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Fisher Island Community Association News

The Heron Lands at Fisher Island

Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) is proud to announce that the Heron, the fourth vessel to join the Fisher Island fleet, has been delivered. Built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida, the 120 ft. double-ended vehicle ferry was accepted by Fisher Island Community Association on October 9, 2002. EBDG completed the upgraded Contract Design and later served as Owner's Representative during vessel construction. The new vessel measures 120 ft. length overall with a beam of 46 ft. and a draft of 7 ft. The Heron carries 22 vehicles and up to 100 passengers. According to EBDG Project Manager Will Nickum, P.E., the…

EBDG-Designed Heron Lands at Fisher Island

The fourth vessel to join the Fisher Island fleet, Heron, has been delivered. Built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Fla., and designed by Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), Seattle, the 120-ft. double-ended vehicle ferry was accepted by Fisher Island Community Association on October 9, 2002. EBDG completed the upgraded Contract Design and later served as Owner's Representative during vessel construction. The new vessel measures 120 x 46 x 7 ft., and carries 22 vehicles and up to 100 passengers. According to EBDG Project Manager Will Nickum, P.E., Heron was "designed for maintenance." Special consideration was placed on improvements geared towards maintenance and compatibility with the existing fleet. Length, o.a., molded 120 ft. Length, design load waterline 116 ft.

Ferry Captain Pleads Guilty to Illegal Dumping

Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MARK EASTER, age 54, of 152 Gager Road, Bozrah, Connecticut, waived indictment and pleaded guilty today to illegally causing raw sewage and untreated sludge to be discharged into the Thames River and Long Island Sound. EASTER’s plea of guilty was accepted this afternoon by United States Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith in Hartford. Under the terms of the plea agreement, if accepted by Magistrate Judge Smith, EASTER will serve a term of imprisonment of 30 days. In addition, he faces a maximum fine in the amount of $25,000 per day. “This crime against the environment occurred for several years, and thousands of gallons of raw sewage were knowingly deposited directly into our waterways,” U.S.

Annet Koster New Director of KVNR

Annet Koster. Photo: KVNR

Association of Dutch Shipowners (KVNR) has appointed Annet Koster as its new director from 1 March 2018. Annet Koster will join the shipowners' association ass the face of the KVNR, will make a strong case for Dutch shipping, said  the board chairmen Sibrand Hassing and Karin Orsel on 17 January during the New Year's reception of the association. "I especially want to get started to make Dutch shipping more broadly visible and to introduce people to this dynamic and traditional Dutch sector," says the brand new director.

Philippine Coast Guard Search for 10 Missing Fishermen

Bridge team: Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

The Philippine Coast Guard informs that a rescue team onboard the cutter 'BRP Nueva Vizcaya' is conducting search and rescue operations for ten missing fishermen in waters in the vicinity of Ternate, Cavite. According to ANC News the search continues for the fishermen who went missing in the waters between Caballo and El Fraile Island in Cavite where the fishing vessel FB Dan Israel was in collision with a still unidentified cargo ship past midnight on Thursday. Coast Guard personnel…

ROV Aids Environmental Groups

A coalition of environmental groups from New York and New Jersey are using Fishers SeaOtter ROV to gather evidence on the state of the marine environment in the area’s coastal waters. “One of our main concerns is the use of contaminated material to fill holes in the bottom of New York harbor that were created by previous dredging operations”, says spokesman Frank Crescitelli. “Our other concern is the dredging operations that remove contaminated material from the bottom. Frank operates the charter fishing boat, Neptune’s Champion, out of Staten Island and is also the vice president of the Staten Island chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA).

Cahill Mystic Seaport Education & Outreach Director

Photo courtesy Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport has named Sarah Cahill its new director of museum education and outreach. She will begin June 7. Cahill will lead the Museum’s education department in the expansion of its public history educational programs. She will guide Mystic Seaport in its efforts to increase educational programs both on grounds and in schools, while placing significant focus on the strengthening of partnerships between the Museum and schools. Cahill most recently served as executive director of the Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance in Providence…

ITF Points Finger at Suspect Indonesian Crewing Agency

Stranded Indonesian fisherfolk: Image ITF

The International Transport Federation says it has reported a Taiwanese and an Indonesian crewing agent to Interpol for suspected human trafficking after 74 Indonesian fishers working on board seven Taiwanese vessels were abandoned in September, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. It is alleged that the agents withheld the fishers’ wages, in some cases for over a year; produced counterfeit documents relating to crew members’ employment; and charged the fishers [fees] before they boarded the vessel.

