Healy Tibbits Builders Awarded $10.3m Task Order
Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc., Aiea, Hawaii, is being awarded $10,306,914 for firm-fixed-price Task Order #0017 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award construction contract (N62742-04-D-1300) for repair of Wharf K9 at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Pearl Harbor.Work will be performed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by July 2008.Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.
Dredge Contract Awarded
Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc., Aiea, Hawaii, is being awarded $12,613,064 for firm-fixed price Task Order 0016 under previously awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity multiple award construction contract to dredge West Loch Channel for the T-AKE vessel at Naval Magazine, Pearl Harbor. The work to be performed provides for construction dredging in the West Loch Channel to provide access and berthing facilities at Wharves W1, W2, and W3 for the T-AKE vessel. The project also provides horizontal directional drilling construction of a water line under West Loch channel and bank stabilization along the dredged/excavated shoreline along Baltimore Point by slope control.
Watts-Healy Tibbitts Awarded Contract
Watts-Healy Tibbitts, (joint venture), , , is being awarded an $84.8m firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a submarine drive-in magnetic silencing facility at Beckoning Point, Naval Station, . The contract is incrementally funded with the first increment of $42.4m being allocated at the time of award. The second increment will be funded in FY 09 at $35.8m. An additional third increment will be funded in FY 10 at $6.5m. The contract also contains one unexercised option, which if exercised would increase cumulative contract value to $86m. Work will be performed in , and is expected to be completed by Oct. 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with 41 offers solicited and four proposals received.
Change of Command for Coast Guard Cutter
Captain David J. Visneski, was relieved as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter HEALY today by Captain Daniel K. Oliver in a ceremony held onboard the cutter today. Under Captain Visneski’s leadership, HEALY sailed over 70,000 miles in completing three highly successful Polar deployments. The Coast Guard’s newest and largest icebreaker executed two scientific deployments to the Arctic and also completed a deployment to Antarctica. During the Arctic East Summer 2001 scientific mission to the eastern Arctic, scientists onboard HEALY discovered 12 underwater volcanoes, recovered over 8 tones of geological samples from the ocean floor, and even discovered a new species of shrimp. HEALY also became only the second U.S. surface ship to reach the North Pole during that deployment.
Mills Joins Healy & Baillie in Hong Kong
Healy & Baillie announced the addition of Peter Mills to the Hong Kong office. A former partner of shipping law firms in London and Hong Kong, he is well known in the maritime markets for his shipping litigation skills, with a particular emphasis on marine casualty work. Nigel Binnersley, Healy & Baillie’s Hong Kong resident partner, stated, “We are delighted that Peter has decided to make this move, which will allow us to offer more services to our clients and Peter’s, especially with regard to “wet” work.
Coast Guard’s Largest Ice Breaker To Visit Juneau
The Coast Guard cutter Healy and crew is scheduled to stop in Juneau for a port call October 24-27. The ship departed Seattle June 13 to begin its Arctic cruise. The Healy crew circumnavigated the North American continent on its cruise. The crew and scientists on board conducted numerous science operations. Some of the science operations included studying the effects of the freshwater flux from the Arctic into the North-Atlantic. The crew also conducted 10 days of ocean bottom mapping and studied the impact of global change on the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea shelf.
Blank Rome and Healy & Baillie to Join Forces
Blank Rome LLP and Healy & Baillie, LLP will combine their practices as of October 1, 2006. Healy & Baillie is ranked as one of the leading maritime law firms in the United States with a notable international practice and office in Hong Kong. The combined firm will house the nation’s largest Maritime practice. “We are thrilled to welcome Healy & Baillie to the Blank Rome family. Their depth of experience in international, maritime and admiralty law is unmatched and will be an excellent complement to our existing practice,” said Carl M. Buchholz, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Blank Rome. Founded in 1948, Healy & Baillie is a leading provider of legal services to the maritime industry in New York, Hong Kong, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
US Coast Guard Cutter Reaches the North Pole
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy arrived at the North Pole September 5, 2015, becoming the first U.S. surface ship to do so unaccompanied. Healy’s arrival to the North Pole marks the fourth time a U.S. surface vessel has ever reached the North Pole, and the first since 2005. The Seattle-homeported Healy departed Dutch Harbor, Alaska August 9 with a crew and science party of 145 people in support of GEOTRACES, a historic international effort to study the geochemistry of the world’s oceans.
