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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Oglebay Norton Sells Six Vessels

Steamship Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GATX Corporation. Middletown, S/S Courtney Burton, and M/V Fred R. White. progressing with its negotiations for the sale of the M/V David Z. Earl W. Oglebay to an unidentified purchaser. Great Lakes through a favorable, long-term contract of affreightment.

Coast Guard Helo Crew Hoists Men Stranded in Oregon

Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi

A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew rescued three men after they became stranded by the rising tide at Indian Beach, Wednesday.   The helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River safely hoisted the men and transported them to Canon Beach Fire Department personnel waiting on shore. Sector watchstanders received a report from Seaside 911 dispatchers with a request for assistance at 12:20 p.m. after the three men, who were fishing in tide pools, became stranded due to high tide. There were no reported injuries at the time of the rescue.

Five Rescued Near Columbia River Entrance

The crew of the commercial fishing vessel Sea Ballad acted as good Samaritans and rescued five fellow commercial fishermen after the fishing vessel Star King, a 55-foot stern trawler homeported in Astoria, Ore., sank near the entrance to the Columbia River, Jan. 7, 2017. Photo USCG

The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan commercial fishing crew rescued five people from the water after the fishing vessel Star King, a 55-foot stern trawler homeported in Astoria, capsized and sank near the entrance to the Columbia River early Saturday morning. All five fishermen were pulled from the water by the crew of the fishing vessel Sea Ballad and were transferred to the Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, from Station Cape Disappointment, who transported them to the station in Ilwaco, Wash., where they did not need medical attention.

Fire Aboard Ship Returning to Seattle

There was a small fire in the engine room of the Norwegian Star cruise ship as it returned to Seattle from an Alaska cruise, KXLY reported. Canada's Transportation Safety Board is investigating the Norwegian Star at Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to determine what happened. Steve Church of the Rescue Coordination Center in Victoria says the fire was small enough to be put out by hand, and the ship's fire-suppression system was not used. The fire apparently was caused by a leaky fuel valve. source: KXLY

Canada's CLI Christen New Lifeboat

A Tyne-class Lifeboat: Image RNLI

The Canadian Lifeboat Institution (CLI) has taken delivery of a Tyne-class lifeboat from UK's RNLI and renamed the rescue vessel 'Fraser Lifeboat', informs the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia. The Fraser Lifeboat originally entered service in 1987 as Famous Grouse for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). During her first career, the Tyne-class boat is credited with 363 launches leading to the rescue of 475 people and the saving of 37 lives. She was carried to…

No Pollution from Grounded Cargo Ship

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it responded to a 739-foot cargo ship aground in the Columbia River just north of the Astoria Northern Anchorage in Astoria, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River learned that the Panamanian-flagged motor vessel Mokpo Star ran aground after the crew attempted to adjust their position in the river using their anchors without proper authorization at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sector Columbia River personnel boarded the vessel along with a Columbia River Bar Pilot to investigate the cause of the grounding, potential pollution and how much fuel the vessel contained. The Coast Guard also ordered the vessel to hire a tug to be on immediate standby and to activate its required vessel response plan.

USCG to Evaluate LNG suitability of Columbia River

The Coast Guard received official notification of Northern Star Natural Gas LLC’s plans on January 18, 2005. U.S. Coast Guard Sector Portland will assess safety and security issues associated with liquefied natural gas tankers traveling on the Columbia River in order to make a recommendation to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding Northern Star Natural Gas LLC’s proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Bradwood, Oregon at Columbia River mile 38. “We plan to work very closely with local officials, our Ports and Waterways Safety Committee and the Area Maritime Security Committee in evaluating this proposal,” said Patrick G. Gerrity, Coast Guard Captain of the Port at Portland, OR.

NTSB Issues Report on 2016 Columbia River Bulker Grounding

Nenita, a 378-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier laden with grain, ran aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Wash., November 19, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Columbia River)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a report on its investigation into the November 2016 grounding of the bulk carrier Nenita in the Columbia River. The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel was fully laden when it suffered an engine failure that impacted its ability to maneuver and subsequently ran aground at Three Tree Point on the Washington State side of the river. The ship’s bulbous bow and hull were damaged, but no injuries or pollution were reported. The vessel was towed to Longview, Wash.

