three people on board that was taking on water in the Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana. Watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to assist the people. The mariners reported that their de-watering pump was keeping up with the flooding and requested a tow, and one member requested to be removed.
Spain Rescues 50 Migrants Drifting between South Coast and Morocco
Spanish authorities said on Wednesday they had rescued 50 migrants from Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa who were found the day before drifting in two boats off Spain's Mediterranean coast. Spain's maritime rescue service said it first spotted an inflatable boat with six Moroccan men stuck in high winds as it tried to cross the from Morocco's northern coast to the southern Spanish region of Almeria. A second boat with 34 men and 10 women from sub-Saharan African countries later was found in the same area. One woman was treated for burns but the rest of the migrants were in good health, the service said in a statement. All of the migrants were taken aboard a medical ship and transferred to Spain.
Teche towing Repowers with Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi heavy-duty marine propulsion engines are designed to withstand the rigors of commercial use. So, when Teche Towing owner Joey Carbonell wanted to re-power his 55-ft. tugboat, Dixie, with a tough engine, Mitsubishi distributor Laborde Products provided a S6R-MPTA. Headquartered in Berwick, Louisiana, Teche Towing services drilling rigs. Constructed by Albert Ortis Boat Builders, the Dixie is used for inland towing and oil field assistance. This is the second boat Teche has re-powered with a Mitsubishi engine. The 4-cycle, watercooled, turbocharged diesel engine delivers 590 hp at 1,600 rpm. With economic operation and easy maintenance, the in-line, 6-cylinder S6R-MPTA provides a total displacement of 24.5 L.
Safe Boats Awarded Big Navy Construction Contract
U.S. Department of Defense informs that Safe Boats International, LLC, Bremerton, Washington, is being awarded a US$34,518,536 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of four MK VI Patrol Boats. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the total cumulative value of this contract to $52,295,843. Work will be performed in Tacoma, Washington (82 percent); Kent, Washington (7 percent); Wichita, Kansas (6 percent); New Zealand (3 percent); and in Canada and Berwick, Louisiana (less than 2 percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2018.
VTS System Aims to Increase Port Security
The U.S. Coast Guard announced today that it has authorized Lockheed Martin to begin installation of three Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) systems to meet maritime safety and surveillance requirements in major U.S. ports, including New York harbor. Under the Ports and Waterways Safety System (PAWSS) contract, originally awarded by the Coast Guard in 1998, Lockheed Martin will install the VTS systems in New York Harbor, and in the Ports of Houston/Galveston and Port Arthur, Texas. The new systems, with a combined value of approximately $24 million, will be in place during 2004. Initially designed to support the Coast Guard’s maritime safety and environmental protection mission…
New Tugs: Big Power, Shallow Draft
Bayou LaBatre Alabama has long been recognized for the production of its many shipyards. Currently the Rodriguez Shipyard is in the process of adding several more tugs to the dozens that they have launched over the decades. From the computer assisted design work of owner Joey Rodriguez, the latest creation is a shallow draft triple screw tug for Roy Garber’s Sea Cypress LLC in Berwick Louisiana. At 78 by 28 feet Rodriguez Hull #307 has a ten-foot molded depth. Three Cummins QSK19-M diesels…
News: VTS System Aims to Increase Port Security
By implementing Lockheed Martin's Vessel Traffic Service system, the Coast Guard will be able to survey vessels by identifying, tracking and monitoring all ships transiting port areas, including the Port of New York and New Jersey which handles nearly 66 million tons of cargo each year. The VTS system aims to support the Coast Guard's maritime safety and environmental protection mission, as well as servicing with its Homeland Security responsibilities. On February 25, the U.S. Coast Guard authorized Lockheed Martin to begin installation of three VTS systems Under the Ports and Waterways Safety System (PAWSS) contract. Originally awarded by the Coast Guard in 1998, Lockheed Martin will install the VTS systems in New York Harbor, and in the Ports of Houston/Galveston and Port Arthur, Texas.
Bisso Marine Salvages Buried Crane
Bisso Marine recently mobilized a salvage team, the salvage support barge C/B BIG EAGLE and the 700 ton capacity D/B Cappy Bisso to salvage a crawler crane which had fallen into the Atchafalaya River in Berwick, La. The crane, which weighed approximately 100 tons, was knocked into the river upon contact with the HWY 90 Bridge in 2005. At the salvage location the water was 30 ft. deep, but in the two years since the collision, the crane had settled to approximately 25 feet below the river bottom.
Alameda’s Newest Eco-Friendly Ferry, Pisces
The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) and the City of Alameda today announced that starting June 8, Alameda Harbor Bay ferry riders will be treated to a daily ferry commute onboard Pisces, the Bay Area’s newest ferry. Pisces’ interior design responds to Bay Area commuters' desire for convenience and comfort. The ferry has several seating options to maximize passenger comfort, plus room for 34 bicycles, 20% more capacity than similar sized ferries on the Bay. Pisces will initially be used on the afternoon Harbor Bay ferry service to San Francisco, sharing service with the Bay Breeze--the existing primary vessel for Harbor Bay.
Overnight Cruise Ship Visits Suspended in White Bay
The New South Wales (NSW) Port Authority has suspended all overnight cruise ship visits to White Bay until the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has regulated ultra-low sulphur fuel use for ships berthing at the terminal. Port Authority of NSW CEO, Grant Gilfillan, said previous overnight cruise ship visits to White Bay Cruise Terminal and the adjoining berth named White Bay 4 had caused concern to some residents, particularly unscheduled overnight arrivals. The first people to hear about this voluntary measure were members of the Port Authority's Glebe Island and White Bay Community Liaison Group, when they met on Monday evening.