Coastguard Crew Recognized for Nome Fuel Crisis Assistance
Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown, Pacific Area commander will present the Coast Guard Unit Commendation award to the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy on Tuesday at Coast Guard Base Seattle. Following a seven-month science mission, the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the nation’s only operational seagoing icebreaker, extended their deployment an additional month to assist the citizens of Nome with their energy crisis. Healy escorted the Russian-flagged tanker vessel Renda through more than 300 miles of Bering Sea ice to make the delivery of 1.3 million gallons of fuel to Nome possible. Following the fuel transfer, the Healy crew freed the Renda from the ice, where it was purposely frozen and led the Renda back across more than 400 miles of sea ice to the open water of the Bering Sea.
Two Seattle-based Coast Guard Divers die in Arctic Ocean
Accoring to reports, two Seattle-based Coast Guard divers died Thursday while diving in the Arctic Ocean, about 500 miles north of Barrow, Alaska. Lt. Jessica Hill, 30, of St. Augustine, Fla., and Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Duque, 26, of Miami, were assigned to the Cutter Healy. The ship was on a scientific mission when the deaths occurred, according to the Coast Guard. Hill and Duque were on a practice dive familiarizing themselves with the cold waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Coast Guard said. The cause of this dive accident is under investigation. The 420-foot Healy is one of three polar ice breakers operated by the Coast Guard. Healy is primarily used for Arctic science operations under sponsorship of the U.S. National Science Foundation.
USCGC HEALY Geophysical Survey
The National Science Foundation is making available a draft environmental assessment for the proposed marine geophysical survey to be conducted by the USCG icebreaker HEALY. Plans call for the HEALY to transit the Arctic Ocean from northern Alaska to Svalbard during the period 5 August to 30 September 2005. Scientific research, particularly sediment coring, will be conducted en route. While marine mammals will be encountered, they will not be taken and such encounters are expected to constitute only “Level B Harassment”. 70 Fed. Reg. 18431 (HK Law).
Unmanned Aircraft Makes USCG Icebreaker Landing
Coast Guard and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration researchers report the successful landing of an unmanned aircraft system on the flight deck of Coast Guard Cutter 'Healy', marking the first time a UAS has completed a take-off and landing aboard a Coast Guard icebreaker. UAS operators from AeroVironment, designers of the Puma All Environment UAS, working alongside researchers from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center and NOAA made necessary adjustments following several unsuccessful attempts to land the Puma AE on the icebreaker’s flight deck.
CG Arctic Continental Shelf Research
A Coast Guard Cutter Healy boatcrew along with a scientist from Scripps Institution of Oceanography recovered a sonobuoy, Aug. 8, 2009, while on a scientific research mission in the Arctic Ocean. The 1,100-pound sonobuoy spent nearly a year on the ocean floor at a depth of almost 1,000 feet measuring ambient noise at its location. To locate and recover the device the Healy was steered to the position the sonobouy was deployed a year ago. A signal was sent from the cutter to the buoy that commanded it to release the ballast weights that held it to the bottom of ocean. After a 10-minute assent, the device reached the surface and was located by the boatcrew. The crew towed the buoy to the stern of the Healy where it was hoisted onto the ship using a large a-frame crane.
NOAA to Boost Arctic Nautical Charting
NOAA plans increased 2015 Arctic nautical charting operations, coordinating with U.S. As commercial shipping traffic increases in the Arctic, NOAA informs it is taking steps to update nautical charts in the region. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey will use data collected by two of its own ships, Rainier and Fairweather, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Healy and a private sector hydrographic contractor to cover nearly 12,000 nautical miles in the Arctic for use in updating its navigational charts.
Arctic Circle Graduation Ceremony Aboard Cutter Healy
Two Stanford University students embarked on US Coast Guard Cutter 'Healy' in support of the 'Study of Under-Ice Blooms in the Chukchi Ecosystem (SUBICE)' mission were consequently unable to attend the university for the award of their degrees, which were instead conferred in a special graduation ceremony on board. Capt. John D. Reeves, Healy’s commanding officer, presided over the ceremony with Cmdr. Gregory Stanclik, Healy’s executive officer, acting as master of ceremonies as the bow steamed into the wind and sunshine bathed the flight deck.