Tote Cargo ship adrift near Haida Gwaii

M.V. North Star loading operations. Photo: U.S. Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS)

The MV North Star, a cargo ship that is owned by TOTE Maritime, spent more than half a day adrift Tuesday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. The Canadian Coast Guard reported late Tuesday that the cargo ship lost propulsion and was adrift near the coast of Haida Gwaii. Transport Canada says the MV North Star is once again en route to Tacoma, Washington. According to The Canadian Press, the Coast Guard ship should arrive about 4 a.m. local time Wednesday when the North Star will be about 20 nautical miles from shore.

Pole Star & Mackay Sign Distributorship Agreement

Mackay Communications joins Pole Star’s wide marine market network of approved distributors. Mackay will offer Pole Star’s portfolio of products and services including Fleet Management, Alert Advanced Ship Security Alert System (SSAS), Marine Asset Tracker (MAT), and LRIT conformance testing services to their customer base throughout North America. “We are extremely pleased to formalize the relationship with Mackay,” commented Duncan Halliday, Head of Distribution at Pole Star. “We look forward to growing our business in all marine verticals including deep sea, brown water and the white boat market with them. Pole Star: Pole Star is a leading provider of Fleet Management, Ship Security and Vessel Monitoring systems to the maritime industry.

Sea Star Line Appoint Tim Nolan Executive VP

Tim Nolan

Tim Nolan, as Executive Vice President, will report to Peter Keller, President and be domiciled at Sea Star headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. Tim has a broad background in liner shipping to include management accountabilities in Chile, as well as, the Latin America and Caribbean trades. He has also been involved in business development and International logistics management. Most recently he was senior vice president and general manager for a major International Logistics Operator. Tim is a graduate of St.

M.V. Midnight Sun Embarks on Maiden Voyage

Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. new vessels, the M. departing Tacoma, Washington at 3:00 A. M. on Wednesday, April 23. Midnight Sun is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Anchorage at approximately 2:00 A. M. on Saturday, April 26. It is the first Orca Class roll-on/roll-off trailer ship TOTE has commissioned for service from Tacoma, Washington to Anchorage, Alaska. The M. V. Midnight Sun and her sister ship, M. V. North Star, are 840 feet long and 118 feet wide. Their width adds increased maneuverability on the ship, allowing trailers as large as 53 feet long, a choice TOTE wanted to offer its customer base shipping cargo to the Alaska marketplace.

Arctic Yacht Race from New York to Victoria

Arctic Yacht Race route: Sailing the Arctic Race (STAR)

Extreme Arctic yacht race planned  a race through the Northwest Passage, from New York to Vancouver Island, is possible only because of sea-ice melt, the organizer says. Sailing The Arctic Race (STAR) is launching an extreme sailing race from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the ultimate course - the Northwest Passage. The elite and extreme yacht race is being planned for 2017 is not for the faint of heart, and definitely not for the light of wallet. It will be a fleet of international…

Sinking of Five Star Highlights Fishing Vessel Safety

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB)  released its investigation report (M14P0121) into the June 12, 2014, capsizing and sinking of the fishing vessel Five Star in Johnstone Strait, British Columbia. The Five Star was on its way back to Kelsey Bay, British Columbia, after a three-day crab-fishing voyage, with the master and one crew member aboard. The vessel was carrying approximately 1,250 kg of crabs in 22 holding cages stowed on the deck. While underway, approximately one third of the catch was transferred to a large empty tote positioned on the centerline of the deck and secured to port and starboard of the vessel. Later in the voyage, the vessel encountered increased winds and one-meter waves affecting the vessel on its stern quarters.

Best Bunkering Practices

Vessel operators have an additional tool in their arsenal for preventing oil spills during bunkering operations. “Bunkering Best Practices: Protecting People and the Environment” is a free, 14-minute training video that demonstrates bunkering best practices applicable to the North American West Coast. That said; any marine operator – located anywhere on the globe – can glean valuable ‘take-aways’ from this video. The states of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington…

Raven Offshore Yacht Shipping Sets Sail with First Charter

Pilot Boat on Deck of Star Lofoten with Ship Raven

Raven Offshore Yacht Shipping announces that their first charter with Grieg Star Shipping was loaded and departed on schedule on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from Vancouver, B.C. Cofounded earlier this year by industry experts, insurance broker Rick Gladych, and Anthony Utley of Raven Marine Services in British Columbia, Raven Offshore Yacht Shipping charters the decks of Grieg’s L-Class Ships (paid-in-full), virtually eliminating any third-party issues. For each transport, Ship Raven exclusively utilizes the world-class lift on/lift off services of Marine Heavy Lift Services (MHL).