Icebreakers Break into Action
With ice forming at a rate that suggests the first “normal” winter shipping season in several years, Coast Guard officials have icebreakers working in disparate locations this week, according to a report on www.sooeveningnews.com. For now, two Bay-Class tugs, Katmai Bay and Biscayne Bay are working the ice in largely unfamiliar waters at Thunder Bay, Ont. and at Serpent Harbor, Ont. located at the northern end of Georgian Bay. Biscayne Bay, based at St. Ignace, has been working at Duluth-Superior then nearby Thunder Bay while the Duluth-based tender-breaker USCGC Alder was off about her buoy tending duties. (Source: www.sooeveningnews.com)
Ferry Return Adds to SF Bay Passenger Capacity
SF Bay Ferry says that its passenger loads increased significantly in 2013 and continue to increase in 2014. The refurbished 250 passenger Bay Breeze will bring needed additional carrying capacity to San Francisco Bay Ferry’s Harbor Bay/San Francisco service thereby relieving occasional overcrowding. New control and navigation systems will reduce maintenance costs and increase vessel’s service life. Improved passenger seating, along with restroom, and snack bar renovations will enhance the already enjoyable Bay crossing. Onboard bicycle capacity increased to 32 bikes.
WETA Awarded Blue & Gold Fleet Five-Year Contract
Water Emergency Transportation Authority Awards Ferry Operating Contract to Blue & Gold Fleet. At its October 6 Board of Directors meeting, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) awarded Blue & Gold Fleet ("B&GF") a five-year contract for the operation of WETA's San Francisco Bay Ferry services. San Francisco Bay Ferry, which recently assumed operation of the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay Ferries, provides daily commute and excursion service between Alameda, Oakland, San Francisco, and Harbor Bay. In early 2012, San Francisco Bay Ferry plans to launch new ferry service between South San Francisco and the East Bay and to assume operation of the City of Vallejo's Baylink ferry operating between Vallejo and San Francisco.
San Diego Bay and Mission Bay Establish RNA
The U.S. Coast Guard is establishing a regulated navigation area (RNA) within San Diego Bay, Mission Bay, and their approaches out to twelve nautical miles offshore. Vessels of 100 gross tons or greater intending to enter San Diego Bay or Mission Bay must obtain permission from the U.S. Coast Guard upon entering the RNA. Such vessels intending to depart or move within the RNA must also obtain USCG permission prior to such movement. Permission should be sought at least 30 minutes prior to the intended entry, departure, or movement. A vessel with a properly operating automatic identification system (AIS) is exempt from this requirement. The RNA comes into effect on December 22. Source: HK Law
The Monterey Bay - A Leader in the Blue Economy
California’s blue economy is a +$50 billion industry. Today, marine science and the blue economy directly affect various business and government sectors such as offshore oil and gas production, national defense, seafloor exploration, communications, agriculture production, renewable energy, weather forecasting and fisheries to name a few. On April 25 at the Monterey College of Law in Seaside, Ca. Congressman Sam Farr will join more than 20 marine science and trade promotion service experts as presenters and panelists at The Monterey Bay - a Leader in the Blue Economy event as part of the Brand Monterey Bay program. This conference is designed as an introduction and brief glimpse of the world leading marine science community of the Monterey Bay region.
All Set for Ice Breaking Operations in Bay of Green Bay
In January 2017 the U.S. Coast Guard will commence ice breaking operations in the bay of Green Bay to ensure the safe navigation and overall safe transport of economically-significant commercial shipments. In support of the Port of Green Bay, the Coast Guard will establish and maintain tracks through the ice from Rock Island Passage to the Fox River. The tracks through the ice will extend to Escanaba, Marinette-Menominee, Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay. “Coast Guard waterway managers…
BC Ferries Announces Schedule Changes
Effective Feb. 1, travellers using the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route will be able to choose either a PacifiCat or a conventional vessel, BC Ferries' President and CEO Bob Lingwood said. The conventional vessel's return to the route will mean trucks, buses and longer recreational vehicles will once again be carried between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo. This service will be offered on a revised schedule for the rest of this calendar year during the gradual phase-in of the PacifiCats. In addition, assured loading tickets will again be accepted on this route effective March 15. Assured loading tickets on the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route were discontinued at the end of June in anticipation of fast-ferry-only service and expanded reservations…
Ferry Loses Power and Runs Aground
Queen of Oak Bay, a ferry operated by BC Ferries and sails between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay, ran aground while approaching Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia. The vessel drifted into Sewell’s Marina, damaging several boats. Preliminary reports are that the vessel lost power. An investigation is currently underway. Emergency-response divers have completed their work at the grounding site of the Queen of Oak Bay. No injuries have been reported. Emergency and regulatory authorities have been contacted. Tugs are standing by and passengers onboard the Queen of Oak Bay will be released as soon as possible. BC Ferries’ President and CEO, David L. Hahn, is onsite to speak to customers and inspect the vessel.
New San Francisco Ferry Service Set to Start
San Francisco Bay Ferry's much-anticipated service between the East Bay and South San Francisco will launch on Monday, June 4, giving commuters a fast, stress-free alternative to the daily grind of traffic on the Bay Bridge and along Highway 101. Commuters will have the option to enjoy a comfortable and scenic 40- to 50-minute ride aboard sleek, modern vessels equipped with free WiFi and a host of other amenities. And, their fare is free for the first week of service. Commuters may reserve their free seat on a first-come, first-served basis by visiting www.sanfranciscobayferry.com.