Senesco Marine Named RI Manufacturer of the Year

On November 1 the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association honored Senesco Marine for the company’s commitment to excellence in manufacturing by naming the shipbuilder “Manufacturer of the Year” with the John Hazen White Sr. Commitment to Manufacturing Award. Senesco Marine was recognized as a model manufacturer and corporate citizen based on its quality products, multi-million dollar investment in equipment and technology and ongoing commitment to employee training. The company was also hailed for its work in providing economic opportunity for a wide range of people including hard to employ Rhode Islanders such as immigrants, those leaving welfare and former prisoners looking to turn their lives around.

US ROV's Invade South America

Chile’s Fernando Landeta of Landmarine (r) with Fisher SeaOtter ROV; Top inset – Ecuador’s Edwin Ortega with his new SeaOtter-2 ROV at Fishers factory; Center inset; Chile’s Pedro Campos of Subsea Engineering with his SeaLion ROV in crash cage

Subsea Engineering in Santiago, Chile is one of many South American enterprises and military establishments adding ROVs in an effort to expand their operational capabilities. The company offers a complete package of design and construction services including the building of pipelines and installation of submarine power and communications cables. Owner Pedro Campos is a certified Naval and Marine Engineer, and a member of the International Association of Diving Contractors. Campos says “performing underwater operations in my country is complex and challenging.

IBIA Appoints Three Members To Its Board of Directors

THE International Bunker Industry Association announced at its Annual General Meeting on Monday 21 February, 2011, the three members who have been elected to its Board of Directors. Eugenia Benevides and Paul Dyke were elected - and John Stirling was re-elected - to the board with effect from 1 April, 2011. They will each serve for a period of three years. The retiring members of the board are Chris Fisher and Angus Ogilvie. Source: IBIA

Vigor, Community College to OpenTraining Center

Photo: South Seattle Community College

Vigor Industrial and South Seattle Community College have partnered to launch an industrial training center at the shipyard on Harbor Island. The Harbor Island Training Center, which opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony June 7, will provide students with the industrial skills they need to get family-wage jobs at the region’s industrial manufacturers. “There’s a disconnect between industry and a lot of talented, hardworking people in this country,” explained Sue Haley, Vigor’s senior vice president of human resources. “People want to work and industry needs a highly skilled workforce.

NOAA Awards Grants for Community-Based Debris Projects

$1,029,368 in grants for 12 community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects. These projects are funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program and administered by the NOAA Restoration Center. The program provides financial and technical assistance to local groups to clean-up marine debris, and prevent its introduction into coastal environments. The Marine Debris Program awarded $333,868 in the northeast region to support marine debris removal, research and education. (GIS) analysis to target the source of marine debris in New Hampshire and will investigate the effectiveness of marine debris removal activities. The State of Rhode Island, Clean the Bay, and other local partners will remove more than 500 tons of debris from Narragansett Bay.

Side Scan Training for Law Enforcement, Government Agencies

... the Lifeguard team travelled half way around the world to provide training in Indonesia.

Many public safety dive teams, police and sheriffs departments, and government agencies are acquiring side scan sonar systems to assist in their underwater search and survey operations. Side scan is the ideal tool for these operations because it produces detailed images of the underwater environment regardless of water clarity. In addition, the sonar is able to search large areas quickly, scanning several hundred feet of ocean, lake, or river bottom with each pass of the boat. Side scan can easily locate a variety of targets including sunken boats, submerged vehicles, and drowning victims.

Chinese Sub near Disputed Islands Stokes Tension with Japan

Photo: Japan's Ministry of Defense

Japan’s defense minister criticized China on Monday for sailing an advanced stealthy nuclear submarine close to disputed islands claimed by Japan and China, saying the action had stoked tension. The submarine, which Japan detected in the East China Sea, was a 110 meter-long Shang-class vessel, which is able to dive deeper and for longer than older boats and is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, according to Japan’s Ministry of Defence. “Operating a submerged submarine close to another country’s territory goes against the norms of international rules…

Trinity Yachts of Gulfport & New Orleans christens superyachts Zoom Zoom Zoom and Lady Florence at F

Trinity Yachts will Christen their two recent deliveries of M/Y Zoom Zoom Zoom with the exterior design by Geoff van Aller and M/Y Lady Florence at the exclusive Showboats International Rendezvous located on Fisher Island , FL. this November.