NASSCO Delivers First of ORCA Class

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, (NASSCO) has delivered the M. V. Midnight Sun to Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE). The Midnight Sun is the first commercial dry cargo vessel to be built in the United States in 10 years and the first of two new Orca-class trailerships being built by NASSCO for TOTE's service from Tacoma, Washington, to Anchorage, Alaska. The M. V. Midnight Sun and its sister ship, the M. V. North Star, are 840 x 118-ft. (256 x 35.9-m) RoRo cargo ships capable of carrying highway trailers as large as 53 ft. Cargo decks are 360,000 sq. ft. and able to carry up to 600 cargo trailers and 220 autos as well as oversized freight.

NASSCO Delivers M.V. North Star

of General Dynamics, has delivered the M. V. North Star to Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE). The North Star is the second of two new Orca-class trailerships built by NASSCO for TOTE’s service from Tacoma, Wash., to Anchorage, Alaska. Her sister ship, the M. V. Midnight Sun, was delivered to TOTE in April. highway trailers as large as 53 feet in length. Cargo decks total 360,000 square feet and are able to carry up to 600 cargo trailers and 220 autos as well as oversized freight.

MARCO Shipyard To Construct Third Millennium Class Tractor Tug

MARCO Shipyard Seattle has signed a contract to construct a third Millennium Class tractor tug for Harley Marine Services. Measuring 105 ft. (32 m), the multipurpose tug will be identical to its sisterships, Millennium Falcon and Millennium Star, delivered in February and August 2000, respectively. Construction of the tug is ongoing, with delivery planned for March 2002. Similar to its predecessors, the MARCO-designed tug will have an overall beam of 37 ft. (11.2 m) and a molded depth of 17 ft. (5 m). It will be powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3516B diesels, providing a total of 4,400 bhp that will drive Ulstein Z-drive units, each fitted with 94.5-in. four-bladed props set in nozzles. Deck machinery will feature headline and tow winches from Burrard Iron Works of British Columbia.

ISPS Code Auditor Training - Fort Lauderdale - Feb 22 & 23

MARITIME SECURITY AUDITOR (ISPS): Maritime security training for ship managers, port facilities, shipboard personnel, and yachts. This module provides trainees with detailed knowledge and understanding of the ISPS Code, thus allowing them to conduct the annually mandated internal security audits. This interactive, classroom training course will provide an overview of the ISPS Code and the most prominent interpretations being enforced that affect all ship types; explain the ISPS Code’s functional requirements and their implications for a company, also contrasting them to the US Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA); list and explain the ISPS Code’s detailed security requirements…

NASSCO and TOTE Christen the M. V. North Star

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has joined with Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE) to christen the M. V. North Star. The North Star is the second of two new Orca-class trailerships being built by NASSCO for TOTE's service from Tacoma, Washington, to Anchorage, Alaska. Lu Young, wife of Alaska Congressman Don Young (R- Alaska), and Marie Magee, wife of Robert P. Magee Jr., president and CEO of TOTE , were the ship's sponsors. Congressman Young, who is serving in his 16th term in the U.S. House of Representatives, was the keynote speaker at the event. The M. V. North Star, and her sister ship, the M.

Coast Guard Releases Report on LNG Ships

The Coast Guard has completed a review of the Waterway Suitability Assessment for the Bradwood Landing Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal project submitted by Northern Star Natural Gas, LLC. The Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Portland has recommended to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that in order to make the Columbia River suitable for the type and frequency of LNG marine traffic, additional measures will be necessary to manage the navigation, safety and security risks responsibly. Northern Star is proposing to build an LNG terminal at the old mill site of Bradwood on the Columbia River at approximately river mile 38, about 15 miles west of Clatskanie, and opposite the west end of Puget Island.

American West Steamboat Purchases Columbia Queen

American West Steamboat Company is adding a third vessel, the Columbia Queen, to its fleet of luxury overnight small cruise ships that will operate on the Columbia, Willamette and Snake Rivers. In a recent auction held by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), American West Steamboat Company won the bid for the Columbia Queen, formerly owned by American Classic Voyages’ Delta Queen Steamboat Company. MARAD took possession of the Columbia Queen after American Classic Voyages filed bankruptcy in 2002. Pending the close of the sale, American West Steamboat Company will take possession of the Columbia Queen around mid-July at which time she will undergo some refurbishment before her first cruise on the Columbia River in the spring of 2003.

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