Coast Guard Icebreaker Begins 2012 Arctic Missions
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter 'Healy' begins the first of three Arctic missions scheduled during 2012. Healy departed its homeport of Seattle July 30, for a deployment that will include three missions that support scientific research in the Arctic. After a brief stop in Dutch Harbor for logistics and to welcome aboard the 38 members of the HLY-12-01 science party, the cutter continued its northbound transit through the Bering Strait to the Chukchi Sea. The first science mission the Healy crew is scheduled to conduct is a part of the Chukchi Sea Offshore Monitoring in Drilling Area (COMIDA) project…
New Captain Appointed to Coast Guard Ship
A new captain to will command the Coast Guard cutter Healy following the deaths of two crewmembers during a dive in the Arctic Ocean. Capt. Douglas G. Russell was temporarily relieved of duty last month after the divers died 500 miles north of Barrow, Alaska. Capt. Tedric R. Lindstrom, chief of response with the 13th Coast Guard District in Seattle, was named the new commanding officer. The Healy, which can sail through ice up to 8 feet thick, was carrying a group of 35 scientists studying the Arctic sea floor. Source: ATN
Mystery Surrounds Deaths of Coast Guard Divers
According to the AP, the Coast Guard has launched two investigations into the mysterious deaths of two crew members from Florida who died during a training dive 500 miles north of Alaska. The Coast Guard has also relieved the captain of the ship the divers were on, pulled all diving equipment off the ship and suspended all polar diving. But nothing has been said about what might have killed 31-year-old Lieutenant Jessica Hill and 22-year-old Boatswain's Mate Steven Duque on August 17th, or when the investigations will conclude. The Healy was on a research mission backed by the National Science Foundation. On board were three dozen scientists collecting data that would help them map the ocean floor and study the Earth's crust to better understand earthquakes, tsunamis and plate tectonics.
Icy Wasteland Or Shipping Utopia?
Controversy between the U.S. and Canada regarding the rights to the Northwest Passage became a frontburner item recently, based on the deployment by the U.S. of an icebreaker on a rare trip through Canada's disputed Arctic waters. The U.S. Coast Guard's new polar icebreaker Healy is scheduled to carry out a series of experiments in the Arctic ice before sailing through the passage in June and July. In discussing the matter, Canadian officials stress that permission was granted for the trip, and that the country was not relinquishing its claim to all the waters that fall within its boundaries. These include the Northwest Passage, a term…
Kongsberg Installs CCTV System for USCG Icebreaker
Kongsberg Maritime has delivered a complete new CCTV system to the U.S. Coast Guard for its heavy icebreaker vessel Polar Star (WAGB-10). The delivery follows a CCTV System upgrade on Polar Star’s sister vessel, the USCGC Healy Polar Ice Breaker, in 2013. The USCGC Polar Star is one of the largest ships in the U.S. Coast Guard and one of the world’s most powerful nonnuclear ships. It was commissioned in 1976 but in 2006 went into caretaker status when the crew was reduced and the ship kept ready for a return to ice.
Engine Troubles Lay Up USCG Cutter Polar Sea
The U.S. Coast Guard announced an unexpected engine casualty aboard Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea, one of the service’s three polar icebreakers, will prohibit the icebreaker from getting underway for its fall 2010 Coast Guard Arctic patrol and will most likely keep the cutter from providing standby capability for Operation Deep Freeze to support the resupply of McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Polar Sea will likely be in a maintenance status and unavailable for operations until at least January 2011.
Coast Guard to Test Arctic Oil Spill Technologies
The U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) plans to test and evaluate oil spill detection and recovery technologies in the Arctic Ocean as part of Operation Arctic Shield 2013. A multi-agency team of engineers and scientists led by RDC researchers will conduct a series of demonstrations in September 2013 aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy to test and evaluate capabilities of various unmanned aerial systems (UAS), an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to search for simulated oil spills.
Research Conglomerate Collects Arctic Ocean Data
Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy recently supported scientific research in the Arctic’s dynamic waters. As the crew supported vital scientific research, they were joined by a multitude of scientists and support staff from the National Intelligence University, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Air Force, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and University of Alaska. Dr. Peter Leitner, a professor and faculty member at the National Intelligence University…