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - March 10

1909-  The British barkentine Ladysmith, during a thick fog, stranded three miles WSW of the Fisher's Island Life-Saving Station.  The keeper was notified by telephone and the life-savers, in surfboat, proceeded to the scene.  They safely rescued the Ladysmith's master, his wife, and 9 seamen.   1983- The Coast Guard retired the last operational HU-16E Albatross, ending the "era of seaplanes" for the service.   (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)

This Day in Coast Guard History – March 10

1909- The British barkentine Ladysmith, during a thick fog, stranded three miles WSW of the Fisher's Island Life-Saving Station.  The keeper was notified by telephone and the life-savers, in surfboat, proceeded to the scene.  They safely rescued the Ladysmith's master, his wife, and 9 seamen. 1983- The Coast Guard retired the last operational HU-16E Albatross, ending the "era of seaplanes" for the service. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)

Crystal Cruises Condé Nast Traveler Best Cruise Line 2012

'Crystal Symphony': Photo credit NYK Line

Condé Nast Traveler magazine (U.S.) readers have named Crystal Cruises the “Best Cruise Line” (mid-size) for 2012. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards honor the best hotels, airlines, cruise lines, cities, rental car companies, and islands from around the world. A record 46,476 readers voted this year, ranking their personal experiences with cruise lines’ activities/facilities, staterooms, crew/service, design/ship layout, food/dining, itineraries/schedule, and shore excursions.

Boat-towed Detectors Assist Researchers and Salvors

Russell Bennett (r) prepares to survey for shipwreck sites in Panama’s old harbor area with his JW Fishers Proton magnetometer. Presidential Palace is visible in the background between the two men.

A number of archaeological groups and marine service companies are acquiring boat-towed metal detectors to assist in locating shipwrecks and to perform geophysical surveys. These devices can locate a variety of targets including the piles of magnetic ballast stones found on many old wrecks, gold and silver bars, cannons, anchors, pipelines, cables, and various metal debris which must be removed from an area before dredging. The two primary pieces of equipment used in these operations are a magnetometer and pulse induction (PI) metal detectors.

Police and Dive Teams Rely on Underwater Search Equipment

Fairhaven's harbormaster and shellfish warden with ROV, Inset - Downe Twp with side scan sonar

Many government agencies and public safety dive teams are adding underwater search equipment to help make their operations easier, safer, and faster. Maricopa Sheriffs Department in Arizona, Downe Township Fire Rescue in New Jersey, the Fairhaven Massachusetts Harbor Master and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are a few of the diverse group of agencies using metal detectors, video cameras and sonars in their underwater search operations. Deputy Jeff Hanson, leader of the Maricopa County Sheriffs Department dive team…

US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels

MAGDALEN (Photo courtesy of  AMP)

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, has highlighted the U.S. dredging industry’s commitment to build and maintain safe, efficient and cost-effective navigation channels in the nation’s inland waterways and ports. The recent deliveries of four state-of-the-art vessels, constructed by nearly 700 American workers in U.S. shipyards, are a reflection of the U.S. dredging industry’s continued investment in building dredges with increased…

Rena Salvors Start Cutting Out Bow Internals

US salvage company Resolve has taken over the salvage contract of the wreck on the Astrolabe Reef, New Zealand. The salvors have started cutting up internal sections of the bow of the container ship which ran on to the Astrolabe reef off Tauranga in October last year and broke in two during a storm in January, reports 'ninemsn' online. A spokesman, Steve Fisher, told AAP preparatory work had begun on cutting up the internal bow sections with a view to removing scrap next week. Meanwhile, the ship's insurer, The Swedish Club, was conducting studies on whether the bow should be removed entirely or levelled to below the water line. The stern section of the Rena is lying on a slope at a depth of up to 65 metres, while part of the ship's navigation bridge is 10m below the surface.

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